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Mayor Potencial in the News

Architecture Students Design New High School for Village in Honduras

by Sherrie NegreaWriter at Versatile Writing in Ithaca, NY
February 10, 2016

In the remote village of El Rodeito in central Honduras, students who graduate from elementary school must walk two hours along hilly, rock-covered dirt roads to reach the nearest high school. Soon, however, the students may not have to travel so far after a new high school designed by two Cornell architecture students is built.

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Cornell Commitment Service Trip to Honduras

Service on a local to local level, that’s how the Cornell Commitment partnered with Mayor Potencial for its fi rst international service trip. Before the start of the spring 2015 semester, 12 Cornell Commitment students traveled with staff member BJ Siasoco ’07, to El Rodeito, Honduras, to assist the local elementary school with math and English instruction. 

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Alumni Stay Engaged with Mayor Potencial

by Sherrie NegreaWriter at Versatile Writing in Ithaca, NY
December 15, 2015

(Left to Right) Khanh Phuong Tong '15, Nancy Bell '09, Allison Liang '15.

Allison Liang ’15 spends her days as a research assistant at the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center in New York, conducting experiments that may uncover the cause of the neurological disorder. But she also takes time out of her daily schedule to volunteer for a project she feels passionate about — Mayor Potencial.

In her junior year at Cornell, Liang began volunteering with a club on campus supporting Mayor Potencial, a nonprofit organizations that is raising money to improve the educational system, health care clinic and small businesses in El Rodeito, a small village in Honduras. The group was founded by Nancy Bell ’09, a Honduran native and a graduate student in human resources at Cornell.

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Bell unleashes 'greatest potential' with Honduras program

by Nancy Doolittle, December 11, 2015

Over the next week, most Cornell students will line up at bus stops or load their cars to go home for the holidays. Faculty and staff will follow. But for Nancy Bell ’09, winter break means taking a trip to her hometown El Rodeito, Honduras...

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Cornell Students Learn from Summer Internship in Honduras

by Sherrie Negrea, November 3, 2015

For many elementary school students in El Rodeito, Honduras, life after sixth grade means working on the family farm and starting their own families. But after meeting a group of Cornell interns last summer, the children now have visions of becoming lawyers, professors, or film directors.

When the five interns arrived in El Rodeito last June, only ten of the 40 students in the village elementary school said they planned to enroll in high school. But after participating in a career workshop presented by the interns, nearly all the students said they wanted to continue their education.

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Mayor Potencial Receives Support from Cornell Executive Administrators


Red Ideas Festival @ Cornell University


Red Ideas is a new group on the Cornell campus that aims to foster discussion and support implementation of creative ways to "improve humanity", be it through research, humanitarian aid, development projects, etc.

Cornell Chronicle

Students Teach, Learn Valuable Lessons on Trip to Honduras

For nine Cornell students and two mentors, memories of this winter break include two different kinds of lessons: English and math lessons they gave to 50 elementary school children in Honduras and a humbling lesson they received about what it really takes to be content...

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Nancy Bell talks about the beginning of Mayor Potencial

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