Archive for the ‘Inside CoEd Culture’ Category

Staff Profile: Jess!

Monday, June 19th, 2017

This month marks 15 years since our beloved Jess started working with CoEd! She serves as our Liaison to Rotary International and plays a key role in the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). The GLP is our collaboration with Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the world, who are also dedicated to improving education for underserved students in Guatemala. It was established in 1997, less than a year after CoEd’s founding, and has exponentially increased the good that we have been able to do together for Guatemalan students.

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Name: Jessica Stieritz

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Education: BA, English, Xavier University

Hobbies and interests: my three kids, social justice, editing

 

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The Next 20 Years

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

We wrapped up our interview with CoEd founders Joe and Jeff by asking what they envision for the next 20 years of breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala. Their answer?

  • Create integrated solutions to poverty in partnership with Idea Global, our partner organization that focuses on early childhood development through nutrition and stimulation during the 1,000 days of life.
  • See change on a systemic scale.
  • Expand educational opportunities for girls.
  • Share our program models with the world.

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150,000 Students Served

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

What does it feel like to help 150,000 students in Guatemala? That’s right, we’re asking YOU, because you’ve been a key part of CoEd’s success!

Comment below with your answer, then scroll back up and read or listen as CoEd founders Joe and Jeff respond to the same question.

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Our New Vision Statement

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Happy 2017, everyone!

What changes and new adventures are you anticipating this year? What revelations have you had as you look back on 2016?

Here at CoEd, our pondering and reflecting led us to an important conclusion: it was time to update our vision statement. This statement serves to guide and inspire us as we work, along with all of you, to help Guatemalan students break the cycle of poverty. It gives us a picture, or vision, of success, so that we always know what we’re aiming for.

Drum roll, please:

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Expanding the Vision

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

What’s so great about being a naïve twenty-something? Joe and Jeff explain it all in this third segment of our 20th anniversary interview with CoEd’s founders. Find out what their initial vision of CoEd was and how it expanded over time. You might just get feel inspired to start work on your own dream!

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript for part 3. (Scroll down regardless for photos.)

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What Mom and Dad Said

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start your own nonprofit organization and grow it successfully for 20 years? Last month we posted the first part of our interview with Cooperative for Education founders Joe and Jeff Berninger. They talked about what inspired them to improve education in Guatemala, how they came up with the model for CoEd’s first program, and what finally convinced them to launch a nonprofit.

This month, Joe and Jeff explain how their parents reacted when they left the corporate world and give us a glimpse into all that it takes to get a fledgling nonprofit organization off the ground.

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript. (Scroll down regardless to see photos.)

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Joe (center), Jeff (right), and their older brother John (left)

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CoEd Honored by Long-Time Textbook Program Community

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

On September 1st, nearly 300 people gathered in the town of Santiago Sacatepéquez to watch as Guatemala’s Ministry of Education bestowed its Merit of Honor Award on one worthy institution in the region of Sacatepéquez—and that institution was CoEd! According to our General Director of Operations, Rony, “the principals and teachers of the region proposed CoEd to be the recipient” of the award “thanks to its long and sustainable relationship with several schools in the Santiago Sacatepéquez municipality.”

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The Moment of Inspiration

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start your own nonprofit organization and grow it successfully for 20 years? In celebration of our 20th anniversary, one of our newest staff members sat down to interview the brothers who started it all. Stay tuned through this blog series to learn what kept Jeff in Guatemala, what mom and dad said when their boys switched from corporate to nonprofit, and why Jeff running over a chicken is one of Joe’s favorite moments in CoEd history.

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript for part 1. (Scroll down regardless to see some excellent throwback photos.)

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TimeHop in Guatemala

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Have you all heard about the TimeHop app? It shows you photos and updates from this exact day in past years based on your social media history. It’s pretty addicting, to say the least, and it got us thinking, “What was CoEd doing five, ten, and yes, even twenty years ago?” Welp, wonder no more, because we have created a time hop of our very own for your nostalgic viewing pleasure. So, please, won’t you take a walk down memory lane with us? :)

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It’s no secret that CoEd keeps growing (now would be a good time to cheer). This year, thanks to your support and our 33 employees on the ground in Guatemala, we have bypassed the 150,000 mark of students like Diego served by CoEd programs. That is 150,000 kids positively impacted over the years by YOUR generosity. Wow!!! (more…)

Throwback Thursday: Early Computer Center Shipments

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Have you ever wondered how the very first CoEd Computer Centers received their computers? Wait, what am I saying? Of course you have!

Well, my friends, we used to collect donated computers and ship them to Guatemala ourselves (with some much appreciated help from partner organizations). Although these early shipments were successful and helped launch our first Computer Centers, we’ve since taken a slightly less back-breaking approach, and now purchase computers in Guatemala. This:

A) Helps the local economy.

B) Ensures that all the computers are brand new and uniform, making maintenance and networking more efficient.

C) Frees up our time for awesome arts and crafts projects!

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It was on this day that Jessica figured out an even better use for the computers – sitting on them.

Check out this email from co-founder Joe Berninger about one of CoEd’s earliest experiences with shipping computers down to Guate:  (more…)