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The Yucatan Education Project (YEP) supports the vocational education of Isla Mujeres and Yucatan youth so that they can have meaningful, financially viable careers.


An Audience with Pope Francis

In February 2023 our team was fortunate enough to gain an audience with Pope Francis. During our time at the Vatican, we presented our progress, plans and vision for the future of the Universidad Sacre Cuore Isla Mujeres.

YEP Founder Jack Timmons accompanied Padre Raul, Presidenta Athena – Mayor of Isla Mujeres, the administrative team and supporters of the Universidad.

His grace gave us his blessing and wished us success in our ongoing endeavors to bring education to those in need. It was truly an incredible experience.

Our Vision

To create an awareness among the population that education is a viable alternative for getting ahead in life.
  • Yearly ~ 300 students begin high school but only 51 finish.
  • Students quit school to work, to make money or because their families can’t pay for school.
  • Higher quality local Jobs are taken by residents of Cancun. Local kids don’t have the skills.
  • Approximately 70% of Isla Mujeres workforce travels daily from Cancun to work.

Island graduation rates

  • Only half of the students finish K-8 and attend high school.
  • Students also drop out because they have no aspirations for college or higher paying careers.

No Higher education available

  • It costs 84 pesos (approx. $4) to get to Cancun and back plus transportation and food.
  • Minimum wage in Mexico is only 88 pesos per day.
  • Poorer families can’t afford to leave the Island, leaving them with no access to education.

Education options are needed

  • There are only six K-8 and two high schools on the island.
  • No vocational schools exist on the Isla.
  • A University accessible to students on the Isla who want to acquire  applicable skills that lead to solid employment is a necessity.

University Plan

  • Construction of the Isla Mujeres school has been completed!
  • Our grand opening was September 2023.
  • We are now raising funds to support operations until we are running at break-even, including scholarships for needy kids.

Areas of study

On-island education is now available for 300 young men and women including the following areas:

  • Hotel Management
  • English Language
  • Information Science
  • Gastronomy
  • Accounting
  • Law

Capacity for Students


Available for Isla Residents

Future Locations

Facilities and Funding

The Isla Mujeres main campus includes

  • Administrative Offices
  • Computer Lab
  • Instructional Kitchen
  • Model Hotel Room
  • 15 Classrooms
  • Library
  • Auditorium
Yucatan Education Project Student

Funding Required to Reach Break Even in 2025

  • $160k USD in 2024

A donation of $4,000 will provide tuition for a year for one student in need.

A Special Thanks to Our partners

Our Goal: Expansion Across the Peninsula

Future schools will be located in:

  • Holbox  | A Tropical Island to the North
  • Tihosuco | Inland, Eco-tourism Center with Ancient Churches
  • Mahahual | An east coast city which hosts 7+ Cruise Ships Daily
  • Bacalar  | Laguna de los Siete Colores

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501c3 Tax Deduction Information

Yucatan Education Project

3924 Airport Way S

Seattle, WA 98108

EIN 83-1446722

Director: Jack Timmons

[email protected]

No goods or services are provided in exchange for contributions. Yucatan Education Project is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 83-1446722.

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