YO’ONIK LEARNING CENTER
Every Scholar is a Tutor
in the Making
Natik provides Yo’onik Learning Center in Zinacantán with study stipends and educational workshops. We have funded 30 year-long scholars with study stipends since 2012.
Every year, many students in Zinacantán drop out of school after the sixth grade. Many families cannot support having children who attend school. Natik and partner Yo’onik identify dedicated students and funds their schooling. These exceptional youth learn valuable leadership skills through training and supervision. Older scholars also tutor younger children at Yo’onik Learning Center in Maya Tzotzil, the language of their village rather than the unfamiliar Spanish taught in their school. In doing so, the younger students are culturally affirmed, and the older students gain important organizational, administrative, and creative teaching skills.
Natik identifies and finds resources for Yo’onik to offer classes and workshops. We’ve helped facilitate classes and workshops in photography, videography, technology, English language classes, organic gardening, composting latrines, low-smoke stoves, and even the cultivation of nutritious backyard crops.