Time and trust are essential to building relationships in international and domestic communities alike. From this understanding, Lacrosse the Nations has built programs on our core value of sustainability. To achieve this, LtN is committed to:
Thoughtful Partnerships: We partner and rely on the schools and non-profit organizations that already have developed relationships to be our eyes, ears and mentors on the ground. The leaders of these important institutions help us provide the necessary infrastructure to bring lacrosse to kids in need.
Cultural Relevancy: No two programs look alike because of the unique situations and circumstances of each community. We learn from the people about their greatest needs, with the goal of using our work to create changes needed to alleviate the pressures of poverty.
Field Staff: Our Program Staff are influential leaders within the international and domestic communities we serve. From coaches to in-country Directors, lacrosse happens year round because of these extraordinary people. Additionally, through this model, our coaches become valuable mentors and role models for the participants while also seeking higher education.
The development of LtN’s three programs in Central America is based upon a belief that one must enter new communities both humbly and respectfully. Our inaugural program in La Chureca formed gradually out of frequent group trips and conversations about the unique impact we might have at the School of Hope. Following the successful establishment of this initial partnership, LtN was invited to bring our programs to the Public School of Chiquilistagua. In June, 2012 LtN expanded to Costa Rica after thoughtful planning and discussions with Abriendo Mentes.
Current International Programs:
In domestic communities in need, we recognize organizations that embody the core essentials of LtN’s mission and vision as local beneficiaries in order to foster unity and work together through partnership. Each domestic programs is unique; functioning based on the volunteer and support structure in the communities. From summer camps, to founding lacrosse teams in under-served areas, we are excited to watch our domestic programs expand in communities that have a need and a solid volunteer base to help!
Current Domestic Programs:
Future Growth and Development
Internationally, LtN intends to deepen our impact in Nicaragua and Costa Rica through various initiatives developed to increase attendance and graduation rates. We continue to reevaluate and improve the Life Skills Curriculum and nutrition programs. We hope to replicate the program model in more international communities at an appropriate rate when the opportunities and connections arise.
Domestically, LtN aims to form brand new programs or build upon existing partnerships, always with a focus on our mission and values. In communities where there is a need but no existing infrastructure, we will work with local leaders to develop an appropriate localized program from the ground up. Where local organizations embodying the essentials to LtN’s mission and core values exist, we will form partnerships to enabling both groups to work together.