Supérate Raíces Graduation
Ambassador Jean Manes
Friday, January 20, 2017, 10:00 A.M., Soyapango
Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the Supérate Raíces Graduation Ceremony
January 20, 2017
* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish version should be considered authoritative.
Thank you very much for allowing me to address you on this very important ceremony, in which 20 talented and dedicated young people reach one of their dreams that began three years ago. I am glad to know that although we live in a world that presents many challenges, you face the future with renewed hopes, with new eyes and a fresh spirit.
I have heard a lot about the young people of this program, who represent the best of their country, work hard and travel “the extra mile”. When I see your smiling faces – so full of joy and hope – I am convinced that you can achieve your dreams.
Participating in Supérate requires many extra hours of study. And because of that, I ask you not to be afraid to dream but, contrary to what the skeptics say, you are not afraid to forge high ideals and fight for them. Do not allow yourself to be labeled or defined by what others think, because you, and only you, are the ones who will decide what you want to do with your destiny and determine how far you want to go because within each one of you, the Supérate Program has provided the necessary conditions to succeed.
Therefore, I invite you to generate the spirit of hope that will drive El Salvador. That as citizens are not conformist but work to do things as they should be.
As I mentioned in other spaces, 2017 has to be a year of “positive action”. I invite you to make the decision to be part of a change. We will raise the voices of optimism, those of those who are making a favorable difference. In fact, with this graduation you are demonstrating that you have begun the day of success and hope for you, your families and your country. For that and more, I congratulate you!
I also congratulate all fathers and mothers for supporting their children. They should be very proud to see their children earn this opportunity with their own merits and make the most of it.
Let me end with a special and inspiring message from the outgoing President of the United States, Barack Obama, in a language that kids now handle well:
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. ”
“The best way to avoid hopelessness is to get up and act. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you get up and make good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, and, more importantly, you will fill yourself with hope. ”