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TEN CREATIVE WAYS TO GIVE HOPE

When we all give what we have, a large, diverse, exciting community of support comes together for real, exceptional impact. There are many ways to give that are different than making a one-time donation, and every form of giving critically impacts the lives of young people all across the world. Here are ten ways to creatively give using what you uniquely have to give!

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WHAT DOES HOPE DO?

In the hopeless places, it’s hard to believe anything could be good, because hopelessness is overwhelming. The dark becomes darker, and there is no room for things like vision or joy.

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HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING

This idea of a future. A connection to something you can't yet see. Knowledge that you are on your way to somewhere different, better, bigger.It's like the first flicker of light in a dark, open space. It's an invisible call, a quiet voice helping you know you're on your way. It's hope. 

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FINDING HIS HELP & HOPE

We launched into this year expectant for big things to happen. After the celebration of our twenty years as an organization, we felt that we were being sent into a new time of growth, gaining ground, and going deeper.

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OUR YEAR IN PICTURES

More happens in a year than we can capture in photos. Nine teams in five countries, we love our cities because it's what we're made for. We find our purposes when we go out. We learn what it takes to love well. We grow and change as our communities do. Love Your City is a critically important mission that takes place in every part of a city.

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OUR LOVE YOUR CITY STORY IN AFRICA

The third of our Love Your City stories, this one from Africa...

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OUR LOVE YOUR CITY STORY IN LATIN AMERICA

We celebrate Christmas, the arrival of Jesus into our broken, hurting world. We celebrate that He came to save us. We celebrate that He still comes and saves us.

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LOVE YOUR CITY: THE BOY WITH A BALL STORY

We are so excited for the opportunity to share with you the story of our first twenty years! It began as a vision to have a team like a league of superheroes who would go out and fight for young people in their city...

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OUR LOVE YOUR CITY STORY ACROSS THE U.S.

Not by our might, our power, or even brave deeds. But by His spirit. Our story began here in the U.S. twenty years ago, and in many ways this year has been like the last- teams driven by His purposes out into our neighborhoods.

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WHEN LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS

Have you ever been in an entirely dark place when light shines through?

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LEADERS IN THE MARKETPLACE: FIRST CLASS EYE CARE

In our community, the partnership with First Class Eye Care has been life-changing.

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THE LOVE YOUR CITY CONFERENCE 2021

May 27-29, 2021 was our sixth annual Love Your City Conference.

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5 WAYS TO LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE

We all have something to give, and, thankfully, we all don't give the same things. It takes an entire community of different gifts, skills, ideas, and perspectives to change a community for the better. No matter what you have, you have a place in Love Your City. Trying to figure out where you fit in? Here are 5 ways to give that aren't $$$...

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3 WAYS TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF BWAB

February 14th is a big day. It's Valentine's Day across the world, and Friendship Day in Latin America. February 14th is also our birthday, and we are turning 20! We're excited to celebrate our birthday on the same day that celebrates love and friendship, because Boy With a Ball's story is one of sacrificial love and deep, impactful friendships.

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THE FIGHT FOR 25 YOUNG PEOPLE

Great heroes rise in moments of great need, and we are filled with indomitable hope for how everyday people will emerge to do extraordinary things in this crisis.

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LOVE YOUR CITY IN LATIN AMERICA

In a year unlike any other, we need stories of hope, of victories, of life. We need stories unlike any others.

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LOVE YOUR CITY IN NORTH AMERICA

Our three teams across the United States have given their lives to love their cities. From Atlanta to Boston to San Antonio, our purpose is to fight for young people. It's what we were made to do.

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LOVE YOUR CITY IN AFRICA

Watch the story of Love Your City in Africa and see the impact of our teams in Kenya and Nigeria.

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CHANGEMAKERS

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no school in Kenya...Watch the story of Changemakers and see the powerful impact one team can have on a city.

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LIFE DIDN'T STOP. LOVE COULDN'T EITHER.

When we love our cities together, we win.

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NO LOST GENERATION

Read our "No Lost Generation" White Paper. A document authored by our BWAB Global team detailing the secondary effects of Covid-19 Crisis on young people and what we have seen as effective solutions to the costs of this pandemic.

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FIGHTING ISOLATION

In the midst of ever changing social mores, Sergio understood that one thing remained constant: the impact of the BWAB San Antonio Team remains vital.

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BOY WITH A BALL’S PRIORITIES DURING COVID-19

As the global health community and the world come together to face the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to reach out and inform you of how Boy With a Ball is responding in this challenging time. Each decision we make is being guided by our commitment to putting the well-being of youth, their families, and their communities at the center of our work.

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CHAIN OF LOVE

It was my first semester at the University of North Georgia, and I was looking for a place to volunteer in the university’s volunteer fair. When I got to Boy With a Ball (BWAB)’s table, I met these two wonderful women that were asking so many questions about me, and that showed so much love for what they did.

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EL NINO Y LA BOLA NICARAGUA IS BORN

In late 2009, the families of nine students made contact with Boy With a Ball’s Regional Director Josue Garcia looking for a way to keep their high-achieving young people in school. Difficult weather had left these families without the crops they need to survive and, as a result, trying to feed each person in the house had become their central challenge.

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HEALING AT THE TUTORING CENTER

We met Evan toward the beginning of our time in Sarah Court. He has always been fun and full of energy. We’d always drop in and say hi to Evan and his family, and he eventually began coming to tutoring.

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AND TODAY, I AM ALIVE!

Years ago, Boy With a Ball’s first team in San Antonio, Texas met a young woman in foster care named Evelin. Evelin was a beautiful girl with a fiery personality and impeccable sense of humor.

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LOVE YOUR CITY TRIPS

The mission hasn’t changed…the missionary movement has. Love your city trips powerfully impact the world while setting your church up to transform your own community

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SEEKING: WORLD-CHANGERS

Boy With a Ball is seeking out a handful of passionate, gifted and skilled individuals who deeply desire to change the world by reaching and developing young people.

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GROWING PAINS

The first summer camp we did was for the Covenant Life Church children as well as children in the community. The week was full of fun, games, teams activities, and chapel time. The love, fun, and peace created a wonderful atmosphere that caused kids to want to come back.

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WHAT IF BIG THINGS CAME FROM SMALL MOMENTS?

Sometimes I think that impact is only in the big things: moments of revival, providing water sources to those who don’t have them, rebuilding shanties for families without a roof over their heads. Those things are beautiful. They are necessary.

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NO TIME FOR FIRST DAY JITTERS

The heat was unbearable. There were nineteen of us crowded under a tent for shade; Amari was sitting on top of me with Kimberly and Giselle sitting on either side. It added to the heat.

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BERKMAR STUDENTS’ INCREASING VELOCITY

An abundantly exciting time at Boy With a Ball, we, the Atlanta Team, are coming into our second month of the Velocity program for Berkmar High School. Velocity is a fun, relational mentoring program that pairs high school students with middle school students.

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BRIDGING THE LANGUAGE GAP

Bridges free us from the burden of gaps. They help us cross barriers that would otherwise hinder our ability to progress.

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ABOUT ATLANTA, OUR HOME

It was 2013 when Boy With a Ball Global found a new home in metro Atlanta, a city unique in its identity. Atlanta, known as the city in the forest, home to the world’s largest airport, a major film industry, a place for artists, for athletes, for families, for many, became home to us, too.

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FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HISTORIC DORCHESTER

There were once eight people in the Boston neighborhood of Historic Dorchester when it was founded in 1630. This small group of Puritans were key figures in the founding of the nation.

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REMEMBERING JOSH

Honoring the life of Josh Woodruff, key member of BWAB community.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF GIFT

On Atlanta’s West side, a young woman gripped by a world of pleasure, fast money, and exotic dancing stands at the door to the room in which she sleeps and works. She’s come back from ending her second pregnancy.

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THE DENTISTS WHO FIX TEETH & LIFT HEARTS

Boy with a ball teams again with Michigan dental ministry to provide clinic in Managua.

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THE STORY OF TWO GIRLS AND A SLUM

The powerful story of Mila, Rosie, Samara and the Precario.

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A SMALL FAMILY MAKING A BIG IMPACT

How an architect, a lawyer and a little boy are transforming Nicaragua.

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Jocelyn's Story

In the first few days of 2007, a young woman named Jocelyn, in her early twenties, came running out of the El Triangulo squatters settlement where she lived in San Jose, Costa Rica holding a crumpled list of school supplies in her hand...

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