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.
Jul 12, 2016

Meet Fernando!

Fernando, far left, on a community walk-through.
Fernando, far left, on a community walk-through.

Meet Fernando, one of the newest members of the Boy with a Ball scholarship group. He, like many others in the group, is a shining example of a change maker in a socially at-risk community, carving a path of positive leadership and being a true example for those around him every day. Fernando is 21 years old and from the Los Cuadros community in Costa Rica. He came to know the Foundation initially in 2012 through the tutoring program and from there, was drawn further into the organization as he was inspired seeing how something as simple as a school supply campaign could support and encourage those in his community. Fernando had this to say:

"For me, the Foundation represents many things - empowerment, how to grow as a leader, how to help my community succeed, but most of all, it has taught me what it means and why it is important to serve those around me."

Fernando currently is studying administration and plans to continue to become a systems engineer. But his goals don't stop there.

"Personally, I want to always continue to be better. I want to be a good professional, a good human being. In the future I want to be a good father, a good husband, and that my future family has everything that they need to succeed."

It is an honor to be able to be a part of Fernando's journey and it's hard not to get excited about all that he will achieve in the future. Your donation helps make it possible for Fernando to continue to study, support his family and neighbors, and shine brightly in a community where sometimes positive change is hard to see!

Jun 1, 2016

High School Superheroes End Year on a High Note

HS Mentor, Cam, with MS Mentee, Ceasar
HS Mentor, Cam, with MS Mentee, Ceasar

On May 3, the Velocity High School mentors said goodbye to their 7th grade mentees for the last time until the coming school year. Amidst the (almost teary) goodbyes and the sadness of ending this amazing year, there was a sense of growing excitment for the fall and the expected reunions. The high school mentors could not have been more impressive this year, giving each Tuesday afternoon to sit with, get to know and care for a middle school student. The consistency and care they showed week after week is inspiring to see and be around. Summer activities are in the works and everyone is looking forward to all that is coming. There is a sense of promise in the air along with a strong sense that this is just the beginning...

Apr 14, 2016

Meet Tatiana!

Tatiana (far right) and other local volunteers.
Tatiana (far right) and other local volunteers.

One spotlight member of the Foundation is 18 year old Tatiana, a long time friend

and now member of the university scholarship group. Tatiana was just 9 years old when El Niño y La

Bola began work in her community, El Triangulo Solidario, and through the years she has been a part of

tutoring, girls group and many community activities. Here is what Tatiana had to say.

"For me, the foundation is a group of people who help those with limited resources, they bring joy and

happiness to children living in conflicted zones, and are a support for many young people in the area of

academics. For me, the work is great, significantly helping children and youth who do not have the

money to support their studies. My biggest dream is to study, to get a college degree and through that

get a job that brings good economic benefits to help my family . I would like to someday be an

accomplished a person and to help other young people who have difficulties to study and succeed."

 

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