Youth Facilitator Training: Aula Mágica’s partner communities have a shortage of preschool teachers. To address this challenge, Aula Mágica identifies local youth (typically between 16-24 years old) in rural communities who are bilingual and possess leadership potential, a spirit for community development and a passion for working with children. They receive intensive introductory training before they set off to work in their own communities using the Aula Mágica guided curriculum. Throughout the year they receive continuous mentorship and support and at least one in-person training with the other facilitators; this support empowers them to be successful not only in the classroom, but in other areas of their lives as well. The Youth Facilitators also receive a monthly stipend, which many apply towards additional educational and professional goals.
Adequate Nutrition: To boost the academic program’s attendance and make a larger impact on the health of the students, Aula Mágica provides a daily, nutritious snack, and Atole, a maize-based drink native to Central America, for all students.