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Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead

What is El Dia de los Muertos?  How do you create an altar?   The Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday that is celebrated on November 2. This day focuses on honoring and remembering loved ones who have passed away. In this celebration, death does not represent

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A male student writes on a poster titles "Our Values" in Spanish.

Social Emotional Learning Activity – Defining Values

We invite you to take part in this social-emotional learning activity for youth.  Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a skill-development process through which we learn how to manage emotions, problem solve, and create positive relationships with others. We invest in the social-emotional wellness of our students to assist them

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From 90’s to Now, ASF Alum Mentors Students Just Like Her

Marisela entered Advancing Students Forward in 1998 as an eager middle schooler. She graduated from university in 2009 and  is now an accountant in the produce industry in Tijuana, Mexico.  Marisela remains connected to ASF past graduation and employment. She maintains the ASF alumni network and  is committed to mentoring

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ASF 2021 Posada: Supporting Youth with Holiday Cheer

Students in Tijuana, Mexico gathered safely outside on December 11th for the ASF annual posada. ASF continues supporting youth during the pandemic. It was the first ASF student-wide gathering since March of 2020.  Together at last  ASF students gathered safely on December 11th for our annual Posada. A Posada –

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Project Upcycle Will Turn Tijuana Plastic Pollution into Treasure

Students in Tijuana, Mexico begin an upcycling project to reduce plastic pollution in their community and support their future career paths. Thinking Global, Doing Local  The United Nations reports that half of all plastic produced is designed for single use, and only 9% of plastic waste has ever been recycled.

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San Diego-Tijuana Borderland Keeps Community During Crisis

Travel restrictions due to the pandemic have kept us apart for over one year. We can appreciate our unique binational community even more, as a result. Where the Californias Meet The San Diego-Tijuana border region is unlike any other borderland in the world. We define the region as, “binational.” Meaning,

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What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Physical isolation and stress from the pandemic are pressuring students to leave their studies. Social and Emotional Learning fosters resilience to keep them in school.  Teaching for Social and Emotional Learning Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a skill-development process through which we learn how to manage emotions, problem solve,

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What is the Digital Divide?

Access to the internet and computers is a lifeline for students now more than ever. Read about the crisis facing 1.6 billion youth around the globe.  The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all of our lives in unprecedented ways, and made existing inequalities widen. One of those disparities, is the digital

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New ASF Students begin 2019-2020 Program Year

The beginning of the school year in Mexico means the addition of new middle school students into the ASF program.   These students must apply to the program and must demonstrate their commitment to their academic goals.

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