Boy With a Ball

Boy with a Ball is a youth, family and community development organization working to develop teams which dynamically impact young people in cities across the world through: Reaching young people and their families within their own neighborhoods, drawing them into in-depth one-to-one mentoring relationships and small groups, equipping them to grow into leaders, building communities of and around them and releasing them to improve the world.
May 18, 2015

Community Clean Up

Organizing a community clean-up is a great way to make your community a cleaner place, connect with friends and neighbors, and give back to the community. A big difference can be seen from the efforts in a small amount of time. A tidy neighborhood can do so much, like help residents feel safe and secure, develop a sense of community pride and it also sets a good example for all people to live a healthy, active and environmentally concious lifestyle. Last Saturday, Boy with a Ball community leaders in El Triangulo planned and executed a successful community clean up and a great time doing it! About 30 youth from the community put on their vests and gloves to clean up the community and take some time to think about what contamination does to their community!

May 11, 2015

Meet Aaron.

Aaron is a Journalism major at UIA university—Universidad Internacional de la Americas— here in San Jose. Aaron is a part of Boy with a Ball's university scholarship program and shared with us a little bit about what the program has meant to him.

“The scholarship program has had a not only a great impact on an academic level, but also holistically. This is due to the fact that in the program, I have received personal growth comprehensively (this includes spiritually, academically and socially). In the scholarship program, I have come to understand a great amount of values and virtues that have helped in my education. Some of these include responsibility, compromise, and integrity. Besides that, in respect to the academic growth, I have come to know a great collaboration, due to the dedication of the members of the program. In summary, I feel very pleased with the program and mainly, very thankful for it.”

Feb 27, 2015

Who is El Nino y la Bola?

The ENYLB team, volunteers and program participants are the heart and soul of the Foundation. It is a pleasure to introduce you to some of these uplifting individuals, whose stories demonstrate what is possible with dedication and courage.

Meet Monica. She is 18 years old, from the community of Los Cuadros. She first came to ENYLB by attending tutoring sessions, which played a vital role in finishing her high school degree. During these tutoring sessons, a tutor mentioned the opportunity volunteer, which spoke to Monica’s strong desire to help others in her community. Monica began tutoring younger kids and in 2014 became the Foundation’s volunteer coordinator.  She fulfilled this role for 9 months and at the end of 2014, was contracted as a program assistant for the Foundation, the first step in her fulfilling a dream. Monica also helps with the girls groups in both communities.

When asking Monica about the Foundation’s work, she said that she loves it not just because she works there, but because many of the kids from the communities do not see a light, opportunity or open doors in their lives. This is what the Foundation shows them. “Life is like a staircase, and the Foundation is a bannister. It does not move you but it is there to support you along the way. We give people the tools they need. People want to be involved and continue doing more because they see people in their community growing.”

One of Monica’s goals was to work for the Foundation and she has already achieved this. “If I do not strive to be a better person every day, how can I inspire those from the communities to do the same?” Monica has many dreams and knows that to reach to her long term goals she must go step by step. Her first goals are to finish her education, which she knows she needs to move forward. She wants to continue to work and live to give other people powerful life tools and set an example. In her life, ELYLB has supported and inspired her, seeing people move forward from situations even harder than hers. “If I can, you can”.

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