Here's just a small sampling of the initiatives that are ongoing with your support.


CHarlas con el grupo, Chats with the group

An important part of the Youth Across Borders mission is to establish deep meaningful connections between the Youth Ambassadors and Youth they have traveled to see. During our trips, the team  splits up in to smaller "grupos" or groups for a "charla" or chat. It is during this time that the youth can get to know one another on a person to person level and share their personal experiences of living with HIV as well as share questions, answers, and laughter.

Speaking to the group I had the opportunity to share my story of discovering I was positive while pregnant with my first child. I saw light bulbs flickering on as it hit them, positive mom, negative baby. I wanted them to know a family can be theirs; they can and will and are loved regardless of their HIV journey.
— Youth Ambassador

 Workshops

We utilize our volunteers unique talents to create activities throughout the trip that convey messages of diversity, hope, healing, bravery, openness, strength, learning, and community.

 The “Box of Crayon” project was inspired by wanting to show how we can not only be creative as individuals, but even more so when we include everyone and work together. The book “The Crayon Box that Talked” (by Shane Derolf) beautifully fables how without others, our world is not as beautiful or complete. Derolf highlights that it is because of our diversity and our differences that a “completed picture” involving inclusion is richer and more fulfilling.

The “Box of Crayon” project was inspired by wanting to show how we can not only be creative as individuals, but even more so when we include everyone and work together. The book “The Crayon Box that Talked” (by Shane Derolf) beautifully fables how without others, our world is not as beautiful or complete. Derolf highlights that it is because of our diversity and our differences that a “completed picture” involving inclusion is richer and more fulfilling.

 Some of our amazing volunteers after completing a workshop demonstrating the purpose of revealing your true self by putting on your clown nose.

Some of our amazing volunteers after completing a workshop demonstrating the purpose of revealing your true self by putting on your clown nose.

 Creating vision boards to imagine and plan for life outside of the group home.

Creating vision boards to imagine and plan for life outside of the group home.


Group Projects

During the week we will work on projects with the children we traveled to see to enhance the environment where they live and play. 

 Some of the service team after completing a shelter for raising pigs and breeding them for meat. As a result of this project, the group home can save money on their food costs and extra meat can be sold to the nearby village for additional income. This has developed into a sustainable micro-industry for the town in which the group home resides.

Some of the service team after completing a shelter for raising pigs and breeding them for meat. As a result of this project, the group home can save money on their food costs and extra meat can be sold to the nearby village for additional income. This has developed into a sustainable micro-industry for the town in which the group home resides.

  Our service team and youth from the group home at Montana de Luz transformed a wall covered with graffiti to one with words and images of inclusion. 3 years later the wall is still being respected and has not been destroyed.   

 Our service team and youth from the group home at Montana de Luz transformed a wall covered with graffiti to one with words and images of inclusion. 3 years later the wall is still being respected and has not been destroyed.