True Roots provides project assessment services for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals looking to build a program from the ground-up, or to shift directions with an initiative already underway. As such, True Roots carried out an assessment for the School for Special Education (Escuela de Educación Especial) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a school for the deaf currently supported in part by a Rotary Foundation global grant. These grants support international activities within Rotary’s areas of focus—projects that address community needs and that have sustainable, measurable outcomes.
True Roots consultant and Rotary Peace Fellow Summer Lewis was approached by the volunteer director of the school, a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday. The club was intending to engage the services of a consultant to assist with the grant’s monitoring and evaluation component, and invited the True Roots team to visit the project to carry out a diagnostic.
During the visit, Summer and José Luis met with school students, staff, parents and community members to better understand:
- Their motivations, expectations, and concerns
- What stakeholders hope to achieve through the project—their dreams
- Leadership, communication, and teamwork styles
- How project impact is currently measured
- Project sustainability components and possibilities
Summer and José Luis were inspired by the energy, motivation, and connection they witnessed among students, staff, and parents, and their shared drive to keep growing and learning. Following the assessment, True Roots developed a work plan to strengthen and expand the school and professional job training activities for students over the course of the next year.