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Month: June 2016

Glitz….With a Mission

Jack Brewer Foundation

Last night I was invited to the US Ambassador to Guatemala’s residence for a reception with the Jack Brewer Foundation Global Ambassadors and others who work with at-risk youth using sports intervention.

I have been working alongside an organization, Champions in Action, that utilizes the nation’s love of soccer to work with at-risk youth and connect them with mentors who in turn are able to invest in the lives of the youth. In the past we have worked with the US embassy on several occasions. They support our vision of change through sports and have helped us in the past to host clinics with current and former soccer coaches and athletes.

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Stories from the Field: Forced to Grow up too Fast


Here in Guatemala, I have met a teenage girl, Josephine. She’s grown up in a rural area in between Guatemala City and San Pedro Ayumpuc, the next large city to the northeast. This area is known for violence and it is common to hear gun shots every evening. Gang members permeate throughout the community. For much of her life she grew up with a single mom. When she was younger, her mother would lock her and her older brother in the house alone; afraid to allow them to be in the neighborhood unsupervised and with no other child care options.

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