LJHS students breaking the poverty cycle with Yuda Bands project

LJHS students breaking the poverty cycle with Yuda Bands project
Posted on 03/12/2018
Coleman and Flores selling Yuda Bands


Contact: Christina Courson, Public Information Officer

(512) 398-0033 office

(512) 738-1413 cell



Date: March 12, 2018

LJHS students breaking the poverty cycle with Yuda Bands project

Lockhart Junior High School (LJHS) Student Council Vice President Jamayla Coleman and Secretary Amryss Flores have been working to change the life of a student on the other side of the world. These seventh graders, along with the entire student council, are selling Yuda Bands to help Ashton Busangavani attend high school in Zimbabwe.

Yuda Bands are leather and coconut bracelets handmade by Guatemalan artisans. The name Yuda is derived from AYUDA, the Spanish word for help. Students sell the bands for $7, and the money helps fund scholarships for other students in developing nations across the world--students required to pay for education. In choosing this project, LJHS students aim to open the opportunity for Busangavani, age 13, and help break generational cycles of poverty.

In the two weeks leading up to spring break,  the students have sold nearly 300 of 400 bands. Everyone likes the stylish bands, but they are also buzzing with the excitement of knowing by purchasing the bands, they are helping a good cause.

“Here, we have education for free, but there, students actually have to pay for their high school education,” explained Flores.

When asked why the student council chose Yuda Bands, Coleman explained LJHS student council members had attended an annual student council conference, where they had an opportunity to visit with different representatives from projects all over the world. There were projects that offered ways to make a difference, but the Lions chose to take on Yuda Bands as their school project.   

In addition to helping others, these student council members are learning goal setting, marketing, accounting, and exercising leadership to start a movement and inspire others to follow. The project also raises awareness of the importance of education and helping others in need.

“It opens our eyes up to all of the advantages we have,” said Flores. “It also opens our hearts to give to them,“ added Coleman.

The  students, led by their teacher Alissa Cornic, will continue selling Yuda Bands when everyone returns from spring break Monday, March 19. The bands will be on sale through Thursday on campus.

For more information about Yuda Bands, and how they're empowering youth to help, visit www.YudaBands.org.

#  # #

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2021 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.