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
Education = Empowerment. Here’s how we are a part of the equation.
By: Kassandra Cabrera
As 2016 comes to an end we reflect on all that has been accomplished this last year as well as prepare for all we must do in the upcoming one. Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB), along with many other organizations, has worked tirelessly to provide all children with a right they so greatly deserve, the right to an education.
Unfortunately, our efforts, along with others, are continuously needed due to the fact that there are more than 59 million children still unable to receive an education. Girls make up 55% of these children. The two factors that are most influential for being able to receive an education are the type of community as well as income. Children living in rural communities are two times more likely to not attend school and the wealthiest 20% are four times more likely to be in school than the poorest 20%. In addition, not being able to receive an education greatly hurts the community’s ability to thrive socially and economically. Education empowers children to make good decisions and prepares them for future success.
This year CBOB has gone above and beyond in acting to combat the issue of the lack of education. In 2016, CBOB has provided five students with the IAMCBOB Scholarship. Because of this, they are able to attend various universities thus allowing them to advance their careers. Additionally, CBOB volunteers went on four Bound for Peace Service Trips this year. These trips allowed volunteers to educate the children of various areas in South America. CBOB was also able to provide over 500 children with backpacks, giving them the proper materials necessary for success in school.
Although much has been achieved this past year, our mission does not stop now. 2017 is a chance for new opportunities! CBOB plans to continue and expand its mission until every child, worldwide, has the right to an education.
By Terra Lilkendey
The holiday season is a time of giving back and opening our hearts to those who need help and support. Here at Children Beyond Our Borders, we love this time of year because we get to host so many fun events for children all around Florida. These events help us to support and inspire our communities!
We teamed up with Feed and Fortify to participate in the Angels Party for homeless students in Orlando. Our goal with the event was to provide an evening full of magic and making dreams come true for the over 200 families in attendance! The event had food for families, and special golden tickets for the children to participate in fun activities. Coming from such rough backgrounds we wanted our activities to help the kids foster their belief in themselves embrace their self worth! The kids had so much fun playing games and having their faces painted. Instead of writing letters to Santa, we had the kids write their future selves letters. It was so inspiring to see what goals the kids had for themselves!
Our Spirit of Giving event in Gainesville, provided children with toys and stuffed stockings thanks to our donations received from #GivingTuesday! The look of excitement on every child’s face made the event so amazing and rewarding.
Also, we want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our Holiday Helpers who came out and helped with our events! You guys were great and we know that you had an amazing impact on all of the kids!
This holiday season, Children Beyond Our Borders wants you to remember how important giving back is, and how much of an impact you can make on your community.
Best of Wishes and Happy Holidays,
Children Beyond Our Borders!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2016
Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. has joined the global #GivingTuesday movement with a #LatinosGive campaign on HIPGive.
Orlando, FL – Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. is participating in the #LatinosGive competition, as part of the global #GivingTuesday movement—a global day of giving that promotes the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to empower philanthropy and celebrate generosity. Our project, Children Within Our Borders can be found by visiting www.hipgive.org/project/children-within-our-borders. This year, #GivingTuesday is celebrated on November 29, after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, to launch the period of giving and inspire people to collaborate to support their communities. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to benefit the Hispanic communities in Orlando and Gainesville through our Children Within Our Borders program. The money will be put towards ensuring that students have the necessary materials to succeed in the school year, as well as, fund the workshops our volunteers put on for them.This year we are also raising money to buy the children a brand new toy to open up during our holiday events at each city. Children Within Our Borders is working hard to ensure that every child receives a proper education and a new present this year.
"Volunteering with Children Within Our Borders the most rewarding experiences I have ever encountered. Yes, sometimes it's hectic. Yes, things never go as planned. Yes, sometimes the children are a lot to handle. But at the end of the day, none of that matters. All that matters is the impact that we, as a collective group, are able to make on each and every child living in that hotel."
-Olivia bashton, CWOB Volunteer in Orlando, FL.
If you want to be part of #GivingTuesday and support Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc, please visit our campaign page on HIPGIVE, http://hipgive.org/project/children-within-our-borders/.
For more information, visit our page on #LatinosGive on #GivingTuesday, visit www.hipgive.org, the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HIPGive), or follow @HIPGive on social media and look out for the hashtags #LatinosGive and #GivingTuesday.
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CBOB Invites You to #GivingTuesday
By: Karissa Disla
As the holiday season approaches, CBOB is becoming a part of the ultimate #GivingTuesday Campaign! Through this campaign, CBOB’s followers, along with their friends and family, can openly donate for this giving season. This campaign was designed specifically for supporting our local programs and providing this holiday season a toy for a child and the continuation of our educational workshops at Children Within our Borders cities in Orlando and Gainesville.
Thanksgiving is a season of gratitude; a season where one can reflect on the blessings that their life is full, whether it’s something as simple as having a family. Thanksgiving evokes a sense of consciousness towards the reality of our lives and the people in them, manifesting the first thing we are willing to share for the giving season: our hearts with each other. Children Beyond Our Borders wants to share our heart with you, and we want to do it through this campaign. All donations given in through this campaign will be going directly to the toy drives and funding of the holiday events in Orlando and Gainesville, our programs focus directly on giving back to a struggling community.
CBOB’s Operation Director, Tatiana Paz, was inspired by this campaign and planted seeds of inspiration amongst CBOB’s interns after stating, "We want to make it a goal to make sure that every child in our CWOB programs can receive a brand new, unopened gift for this next upcoming holiday.” So, our goal is this: to bring joy and love amid the children of struggling community. Each donation isn’t simply a new toy, it is a spirit of love of being distributed through a toy. Each donation guarantees one more new present for a child; it guarantees a child’s sense of significance in themselves. Just picture this: through your donation you will give a child their first ever unused gift, you would be giving them something that is their own!
Join CBOB during this season of giving thanks and giving back by becoming a part of a campaign. Through your donation, you can ensure a smile on a child’s face because of the new treasure you will be giving them. Perhaps the most important and significant role you can play in this campaign is also the simplest: sharing the campaign and our goal to your own Facebook feed. This promotes a larger coverage, meaning more chances to impact more children. Don’t simply be a part of something, inspire others to become a part of it also.
CBOB challenges you to spread love for this season.
Simply go on our page, click donate and then share! Happy Thanksgiving and happy giving!
Happy Birthday to US!
By Lauren Visco
This month we are excited to celebrate our anniversary! Thirteen years ago we started our fight against social injustice. What started with the love and passion of students from the University of Florida who wanted to give back to their homeland of Colombia, has grown and blossomed into something they could have only dreamed of. We continue to work with those in Colombia affected by the scars of the nation’s internal conflict, but through our passion have been able to expand our mission beyond Colombia. Children Beyond Our Borders has been able to extend its reach on a global scale by now serving children in Ecuador, Nicaragua and more cities in Colombia. Our expansion in Latin America inspired us to look to our communities and begin our work right here at home, serving Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Orlando.
In the last three years we have gone from one program to five! What started off as Crossing Borders has now turned into Bound for Peace, our service trip program that sends volunteers to develop workshops for youth in Latin America. One program that has grown out of our need to do more has been our very successful Volunteer Internship Program (VIP). VIP is made for people from all walks of life who want to give back to the communities they are passionate about. This program has grown so much since its beginnings in 2013 with only 4 applicants to over 80 last year, and even more expected this year!
Through the years we have also been able to bring our fight against social injustice to our local communities, with the implementation of our newest program, Children Within Our Borders (CWOB). CWOB has been a blessing to our community not only because of the children it serves, but the opportunities it has opened up for our chapters across the State of Florida. From a program that started with four students at UF, Children Beyond Our Borders student chapters can now be found at: University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and Florida State University.
We are also so proud of the installment of our scholarship program. IAMCBOB is our scholarship program for 5 students who demonstrate a strong desire to acquire a higher education, to attend college all-expenses paid. With this scholarship program we are able to help students break the cycle of poverty. Our very first graduate of this program was Yosimar! Yosimar studied Hospitality and Tourism in Cartagena, Colombia. The benefit of this scholarship can best be described by Yosimar’s own words “I want to study at a university because it will open the door to many opportunities. Studying there will allow me to be better prepared to live in this world and face the many challenges the world brings.”
Over 13 years our love and passion for bettering the lives of children everywhere continues to grow. On this celebratory month we remember and give thanks to those who started it all: Angelica Suarez, Luis Felipe Garcia, Oscar Trujillo, and Liliana Bustamante.
Thank you to everyone who has been on this 13-year journey with us, we are looking forward to the many more years to come.
Join CBOB as we raise money for our children locally and spread student health by Zumba-ing for 3 hours with some of the best Zumba instructors from Florida!
Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) is a 501 C 3 Non-Profit organization striving to fight against social injustices beyond physical and psychological borders. Its mission is to provide opportunities for children and youth affected by armed conflict and social injustice and to find peace, prosperity, and well being through education and empowerment. CBOB does this by creating awareness, providing educational tools, and establishing relationships. We are the CBOB Student Chapter at the University of Florida. We are a group of dedicated undergraduate students that fight for the awareness and hopeful termination to the ongoing issues in Colombia: poverty, lack of proper schooling, conflict and internal displacement.
Zumba is a Colombian Dance Fitness Program that involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included. It is an amazing workout done through dance moves and aerobic exercise. All levels of dancers are encouraged to participate.
Our Zumbathon is an event that centers on health and body fitness through an ongoing zumba class. The event lasts an average of three hours, however, there are breaks in between and all participants are encouraged to rest at their own pace. At a Zumbathon, participants are instructed by professionals and achieve an amazing workout while dancing and interacting with others.
Countless individuals would benefit from this amazing, engaging, and fun event. Students, faculty, staff, and community members could participate in the great workout, where they would have fun while staying active and raising funds. Along this would benefit the many children in Colombia that have been victims of internal displacement, violence, abuse, and more. Anyone that would like to participate in this event is welcome to come and enjoy a great time. We encourage all levels of dancers to come.
All our information can be found on the student chapter website: www.chbob.org/University-of-Florida
Acompañanos el Proximo Sabado!
By Karissa Disla
El proximo sábado 5 de Noviembre, de la 1:00pm hasta las 5pm, Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) será el anfitrión de su segunda completamente GRATIS Clínica de Salud Pediátrica a los residentes del Condado de Alachua. En colaboración con la Universidad de la Florida y la Facultad de Medicina Clínica Móvil con nuestra propia Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams, esta clínica se llevará a cabo en la Iglesia Hispana de Alachua, 14608 NW 140 Street, Alachua, FL.
Este evento iniciará una experiencia unica no sólo para los voluntarios, pero también se esforzará para servir a los niños y los padres que se beneficiarán de estos servicios. Cada niño que entra será visto por un médico y tratado. Habra acceso a las medicinas, vitaminas y vacunas que se necesitan para ayudar a tratar al niño o joven.
Este centro de salud tendrá como objetivo proporcionar servicios gratuitos a los residentes del condado de Alachua. Estaremos ofreciendo medicamento y actividades para que los niños participen y juegen mientras esperan su turno.
Los esperamos a todos!
Para mas informacion sobre nuestra organizacion visite: www.chbob-es.org
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