two years ago when we got married, we raised money for CBOB through our wedding. We have decided that every year around our anniversary, we would celebrate our anniversary by having a big salsa party as we both love to dance… The hope is that through this event, we can keep our Salud, Amor & More Scholarship that we set up for female Colombian students interested in a medical career alive and well and sustainable.”
This year, our Dance for Good event was HUGE and brought in over $3,000 alone! We here at CBOB extend an immense amount of gratitude and appreciation towards Dr. Montoya-Williams and her family for their time, dedication, and love for our organization. However, it doesn’t end here with Dance for Good. On April 8th-11th, Dr. Montoya-Williams gave a presentation at Consortium of Universities for Global Health International Conference in San Francisco. Her project, entitled "Education through Empowerment: A Novel Global Health Track for Residency Programs" was a “culmination of the merging of my global health interests and the existing Bound for Peace model that exists within CBOB. Given my desire to promote public health in Colombia, we created the first Medical and Public Health trip in the same model as a Bound for Peace trip.”
Montoya then explained to us that the trip has three important aims:
1) We want to teach undergraduates how to create and deliver public health talks to children and families
2) We wanted to serve the community's needs and as a result conducted medical history screenings that Colombia Somos Todos was in need of
3) The didactic component for me and the reason it worked as part of my formal pediatric residency curriculum is that I was learning about and teaching global health engagement simultaneously, preparing me for future global health endeavors. It was an exciting project and we are in the process of setting up the infrastructure to make it an annual trip.
Wow! How amazing is all of that? Drawing so much inspiration from CBOB and our programs is incredibly humbling and it drives us to be better and do better everyday. In closing, Dr. Montoya said this:
“More than anything, Brendan [her husband] and I are committed to empowering socially disadvantaged children through education and health. We have been impressed with CBOB's efforts to this same idea and honored to be able to contribute to CBOB's mission. We look forward to a long, productive, socially engaged and fun relationship with CBOB in the years to come.”
We would love to say that we are looking forward to the great relationship that is blossoming between us as well! Thank you so much for all of the work you’ve done and will do!
Something to keep an eye out for in Dr. Montoya-Williams’ continuous service involves a collaborative effort between CBOB, the University of Florida Pediatric Residency and the UF Mobile Outreach Clinic to bring a wholly pediatric-staffed mobile clinic to the immigrant and migrant families we currently serve in Alachua. The event is scheduled for June 11th and they hope this will be the first step to bringing regular primary pediatric care directly to these families in need. They are also in the process of applying for a national grant to help fund such future events.
Talk about an involved teammate! Thank you again for everything that you do for us and we are so incredibly blessed to be able to help and assist you in the ways that we can.
Brian started his journey on May 4th, 2015 from Times Square, New York City. Since then, he has traveled 11,470 miles around the continental United States, touching all four corners of the country and meeting countless people along the way. Brian has also been featured on numerous news stations. This trip has been no easy feat. So far, Brian has been spending an average of 23.7 hours on the road per week, crossing a state line every 329 miles, and has gone through 7 sets of tires. He plans on completing his round trip towards the end of April. Once he has concluded his ride, Brian will be traveling to Dubai to start a business with his friend, but he hopes to remain in contact with the charities he has helped raise money for and continue to support them. Throughout his trip, he has spoken at various schools, organizations, libraries,
Children Beyond Our Borders’ summer Volunteer Internship Program applications are available now! Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) constantly works toward bettering the lives of underprivileged children both locally and internationally. This organization works tirelessly around the clock and is as exceptional as the people behind it. We are constantly looking for committed individuals with initiative, proficiency and a zeal for education awareness. Now you have the opportunity to become a member of the CBOB family!
CBOB’s VIP program is meant to spread the CBOB mission and truly make a difference in the world. Our past interns come from around the globe and have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of fields. CBOB not only opens the doors for your professional path, it puts you on course by providing opportunities to make valuable connections!
CBOB’s VIP objective is to introduce our new members into the professional world through engagement in real-world activities. In addition to helping our cause, VIP interns gain leadership skills, experience working in a team environment, confidence, and industry knowledge that they can carry with them into the workforce.
Our VIP program has grown immensely in the past year and our current spring VIP is comprised of 30 members! As CBOB continues to flourish, we learn more about the true core values of the organization as well as the messages of love and education that we help spread. By applying for the Volunteer Internship Program today, you will be bringing yourself one step closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
Emalyn Deak, UF Training Coordinator intern:
“Being a CBOB intern has taught me that we all have the power to change the world. Sometimes in life, we feel as though our work goes unnoticed, but working with CBOB has taught me quite the opposite. Everything I do from training Bound For Peace volunteers, to working with my fellow interns, all add up to a bigger picture. This was proved to me when I received a phone call from one of our CBOB scholars. He thanked me for the work I have done through CBOB. Even though I am a freshman intern, even though I’m still gaining experience, even though it involves a lot of trial and error –– he reminded me that my work is appreciated. This challenges and motivates me to give my all, no matter how tiny the task may be, because I know that my actions will make a difference.”
Jackeline Roman, FSU Fundraising and Community Outreach intern:
“Through my experience as a VIP intern for CBOB, I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside a number of inspiring people. We all come together as a team and volunteer for the wonderful children in the Tallahassee community, and there is no greater feeling.”
Matthew Hasbun, FIU Public Relations and Social Media intern:
“Being a VIP intern for CBOB has taught me that we should all appreciate the educational opportunities that we have at our disposal. It’s also showed me that a group of individuals who come together can truly achieve greatness and can move mountains.”