An Incredible Adventure is waiting for you…
By Kassandra Cabrera
Are you looking for a way to travel abroad? Do you have an overwhelming desire to help people in a different country? Children Beyond Our Borders’ (CBOB) Bound for Peace (BFP) Volunteer Service Trips are back by popular demand! With our new mission:
Bound for Peace is a service trip program that sends volunteers to develop workshops for youth in Latin America. We strive to facilitate interactive and educational workshops relevant to community needs, to strengthen social and emotional support for the kids we work with, and to provide volunteers with exposure to ideas about equity and inclusivity.
Volunteers will not only be facilitating workshops for at-risk youth in these communities but they will be able to fully immerse themselves in the culture of the country where they are working. Volunteers can directly interact with citizens of the communities which will allow them to serve as positive role models and ultimately empower the children to be more than they could have ever dreamed of being. Shanquell Dixon, President of the FSU Chapter of Children Beyond Our Borders, was fortunate enough to be chosen to volunteer on one of CBOB’s past Bound for Peace Service Trips. In her own words:
“During my Bound for Peace trip, I learned that communication isn’t just what you say, but how you interact with others. At many points I didn’t understand what was being said to me or how to respond well in Spanish, but showing the children attention and love was enough to get my message across. This trip allowed me to get in touch with people using my actions instead of my words. I’ll never forget how great of an experience this all was for me.”
This hands-on experience gives volunteers a chance to not only better the communities where they are working, but they will be given the opportunities to better themselves as well. Volunteers will be able to visualize the hardships that these children go through in a way that they have never been exposed to before. By acknowledging the difficult lives of citizens in these impoverished areas, our volunteers will come back with first-hand knowledge that will permit them to spread awareness of these hardships and how CBOB helps these communities.
The cities we will be travelling to on our several service trips are: Medellin, Colombia, Cali, Colombia, Cartagena, Colombia, and Quito, Ecuador. Trip dates and prices will be released to active members and interns at our 3rd Annual Gala. The general public will have access to this information soon after!
Join us on one of our Bound for Peace trips! An incredible adventure through a fascinating city is waiting for you.
For more information visit: www.chbob.org/bound-for-peace
ORLANDO, Fla. –– Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) is a non-profit organization built on the foundation of bringing education into the lives of children both locally and internationally. CBOB continues its mission to provide opportunities for youth affected by armed conflict and social injustice through our Annual Gala! This year’s theme is “A Building Block for Education” and we want YOU to join us for the grandest CBOB event of the year!
Our 3rd Annual Gala: A Building Block for Education is an opportunity for us to come together to reflect on everything CBOB has accomplished in the last year, including the growth of our newest program, Children Within Our Borders and our Bound for Peace trips. The funds we raise at this year's gala will be used to help the kids we serve through CWOB; We will be building a classroom in a hotel in Orlando and a house for the community in Alachua. CBOB continually strives toward building blocks for education to enable children to realize their dreams, regardless of their circumstances. Gala allows us to showcase our work, and the children who make it all worthwhile.
This black tie event will include an evening of dancing, dinner and a silent auction all in the comfort of an entertaining atmosphere. A vast array of items will be up for auction that range from admission tickets to Seaworld, to wine tasting classes at Total Wine, and MORE!
Be a part of our family this Gala season and find out more about how CBOB generates awareness, provides educational tools, and establishes relationships to further our mission. All attending guests will receive a complimentary meal along with a night of fun!
Tickets are on sale NOW! To purchase tickets and more information, visit www.chbob.org/gala
Education = Empowerment. Add yourself to the equation.
Sponsors of the Event:
Butterfly Gardens at UF
Central Florida Zoo
Crayola Experience Orlando
Floating Lotus Spa
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Lion Country Safari
MLB - Rays
Orlando CIty Soccer
Painting with a Twist Orlando
Precision Laser, Inc.
Wonder Works Orlando
In a time where Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat dominate most conversations with the usual, “Did you see that?” or question of the newest trends, it’s apparent that social media is more than a mere outlet for us to write what’s on our minds in a brief 140 characters or 10 second video. As businesses begin to note the new wave of change in terms of their marketing strategies, one thing is obvious: social media presence is an important factor in whether or not a business soars in sales or is deemed as old fashioned. And so, losing the crowd they aim for the most: the millennials.
No longer is being deemed an entrepreneur something exclusive and risky. In fact, millennials are known to be the generation with an “entrepreneurial spirit”. How? Through their social media presence. Social media is no longer excluded to past time, but now is used for self branding; a platform where relationships are made, networking conducted, and communities built. All of this through the simplicity of a screen. The importance of creating a strong media presence is to create relevance in the digital sphere in that a strong community of followers allows for one’s cause or vision to be deemed as relevant because it is actually acknowledged. The power of using human sentiment through a striking photoset or captivating words can do wonders in the nonprofit world. Social media outlets, such as Facebook and Instagram, can now be used to our advantage; a means by which one can directly express their vision to the masses.
The use of social media as a means to gain influence over a specific target promotes easy accessibility. In other words, with the right use of hashtags and the correct manipulation of social media platforms, brands are able to promote an easy way to spread the word about their vision to a broad crowd, in both numbers and diversity.In our case, through the use of creating strong social media presence, Children Beyond Our Borders is accessible to anyone. Through the use of photographs and words, such as blog posts, we are able to create an emotional bond with our viewers. No longer are brands and companies distant; their ability to display raw emotions to their viewers on different social media outlets promotes a sense of connectivity with a brand, its vision, and its viewers. So, social media sponsors connection to not only surrounding peers, but also to potential followers around the globe. Social media draws attention to the importance of being more than a mere outlet of getting a vision across, but rather, to promote awareness among its followers; to foster an urgency to not only be united in a vision to bring about change, but, to actually be a part of that change.
The importance of social media, especially in this new fast-pace culture, is something that must be acknowledged. Nonprofits can use this innovation as a platform to not only spread word about their visions, but to also create a bond with their viewers in order to generate change together. Children Beyond Our Borders creates emotional ties with its followers, and thus, an active community working toward a common goal: education in order to bring change to a child’s life, no matter their upbringing.
On September 28, 2016, the Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) student chapters at University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida will be participating in CBOB’s National Tabling Event. The theme of this tabling event is “Who Lifts You Up?” This National Tabling Event will serve as a new CBOB Student Chapters tradition for years to come!
Students and faculty who pass by the student chapters’ tables will be 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.
The Student Chapters will also be by raising money for chapter events, IAMCBOB Scholars and Bound For Peace service trips by hosting bake sales at their respective locations! “Who Lifts You Up?” is a brilliant way to kick off the school year and it is also a remarkable opportunity to spread the CBOB message! The CBOB Student Chapters work toward igniting student interest in the educational, social wellness, community service and youth empowerment aspects of Latin America and in our local communities.
Kassandra Cabrera, Public Relations Chair for the FSU Student Chapter:
“We are hoping for this event to bring the members of our FSU community together while letting them know what CBOB is all about. I think this event will generate a lot of activity because we are approaching “tabling” in a different manner that will hopefully spark the curiosity of students on our campus.”
Join us for Who Lifts You Up? on Wednesday, September 28! Don’t forget to pick up tasty CBOB treats as well!
UF: Plaza of the Americas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FSU: Landis Green from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
UCF: Student Union 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On this mission, she not only recruited amazing volunteers but she also found love. David was a Senior studying there at the time. “We met and have never stopped talking since,” Andrea said of her first encounter with David. Fast forward to October 3rd, 2015 - the night of our second annual “Passport to Peace” Gala. As the CBOB family watched, David proposed to Andrea in front of all those she holds close to her heart (see photo above).
Our organization, and this bridal shower, would not be successful without the help of our amazing supporters. Any donations would make a huge difference in the success of this event. If you are unable to donate money, please consider donating gently used dresses, shoes, hair accessories, or any other things that may be useful for their activities. Andrea is asking for donations by July 25th so she can purchase decorations, catering, and goody bags for the girls.
Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) is a non-profit organization with a mission centered around constantly bettering the lives of children locally and internationally with empowerment through education. CBOB has many wonderful programs within it, Bound For Peace, Children Within our Borders, Student Chapters, IAMCBOB, and a powerful one: the Volunteer Internship Program (VIP). VIP was founded in November 2009 with the initiative to provide students with the opportunity to get involved in a non-profit and make a direct impact on the world. The main goal of this program is to empower and inform the interns, while providing them with life skills and practical experience to prepare them for a future filled with passion and success.
Through the Volunteer Internship Program, interns are able to acquire skills that will help them in the future, with any path they choose to pursue. VIP provides their interns with hands-on experiences that teach them knowledge, empathy, and professionalism. This is important because the professionalism you learn in VIP “helps you practice being personal to whom you are serving yet still know your limits and act like the qualified person you are,” says Estefania Martinez, our Curriculum Coordinator.
The positions in VIP range from Grant Writing to Fundraising to Social Media. Independent of the position, every semester we are able to see the profound impact VIP has had on the interns and the kids we serve. Emalyn Deak, our current Training Coordinator, said that joining the VIP program “has been one of the best decisions of [her] life.” Because of this program, “I look at the world around me with a different perspective,” she states, “I continue to feel blessed that I found not only an internship, but also a family.” Our current Graphic Designer, Amanda Gebelhoff, said that through the Volunteer Internship Program, she’s “become more responsible, handled [her] time better, and furthered [her] skills in design.”
VIP may seem intimidating, but there is nothing more encouraging than this family of passionate and dedicated people who will support you every step of the way. “The people you work with in CBOB want to see you accomplish things and also give you the proper tools and techniques with expansive freedom to do so,” says Cathy Telfer, one of our Grant Writing Interns. The internship always goes above and beyond any expectation a person had coming into them, surprising them with the difference they can make in the world, and the difference they found VIP made on them. This internship is for anyone who is willing to “put in the work and believe in the cause,” says Sabrina Wilkerson, one of our Public Relations Interns, because “this experience is a great resume builder and can teach you great work skills, such as being responsive and held accountable to your duties.” Emalyn Deak believes “this internship is more than just an internship; it is the key to making a difference in the world. Every volunteer, intern, or board member of CBOB change the world on a daily basis.”
VIP combines individuality with teamwork, passion with professionalism, and work with love.
“Experiences like this don’t come along very often, so take advantage of it,” says Amanda Gebelhoff. Let the Volunteer Internship Program empower you, as you empower others.
Applications open today, Friday, June 24th, 2016. Apply and find out more at http://www.chbob.org/apply
Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) hosted the first Children Within Our Borders (CWOB) Pediatric Mobile Health Clinic in Gainesville, FL, on June 11, 2016. Thanks to a dedicated number of volunteers and attendees, the outcome of this event was a striking success! The Mobile Health Clinic Service Day proved to be a valuable initiative learning experience for both the kids and the parents.
Volunteers conducted various activities to teach the kids of Alachua County about proper nutrition and health. The children of this community were given the opportunity to listen to meaningful health talks conducted by knowledgeable volunteers. This hybrid clinic allowed for the kids and to be examined and provided with vaccinations. Volunteers also helped conduct activities such as Zumba, yoga, and other fun workshops aimed to teach the utmost importance of health.
Amanda Gebelhoff, Graphic Design VIP Intern, attended the event and was awestruck by its accomplishments along with the positive mark it left for the children of Gainesville:
“The Mobile Clinic Service Day was a great event for the Alachua community. I think a lot of families got the medical attention they needed and also got educated on some health topics they may not have known about. The kids we worked with in the workshops were adorable! They loved the stress balls and yoga. Even watching them get into Zumba was amazing! Completely made my day. I just wish we could help more people in the community and I hope that can be done at our future events.”
Elizabeth Castaneda, Development and Community Outreach VIP Intern, enjoyed the planned activities and being the reason for someone else’s happiness:
“The Pediatric Mobile Health Clinic was such a great experience for me especially since I aspire to be a pediatrician. I was so happy to have the opportunity to work with the children and their families, as well as the amazing volunteers that came out to help. We offered hands-on learning to the children by offering workshops that dealt with nutrition and personal hygiene. I'm looking forward to more Mobile Clinic Service days!"
CBOB board member and pediatrician at UF Shands Hospital, Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams, also took part in this event. Dr. Montoya-Williams stresses the importance of distributing health services to all children. Thanks to a partnership between CBOB and the Alachua County Health Department, the University of Florida’s Department of Pediatrics, as well as UF’s Mobile Outreach Clinic, the event attracted the attention of WCJB-TV local news.
See the story: http://tinyurl.com/gnsbmvx
On April 16th, Emalyn Deak, our Training Coordinator, lost someone very near and dear to her - her grandfather Robert Thompson. Emma’s grandfather was one of her strongest supporters, especially of her work with Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB). When asked about her grandfather, Emalyn had this to say:
“My Papa was always really good about being the best grandfather. Even when life threw him curveballs, he always managed to support and love his grandchildren with all his heart. His support for my future profession and work with CBOB was no exception. When I first told him about my internship and my trip to Colombia, he was quiet and quickly changed the subject. While at the time I thought he was weary about my future endeavors, I later learned that he was in such awe of what I was doing that he was lost for words. At his funeral, my aunts and uncles shared with me that my Papa would not stop talking about my trip and my internship. Everyone who came up to me at the funeral said he was so proud of what I was doing and the mission of CBOB. For that reason, many people at his funeral decided to make donations to CBOB in his name. I am so thankful for my Papa's support and love even after he has passed.”
CBOB is incredibly fortunate to have Emalyn. Like Emma’s grandfather, we too are in awe of her talents, dedication and the constant support she offers not only to her fellow interns, but to the organization as a whole. She continually inspires us all to work harder and to achieve more every day. Children Beyond Our Borders is so blessed to have had the support of such a wonderful man and to have the opportunity to work with Emalyn who brightens our lives on a daily basis.
Children Beyond Our Borders would like to honor Robert Thompson and thank him for his contributions to our organization. His support of Emalyn’s endeavors has, in turn, become support for our entire organization and we are eternally grateful.
The Bound For Peace trip to Cartagena, Colombia was one both the volunteers and the children will remember forever. With one of our partner foundations, Fundación Granitos de Paz, our volunteers were able to immerse themselves in the culture of Colombia and provide educational workshops to the children in an attempt to empower them and to break the cycle of violence and poverty.
The workshops topics presented by the volunteers included sex education, gang violence, decision making, and the importance of caring for yourselves and others. All the workshops discussed topics that educated the children on social and lifestyle issues. Those lessons learned will affect them on a daily basis, having a positive impact on the rest of their lives. One of the volunteers, Nikki Scort, said that she enjoyed the sex education and gang violence workshops the most because “it’s something that is a pressing issue in their community and it was one of the workshops where [she] saw that the kids were very interested and very willing to participate and learn more.” The volunteers helped the children set goals and figure out ways to accomplish them, something that came very natural to these kids. One of the volunteers, Erini Longini, was extremely impressed with how they responded to this activity, saying that “most of them had no problem writing the steps to reach their goals” and that all the children were “very open about their lives,” which made her feel welcomed. The ease at which these children caught on to the information and the excitement and maturity they showed is something that is going to be constantly inspiring the volunteers for years to come.
The Bound for Peace volunteers were able to experience the city of Cartagena as a whole on this trip. All of the volunteers were quickly immersed into the culture of the country through architecture, dance, music, and a volunteer favorite, food! Michelle Beissel said that her favorite part of the Colombian culture was “experiencing the food every night,” no matter if they stayed in or went out. They were able to see how the city was different from where they lived and how fortunate they were. Every single one of the volunteers left with a feeling of gratitude for the children and for the city. Through exploring beaches and little back roads in the city, the volunteers were able to establish a lifelong bond with each other.
Overall, to say our Bound For Peace trip was a success is an understatement! The memories made, the lessons taught, and the smiles created will never be forgotten. “I think this was a really good service trip because instead of just coming in and doing temporary things we were supporting Granitos de Paz which has a huge positive influence in the community. I feel like I got to learn a lot about Cartagena and even Colombia in general by getting to spend so much time with the kids,” said Eirini Longini. This trip was just another example of how education equals empowerment.
Applications for our next Bound for Peace trips will open in the early fall, so keep an eye out! But in the mean time, you can donate to a volunteer to make the next trip possible here http://www.chbob.org/payment.html!
For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or check out our website http://www.chbob.org/bound-for-peace.html.
Children Beyond Our Borders is a proud member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Orlando, an organization that provides leadership and supports the economic development of the Hispanic business community in Metro Orlando. Our Executive Director, Andrea Ortega, serves as one of the representatives and participates to grow the organization. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been a huge supporter of Children Beyond Our Borders and many other nonprofit organizations in Central Florida.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is known for helping businesses and nonprofits in Orlando with networking and professional development. An influential community of Hispanic professionals strengthening the economic development for Hispanics in the region, this organization provides great opportunities for big companies and organizations to connect with this business community.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has several programs supporting the advancement of young professionals in Orlando, having a strong voice in political issues, promoting the growth of diverse business owners and giving back to the community by helping nonprofits in the area.
Part of giving back to their community is hosting events for business owners and nonprofits in the area to gain exposure and give opportunities for professionals to connect. The next event that the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting is the Hispanic Business Conference and Expo June 2 - June 4 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Last year’s event helped diversity business owners grow their business by hosting 700 meetings between suppliers and buyers, and more than 200 exhibitors attended showcasing products, games and services. Children Beyond Our Borders will be one of the exhibitors at booth 1216 with fun games and to spread awareness of our mission. We would love to see you there!
For more information:
Visit the site http://www.hbconference.com/
The conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center located:
9800 International Dr,
Orlando, Florida 32819