Educational Institutions

Guatemalan Student Support Group

  • Morrisville, NC
  • http://www.gssg-usa.org/

Mission Statement

The mission of the Guatemalan Student Support Group is to create from among Guatemala’s poor a group of knowledgeable leaders, thinkers, professionals, and entrepreneurs who commit to improving the educational system in Guatemala.

GSSG seeks to improve the educational opportunities for all Guatemalans. We do this by selecting a group of impoverished Guatemalan youth, mostly Mayan, for an educational program in which they are brought to the United States for high school and then supported for a college education in the USA or Guatemala. Upon completion of their degree they commit to working in the educational field in Guatemala for at least four year thus beginning the process of improving the educational opportunities for their fellow Guatemalans. All participants must agree in good faith never to seek to live permanently in the United States.

Main Programs

  1. Educate Impoverished Guatemalan Youth
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Impoverished villages and towns of Guatemala

ruling year

2004

Executive Director

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Dr. Thomas J Goehl

Keywords

Self-reported

Guatemala, impoverished students, Mayan, education

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EIN

20-0541307

Physical Address

112 Holly Creek Road

Morrisville, NC 27560

Also Known As

GSSG

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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To date, GSSG has touched the lives of 37 impoverished students. Currently, 22 students are in the program with 2 in high school and 20 in college.

The words of one of our students conveys the hope that GSSG has for the impact of the program on Guatemalans. "I began studying at the USAC -ENEC National Nursing School (Escuela Nacional de Enfermeria de Co-ban.) I am almost done with my first semester. The classes that require theory are done and all of them with B´s, and now I am in what we call (practicas) nursing practice at the hospital of Coban. I am almost done, I am finishing by June 20th.
Nursing is something that just passionates (sic) me every day more and more. Every day I learn something else, but sometimes it is just sad to see that we can only do so much to save a life, but whatever we can do we do. It`s an awesome feeling to be able to help so many people and that type of help goes farther than providing health. Nursing and medicine calls us to be involved 110% in everything. Although it some times seems hard, I do whatever so I do not leave my studies.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Educate Impoverished Guatemalan Youth

• GSSG reaches out to impoverished Guatemalan youth, mostly Mayan, and brings them into the United States for a high school education and a college education in either the United States or Guatemala. Recruitment is conducted in the country by a trained group of educators from both the USA and Guatemala.
• The program consists of four phases:
Phase 1 – Potential participants are selected based on seven criteria: poverty level of family, honesty, integrity, personality, character, intelligence, and leadership potential. Passports and J-1 (exchange student) visas are obtained in conjunction with the American Institute for Foreign Study. The students live with host families in the USA.
Phase 2 – For the next three years of high school, GSSG secures F-1 Visas for the students, who return each summer to Guatemala. During their senior year they apply for admission to colleges and for scholarships.
Phase 3 – The students attend college for four years either in the United States or Guatemala. Those attending college in the United States return every summer to Guatemala to maintain their cultural identity.
Phase 4 – Upon completion of their college education, the GSSG clients, brought into the program after 2013, commit to working in Guatemala to improve the educational system.

Category

International Education Assistance

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Ethnic/Racial Minorities ?-- Other Specified Group

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$150,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    • Guatemalan Student Support Group (GSSG) is a Section 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to create from among Guatemala’s poor a group of knowledgeable leaders, thinkers, professionals, and entrepreneurs who commit to improving the educational system in Guatemala.
    • GSSG’s program is needed to address difficult socio-economic problems in Guatemala by promoting an improved educational system in Guatemala.
    • GSSG differs significantly from other organizations’ missions in that, instead of working to supply ephemeral necessities, GSSG takes a very long-term view of how to assist Guatemalans in meeting their needs.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1) Develop a fundraising plan and budget to support GSSG’s fiscal needs:

    2) Develop a plan to assist GSSG students attending Guatemalan universities

    3) Develop a plan to expand the number and impact of board members and operational staff in USA and Guatemala

    4) Develop an expanded workshop program to provide team building and a broader educational experience for students

    5) Foster the development of anther nonprofit in Guatemala, which could serve as a sister organization for GSSG, to help develop and manage an internship program in Guatemala

    6) Develop a plan for more efficient recruiting efforts through the new internship program

    7) Develop a plan to limit new GSSG students to one geographic area of the USA

    8) Assist Guatemalan sister organization in soliciting USA and international grants

    9) Develop a plan for establishing partnerships with nonprofits having education improvement as their missions to extend the impact of GSSG
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    GSSG has many strengths:
    Strong group of civic-minded Americans who are passionate about justice, equality, and dignity for all Guatemalan people

    Well-conceived program to achieve GSSG’s objectives

    Availability of bright students in Guatemala

    Dedicated host families

    Long-term student-sponsorship program

    Circle of Friends fundraising program

    Dedicated Guatemalan contact person

    Program developed in cooperation with the US Department of State
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The major indicator of success of the project is the creation of a group of well-educated, altruistic leaders who upon graduation from college, commit to improving the educational system in their country.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    To date, GSSG has contributed to the education of 35 impoverished Guatemalan students. Twenty students are now in colleges and universities in USA and Guatemala and two are in high school in the USA. Additional students will be added as funding becomes available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Impoverished villages and towns of Guatemala

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GUATEMALAN STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Guatemalan Student Support Group

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Executive Director

Dr. Thomas J Goehl

BIO

Thomas (Tom) Goehl is co-director of the very successful African Journal Partnership Project, a program focusing on improving the quality of health and medical journals in Africa. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a research chemist at Sterling Winthrop Research Institute. He subsequently held positions on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and as a research chemist in the US Food and Drug Administration. He then joined the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where he served as the head of chemistry and toxicokinetics. Later, he became the science editor for Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) and eventually editor-in-chief. He retired from EHP in 2006 as Editor Emeritus. He received his BS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Wayne State University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Rick Conlow

WCW Partners

Term: Aug 2012 - Aug 2014

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