Residential Leadership Program
Supporting young women to overcome subsistence living and gain access to new opportunities through education and personal and leadership development. This program is open to young women from 12 – 23. This is a residential program for young women who are from economically challenged families who need support with room and board for their daughters so they are able to continue their education. Most students are from rural villages where secondary and college education are not available. The program can hold up to fifteen residential students in two small family style homes. Each home is supervised by a full time live in house mother. Counseling and mentoring are also available to the students from our full time staff. Students are also given leadership training and personal development courses. Residential students plan service projects to help others in the community. Current service projects include homework help for children and teens, as well as grade school reading circles.
Servant Leadership, based on Robert Greenleaf’s model, is taught to adults who want to deepen their relationship with God, each other and their community. Each course is given to a small group of no more than 12 students. The course lasts four months and the students work towards a new understanding of their mission and purpose in their life.
Adult development courses are offered to the local community in cooperation with other local institutions. The goal of these courses is to teach specific skills to expand opportunities for employment or self-employment or to develop interpersonal skills, including parenting skills and interpersonal skills. Classes are coordinated with the Adult Education System in Oaxaca, who provides the instructors for the courses. We have run courses in baking, breadmaking, textile art, and parenting skills.