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Bruce Herman present in Day of the Dead Event

Award winning photographer Bruce Herman is donating a beautiful framed image for a silent auction at our “Day of the Dead Dinner Show ” event on Friday, November 1st, 2019 at Don Sanchez Restaurant.
 
There will also be a photo exhibition and Bruce will be present, telling colorful stories of his more than 25 years photographing this very traditional, important, and unique Mexican celebration.
 
Decorate your home with Mexican Culture and help the kids of Liga MAC.
 
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Day of the Dead

To benefit Liga MAC´s students.

November 1st. 2019

6 – 9pm

At Don Sanchez Restaurant, live show Animas Danzantes by Lunas de Fuego.

Donation per person 65usd

Reservation by OpenTable or at 6242449604 with Gabriel Montealegre.

3 course dinner served to the table, family style; National beer, Margaritas & signature Mezcal Cocktail included.

Blvd. Mijares s/n int. 3 edificio Eclipse. Downtown San José del Cabo.

www.donsanchezrestaurant.com

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New 501 (c) 3

Dear Liga MAC Friends & Supporters,
 
We are very excited to let you know that LIGA MAC will be transitioning our U.S. donors to a new 501c3 charity for the purposes of issuing U.S. tax receipts for donations to Liga MAC. 
 
The Baja Community Foundation is a 501(c) 3 registered in the state of Washington and with the US Internal Revenue Service. This charitable foundation supports LIGA MAC and will allow us to maximize your donation by eliminating service fees. This means that we will be able to use 100% of your donation towards helping our students achieve their goals. 
 
Donations by US citizens are 100% tax deductible. The Baja Community Foundation is supported by many volunteers. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Bill Cornelius for making this possible.
 
Donating to Liga MAC through BCF is very easy! Just click HERE
 
For Canadian donors and Mexican donors, we are already able to provide service charge free tax receipts. Click here to see those options.
 
Thank you for your continuous support,
 
Elva Haro
Executive Director
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Summer Newsletter

WE PREPARED OUR KIDS TO BE READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL

This Summer we were very busy working on our annual registration process. The 2018-2019 school year ended, and in view of the new 2019-2020 cycle, we have reviewed the 300+ files of the students that we supported during the last 12 months. In addition, we screened 263 new candidates. Don’t miss the STATUS REPORT section to see more details on our Educational Support Program.
 
As a result of the process, in early July we accepted 328 kids which received the package of vouchers for mandatory uniforms, shoes, school supplies and tuition fees. By now, all the kids under our wing, have started the new school year ready and motivated.
 
Thanks to your support, these kids have the chance to move forward one more step in their life.
 
Sincerely,
 
All of us at Liga MAC.
 
STATUS REPORT
We graduated 69 students from high-school, and 7 more obtained a B.S. Degree! See Full Report Here
WINGS SEMINAR
Wings is the Sex Education Seminar Liga MAC offers its female scholars. The purpose of the seminar is to prevent school dropout and teen pregnancy.  
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HEALTH THROUG EDUCATION
The goal of Liga MAC’s Health through Education Program is to create a change in the life style habits of our scholars to further encourage and help decrease overweight and obesity.
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UPCOMING LIGA MAC EVENTS:


 PLEASE SAVE THE DATES!


November 1, 2019 – Day of the Dead Dinner Show at Don Sanchez
December 3, 2019– Xmas Fiesta at Palmilla Shoppes.
February 6, 2020: Annual Fundraiser Gala at Club Campestre Beach Club

SHOP NOW AND BRING YOUR XMAS GIFT TO THE CHRISTMAS FIESTA FOR ONE STUDENT!

Sales on school supplies are all over now that the school year has started. Liga MAC celebrates the kick-off of the Holiday Season every year in December. In advance of our Spirit of Giving celebration, we kindly invite you to remember our scholars, who receive a Christmas gift thanks to in-kind donations received at our annual Christmas Fiesta. Next time you go shopping, please add to your cart a discounted ítem, and help us to put a smile on the face of one young student. 

Click HERE to see some ideas for gifts
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Wings Seminar

WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY FINISHED THE 15TH EDITION OF “WINGS”, OUR SEX EDUCATION SEMINAR FOR FEMALE STUDENTS

Wings is the Sex Education Seminar Liga MAC offers its female scholars. The purpose of the seminar is to prevent school dropout and teen pregnancy. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mexico stands amongst its members for its high rate of teen pregnancy, with 66 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 (https://www.oecd.org/els/soc/SF_2_3_Age_mothers_childbirth.pdf
Octubre, 2018.) In Los Cabos, the situation is significant as well.

The local Health Department registered 64 pregnant teens during the first quarter of 2018, in the San Jose del Cabo area only. In June, we carried out the 15th annual edition of our sex seminar, in which 25 young female students participated from amongst the 150 total female scholars that we have registered in our education program.


The seminar helped the girls to expand their vision about sexuality by using different pedagogic tools, including game playing and the Re-Encounter Therapy (*). Another important goal of the seminar is to raise awareness on gender inequality and violence. (*) Developed by Fina Sanz, PhD. in
Spain. http://www.institutoterapiareencuentro.org/terapia-de-reencuentro/)
The seminar was delivered in five morning sessions.

Heddy Villaseñor, psychologist and sex educator with more than 35 years of experience, was in charge of this subject matter.


The seminar also included a guided tour to Costco, which helped the young ladies to understand the importance of having an education as a means to climb the corporate ladder. Education is key to better one’s life, which implies being self sufficient and to be free to making choices. That is
why we strongly motivate our students to keep on studying and prepare for their future; so they can decide (or not) to have children at the right time.
The seminar closed with a fun outdoor activities program at the beach. Team work, problem solving and communication skills were important ingredients of the organized activities. The girls also had the chance to enjoy themselves as teenagers and forget for a few hours all the responsibilities that some of them have at their young age.

This session was led by physical educator and psychologist Celia Villalobos, who has over 35 years of teaching experience.


Our thankful appreciation goes to volunteers Heddy Villaseñor and Celia Villalobos, the authorities of the Municipal Women’s Office for loaning the use their facilites, the Human Resources Department of Costco, and the Staff of Palmilla public beach.

 

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Liga MAC’s Sex Education Program makes it to the 24th World Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health.

Tomas Llamas and Heddy Villaseñor, the licensed psychologists and sex educators that created “Eagles”, the sex seminar for Liga MAC male scholars, considered the work done together with Liga MAC worthy to be presented in an international congress. The proposal was accepted and given the space for a formal presentation.

Llamas, the leading facilitator of the seminar for the last four years has taught various generations of Liga MAC young men. He will be in charge of presenting the results of the program to the 24th World Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) & XII Congreso Nacional de Educación Sexual y Sexología to be held in Mexico City, October 12–15, 2019.

The importance and novelty of Liga MAC’s Sex Seminar lies in the age of the participants, the emphasis on fighting macho thinking, and the combination of pedagogies. The seminar teaches the boys new and peaceful ways to relate with others, rejecting violence and agression as the standard ways to be a man including how to be loving caretakers and the importance to take good care of their health

At the end of the 5-session seminar, the boys also sketched a personal life project and have reconsidered their view of women, and their present and future relationship with them.

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Carlos finished high-school

After a long journey, Carlos M. got his high-school diploma in the Summer of 2018. Born in mainland Puebla state, Carlos moved along with his family to San Jose del Cabo in 2013. They found shelter with relatives in the irregular settlement of the dry arroyo. He was 14 at the time and dreamed about studying, but his parents were not 100% supportive. They did not only lack of the resources needed, but because of prejudiced ideas towards education.

Thanks to the support of Carlo’s extended family, Liga MAC was able to take him under our wing. We helped him to complete junior-high school in the open system. In Summer, 2015 he got back into track and enrolled in a regular high-school along with kids of his age. However, money was scarce and he also had to get a job to bring food home. Carlos is now ready to pursue his higher education to become an IT Engineer.

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Four bright Liga MAC students get scholarships for university

Tania, Juan Manuel, Diego and Jesus graduated from high-school as valedictorians. They are now enrolled in different local universities thanks to Liga MAC & the Green Scholarship Program of Cabo San Lucas.

During the school year 2017-2018, Liga MAC mentored its 12th graders in view of finding their true vocation and deciding where to study and how to get support. Special vocational tests and first-hand information about higher education were offered, along with a thorough follow up of each kid.

Liga MAC partners with other organizations to help our youths move forward. The Green Scholarship Program of Cabo San Lucas gives support to top students only. We are proud to have helped these kids to get into the right path to pursue their dreams.

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Luis and his team have won a competition with their entrepreneurial project

Luis Lopez is a Liga Mac grantee. He studies business management at the ITES* University, here is San Jose del Cabo. Along with some classmates, Luis has put together a series of accomplished wins with a project that started out in the classroom.

The starting point was a creative an innovative process based on the “Model of Entrepreneurial Talent by the National Institute of Technology of Mexico” that went from a prototype to an initial design, to a review and final approval. What followed was securing a patent, the release of the product for publication, and the development of a marketing plan.

The foregoing, became a reality with the use of new technology, in this case, using 3D printing which evolved to the naming the product as “Lapcil” https://www.facebook.com/JetalLapcil.11/. The product consists of an empty cylinder shaped like a pencil, with a rubber top where the small remains of used pencils that can no longer be held properly can be introduced. The “Lapcil” allows students to use the shortened pencil, which also helps to reduce the amount of wood from trees used to make pencils. This product is also 100% biodegradable.

Luis and his classmates registered themselves in the Los Cabos Science Fair organized by the CIBNOR* under the category of “Teaching and Discovering of Science” for the purpose of publishing how environmental science, new technologies and the administrative process merged to create the product and a new corporation; with the ultimate goal of inspiring the younger generation to become familiar with new technologies to motivate them to develop their creative side.

This project earned Luis and his friends their ticket to the State Fair in La Paz, where  they won first prize! This in turn qualified them to present their invention at the National Fair to be held in the city of Monterrey, Mexico in November, 2019.

Luis has been able to apply his talents, learning and entrepreneurial spirit by initially recognizing and maximizing the support he received from Liga MAC to help him achieve his goals. We are very proud of him. Congratulations Luis!

(*) Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Los Cabos.

(*) Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste.

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Flamenco Night

On February 6th, 2019 Liga MAC’s friends and supporters gathered at the Don Sanchez Restaurant, in San Jose del Cabo for a delightful evening featuring a flamenco theme. The event was to benefit the 300+ young students that are in Liga MAC’s Scholarship Program. The Mala Rumba band led the entertaintment and also featured the great Flamenco dancer Gamaliel Burgos. A group of top Liga MAC students and 3 university
graduates were there as ambassadors on behalf of their fellow grantees.

A balloon lottery made up of valuable prizes added excitement and an element of surprise which was a fitting conclusion of a memorable evening for all of our guests. In addition, an exquisite menu prepared by Chef Tadd Champan rounded out the experience.

Our heartfelt appreciation to all our donors, sponsors and volunteers that made this beautiful event a huge success!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6LXhzSMNZU&feature=youtu.be

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