We have seen the changes and growth of the Brigada leaders.  As part of being a brigada leader, they have to stay in school as well as perform volunteer work in their communities.

They are the future leaders of their communities.

Thanks to the 2019 Mexican Government educational "beca" (grant) program, its is encouragng students to stay in school.  But they have challenges in planning their futures.  A four-year program seems an impossible plan for many of these youth.  So many opt for shorter college programs.

While full-time university courses are covered by the Government grant program, shorter college courses are not covered.  So the cost, while less than a university course, still entails a lot of transport and book expenses.

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These are some of the Brigada students who received support for their education costs in 2018, from the St. Andrew's Church Outreach Program of Riberas.

In October 2018, sixteen students attended an education workshop with Alfredo Bentivoglio in San Juan Tecomatlán.  He talked about the importance of education, and encouraged them to study hard and get the best results they can.  He also encouraged them to learn English and get good computer skills.

Poco a Poco volunteers then organized English classes in San Juan Tecomatlan, Mezcala and San Pedro Itzican and computer courses are being held in San Pedro.