Fund College Program for At-Risk Youth, Costa Rica

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In the neighborhoods where BWAB works, violence, drugs, and poverty are all to common. In 2007 there wasn't one college student in Triangulo Solidario and since, BWAB has helped over 25 students enter higher education. College graduates in CR are 80% more likely to get a job than those without higher education. This program funds the group's college education and support program so they have all they need to unlock their potential and create positive social change in their lives and communities.

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In 2007, in the squatter settlement and slum of Triangulo Solidario, with a population of 2,000 people living in poverty, there were no college students. Young men usually joined gangs and young women were pregnant before age 15. Since then, BWAB has invested in the lives of over 25 young leaders in their pursuit of a college degree, the first 2 graduating in 2014. With continuation of the program, in less than 10 years the community will be far from the poverty and current social risk today.


College graduates are 80% more likely to find a job in Costa Rica than people without a college education. The difference in salary between someone that went to college and someone that did not is of 2.5x higher, from $400 to $1100. With the help of the Western Union Foundation, this program was founded in 2011. WU also helped the organization build a community center. It has allowed the slum community to go from 0 to 30 college students and it is ready to scale with your help.

Long-Term Impact

The community will come out of poverty. The more college graduates we have, the more a change of culture in the community will be made. The students are also required to volunteer in community service in their community and so they will immediately give back to their neighborhood. They will from then, start to help change the culture of their people into a culture of education and economic prosperity. The point has come where more funding is necessary as the number of high school seniors grow


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Boy With a Ball

Location: San Antonio, TX - USA
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @boywithaball
Project Leader:
Kim Hackbarth
Goicoechea, San Jose Costa Rica
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