Kinesis Foundation closes 2021 with virtual celebration
They celebrated the achievements of their internship and early job placement program, KIPP.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 13, 2022 – On Tuesday, December 21, in response to the ongoing pandemic, the Kinesis Foundation closed out 2021 with a virtual event. The celebration for the organization’s scholarship recipients was held in honor of the Kinesis Internship & Placement Program, or KIPP, and its participants.
The hour long virtual event, began at 5:00 pm, with a welcome by moderator Ana Pellicer, Director of KIPP. The 90 guests in attendance then enjoyed a motivating and empowering message by Miguel Fernández, President of the Board of Directors of the Kinesis Foundation, kicking off an evening of accomplishments and success stories.
“We are proud to celebrate together everything we have achieved, despite the year’s challenges. This event marked the end of an exceptional year; we shared the success of our scholars and allied employers in celebration of the second year of KIPP’s impact. In the face of challenging circumstances, we remain committed and grateful for the support of our sponsors and collaborators” said Fernández.
The celebration of success counted with the participation of the KIPP student, Mirelys Méndez, who shared the impact the foundation has had on her life and her experience as a student at Stanford University in California. Then, KIPP member Aidnel Martínez of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, shared his experience as a summer intern at Banco Popular de Puerto Rico. The testimonials concluded with David Thompson, Plant Manager at AbbVie, who shared his experience in giving the talented youth of Puerto Rico opportunities to successfully kickstart their professional careers, by opening the door to work at his company.
The virtual celebration concluded with a panelist Q&A segment, were the Kinesis Scholars and allied employers were able to actively engage in a great networking opportunity.
KIPP began thanks to a donation from the Strada Education Network, a philanthropic organization that promotes opportunities in education and job creation. Since then, the program has impacted 100% of its 190 members, offering employability and personal management services. KIPP has helped 78 young professionals find an internship or job. 21 of these opportunities came directly from our program’s allied employers, and the other 57 thanks to the services that KIPP offers.
“This program is very important for Puerto Rico’s development; through it, we can help stop the migration of our young professionals. Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurial sector is key to helping this new generation of professionals to remain on the island,” said Ana Pellicer, Director of KIPP.
The program is currently in its second year of operation, and in the next phases, plans to include students who aren’t already part of the Kinesis Foundation, so that they may benefit from these opportunities. You can find more information about KIPP through our website: https://kinesispr.org/kipp-2/
About the Kinesis Foundation
The Kinesis Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our Mission is to provide the necessary resources for Puerto Rican students to achieve a highly competitive education in order to empower them to develop a healthy socioeconomic environment for Puerto Rico. We accomplish this through programs that create the ecosystem necessary for our students to expose, aspire, plan, act, and achieve an excellent postsecondary education.
We believe that the socioeconomic situation of each family should be the driving force and not a barrier when it comes to accessing a competitive education on a global level, so each of our programs closes the gaps faced by our students whose families are in positions of disadvantage.
Provide the necessary resources for Puerto Rican students to achieve a highly competitive education in order to empower them to develop a healthy socioeconomic environment for Puerto Rico.
A socially and economically progressive Puerto Rico driven by excellence in education without social barriers.
Why we do it
The economic situation of families continues to be a determining factor when it comes to accessing post-secondary education. According to the Institute of Statistics on the Statistical Yearbook of the Educational System, the level of pro-efficiency of students in public schools versus those in private schools is markedly distant
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