My name is Valentina Lopez Rincon, I am 21 years old and I am studying Human Resources. I became an IAMCBOB Scholar in 2018. The scholarship has helped me a lot financially through the course of my studies with transportation, food, supplies, and more. More than this, it has helped me improve my capacity to serve and to help those who need it, share my abilities, and to do things with love. I was motivated to go to college because I have a desire to continue learning and growing professionally. I would also like to help my family financially in the future. I chose this career because I found all the topics that it covers and all the things you can learn about a business very interesting, as well as the human aspect that this career entails, and the opportunity to improve personally and professionally. When I finish my career, I want to specialize in Human Resources to increase my knowledge and be able to exercise this career. The plan is to continue improving and studying so I can help my family in every aspect.
My name is Erik Johani Mejia Uribe, I am 26 years old and I am studying Biological Engineering. I became an IAMCBOB Scholar in 2011. The scholarship has helped me support myself and my monthly expenses. It has also helped me with 75% of my university financial necessities, including tuition every semester and monthly expenses. I really like biological sciences, and academic areas that are not common in everyday, life like molecular biology, immunology, and microbiology. My plans are to enroll in an entity where I can implement informatic tools coupled with genetics to study bioinformatics. If this is not possible, I would also like to do biochemical analyses or analyses in areas that align with my interests. My ideal job is to be in a field where I can learn about the things that surround me and work hard to maintain the ecosystems alive without harmful interferences. I would like to do pro-conservation work, teaching everything I can to contribute to human growth, and I would add a lot of research because I like knowing the reasons behind everything.
My name is Luisa Bedoya Castrillón, I am 22 years old and I am studying to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Literature and Spanish with a double degree in Hispanic Philology. I became an IAMCBOB Scholar in 2017. The IAMCBOB Scholar scholarship is a great help to continue studying; it’s a great opportunity to not give up, in spite of the financial difficulties. The scholarship allows me to pay for the expenses of an average student in a public university in Colombia, such as, transportation, photocopies, books, and food. The scholarship also allows me a permanent cultural exchange by staying in contact with the director of CBOB. I believe that education is the only way to create a society that thinks and fights for change. A college education allows me to break barriers and interact with all types of people. In addition to starting a job in the future, I would like to do a master’s degree in a subject related to linguistics. I would also like to do an exchange, whether it's to perfect a second language or to expand my academic knowledge. I would like to start working as a Spanish teacher at a public high school in my city. Additionally, I would like to work in other fields, editing texts in magazines, newspapers, editorials, and promoting reading or teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
My name is Jeison Alexander Orrego Togo, I am 24 years old and I am studying Civil Engineering. I became an IAMCBOB Scholar in 2012. Apart from financial support, the scholarship has connected me to incredible people, from which I have learned thousands of great things for my life. I decided to continue with my studies because of my desire to help my family have a better future and give them a better life. I chose this career because since I was 13 years old, I have worked in construction with my dad and I liked the art behind it. After finishing my career I hope to start my own business in construction and obtain an education past undergraduate. My ideal job would be one in which I can dedicate time to my family and friends, and at the same time offer employment to other people. In five years I see myself in a farm outside of Medellín, waking up every day to my own company and seeing my family live without any concerns.
My name is Andrea Milena Cano Monsalve. I am 18 years old and I am doing my studies at the technical college in commercial and operational support in financial entities. I became an IAMCBOB Scholar in 2017 and I am very grateful for this scholarship because I see more opportunities to make my dreams come true. Initially, the scholarship helped me with school supplies, food, and transportation. It helped me pay for an entrance exam required for the UdeA. Unfortunately, I was very close to passing it and now the scholarship helps me pay for technical school. Thanks to the scholarship program my dreams are more clear and I have the possibility to achieve them, and that makes me very happy! The program has never denied us help and is always there for us. I chose to study International Business because I want to learn about how businesses operate, new international markets, other cultures, and how to create new commercial strategies that are viable for a company. I started with this career because this is a way for me to learn about my interest in businesses and everything that makes them successful. After graduating I hope to have a good job, start my own business based on my studies, give my family what we have not had until now, and start a small foundation to help kids and young adults that have been victims of violence.
Several times a year, Children Beyond Our Borders organizes a free clinic that aims to promote and support the overall well-being of the Hispanic community in North Central Florida through a wide range of services. These services range from medical, dental, social, legal, educational, and so much more.
These services would not be possible without our generous donors. Thank you to all of our donors for your support that helps to further our mission. Your donations allow us to continue to help the community and assure everyone has access to healthcare.
Because of our donors, our Winter Immigrant Health Clinic on December 7, 2019, was a success. Thank you again to all our donors. It is because of you that we are able to execute this event as it continues to grow.
Our next clinic will be in Alachua County on March 21. We hope to see you there!
“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”
– Sally Koch
As fall turns to winter and the holiday season approaches, families in different communities may struggle to afford Christmas presents for their children.
The UF Chapter of Children Beyond Our Borders is hosting a toy drive until December 1 and accepting donations from all members. Specifically, toys that can help children learn are in demand. One of CBOB’s missions is “providing educational tools that stimulate self-esteem, interest, curiosity, and innovation through our mentoring and vocational education program.” With donations from the community, the right toys can serve as educational tools for children to learn in a fun way!
What better way to help a child pick up new vocabulary and learn how to spell than Scrabble? This popular board game may be helpful when trying to practice English with children. Not only will they be challenged to form their own words, but they will also be able to learn from your example through the words that you create.
Play Cash Register
Children are expected to reach different milestones in their math skills as they grow older. One way to have fun while practicing math is with a play cash register! Kids can learn how to add, subtract, and handle money. At the same time, they will learn real-life skills that can be applied in the future when buying groceries from the store.
Get kids to play outside with the gift of a soccer ball! A game of soccer can help build new friendships with other children while also fostering teamwork. Along with soccer balls, any other toys that can promote exercise and physical activity, like jump ropes, would be beneficial for the children.
With the right tools, children can learn from play. Toy drives are a great way to help your community, and charities around the nation are facilitating them. The Toys for Tots program, run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, has gathered toy donations for children since 1947. To date, there have been 566 million toys distributed and 258 children supported by Toys for Tots. Through the UF Children Beyond Our Borders toy drive, children who might not have otherwise had access to educational toys will have the chance to receive a great present this year. Donate to the UF chapter of Children Beyond Our Borders by turning in toys at any UF chapter event or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting.
Here's the link to see the acceptable toys that can be donated: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vv9DXwVSmD2eeC_BJgX_q92YSTqB-AKf58MIPXGGAUg/edit
With August comes a few inevitabilities: hot weather, crowded malls, and another back to school season. For many children around the world, though, the last one isn’t so inevitable.
According to a 2016 report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), approximately 263 million children and youth are out of school around the world. This is especially prevalent in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, where almost 60% of youth aged 15-17 are not in school. Armed conflict also plays a large part in this statistic: 35% of primary aged children, 25% of lower secondary aged children, and 18% of upper secondary aged children who are not in school live in conflict-affected areas.
Gender also still remains an issue when it comes to equal education for children. Girls are more likely than boys to never step foot in a classroom: 15 million girls will never get the chance to learn to read and write in primary school compared to 10 million boys. These gaps are even wider in the poorest regions of the world. These education deficits have wide-reaching implications for women, from lower employment wages to higher child mortality rates.
This issue is even prevalent in our own nation. Children Beyond Our Borders is committed to the belief that every child deserves to have an education, regardless of social status, race or gender. This back to school season, remember that education = empowerment. Add yourself to the equation with our organization.
"Education = Empowerment. Add Yourself to the Equation." At Children Beyond Our Borders, we see this over and over again. But have you ever stopped to think about what it truly means?
Ever since our conception in 2003, we have been dedicated to fight the social injustices around the world with the best tool we can offer: education. Malcolm X, an American human rights activist during the Civil Rights Movements, says that education is “the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” It’s an incredible tool, recognized globally by organizations such as the United Nations, to end trends of violence and displacement.
However, it isn’t easily accessible for many children, both inside and outside the United States. Some simply can’t find a way to get to school; they walk miles upon miles to get to school and come back home, constantly exhausted from what they have to do. Others may not have the time and need to help support their family to barely meet the bare necessities for them to survive. A lot of children also may not even know how important education is to them. There are so many difficult situations that lead to education not becoming a priority to children around the world, which only adds to the continuous social injustice throughout the word.
That’s where we try to step in. We highlight these issues, bringing awareness to international problems through our social media and workshops. We venture out, traveling under our Bound For Peace service trip to interact directly with those in need of our help and support. We inspire others, becoming role models to those who need someone to look up to. We provide hope, giving a brighter future for those who deserve it.
Education = Empowerment. But it isn’t as easy as writing down an equation. We need to add ourselves to the equation so we all can look forward to a better, empowered world.
Children Beyond Our Borders wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. Independence can be defined as being strong and able to survive alone, not having to depend on anyone or anything else. As we celebrate the declaration of independence of the United States, CBOB also celebrates the lives we have changed by giving the youth an education, in order to become empowered and independent.
One of the greatest feelings is helping people who sometimes can’t help themselves. Whether that be through providing education, creating awareness, and even establishing relationships. We love getting messages from those who have been impacted through the work we’ve done, even in the slightest way.
We received a message from someone in Cartagena and this is what he said, “good evening, I belonged to CBOB Cartagena some time ago, and thank you for existing, what great work you do thanks to CBOB and the group of volunteers you have helped me grow as a person.”
At CBOB, we will continue to make it our mission to provide the tools and resources to those who need it most, because everyone deserves the same opportunity for a bright future. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have. At Children Beyond Our Borders, fighting against social injustices and providing opportunities for children and youth affected by armed conflict is what we’re all about. Ever wondered how you can help? There are many ways to support and get involved.
Our interns have already been hard at work this Summer to keep Children Beyond Our Borders running smoothly. Along with this internship, though, many of our bright young minds are pursuing other opportunities as well. Here is a showcase of some of the Summer plans for our new and returning interns!
Our interns will continue to work hard this Summer to ensure that we are successful in the mission of Children Beyond Our Borders, but we hope that all of them enjoy their Summers as well! CBOB also wishes all of our wonderful supporters and readers an amazing Summer, and we hope that you have some exciting plans as well!
CBOB would like to introduce some of our new and returning interns this Summer 2019! With a lengthy application process, including an interview led by members of our leadership team, we are happy to welcome some of the brightest, talented, and dedicated people to our family! These selected individuals will be giving their time throughout this summer to bring their best to CBOB and transform our organization into something better!
Here is an inside look at five of our VIPs this summer!
Arianna Arcenas, Public Relations and Social Media Intern
Arianna is a second-year Sociology major under a pre-med track. Being trilingual and having the ability to play multiple instruments, she can’t wait to meet and work with everyone in the CBOB family while being able to help and volunteer in the Gainesville community by spreading the message with social media!
Chantal Alvarez, Public Relations and Social Media Intern
Chantal is a fourth-year Telecommunications major. She is extremely excited to gain experience in the public relations and social media field while meeting new people at the same time! Not only is she passionate about the field of communications, but she also carries a passion in cooking and hiking!
Kenna Rudominer, Public Relations and Social Media Intern
Kenna is a fourth-year Criminology and Psychology double-major. Having already earned her AA degree in high school, she is actually able to finish her undergrad at UF in only two years; however, her education doesn’t stop there because she plans to attend graduate school for Forensic Psychology! She looks forward to spreading the message of empowerment through education and expanding outreach using social media.
Shreya Chapyala, Mentor Coordinator
Shreya is third-year microbiology major with a minor in Economics under the pre-med track. She is one of our younger interns this summer, being only nineteen years old, and has actually done most of her education in India! She’s looking forward to working my hardest to get these children one step closer to the life and happiness they desire and deserve. “It is each and every one of our responsibilities as a member of the global community to lend a helping hand in any way we can and I hope to do that this summer!”
Elana Sieck, Training Coordinator
Elana is a third-year International Studies major, which is fittingly so because she is actually learning Russian! She is actually one of our returning interns and is looking forward to continuing her work as a Training Coordinator and being a part of CBOB.
Our interns have already been working incredibly hard to make sure we have a successful summer together and we are so glad to have them on our team! Let us have an amazing summer!
Our Bound For Peace trips every year to Colombia have so much to offer for a variety of reasons. Being in an unfamiliar place may be scary, but many of our past interns and volunteers who have gone in years past are so grateful that they participated in our Bound For Peace program and would encourage anyone who is dedicated, interested in giving back, and giving a brighter future to kids to go for more reasons than not. Here are just a few reasons why:
Many potential volunteers and interns have never been to Colombia before, so this is a perfect opportunity to visit a new place! Our Bound For Peace programs explore famous landmarks of the country and participate in many outdoor activities.
Throughout this trip, you’re able to make some of the most amazing friendships! Not only are you able to bond with the children in these programs, but you’re able to make lasting friendships with other volunteers. Meeting the people within the city become like family as well!
When visiting Colombia through our trips, you’re able to experience the culture. This includes new foods, local celebrations and the language!
Among all of these amazing reasons, the most rewarding reason why anyone and dedicated students should come on one of our Bound for Peace trips is because of the incredible impact you’ll have on the lives of others. Being able to make a difference in so many young girls lives alongside others with similar passions, makes our trips one of the best trips you’ll be able to experience! So many of our past members who have gone on the trips recommend them to anyone and were so sad to leave!