Stories of Hope

A BIG Birthday Announcement

Hello friends! Today is my birthday (yay!) and I get to make a really huge announcement! Five years ago, a group of us saw the beauty and power in the youth of this incredible community in Mexico. We built a program to show these students their massive potential, then...

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My experience in Mexico

I will never forget my first summer in Chiquilá—the summer we started the Institute. Unbeknownst to me, two of the girls in our Institute were bitter enemies. By the third week, the tension within our group was palpable, and hours before our theatrical...

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The sound of her laugh

When Alondra laughs, you can’t help but laugh along with her. She is a natural-born leader, a comedian, and an influencer among her peers. She is strong and smart, and she exudes joy. But like so many of our students, her journey has been complicated and hard. She,...

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Meet Mikey

When I first met Mikey, he was shy and soft-spoken. His smile lit up the room, but he didn’t command attention like some of his friends in his Institute cohort. That first year, two summers ago, he worked tirelessly—building his confidence and leadership as he focused...

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