Every week, with the help of dedicated volunteers and our amazing school partners, we distribute 1,100 backpacks to families in our We’ve Got Your Back program. Our school partners and liaisons not only identify students who should be in the program, but also act as our champions on each school campus. They are the eyes, listening ears, and encouragement for so many students on their campus who need a little extra support.
Last Wednesday, we hosted our annual We’ve Got Your Back seminar and appreciation luncheon at the Nutrilite facility for the many individuals who help make We’ve Got Your Back successful. During the seminar, our Director of Domestic Programs, Christine Sanchez, shared the goals for our We’ve Got Your Back program. Ultimately, we aim to guide our families to self-sufficiency through the help of pilot programs such as financial literacy classes and mother clubs. School liaisons and partners also participated in a brainstorming session about how to partner together to more holistically serve and invest in the students and families at each school.
Elia Perez, We’ve Got Your Back Administrative Coordinator, shared, “To be gathered in the same room as these amazing school liaisons and partners who are so passionate about changing the lives of the children and families they work with every day and to hear their ideas is so powerful.”
At the Nutrilite-hosted luncheon, school liaisons, volunteers, board members, and corporate sponsors heard a summary of the past year from Sean Lawrence, Giving Children Hope’s Executive Director. He shared stories of the powerful impact that Giving Children Hope has had on so many vulnerable families both across the street and around the world. The keynote speaker, George Esquivel of Esquivel Shoes, emotionally shared a bit of his life story, which is very similar to some of the children in our program. He encouraged those in the audience, calling them “answers to prayers” and urging them to strive to not just be the light in their students’ lives, but lighthouses.
We would like to express our gratitude to Nutrilite for hosting the event and catering the delicious lunch. We would also like to thank our board members who attended, corporate sponsors for their continued support, our faithful volunteers, and our amazing school liaisons, all of whom help us keep our We’ve Got Your Back program successful.