An inspiring tabling event from our Student Chapters
By Nicholas Regueiro
Once you’re sitting in your cap and gown at graduation, the only thing you’ll think about are the people who have impacted me in life. Who are my mentors, friends, and motivators? Basically asking yourself, who lifts you up? Who makes you a better person.
The Student Chapters of Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) at UF, FSU and UCF took the time this past Thursday, January 27th to appreciate those who lifts them up. This National Tabling Event serves as a tradition for all our members. Students and faculty who pass by the student chapters’ tables were able to write the name of a person who inspires them (lifts them up) on a balloon! The balloons are representations of people who spark our motivation to pursue our dreams. By writing the name of a person who lifts you up on a balloon, you’ll be thanking them for the advice and influence that they have instilled upon you.
Don't be afraid to seek a mentor. Usually a mentor can deliver negative feedback and deliver praise when appropriate but the goal is – to continuously lift you up no matter the obstacles. Feedback is crucial when growing. Consider it the water component when gardening.
A mentor pushes you to find that better version of yourself. My own mentor is actually my exact age. She seems to have the wisdom of a long-time professional with years of experience. Her wisdom derives from the projects and positions she has taken on during her college career. I know she is just a call away. She lifts me up with constructive feedback and continues to push me to new borders. (Get it cause Children Beyond Our Borders.) My mentor pushes me to do service and take on new projects.
Then ask yourself, who do you lifts up? Try to develop others. Find a great joy out of helping people who, over the years, you notice that through your mentoring have grown - and because of you they have achieved another level.
So, we want to know who are your mentors? You might have more than one, share with us by commenting below. We’d love to give them a shout out!
Striving towards equality and efficiency
By: Nathalie Jaramillo
Colombia has an eleven-year education system with both primary and a secondary school. Primary school consists of five years and begins at the age of six. Secondary school is divided into four years of basic secondary education and two years of upper secondary education. During upper secondary education, many different "tracks" are offered, which all lead to their own "Bachiller" after a curriculum of two years. These technical tracks include an industrial track, a commercial track, a pedagogical track, an agricultural track, and a social promotion track. The basic education cycle in Colombia is free and obligatory for all children between the ages of 5 and 15. According to wenr.wes.org, public universities usually cost around $1,000 per semester. Private universities typically charge between a range of $1,000-5,500 per semester.
Investing in education now can define the future of Colombia’s youth. Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) has one program where you can sponsor a student at the university level. Our IAMCBOB Program has sponsored 5 students in Colombia to receive their graduate degree, one has graduated and 4 are less than a year away from doing so. Our scholars are chosen by a rigorous application program and stay in the program fulfilling requirements that mean staying academically on top, doing community service and being involved, even from afar with the members of the CBOB community. According to worldbank.org, young people represent almost 30% of the working age population and around 17% are unemployed due to lack of training and skills necessary for employment. In 2010, only 37% of secondary school students continued on with their education to the university level. The government has set a goal of increasing to 50% of students enrolling at a university. Colombia has also set the goal of becoming “the most educated” country in Latin America by 2025. This can only be accomplished by improvements in the quality and equity of education. One step that has brought Colombia forward is the national bilingual program that requires English to be taught during primary and secondary school. This gives Colombian students the advantage of having desirable skills in the labor force.
Education is regulated by the Ministry of Education and 10% of the government’s budget must be spent on education. The Ministry of Education outlines the learning objectives and subject areas for each grade level, but schools are allowed to organize their own specific study plans to meet the needs of their community. The World Bank is collaborating with Colombia in the education sector to allocate funds and resources towards projects that will help further the growth of academic achievement. With the increasing development of the education system, Colombia is on the path to building a better foundation for their youth.
We invite you to learn more about this program and how you can become a sponsor. We have many students waiting for a sponsor and for $75 a month/$150 a month you can give them the chance at an education and the title of being an IAMCBOB Scholar.
Visit http://www.chbob.org/iamcbob-scholarship for more information.
By Andrea Ortega
We are launching a new program! Empowerment through English Initiative (EEI) is our 6th program at Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) and we are delighted to be offering an opportunity to our Service Trip Alumni to continue making an impact for our children. Thanks to a year of growth and a visionary Board of Directors this new program will help provide the girls Hogar in Medellin, Colombia, which we visit every year, with the keys to learning a second- language. Our English Teachers abroad are taking off for 4 months to provide them with an enriching curriculum to learn English through fun and innovatives way, as well as be mentors to the girls we have been serving for over 4 years. All in hopes, that when the girls graduate High School, they will be able to enter college.
We invite you to meet our 2 chosen teachers and get to know more about their adventures as they discover the beauty of Medellin and empower the children to receive an education.
If this is something you could see yourself doing in the future, we invite you to participate in one of our Service Trips, Bound for Peace is an unforgettable experience and applications close January 31st! Visit www.chbob.org/bound-for-peace for more information!
To learn more about EEI, visit: www.chbob.org/empowerment-through-english-initiative
By: Veronica Salazar
We are kicking the New Year off with 30 VIPs -- 19 new, 11 returning, and we could not be more excited to see what will be accomplished this semester! Following a rigorous, 5-step application process, only the best were selected to help in expanding our organization, and we could not be happier with the resulting team.
Individuals were selected from various majors, including everything from Public Relations to Biology, and will be working together in an effort to reach a common goal: to continue building up this incredible organization while never losing sight of our mission of empowerment through education.
Nick Regueiro, a Public Relations and Social Media Intern, is especially excited about how diverse the group is:
"The individuals who are volunteering and interning all come from different academic backgrounds. I personally am a master’s student studying management but have a passion for service and public relations. My goals as a new intern will be trying to expand the CBOB brand and raising awareness amongst my peers all over the nation."
Another individual joining the team as a Data and Analytics Intern, Alejandra Sposito, is passionate about creating awareness on issues faced by children in Latin America, like lack of education opportunities, physical and mental abuse, and other kinds of social injustice. She went on to say:
"I was born and raised in Venezuela, therefore, working with an institution focused on Latin American issues is an opportunity for me to implement my skills to help people that share similar values and cultural practices."
Furthermore, an 88.9% approval rating from 42 past VIP Interns could signal our high retention rate. Our returning interns are thrilled to continue their work with CBOB as they expand their skills while working with a new team.
We have already seen bonds formed over similar career goals, passion for travel and learning new languages, love (and need) for coffee, taste in music, affection for animals, and more.
We have high hopes for this group and cannot wait to share their successes in the future!
--Children Beyond Our Borders