Public School Program
Unlike in the United States, public school in Mexico is not free for older students and often not accessible for younger students. Consequently, a lack of access to education leaves many young people in Puerto Penasco stuck in the cycle of poverty.
In Mexico, beginning in high school students must pay for registration, tuition, uniforms, books and fees—expenses that leave up to 70% of local youth unable to study beyond middle school. Although public school is ‘free’ for younger students, a lack of critical resources including academic support in the home, transportation, access to food and medical care, and more prevent many local kids from completing even grade school.
Our local team begins by helping young people overcome barriers preventing them from going to school. They then follow all students throughout the school year to ensure they have the ongoing support and resources they need to succeed academically.