Valor Para Todos Goes International, expanding it's reach to Mexico
April 2019 - In a bold move Valor Para Todos has expanded it's sphere of influence with a series of meetings workshops and discussions with officials of the Mexican Committee on Education. Melia Varga, member of Valor Para Todos and our Ambassador to Mexico, spent a large part of her February vacation spreading the word and building excitement for Valor Para Todos.
Valor Para Todos expands to Georgetown High School
October 2017 - With incredible support and enthusiasm Georgetown High School has embraced and rallied behind the efforts of Valor Para Todos. Mrs. Gianinni, the Spanish teacher has helped to promote and gain visibility for this program, recruiting 6 new student and parent volunteers!!
Valor Para Todos Receives Award from the White House.
April 2017 - It is with much pride and honor that we received a signed letter from the President of the United States
of America and a plaque awarding the Presidential Volunteer Service Award to Valor Para Todos. As part of the recognition of the National Community Spirit Awards, this honor recognizes Valor Para Todos and the importance of the work they have done in their community. Congratulations to our volunteers!
"CLASS ACT" Award goes to Valor Para Todos
October 20, 2016
WHDH CHANNEL 7 NEWS Boston Visits Consentino School to honor Valor Para Todos with the CLASS ACT Award
WHDH Channel 7, Christa Delcamp visited Consentino Middle School in Haverhill to honor Valor Para Todos' Veronica Lewis, Ariel Kim and Morgan Johnson with the Class Act Award.
(Air date on Channel 7, November 18th, 2016)
Link to Channel 7 TV feature story
Girl Scouts’ Valor Para Todos
Consentino Middle School
June 1, 2016 - Valor Para Todos is a Haverhill, MA community service project designed to offer a language skills exchange between English and Spanish-speaking children. Valor Para Todos simply means "Value for All" in English, and infers there is an equal exchange. Both the English and Spanish students benefit from the opportunity to improve their language skills, experience the rewards of community service and have fun!
Valor Para Todos started in April 2015. Since then the program has grown in popularity and impact. Currently, Valor Para Todos is operating from the Consentino Middle School and servicing an average of 10 Consentino Middle School students at each meeting.
Founded by Veronica Lewis, 12 of Hampstead Academy and 2 of her friends and fellow Girl Scouts, Morgan Johnson, 12, of Masconomet Middle School and Ariel Kim 13, of Andover Middle School. This program has been warmly embraced by Consentino’s Principal, John Mele and closely supported by the ESL teacher, Caitlynd Ovalles also of Consentino Middle School.
When the idea for Valor Para Todos was first devised, Veronica's intention was to give kids the opportunity to feel the empowerment that community service creates. She first learned it working in the soup kitchens of Haverhill. But she wanted to be around kids and she wanted to learn conversational Spanish, so after some soul searching, Valor Para Todos was born. The program features a lively group of children meeting to talk about events in their lives, share experiences, play games, work on homework and build new friendships. The group reads books together, plays games like ¿Cómo Se Dice? a game designed by the volunteers to encourage conversation.
Also, they break out into smaller groups to work on vocabulary, word recognition and develop conversational skills with their own "restaurant" game. The group even makes a point to celebrate each other’s’ birthdays.
The group started as an experiment. Veronica Lewis, who had been studying Spanish for four years prior to starting the group wanted to see if she could show others the wonderful feeling that performing community service gave her. She also wanted to build confidence with her conversational Spanish. The idea was to show other children in the Haverhill community, who have recently immigrated from the Dominican Republic and Mexico that they also have the ability to positively impact their community, by teaching their language, Español.
The group just recently attracted the attention of Rosa Maldonado, Team Leader of the Girl Scouts. Rosa spoke at the last Girl Scout meeting in which the girls received their Silver Award for their work with Valor Para Todos. Rosa was so impressed with the program that she went to her to managers and asked if she could offer something to help the program. That is how the camp scholarships happened today!
It is a wonderful exchange; the English speaking children improve their Spanish and perform a community service by helping the ESL students. And likewise the ESL students get to immerse themselves in our culture with new friends who want to talk, play games and do homework and the best part is the ESL students are also performing community service by helping the English speaking children to learn Spanish. The plan for the program is to continue to find new ways to support the children in their journey to learn one another's language.
Valor Para Todos awards scholarships for one week of summer camp to all it volunteers.
May 27, 2016
Together with a grant from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and a donation from Rumbo Magazine. Every student was awarded a week at either Girl Scout camp or a YMCA camp this summer. It was a proud moment and a huge achievement to garner this much support. "Valor Para Todos is a project I always wished existed, so I want to give it as much support as I can", said Rosa Maldonado, Team Lead GSEM.
From the left, front row: Morgan, Alish, Veronica, Yamisell, Annabelis, Mrs. Ovalles.
Second row, Ariel, Liz, Pamela, Disneli, Jose and Mr. John Mele, Principal, Consentino Middle School.
Cadettes Create Unity Through Cultural Exchange Program
Sonia Acosta - August 1, 2016
After taking three years of Spanish and excelling in those classes, Veronica, 12, still struggled with conversational Spanish. She wanted to do better and help her Spanish-speaking peers assimilate to their new communities and thrive in school. Essentially, Veronica was eager to find the intersection between her skills and the needs of the community. “I wanted to work with kids and empower them to know they could help others, too,” she said. With a large Spanish-speaking immigrant population from both Mexico and the Dominican Republic, her Haverhill, Massachusetts, community seemed like the perfect place to make that happen.
So, in true Girl Scout form, Veronica set out to bring her vision to life. Soon, with two other Girl Scouts—Morgan and Ariel, from Troop 62273 of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts—on board, hours and hours of careful planning and location-hunting, and a colorful homemade flyer in hand, “Valor Para Todos,” or “Value for All” was born in April 2015.
Here’s how it works: Throughout the school year, a group of about a dozen sixth, seventh and eighth-graders who speak English as a second language (ESL) and want to improve, meet up with Veronica, Morgan, and Ariel after school at Constentino Middle School to teach each other. They do homework, play games, most of which the girls created themselves, and, most importantly, build community. Each session lasts an hour and a half and kicks off with the three Girl Scouts addressing the group in Spanish. The ESL students then try to translate. Starting off this way helps everyone gain confidence, and sets a positive, productive tone for the remainder of the session. This element of equal exchange is critical to Veronica’s mission to give every student a strong sense of involvement and it firmly reinforces that everyone in the room has valuable skills to offer one another. That’s so Girl Scouts!
“Valor Para Todos has kids who just got to the United States positively impacting their communities by teaching us Spanish, while we help them learn English. It’s a kind of transformational community service,” says Veronica. “Together, we discover what is really important—that we all have something valuable to offer. I think this is why we have all become friends, because we’ve grown together.” Morgan is also seeing the rewards of this exciting endeavor. “Valor Para Todos is an inspiring program that has helped me be a leader, learn Spanish, form new friendships, and know that I can make a difference in the world,” she said.
Veronica, Morgan, and Ariel have big plans for the future. They are using their summer break to figure out ways they can make the program even better in the fall, including the possibility of creating kits other groups could use to execute the program in their own communities. “If this project’s method was adopted into different languages, it has the potential to break language barriers worldwide!” says Ariel.
Both the Girl Scouts and the ESL students who have joined the program have benefited immensely from the program. And as if that wasn’t reward enough, the girls recently received their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. During their award ceremony, Rosa Maldonado, the service unit team leader for the troop’s area, told her own story about immigrating to the United States from the Dominican Republic, remarking how she wishes she had been involved in a program like Valor Para Todos when she was younger.
Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award
Posted Jun. 1, 2016 at 8:58 AM
On Tuesday, May 17 Three Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop # 62273 received the prestigious Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn. Special guest speaker, Rosa Maldonado, Team Lead, Service Unit Coordinator of The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts was there to congratulate and support the girls in their accomplishment.
The Scouts from Troop 62273 achieved the Silver Award for their community service work in Haverhill, MA. Their program Valor Para Todos is designed to offer a language skills exchange between English and Spanish speaking children. Valor Para Todos simply means "Value for All" in English, and infers there is an equal exchange. Both the English and Spanish students benefit with the opportunity to improve their language skills, experience the rewards of community service and have fun!
Among the three honorees was Morgan Johnson, a 12-year-old 7th grade Honor Roll student who attends Masconomet Middle School, in Boxford. She is working towards her 3rd Degree Black Belt at Buzz Durkin Karate School and is a part of their S.T.O.R.M. Program where she mentors and teaches younger students in karate. Morgan loves music and singing and is working with special needs students, by modeling activities, learning music, singing and supporting the students with encouragement and a positive attitude at The Real School of Music in North Andover Ma. Morgan plays the flute and enjoys Acting, Art, Science, History, Math and Horseback Riding. Morgan won 3rd place, at the Deerfield Fair Horse Show, riding for Taylor River Farm. Morgan is a Cadette in the Girl Scouts and has been part of the Girl Scouts for 4 years.
Other students who received the Silver Award included: Veronica Lewis, 12, seventh grader and Highest Honor Roll student from Hampstead Academy who has been a Girl Scout for 6 years and is currently serving on the Girl Scout Leadership Team of Eastern MA; and Ariel Kim, 13, a seventh grader from Andover Middle School, who has been a Girl Scout for 4 years.
The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and in her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement.
About Valor Para Todos
Valor Para Todos was started in April 2015. Since then the program has grown in popularity and impact. Currently the Valor Para Todos is operating from the Constentino Middle School and servicing an average of 10 Constentino Middle school students at each meeting. This program has been warmly embraced by Constentino Principal John Mele and closely supported by the ESL teacher Caitlynd Ovalles also of Constentino Middle School.
The idea of Valor Para Todos is to teach the benefits of community service to children, especially those who have recently immigrated from the Dominican Republic and Mexico. This program shows the children they can the positively impact their community by teaching their language, Espanola and English. It is a wonderful exchange, the English speaking children improve their Spanish and perform a community service by helping the ESL students. And likewise the ESL students get to immerse themselves in our culture with new friends who want to talk, play games and do homework.. and the best part is the ESL students are also performing community service by helping the English speaking children to learn Spanish. The plan for the program is to continue to find new ways to support the children in their journey to learn each other's language. They are looking to increase the number of volunteers and to begin dialogue with new schools and organizations who want to bring this program to their students and children.