Los Niños Primero was recently featured at a StoryCorps‘ event celebrating the love of community. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, collecting and archiving more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. For the February 10th event, held at the Atlanta History Center, they selected one of our former students, Abel Rivera, as an example of how love builds strength and resilience among community members. Abel is just one of the many children Los Ninos Primero has made a positive, life long impact on. Thank you to the wonderful StoryCorps team for allowing us to share our story.
You can listen to Abel tell his story here:
Abel entered Los Niños Primero in 2001 without one word of English and no measurable pre-academic skills. He was very shy and withdrawn. Our testing indicated that Abel quickly learned what was taught to him and it was not long before Abel was identified as “Gifted and Talented” at Heard’s Ferry Elementary School. As he continued to excel in school, Abel never forgot the help he received from Los Niños Primero. When he was thirteen he returned to us as a Teen Volunteer, stating that he wanted to give back to others what had been given to him. Since then he has been a leader among the teens and a role model to many. In 2013 Abel graduated with a distinguished International Baccalaureate Diploma from Riverwood International Charter School, now attends the University of Georgia on a full scholarship!
Abel is just one of many students that has developed a true love of learning inspired by Los Niños Primero. There are many more like Abel in the Los Niños Primero program, but we reach only a fraction of the children in need. Won’t you please help us reach more?