What better way to work toward a healthier community than dancing?
By: Nancy Massani
Looking to dance the night away at Gainesville’s biggest night for salsa? If so, join us for our second annual salsa benefit, Dance for Good! It will take place tonight from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Bank Bar and Lounge in downtown Gainesville.
This event was started in 2016 by Dr. Brendan Williams and Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams to honor their wedding anniversary and their passion for giving back to the community. It serves as a chance to bring the salsa-loving community together in Gainesville for a good cause.
Attendees can participate in activities such as a one-hour salsa lesson from Salsa Mundial, a local Gainesville dance studio. A variety of popular latin music will follow by DJ Ocho from Baila Caliente, a salsa and bachata dance studio. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Omi’s Tavern.
Dance for Good serves as an opportunity to support programs of Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. Guests will have the chance to participate in a silent auction with items donated by several local businesses including University Air Center, Zen Vibe Yoga, The Spin, Gainesville Health and Fitness, First Magnitude Brewing Company and Mystery Bros. Escape Room.
Carolina De La Rosa, a University of Florida graduate who has been involved with CBOB for several years, attended the event last year and is looking forward to attending again and participating in the salsa class.
“I went to Dance for Good last year and had a great time! The food was delicious and it was great seeing people of all dance levels get on the dance floor and have a good time,” De La Rosa said.
Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Diana and Brendan. They are a part of UF Health and also serve on the Board of Directors for Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. Their journey with CBOB began a few years ago when they became IAMCBOB sponsors. Becoming sponsors served as an opportunity to fund a scholarship that allows students to fulfill their dreams of pursuing medical careers in Colombia. With the help of scholarships, children are granted opportunities to break free from the cycle of poverty and achieve their dreams.
In exchange, the students act as service leaders in their communities and stay motivated to work to their best and fullest capacity while in school. Sponsoring these children sends a message to them that they matter. It motivates them to become better citizens to their community and work to accomplish their dreams and goals. Today, Diana and Brendan are continuing to execute CBOB’s mission and give back to children and families affected by social injustice through funding local community health initiatives, such as the CWOB Mobile Health Clinics.
“Together we can make Gainesville a stronger community,” De La Rosa said. “This is one step toward doing that.”
Tickets can still be purchased in advance for $25 online at chbob.org/danceforgood until 4 p.m. today and at the door for $30! Reduced prices are available for students and residents. Put your dancing shoes on and see you there!
For more information about the event, visit www.chbob.org/danceforgood or http://www.chbob.org/salud-amor--more-scholarship-fund.html for more about Diana and Brendan’s story.
Are our classroom educators undervalued?
By: Nicholas Regueiro
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” - Brad Henry
Have you ever had an educator inspire you? Educators hold the key to our future because they provide the building blocks for our youth. Our current youth is our future. The next issue to settle is - are educators undervalued?
Before I continue, I want to make clear I am not talking about the bureaucrat making decisions at D.C. I am representing the educators in classrooms that spends long days communicating why addition and subtraction is crucial to a person’s mathematical ability. In Florida, we work with the The Florida Department of Education which is the state education agency of Florida. It governs public education and manages funding and testing for local educational agencies. It is headquartered in the Turlington Building in Tallahassee.
Do students, bureaucrats, and parents appreciate the hard work our educators constantly put into improving Florida’s education ranking?
The state of Florida earned 28th place in a study that District of Columbia publishes every year in Education Week. The "Quality Counts" report was published in 2015. Florida was never ranked lower than 11th, and ranked as high as 5th. Educators are not given the appropriate resources to help educate our youth. A student’s future starts in the classroom. A good path to take when improving a school’s overall scores is to incorporate a more interactive learning experience. Funding learning technology in classrooms is pivotal.
On the opposite side of the education spectrum, Florida got the top ranking in the higher education department because of several championing reasons, including the relatively low tuition rates for colleges and universities. Higher education is accessible to those in need of assistance. Another factor that helped Florida earn its rank is the fact that students in Florida are more likely to finish degrees within two or three years. Timeliness when completing an education leads to a jump start on a person’s career.
What does all this data tell us?
Our elementary school education is lacking while our higher education is shining.The focus should be on allocating time and funds towards improving elementary school education because that is where a student’s future begins.
By: Jessie Stein
Bound For Peace (BFP) is a service trip program that sends dedicated volunteers to develop workshops for those in need in Latin America. The workshops are meant to better the lives of the kids we work with, as well as better the lives of the volunteers who participate in this incredible service trip. The interactive and educational workshops that we create help strengthen the emotional and social support of youth affected by armed conflict and social injustices. The volunteers on BFP strive to empower and encourage these kids with education and support to help better the lives of kids affected, as well as their own.
To begin, there are multiple trips offered throughout the year for interested individuals to partake in. Students are typically sent over spring break and the summer so it does not interfere with their education. During their time away, volunteers work hard to develop critical reflection and effective communication skills to better facilitate different workshops. Volunteers are also exposed to the country’s culture through different excursions, festivals, events, and more. The trip allows for volunteers to help underprivileged youth, while exploring and understanding the city they have traveled to. It’s extremely important for our volunteers to see a world different than our own, to better understand the hardships these kids are affected by.
Furthermore, we strive to support the development of volunteers so they can further their careers and lives to continue social justice work in whatever they do. Laura Andrea Molinares was a volunteer at our Cartagena trip in 2015, and this trip truly hit home for her since she was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. “Growing up, I witnessed how many people live in impoverished conditions. It wasn’t until I was getting older that I realized the huge gap among socioeconomic classes and how fortunate I was to have the opportunities that I do. The future of my country is my passion, empowering my people to create a better future is something I would love to partake in. Cartagena is close to home and I feel like these are my people and I should help them.” Today, up to one hundred volunteers have traveled with CBOB to Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Colombia since the start of this program. Our focus is to empower these kids and the community through our workshops, while also empowering our volunteers.
In addition, our mission is to support the identity, relational and academic development of youth in Latin America. We train our volunteers extensively before their trips in order to teach them how to create and facilitate these workshops, and to learn effective interpersonal communication skills with fellow volunteers and children. To deepen the volunteers understanding of the city and country, volunteers are trained on the social issues that affect youth in Latin America, such as socioeconomic status, inclusivity of different identities, and cultural awareness and respect. One of our volunteers, Andrea Gonzalez, had the opportunity to travel to Managua, Nicaragua, where she had an incredible experience with the kids we help. “I absolutely loved getting to know the students and everyone involved in the process, really. Realizing the potential of all the students was so eye-opening and actually getting through to them was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Our students want so much for themselves and it was by far one of the most inspiring weeks of my life experiencing that.” We pride ourselves on the children and how impacting their lives, can also better our own. This trip allows for kids to change their future through the encouragement and empowerment in our workshops. Watching them grow in the right direction allows for all of our volunteers to grow as well.
BFP is an incredible service trip aimed at helping youth affected by various conflict and social injustices in Latin America. The dedicated volunteers who participate in these service trips create empowering workshops to educate the kids and help with their overall development and growth. One of our CBOBers, Shanquell Dixon, went on the spring break Cartagena trip last year and is preparing to leave for it again in a few short days! In preparation for the upcoming trip, Shanquell stated, “Now that I am heading back there in a few weeks, and playing a bigger role in this Bound for Peace trip I hope that I can help others have a similar--if not better experience than I did. Lastly, I can't wait to be back with my Colombian friends, and family once again!” We are so eager and excited to see all the good our volunteers do for others, as well as what they learn within themselves.
In their second blog update, our Empowerment through English Initiative (EEI) teachers Anna and Samantha share some of their experiences from their past six weeks in Medellín.
Hello from beautiful Medellín, Colombia!
We are excited to officially share a little bit of our life here with all of our CBOB family. It seems impossible that it’s only been six weeks since we first arrived in the city of eternal spring, but we have been extremely busy getting to know our new home, the foundation and, of course, the wonderful scholars!
Currently, we are teaching English twice a week to the girls at the hogar and the rest of our time is dedicated to working with each of the scholars. Aside from that, we are busy doing research for the IAMCBOB program as well as for the Bound For Peace service trips. It is safe to say that we have been learning something new every day that we are here.
There are two groups of girls we work with at the hogar twice a week. Our first group in the morning are 20 energetic, silly, and excited little ones ranging from ages 5 - 10. We have been working with them on learning and mastering the English alphabet, colors, numbers, introductory phrases, states of emotion and much more. This group loves to learn songs in English, play games, and do puzzles! They are learning so much so quickly and especially enjoy when we get to simultaneously do art projects and learn English at the same time!
In the afternoon we have 11 older girls ranging from age 11 - 16 who are all so wonderfully unique and fun to work with in their own way. Our biggest goal with them is to work on establishing a strong foundation in English. In their regular school classes they are already learning basic English concepts. We’ve been able to help them to start making sense of the language, and have been challenging them with grammar, new vocabulary and listening and speaking practice. While we have several goals for our work with them, we are hoping that by the end of our time they will have the confidence to speak in full sentences, and be able to express what they think and how they feel. If nothing else, we are hoping that this prepares them for their English classes in schoolt. We love teaching them lyrics to songs they already know in English and helping them realize that they can master basic grammar if they try!
The past six weeks have been a wonderful combination of familiarizing the girls with the English language and building their confidence in a second language. They are, slowly but surely, realizing that it’s possible to understand and communicate with someone whose native language is different, even if it’s difficult! But it’s been so much more than that. We’ve been focusing our efforts on how we can intentionally build community with them - how we can support them, love them and establish a solid rapport with not only the girls, but with their caretakers, the professor and nuns that take care of them. We know how lucky we are to be so welcomed by them, and we feel that they are teaching us so much about ourselves. We are so excited to see how much they’ve learned by May, and the bar has already been set so high.
The four scholars, or as we like to call them our little brothers, have been the biggest blessing since arriving to Medellín! We’re fortunate enough that we get to spend time with them individually and as a group every week. Each of them has their own work style, their own dreams, and their own ways of looking at the world. As much as we’ve served as mentors to them during our time here, they have given us, and each other, so much back in return. We’ve grown to understand how each of them serves as a piece of the larger puzzle that is CBOB - they have shown us that their passion and dedication for the program is unwavering, despite any obstacles that they might encounter. We spend our CBOB time with them talking about goals, talking about ways we want to improve ourselves, and the city that we all love. We also have been practicing English with each of them, and they all are improving so much every time we meet! To say we are proud of them is a huge understatement!
We’re also excited to announce that as a team, the six of us, with the help of the Board of Directors, have been working diligently on interviewing potential new scholars here in Medellín. We are all looking forward to having a new brother or sister on our team.
In our opinion, the only way to really know your new home is to actively seek out and understand the people who call themselves natives, or in the case of Medellín, Paisas. One of the best parts of our experience here so far has been getting to know each of the scholar’s families. They have all been incredible hosts taking us to their homes, introducing us to their community and their neighborhoods, and in general sharing a huge part of their lives with us. It is without question that they have made us feel like a part of their family from the minute we arrived. Being able to understand their lives outside of CBOB and school has been an amazing opportunity that we have definitely not taken for granted.
With the two months that follow we are excited to see the girls improve their English, see our goals with each of the scholars play out, and ultimately find a new scholar! We fully anticipate new experiences, new surprises and, of course, new challenges that every great CBOB opportunity always brings.
With lots of CBOB love,
Anna & Samantha
By: Nancy Massani
World Day of Social Justice is a day to acknowledge the importance and need to tackle poverty, social and economic exclusion, and unemployment. The United Nations dedicated February 20th as a day to encourage people to observe the way social injustice affects those living in poverty. This day presents an opportunity to support equal treatment for all, regardless of a person’s gender, race or social status.
Latin America faces a large amount of inequality and poverty, as well as low levels of education. This region is known to have the greatest amount of income disparities. “About 74 million Latin Americans live on less than $2 per day and over half of them are children.”
As time goes by, the rich in Latin America just continue to get richer. Half of the jobs in the region are informal, which are jobs where individuals earn wages, but do not claim them on their taxes. Some of the biggest challenges faced in Latin America are the lack of formal employment and good quality education. Due to teachers’ inefficient use of time, students tend to lose almost a day’s worth of schoolwork each week. As a result, many youth in this region lack necessary skills to find dignified employment opportunities.
Women have been working hard to reduce the amount of poverty in the region. Several of them have begun to form small businesses to overcome the effects of violence toward them and their families. Unfortunately, violence and disrespect against women still continues. However, five women from Latin America have been recognized for making their way in a man’s world and have set an example for future generations. Camila Vallejo, former student and head of the Federation of Students of the University of Chile, is known for leading student protests in 2011 and 2012 that called for free education for all. Rigoberta Menchú, who was born in poverty and experienced injustice, is known for dedicating her life to the fight for indigenous women and farmers’ rights. Lohana Berkins is known for her fight for transsexuals’ rights. Lucía Topolansky is known for being the first female president of Uruguay. Lastly, Piedad Córdoba is known for her involvement in the Colombian peace process.
Although there still is a large amount of social injustice in Latin America, there has been successful initiatives. One of the most successful has been the social welfare program, Bolsa Familia Program in Brazil. The program is a social initiative taken by the Brazilian Government and receives technical and financial support from the World Bank. The two goals of this program are to reduce the current amount of poverty and encourage families to keep their children in school and ensure they get regular health checks, which serves as a model for the rest of the world experiencing poverty.
Social justice can only be accomplished through the elimination of prejudice toward the differences that separate people by gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. In order to create social justice around the world, people must be empowered. That is what Children Beyond Our Borders strives to do. It is our mission to empower children experiencing social injustice, both locally and abroad, through educational workshops.
“With exclusion and inequality on the rise, we must step up efforts to ensure that all people, without discrimination, are able to access opportunities to improve their lives and those of others,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Education is a powerful tool that provides children growing up in difficult conditions with knowledge and strength to to live a better life of peace and prosperity to its fullest potential. Education is recognized globally as the key to ending trends of violence and displacement. It is at the heart of what we stand for. We help pave a brighter future for underprivileged children through our educational workshops and with the help of our volunteers. Our vision is to enable underprivileged children to realize their dreams and prosper in life. At Children Beyond Our Borders we believe every child, regardless of social status, race or gender, deserves a proper education. Every child deserves to live a stable life without barriers and without fear. Every child deserves to dream – and to dream big. Every child deserves a brighter future – a future that breaks boundaries and goes beyond borders.
Creating awareness about the issues of poverty and social injustice faced by children in Latin America is central to our values. Poverty is a significant issue in Latin American countries. This leads to a high crime rate and negative effects on economic growth and low levels of education. All of these factors make it really difficult to combat poverty in Latin America.
We educate our team of volunteers, staff, directors, donors, and supporters about these issues to ensure proper development of programs for our children. Not only do we educate our CBOB team, but we also spread awareness of our mission to the community in hopes of growing our family of supporters and empowering the community to join us in our efforts.
We are a family of believers, motivators, and relationship-builders. Join our mission to help spread awareness and achieve social justice for all to ensure no one is left behind.
Interested in donating to our cause? Visit http://www.chbob.org/donate.html for more information. Help make a difference one child at a time!
Kindness is contagious. Pass it on.
By: Jessie Stein
Kindness is defined as the state or quality of being kind. It is a kind act or kind behavior. As Dalai Lama said, “Be kind wherever possible. It is always possible.” Being kind can mean many different things. For one, being kind could mean giving back in some way. It can also mean having a concern for others by taking action in wanting to help out. An act of kindness can be random or well thought out. There are no rules to being kind, only acts or behaviors that contribute towards one's kindness.
To begin, kindness is giving back. Who you choose to give back to and why does not necessarily matter, as long as your intentions are positive. CBOB does an incredible job giving back as much as possible. Our Bound For Peace service trip is one of the ways CBOBers give back. This trip allows our volunteers to give back to children in South America who have undergone social injustices or armed conflict. We educate, promote awareness, and empower change in communities that need a helping hand. We strive to give back to those who need it most, when they need it most.
In addition, being kind is having concern for others, contributing towards an action of helping somebody in any way, shape, or form. Helping somebody does not have to be a huge act of kindness; it could be something as little as helping your friend study for her test or letting someone elderly take your seat on the bus. Kindness is intended to make yourself feel better because you made somebody else feel better. With our new tutoring program and college-prep mentoring program, CBOBers, alongside other eager volunteers, will be able to help students learn English, apply for colleges, and so much more. Our goal is to help teach students about the different opportunities available when applying to colleges. Our Children Within Our Borders events help younger kids achieve goals and stay on the right track to success.
Furthermore, an act of kindness can be shown to anyone, anytime, anyplace. Kindness can be random, or well thought out. A random act of kindness could even mean helping someone who you don’t even know. It’s one thing to be nice to your friends, it’s another thing to be kind to a total stranger. Our sponsors show kindness constantly by donating money to our organization in order to help our scholars. Because of our incredible sponsors, we have been able to send five students in South America to college. Whether our donors show kindness once, twice, or every month, they help keep our programs going and keep our kids reaching for their goals. No matter the amount, or how often, every dollar helps us get closer towards our vision to help children in need. Regardless of social status, race, or gender, we believe every child deserves to live a stable life without barriers or fear. Every child deserves to dream - and dream big. Every child deserves a brighter future - a future that breaks boundaries and goes beyond borders
In closing, kindness can be shown in many different ways. You can show kindness by giving back to your community, a friend, or even a stranger, as well as helping others around you in need. There is no proper way to be kind, only a proper mindset. Think positive, give back, and always lend a helping a hand to anyone in need.
By: Veronica Salazar
Nicaragua is a country rich in history and culture; its people are incredibly humble and friendly, and its lakes, volcanoes, and beaches are second to none. For this reason, it may come as a surprise that Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the poorest Spanish-speaking country in the world. A series of civil wars, corrupt governments, and natural disasters have contributed to the extreme poverty the country faces, and unfortunately, education is not as prioritized as it should be.
In Nicaragua, the school year runs from February through November and the system is composed of primary, middle, secondary, and vocational or university-level education programs. While education is described as being free and compulsory, children are only required to attend school until age 12, and attendance is not strictly enforced. For this reason, thousands of children drop out of school in order to enter the workforce and provide for their family. In fact, only 51% of Nicaraguans are said to reach the 5th grade.
UNICEF representative, Philippe Barragne-Bigot, was described in The Guardian as believing that “Children drop out because of cultural norms driven by the cycle of poverty, poor-quality, lacklustre classes and the chronic lack of economic opportunities that makes school seem pointless.”
The argument seems valid-- If children are discouraged by lack of opportunity, education is likely to be seen as meaningless. And when families are struggling to make ends meet, there is often no choice, but to abandon studies. Money continues to provide instant gratification, whereas the benefits of education seem intangible and insignificant.
The fact that so many children drop out of school in order to join the workforce raises another concern: child labor. Nicaragua scores high in child labor-- it is estimated that there are between 250,000 and 320,000 child workers in the country, with one in three under the age of 14.
Because of such high numbers of child labor, the government has been debating whether to raise the compulsory age of schooling. Some individuals believe that raising the age could prompt families to reorient their thinking toward education, while others believe that raising the age would not produce results because there is still lack of opportunity in the country.
It is important to note that many Nicaraguans are aware of the lack of opportunity in the country, and work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for their people. One such organization is Fabretto, whose mission is to empower underserved children and families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education and nutrition. They, and so many others, have taken steps toward improvement in hopes of one day breaking the cycle of poverty.
At Children Beyond our Borders, we also believe that education equals empowerment. We believe that every child deserves a brighter future, and that every child deserves to dream big. For this reason, we continue to raise awareness of the issues faced by youth in Nicaragua and other Latin American countries.
Kids learned how to set and achieve their goals in a fun way for the New Year!
By Nicholas Regueiro
Thinking about how much our volunteers and local children enjoyed our Goooal! event?
First of all, what is a goal?
I guess you can say that those definitions are interchangeable.
Our volunteers arrived early in the morning and started setting up for what was our most rewarding event this year so far.
Activities were played which allowed each individual to put together a collage that accurately defined their goals for this semester.
Lots of magazines were collected and tons of construction paper was bought in order to help children set out their goals for this upcoming new year.
Our Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach interns spent time trying to plan this great event for our local community. (Shout out to the team!)
Each intern led a specific activity which stimulated a goal reaching mentality among the children in attendance.
Still not jealous you weren't there? We even have our newest CBOB inside joke. Our favorite line of the event was “my favorite fruit is chicken?” Don't you already want to come to the next Children Within Our Borders event?
The best way to describe this event is the opposite of describing a soccer ball. It wasn't black and white but it was colorful. Meaning that everyone in the room had different goals. Goals ranging from graduating to passing the third grade swarmed around the room. Goals are your own and your responsibility.
What it means to flee...
By Jessie Stein
There is a lot of confusion when deciphering the difference between an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) and a refugee. Although both classifications of people have undergone social injustices or armed conflict in their home countries, the two are actually different.
To begin, both refugees and IDPs are displaced people; however, where they choose to go after being displaced is what sets them apart. IDPs are forced out of their homes to avoid violence and man made disasters, but choose not to cross borders, meaning legally they are not defined as refugees. A refugee is someone who is forced to flee their home and cross national boundaries because they can no longer return home safely.
Did you know that in 2015 there were 8.6 million new displacements by conflict and violence in 28 countries? That same year Colombia ranked 8th in the list of countries with the most new displacement due to these issues. One of our IAMCBOB Scholars Jose Martinez was an IDP in Colombia who was able to answer some questions about his lifestyle growing up.
When asked these questions, Jose answered with this:
“I lived in a town called Santa Barbara on known block like the passages of palms, in 2006 the Farc came to this block, I studied and lived there with my mom, my older brother and all of my aunt’s family. We were all displaced that year. To clarify: a person is not displaced only while finding a place to live, having forcibly left the place where you live is something that stays with you for life. Since my aunt is a teacher I had no problem studying while I got settled in a new place.”
Below are regions with the most new displacement in 2015.
Although Jose was fortunate enough to be able to attend school, many displaced kids are faced with different barriers in regards to education, which hinders their ability to learn the way most students do. Although there can be schools in IDP camps, they are usually under-funded and only provide primary education. Additionally, there are huge safety risks with IDP children due to their unsafe residences. These kids could face issues such as stepping on a mine or military roadblocks on their way to school, or even be at risk for sexual violence, especially for females. It was also found that 40.8 million people were internally displaced worldwide as the result of conflict and violence.
Another huge barrier to education for IDP children is a loss of documentation, which can inhibit children from having the opportunity to attend school. Even if IDP children are able to attend school, there is the issue of language barriers and discrimination. Children who don’t speak the same native tongue as others in the schooling system might feel discouraged or embarrassed and won’t want to return. They may even be alienated as an IDP and segregated between IDP and non-IDP children, and can even face discrimination from their teachers due to their status as internally displaced.
Lastly, although primary education is free, there is illegal levying of school fees, which forces IDP families to choose between food and school. Food and school are necessities in life that no child or family should ever have to choose between; however, since most IDP parents lack sufficient funds, they are are unable to pay for schooling materials. If families are very tight on money, some children are needed to help support their families financially, and therefore, do not have the time to also attend school.
Now that and IDP has been fully explained, let’s break down the differences between that and a refugee. As stated earlier, a refugee is a displaced person who has crossed national borders because returning back to their home residence is too unsafe. Under Article 1 of the 1951 UN Convention, a refugee is defined as:
“owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”
The definition suggests that there are certain requirements in order to be considered a refugee. One is to have presence outside of their home country, along with the “incapacity to enjoy the protection of one’s own state,”. Another condition is to have a justifiable fear of persecution. This legal term was coined purposely to set IDPs and refugees apart from one another. Because displaced persons must forcibly leave their homes, and their habitual country’s borders, they are legally defined as refugees.
Similarly to IDP struggles with education, refugees face many of the same realities. Refugees must also deal with discrimination and embarrassment from not speaking the home country's native tongue. As well, refugee families lack sufficient funds to afford school materials and may even need their kids to help support financially, which would hinder their ability to receive an education.
Although both classifications of people are legally defined as being different, they face many of the same issues, especially in regards to education. The two groups of people have undergone similar social injustices and armed conflict that forced them out of their homes, but choose to flee differently. IDPs stay within their countries borders yet still have a hard time receiving an education or supporting themselves sufficiently. Refugees have certain protections under law, which helps them a little more; however, still must face harsh realities when entering a new world.
We believe every child deserves an education so they can make a better life for their families and themselves. We strive to generate awareness and educate on these horrific issues so we can help those affected get similar opportunities as we are so fortunate to have.
Presentations will be going on at all our Student Chapters, find yours below and make sure to attend!
Florida State University: February 15th
By Naseam Jabberi
University of Florida: February 21st
By Mariam Hussein
University of Central Florida: February 22nd
By Casey McCarthy
A great article by the "Right To Education Project" enumerates the different barriers internally displaced children face in regards to education.
The barriers are listed as the following:
Read more about the article here! Copy and paste this link: http://www.right-to-education.org/node/619
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!