On Sunday, 113 kids and teens showed up to participate in our annual anniversary celebration for Light and Leadership, in addition to numerous parents, women’s program participants, artisans, local & international volunteers and LLI neighbors.
This anniversary celebration had so much going for it–and we like to think it’s a direct reflection of where we are and where we’re headed as an organization:
- The anniversary was Space Themed. Yeah. It was awesome. Even more awesome was that the t-shirt design was created by our very own teen participant Bryan. Check it out.
- This anniversary was entirely funded by friends and family of our current international volunteer team. That means, every t-shirt, every sticker, every piece of cake that kids shoved in their mouth out of pure excitement was made possible due to generous people we all surround ourselves with. That’s incredible. Thank you.
- We had the most teen volunteer support we’ve ever had. Our teen center has been going strong since opening it’s doors in 2014, but this past event truly showed our teens are ready to step up and serve their community. Considering all the anniversary prep nights held weeks before the event at the teen center and then showing up (on time!) at the actual event, our teen participants blew us away.
- Our coordination team was dynamite. Spanning countries like the U.S., Canada and Peru, our coordination team was not only international, but they were serious about making this event incredible–and super fun. These smart and talented women could have held their coordination meetings in Spanish, English or French, you know? We’ll just let you guess which one…
- The photo booth was just too great. Thanks to donations from our Amazon Wishlist, we had a fun set of props (space themed of course) for kids to choose from and have a blast.
- Our women’s program is growing and is getting recognized. Not only did this anniversary boast its own “women’s program section” where women could help put together posters for their education programs to be used as signage, but they also could relax and get their nails painted by some pretty great teens. Plus four women this year won special awards within the program (see #8 for more info!)
- Olaf came to visit. One of our local volunteers jumped in an Olaf suit near the end of the anniversary for some pretty great photo opts. Check him out below. Oh, you didn’t know snowmen hang out in space sometimes? Well, neither did we 😉
- The Awards, oh the Awards! As always, LLI recognized some of our most stellar and outstanding participants. Each winner received a certificate and a special prize. Check out the full list below:
Outstanding Participants, Children’s Programs:
English: Jhosman, Science: Mailee, Math: Fiorella, Homework Hour: Esmeralda N., Chess: Maycol, Biblioteca: Belinda, Sports/Yoga: Briggithe, Art: Jeremy H., Typing: Alessandra, Coding: Erick
Outstanding Participants, Teen Program:
English: Susy C., Eduardo T., App/Coding: Bryan R., Art: Thaiz Pizango, French: Angela Q., Leadership: Kevin Z., and recognized for teaching their own classes to other teens within the teen center: Miguel M. and Rildo C (Guitar class) and Naydu J. (Dance class)
Outstanding Participants, Women’s Program:
Best Participation: Sara M., Best Attendance: Viky C., Best New Participant: Elizabeth E.
And last but certainly not least–the big awards:
“Participant of the year” awards are given to the most outstanding participant per general program. These participants reflect LLI values such as a strong commitment to learning, dedication to their respective program, willingness to help others, demonstrated leadership skills and more. Each participant receives a special field trip within Lima to a place of their choosing!
“LLI Kid of the Year”: Lindsay S.
“LLI Teen of the Year”: Diego G.
“LLI Woman of the Year”: Cecilia V.
And there you have it! Thanks for supporting LLI’s 8th anniversary. Come visit for #9!