EXTRACURRICULAR TALENT CENTER

The center provides extracurricular academic support free of charge to outstanding junior high students from neighborhoods in the north of Monterrey, the home of many low income families. The students were selected based on their intelectual aptitudes and invited to participate in the center, whose pedagogical model promotes investigation and innovation and encourages students to develop scientific attitudes in a participative, collaborative working environment based on responsibility and commitment. In addition to mathematics, students take classes in sciences, spanish, english and complementary activities like chess, theater and music. The model accompanies students during their junior high, high school and college education, promoting social mobility and enabling them to advance themselves and promoting their personal and professional development.

The Extracurricular Talent Center was born out of the redefinition of goals and strategies of ALFA Foundation, in order to maximize its impact on the community. Over the long term, the Center’s model could be replicated in other areas of Monterrey and Mexico.

In line with its focus on supporting education, in 2013 ALFA Foundation brought to life a project it had been working on since 2012. The first results have been very encouranging, so we plan to continue it going forward.


Achievements in 2013


EXTRACURRICULAR TALENT CENTER

3,040

CLASS-HOURS IN THE OPENING COURSES.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

> To encourage social mobility by identifying and supporting students with superior talent.
> To support talented students from the junior high level up through college.

ACTIONS TAKEN

> Identified challenges for keeping students enrolled at various educational levels and the impact of drop-out rates.
> Applied academic selection tests to 1,800 students from 10 junior high schools.
> Designed a study plan aimed to solving problems, fostering innovation, research and discovery, interaction, and raising awareness.
> Started up the first Extracurricular Talent Center in the Ferrocarrilera neighborhood of Monterrey.
> 200 students participated at the 8th and 9th grade levels, along with 13 specialized teachers.

Planetario ALFA

327,000

PEOPLE VISITED THE PLANETARIUM IN 2013.

> 97,000 schoolchildren and 25,000 children from charitable institutions visited the Planetarium.
> 34 events, including 16 workshops, four conferences, five exhibitions and two recycling projects.