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Each New Year, we reflect on what we’ve achieved in the past year. In 2016, thanks to the support of our partners and donors, we were able to have an even greater impact on the lives of youth and children in Central America by improving and expanding education in rural communities.

We share our achievements with you here.

9th Grade Students in Llano Largo NicaraguaRJF Joins Global Giving Accelerator Challenge

The Raechel and Jackie Foundation is pleased to announce its’ participation in Global Giving Accelerator Challenge starting on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The Accelerator is designed to help nonprofits build fundraising skills, access tools and grow a base of supporters while meeting bold fundraising goals.

The RJF goal is to raise $7500 to build a local high school in Llano Largo, Nicargua for students from the community and neighboring villages who currently have to travel 2 hours, each way every day, to the city just to continue studies beyond 9th grade.

Event Logo various Final OL RJF NewsRJF's second annual East-to-West Scavenger Race was a huge success. On Saturday, September 17, 2016 18 teams raced on bikes across Santa Cruz to complete exciting group challenges for the chance to win incredible travel/adventure prizes including international surfing vacations and active, adventure weekend breaks. The event combined fun and fundraising, and generated over $5,000 to support RJFs education initiatives in Central America. 

 

Partnerships for changeWe couldn't be more thrilled to announce our partnership with the Gateway School in Santa Cruz, CA. The Gateway School and RJF partnered to develop an international cultural immersion experience between 8th grade students in Santa Cruz and the youth, parents and ecosystems that RJF works with in Nicaragua.

This project was developed out of shared recognition of the lasting positive impacts that cultural immersion experiences have on developing youth cultural competence, worldview, identity, leadership and self-efficacy.

RJF and Gateway will pilot the first Cultural Immersion Trip, in Summer 2016, with a group of 5-12 8th grade students. The trip will provide a meaningful experience to students who are at a pivotal age while also raising resources and support for one of RJF's fellows' and their education project.

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