Education  Peru Project #42343

Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids

by Peru Champs Association
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Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids
Empower the lives of 300 talented peruvian kids

Paolo is 17 years old and entered Peru Champs 6 years ago, one of the first promotions with which we promote our dream that more low-income boys and girls with great talents receive a quality education. Paolo (academic talent Champ) has always been an outstanding student and has played an active role as an agent of change, seeing every activity proposed by his school Innova Schools and our Leadership Program as an opportunity.

One of the challenges he had in his early years as a Champ was when he failed to be selected to belong to the Innova Schools School of Leaders. "It left me with a spark to try again and prove that I could impact more people's lives like they did with me," he told us. Since then, he continued to work toward that first goal and succeeded. He has also participated as a Delegate of the CENIT Model, ELE and ILM, and leadership workshops, where he has learned a lot from his mentors, especially Alejandro, who one day told him without knowing that he would help him discover his purpose: "there is a nation to fight for, there is a people to defend".

Paolo began to meet other leaders like him thanks to the High Potential Program (HP) of Peru Champs, which allowed him to enrich himself with formative experiences. "One of the ones I highlight the most is the MUN, because of the subject matter, the debates and above all the social circles. You meet people with great initiatives and who achieve great goals, which inspire you to be a better person and professional." As Champ mentions, HP helped consolidate and direct the goal he wanted: to study abroad and be part of international programs such as the Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program.

Currently, not only has he won a scholarship to do his bachelor's degree at UWC Isak Japan, but he also wants other people to have the same opportunities he had. One of his initiatives is called Malta-Kuna Opportunities, which aims to give adolescents and young people in Peru access to better study opportunities. "I believe I have the means and the tools to help reduce the problems and injustices in Peru. Always, it is important to remember where you come from, because it does not mean that I have worked alone, but that several people have worked alongside you."

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Peru Champs has as its main objective to diminish the gap of educational inequality that exists in Peru, providing scholarships to talented children of low resources (who are called champs) and giving them the opportunity to study and obtain a good education.

A Champ is a talented -in academics, arts or sports-, underprivileged kid with high leadership potential. He/she receives a world-class education to become one of the future leaders of a sustainable Peru.

In order to obtain the scholarship we have a rigorous selection process through different modalities: massive convocations, agreements with artistic and sports organizations recognized by the government, and corporate alliances.

In 2020, we empower the lives of more than 2000 talented Peruvian kids in 15 cities in Peru. They got 75% academic scholarship for Innova Schools, a leadership program to help them develop soft skills and school supplies.

In addition, we provide social-emotional and academic support to ensure Champs' well-being by monitoring the following points:

  • Adapting: We follow-up the adapting process of the new Champs in an academic, social and psychological field. 
  • Follow up: We follow-up the Champs to identify children in psychological and emotional risk, and also the success stories. 
  • Update: We continuosly map Champs risk factors after their admission to Peru Champs. 
  • Communication: We are in constant communication with Innova Schools and Champs' family to develop interventions when needed. 
  • Accompaniment: Various workshops and a conscious parenting program to strengthen the bonds of families and empower them as a fundamental axis in the formation of the Champs.
  • Psychoeducation:  We seek to strengthen socioemotional education in families and reinforce the protective factors that can influence the development of our Champs.

Regarding the leadership program, since 2020, due to the global pandemic, we reinvented ourselves and managed to virtualize all our programs. We had more than 22 projects, some simultaneously, nationwide!

Our Leadership Program has several projects aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, such as SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality and SDG 1O: Reduction of Inequalities, where the gender and sustainability approach is worked transversally.

Environmental: 2nd and 3erd → Develop a concern for and a link with the environment. 

Workshop: 4th and 5th → Convert Champs into agents of change by sensitizing the community about the importance of respecting the elderly.

Entrepreneurial: 6th → Create a business plan based on the recognition of resources and tools to thrive.

Mentoring: 7th and 8th → Learn how to manage emotions and develop social abilities.

Give Back Project: 9th → Identify a problem in a community and elaborate a plan to solve it.

Champ Champ: 10th and 11th → Help Champs identify a career path by organizing visits to companies and organizations.

Coaching: 10th and 11th → Help them decide which path they would like to take after finishing high school by creating an integral life plan.

On the other hand, in Peru Champs we grant one year-long scholarships and automatically renew these as long as the following requirements are met:


  1. Must have an average grade of at least 15 (academic talent), 13 (artistic or sports talent) or A (primary).
  2. Comply with Innova Schools internal rules.              


  1. Must pay 25% of the monthly tuition on time. 
  2. Attend at least 4 sessions for parents each year. 
  3. Still have an economic need.

Some of our figures in 2020 were as follows:

Total: 2069 Champs students

  • Graduates 168 (8%)
  • Renewed (80%)
  • Not renewed 251 (12%)


- Improvements in their socioeconomic level 

- Low grades 

- Voluntary retirement

Location of the school:

  • Lima: 78%
  • Regions of Peru: 22% 

Distribution by talent:

  • Academic: 95%
  • Artistic and sports: 5%

Champs’ GPA 2020: 16,87 (On a scale from 0 to 20)

Finally, we would like to show you our cumulative figures, for the periods 2014-2020:

+4 100 Champs directly benefited

+22,000 people indirectly benefited

+1 110 people volunteers

22 Leadership programs

+50 companies and allied institutions

+1 100 people donors

At Peru Champs we are committed to reducing the educational inequality gap in our country. We rescue the exceptional talent of boys and girls and empower them to become future leaders of a sustainable Perú.


Enrique is a 17-year-old Champ with exceptional musical talent. Since he was 10 years old he plays violin, Peruvian cajon and guitar. However, the instrument he loves the most is the viola. Enrique says that thanks to music he has been able to overcome all the moments in which he could not find a way out and every time he has felt frustrated, it has been his therapy. Enrique, our talented Champ, has managed to obtain a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music and hopes to continue making his dreams come true. Know more about his story in:

With your support, we will help more talented Peruvian kids to receive a world-class education. Thank you



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Kristell is 15 years old and lives in Chiclayo, Peru. She signed up in Peru Champs about three years ago, thanks to her grandmother, who found out about the program from a flyer she found in the store. The Champ has always been a good student, she entered as an academic talent; however, at the first bimester didn’t get the grades she expected, even in her star courses: Math and Science.'I came from a different school, where they dictated everything to you and you just had to listen and repeat,' she tells us. Kristell decided to strive and take into account the advice from her new friends, which still serve her today: Research more about any topic after each class and work as a team.

At the end of the year, she saw the results of her effort and managed to renew her scholarship with an outstanding achievement. For the following year, she was already considered a leader, since it is she who now helped her new colleagues to understand the methodology and the importance of being interested in social issues.

In addition to academics, Kristell really enjoys music, dancing and oratory. She doesn't miss a performance and her specialty is folkloric dance. She plays organ, violin and ukulele, 'I also sing, but it's not my strong point”, She says.

The Champ forms part of the MUN Innova Schools Chiclayo and has participated in different competitions with projects that are intended to solve problems of our society. This is how Translated Signs was born, an initiative that seeks to generate learning material for deaf-mute children. In her short years, Kristell tells us excitedly: 'It is impressive to know the stories about these girls and boys who possess skills in things that we do not have such as: language skills; they are able to read and remember the written stories and interpret them within their own sign language.'

As a child, she had the opportunity to participate in different volunteers, but it was with these children that she realized that she wanted to be part of the new generation with basic knowledge about sign language and inclusion from an early age.

Kristell seeks to reach out to more people and to learn about her mission to expand the borders of deaf-mute people and to make everybody that they are part of a culture, and they should not be discriminated against, but a source of pride.

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Meryanne at Innova School
Meryanne at Innova School

Mery is 11 years old and lives in Chiclayo, Peru. From a young age, thanks to her family's example, she has been a Champ dedicated to sports. She has practiced since she was 3 and continues to train every day. This dedication has earned her the national skating champion of Peru. Ricardo, her father and coach, drives her to improve. He's the one who puts the training plan together for her and the selective team she belongs to. In addition, Mary is an excellent student and maintains a good academic average. One of the achievements she considers the most important are the two medals she received at the Panamericano, a major sporting event, in Buga, Colombia in 2016.

Her dream is to represent Peru at the Youth Olympics and dedicate a medal to Perú Champs.

Even though skating is not yet recognized as an Olympic sport among the major categories, Mery is confident that she will have her chance to compete and continues to strive to further develop her talent. When Mery started skating, there was no skating federation in Peru, so she was not recognized as an athlete and the complications to compete were always present. What motivated her to give the sport a chance was her family environment. Years ago, her older brother, Italo, was already practicing skating and was the one who showed their father everything about the sport. Ricardo decided to leave his profession as administrator, to which he had dedicated 15 years, to become a coach and be the one who gives his children the opportunity to live the dream of being athletes.

With the support of the Olympic Committee, he was able to study abroad to be a coach and then returned to teach Katherine, his wife and Mery's mother, to also become a skater. Both contributed to the initiative to found the Peruvian Skating Federation and are dedicated to teaching skating. In addition, Mery's parents also work as mobility drivers for students at Innova in a minivan that they’ve had from before Ricardo left his old profession. 

For a long time, Ricardo thought that the possibility of enrolling Mery and Italo in a high-quality school would be impossible due to their economic situation, but thanks to the Peruvian Skating Federation, they were able to take an exam and obtain the scholarship from Peru Champs. Both parents are coaches and continue transporting students, but this time they also take their daughter to the same high-quality school they thought was impossible to afford.

Mery continues to improve her skating ability and simultaneously receives a quality education so that she can train as an agent of change and enhance her talent.

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Alejandro is 12 years old and lives with his mom and grandparents in Arequipa, Peru. He has practiced judo and saxophone since he was 6 and 8 years old respectively. Practicing a sport and playing music has been a major factor in the discipline, responsibility, and commitment he has nowadays.

Thanks to that, he has participated and won various contests: he represented his school in “Tinkuy” and recited in front of thousands of people, he also won the judo tournament and increased his belt level. Nonetheless, although he has won various medals and awards, Alejandro values more the experiences and knowledge gained from each event.

The leadership program Peru Champs offer has increased Alejandro´s self-confidence, his presentations in class, and his capabilities to become an agent of change. Likewise, throughout the projects he participated in, Alejandro has felt committed to having a positive impact in his community. At school, he relates and socializes more with his teachers and classmates. He also enjoys mathematics, and dreams about becoming an engineer without leaving behind his passion for judo and the saxophone.

Unfortunately, COVID19 has prevented him to continue with his activities. Yet, Alejandro sees this situation as a challenge that won’t stop him from accomplishing his goals. He has found various ways to keep up with his activities through instructive videos to complete his training sessions or through group video calls where he rehearses the musical scores with his band. His band´s goal is to write a song, where each member films their part from home. Alejandro strongly believes that the knowledge acquired throughout his life should be used in a positive way to adapt to change.

Alejandro´s optimism makes him an outstanding kid; he takes the current context with calm and tries to be as productive as possible by reinventing himself and dedicating time to his family, who admire his strength and perseverance. In his free time, he enjoys drawing and painting landscapes, animals, people, amongst other things. Throughout the arts and sports  Alejandro has learned valuable lessons and thanks to his commitment and discipline he accomplishes his goals, regardless of the adversities.


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Peru Champs Association

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Miguel Alberto de Cardenas
New York, New York United States
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