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Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Girls

Misión Mexico, Tapachula is seeking exceptional candidates for the role of Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Girls. He/she will work closely with Directors and General Manager of Misión Mexico, as well as the Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Boys, as well as other key staff in Misión Mexico. This position would require a minimum commitment of 6 -12 months.

About Misión Mexico

Misión México is a place 50 children call home; a place where they are considered one of the family. It is somewhere they are loved and provided with opportunities for growth, development and advancement in all areas of their lives including education and emotional support.

Since Misión México was established in 2001, more than 250 children from variou circumstances of need have been helped. These children, aged between three and 18, have been abused, abandoned, neglected and are often from extreme poverty. All have had an opportunity to escape the cycle of abuse and poverty and are enjoying a second chance at life.

With no Government support the refuge relies solely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and fundraising to continue its work.

Role Context

The Youth Transitional Program (YTP) is a program focusing on the young people at Mision México reaching adulthood to assist and support them into independent living whilst continuing with their education.

The young adults on this program are very much involved in the running of this program; their input is invaluable. The focus of this program is to empower our young people in a bid to break the cycle of poverty and abuse, and further create confident, competent young adults and positive role models who can successfully live independently.

The Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Girls provides support to these young people +13 years of age who are requiring intensive support to develop independent living and life skills. This is a live-in role and would require you to live on-site with 3 girls aged 18 years and over, with the potential for more girls to move on-site at a later date.

Primary Objectives of the Role

Creating a safe, secure and stable environment for the young people, with a supportive learning environment that ensures their daily living skills are developed.

The focus of the training includes:

  • Independent and practical living skills
  • Health and nutrition
  • Positive role modelling skills
  • Education and employment
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Practical support sourcing employment

Personal development is also a critical element of the program to help improve their confidence, interpersonal and negotiation skills, and self-motivation.

For more information, please view the detailed role description.

If you are interested in apply for this exciting opportunity, please include the following in your application:

  • A covering letter addressing the selection criteria and your suitability for the role based on the skills, knowledge and abilities requirements outlined in the ad and role description (Maximum of 2 pages);
  • A current CV or Resume;
  • Copies of all relevant qualifications
  • The contact details of two professional referees, including your most recent line manager/s.

Applications Close on Friday 24 October 2016

Please forward your application to For further information regarding this position, please contact Luke Owen at This position is for an immediate start.

An Open Letter to the Australian Embassy

Tapachula, Chiapas martes, 16 agosto 2016

On the 1st August 2016, I, along with Francisco Chavez, son-­in­‐law and General Manager of Mision Mexico, and Katherine Alvayero, Medical Student and participant in Mision Mexico’s Adult Independent Program, had the pleasure to attend an event at the Australian Embassy Residency of the Ambasssador Dr. David Engel and Mrs Siriporn Nimmanop, to celebrate 50 years of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and Mexico, an event attended by His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia and Lady Cosgrove.

It was a great honour to be asked to share a little of the history of Mision Mexico and the programs that we have in place to help the children in our care reach their full potential and become ‘the best that they can be’.

To my utter surprise, His Excellency the Governor General, presented me (on behalf of Alan and myself) with the Governor General’s Medal of recognition for the service we have provided for the children of Mexico and Central America.

It has been fifteen and a half years since Alan and I set foot on Mexican soil to begin a labour of love for children in need. It has been a long and laborious mission, but not without it’s rewards either. To see the children grow and develop and become fine upstanding young people has been worth any hardship on our part. It also has not been a solitary occupation. Alan and I could not have done any of this work without the support of so many whom have sacrificed their time and finances to support the work that we do.

To me, the Governor General’s medal, acknowledges the support and sacrifices of many (Love). It signifies the resilience of the children of Mexico and Central America (Life), and symbolizes the dreams that we have in the future (Hope).

Alan and I extend our sincere gratitude to His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove for his recognition of the service we have undertaken for Mexico and Central America’s children.

Thank you Ambassador Dr. David Engel and all at the Australian Embassy for your invitation and wonderful support.

To Lady Cosgrove and Mrs Siriporn Nimmanop, thank you, and it was a pleasure to meet you.

Yours Sincerely,

Pamela and Alan Skuse
Founders of Mision Mexico, Dando Amor, Vida y Esperanza A.C.

I Lost My Dream – Melbourne screening

Bartronica will host a screening of Stefan Hunt’s ‘I Lost My Dream’ this Thursday 4th August to raise funds and awareness of the work of Misión México, a children’s refuge in southern Mexico.

A true story about Moacir Zeledon, one of the children of the refuge, we are so lucky to be able to show two screenings of the 10 minute film on the night so be sure you get there early for one of the screenings below:

  • 6:30pm
  • 8:30pm

Venue: Basement, 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9629 9921

The film will be a FREE screening however do think about showing your support through donations on the night or through the purchase of selected drinks and food.

This event is proudly supported by the team at Bartronica and Once Bitter. You can personally help provide love, opportunities and a future for children like Moacir by visiting or visiting our Facebook page.

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