Reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to 2018!
by Micayla Kinder
It’s hard to believe that 2017 has come and gone and we are quickly approaching 2018! The end of each year often brings a time when people reflect on all the victories and successes from the year and look forward to what is to come. For Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. 2017 was a wonderful year! We held our 4th annual Gala and raised money for our CWOB programs, trained and promoted many new interns, sent volunteers on unforgettable service trips through Bound For Peace, added new scholars to our IAMCBOB scholars program, and worked tirelessly to make all of our CWOB workshops excellent!
The latest activity in 2017 was interviews for the next round of VIP interns. While many VIP interns plan to remain in their position during the new year many positions are left open which regularly allows a new set of talent and skill to enter into the CBOB family. Beginning in 2018, a new team of interns will join VIP and join our efforts of making CBOB great and fulfilling our mission. The new interns are very excited to begin working for CBOB and plan to take CBOB to the next level. Keep an eye out for a blog in the future to find out more about the new team!
Another exciting thing coming up for CBOB in 2018 is our Community Health Fair. CBOB will be hosting a completely free community health fair aimed at helping underprivileged families who struggle to afford healthcare, but all are welcome. This health fair will take place on January 20th, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m. The fair will allow individuals access to free, basic consultations and physical exams. There will also be games and zumba to promote physical fitness and wellness. Lastly, healthy snacks and foods will also be provided! The fair will be located at: 13719 NW 146 Ave Alachua, FL 32615.
The start of the new year also means a new season of Bound For Peace service trips! Every year volunteers pack their bags and set off on an amazing adventure to help children in need and explore a new country! This year there will be trips both during spring break and summer. Over spring break, volunteers will travel on three separate trips to Medellin, Cartagena and Cali Colombia. The deadline to apply for a spring break trip is January 21st. Over the summer, volunteers will be going on three separate trips to Quito, Ecuador as well as Medellin and Cartagena Colombia. The deadline to apply for these trips is February 25th. These trips provide students with the opportunity to facilitate workshops, work directly with children and experience a new culture. To apply and learn more information visit: chbob.org/bound-for-peace.
In addition to new interns and service trips, CBOB is also preparing for their upcoming January workshops. These workshops are designed to be fun and educational for kids in our communities. The first workshop of the year is called Be The Light and it will be focused on the new year and helping these kids become the best version of themselves! The new year brings new ideas, new goals and new opportunities and this workshop will show children some of the key principles of life and how to utilize them. The workshop will take place on January 13th at Great Value Suites: 7100 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809. Volunteers are needed so we hope to see you there!
Children Beyond Our Borders would like to thank you all for supporting us and making 2017 incredible. We look forward to having an even better 2018 with you! Be sure to follow our social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates about future CBOB events!
by Christina Mouttet
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
The kindness our sponsors have shown us has been so incredible. It is because of this kindness that Children Beyond Our Borders Inc. has been able to continue in fighting to realize our mission of education and empowerment. Our many programs like IAMCBOB Scholarship Program, Children Within Our Borders, Student Chapters, Bound for Peace Program, and the Volunteer Internship Program would not exist without the help of our sponsors and for that we could not be more gracious. Thank you for the incredible support and dedication, it means all the difference to the thousands of children we serve!
Here at CBOB, we think of ourselves as more than just a nonprofit organization. We are family- a family of believers, motivators and relationship-builders. Through their amazing support, our sponsors have truly become an integral part of our family.
We would like to begin by thanking our sponsors who so generously donated to our annual Gala. During this annual event, we hold a silent auction where the fantastic prizes are sold to the guests with the highest bid. These bids then become donations that go directly to helping our classroom facilities and programs. This year, we were able to include incredible prizes in the auction and we would like to show our gratitude to the sponsors who donated:
We would also like to extend our gratitude to our partners and supports in both the United States and in Latin America. These include:
Thank you also to 7Sage LSAT Prep for their sponsorship!
By: Maria Aguila
Happy Holidays! With all the events going on, you’re bound to find yourself shopping for a couple gifts to give to loved ones. Wouldn’t it be cool if your shopping could contribute to something more than just bringing a smile to someone you know? With AmazonSmile, your shopping can help millions of children across the world smile by just shopping through smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.
AmazonSmile is an easy way to support Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is no different from the Amazon you know and love; the same low prices, and easy shopping experience. There is just one difference. At check-out, AmazonSmile will ask you to select your favorite charitable organization, in this case the organization you’d select would be CBOB, and 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated towards that organization instead of being collected for profit. That may sound small, but imagine how much it would add up if every shopper participated. However, not every single product is eligible for the program, so be sure to check for the "Eligible for AmazonSmile" indication on your product before purchasing!
The best thing about the program is how easy AmazonSmile is to use. No, you don’t need to make a separate account from your original Amazon account, and no, you won’t lose your shopping cart or wish list when switching to AmazonSmile. Everything transfers; the only difference is the URL you type onto the webpage!
Whether it is Hanukkah, Christmas, a birthday, or New Year’s, every gift can become a gift to someone else too. Donations can help bring warmth to those in need, and happiness to those without. At CBOB, our children are grateful for every donation received. Whether our children are global or local, we ensure that we help as much as we can so they can live the amazing life they deserve. For this reason, the CBOB family fully supports AmazonSmile and fully recommends that you use it throughout your holiday shopping. Lending just one hand can make a drastic difference in the world today, let’s fight poverty together with AmazonSmile today! Will you lend a helping hand?
By: Maria Aguila
The Volunteer Internship Program is an excellent opportunity that helps one grow as a professional and as a human being; contributing to transform another life and helping a child achieve their maximum potential is what this program is all about. The beauty in this program comes within the bright smiles on each child’s face as they realize how much they’re learning and begin to dream, thanks to you. Not only does VIP achieve its goal of empowering interns by providing them with life skills that they will carry out in the near future, but it is a program that shows interns that the world is in their hands.
My personal experience with the Volunteer Internship Program has been incredible. It has been enlightening to see how much change just one person can make in another person’s life, and it is amazing to see how much change a group of people can make in the world together. From weekly tutoring, to monthly workshops, to our annual Gala, below are the experiences of other interns:
"Working for Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. as a PR intern has been an incredible experience. I have learned how to be a good communicator, how to meet deadlines, stay organized and cooperate with my team to produce the best results for our organization. I now know how to use so many programs that I will use in my future career. This internship has both solidified my desire to work in this field and been a stepping stone to move me forward as a public relations professional. I am a more responsible, dedicated and hardworking person because of my experience with CBOB. Anyone who wants to grow as a professional and make a difference should consider applying for the VIP program!" -Micayla Kinder, Public Relations & Social Media.
"Working at Children Beyond Our Borders as a Community Outreach intern has allowed me to dive deeper into what I'm extremely passionate about, which is empowering children through education. Learning from experts, and knowing I always have a support system and resources available when needed is more than I could ask for. This position has given me an environment to blossom and gain many new skills. What impacts me the most is seeing the creation of an event come to life and lighting up the faces of all the children. It's a pleasure working with CBOB. "- Estrella Alvarado, Community Outreach.
"Being a part of VIP has been amazing so far. It has shown me how to give back and give children something that every child should have. I have learned how to manage my time better by making time for all the meetings and events. When a person says they don’t have time for something, what they mean is I am not making time for it. I can’t wait to proceed with my position as an intern at CBOB and fulfill CBOB’s mission!" -Tiffany Wut, Liaison
"I've had so much fun working with CBOB and have learned so much about PR! This internship has been amazing and seeing the difference we are making in the children's lives is so moving. I highly recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in PR or nonprofit work!" - Christina Mouttet, Public Relations & Social Media
"I’ve loved being a part of VIP. Interacting with the kids we serve and the community on behalf of CBOB has helped me grow as a human - both personally and professionally. On top of all that, the people I’ve met through CBOB have the warmest hearts and it’s such a joy to work with them!" - Anna Baringer, Community Outreach
There you have it. The world is ours, and thanks to CBOB, myself and others were given the amazing opportunity to empower those in it. Never forget, empowerment = education. Go VIP!