¹ Red Latinoamericana de Acogimiento Familiar (Latin American Foster Care Network)
² Mexican Network for the Rights of Children
Our foundations program started with a weekly commitment of an Occupational Therapist, whose aim was the rehabilitation of children through the performance of activities required in daily life. We quickly determined that the children were eager to learn beyond the classroom. With the qualitative advancement of the children in reading and behavior, this inspired us to further investigate more intensive programs delivered by local professionals in Tijuana. In consultation with our educational partners, we committed to a laser-focused plan rooted in STEAM and delivered through Project Based Learning.
In 2015, Create Purpose launched the first phase of the Science curriculum, based on our commitment to the proven methodology of STEAM, with an Urban Agriculture pilot program in one orphanage. The program helps our children to learn the basics of today’s complex food systems and where they fit into the systems. We teach foundational skills of organic gardening and how to grow and harvest food that will come from their garden. Create Purpose is working collaboratively within the Tijuana community and the children are understanding the benefits of a network of support. There are several expansion opportunities that are planned based on the early success of the pilot.
Our technology program is a lean-in, practical approach to providing abandoned children with the tools for computer literacy and beyond. Using existing technology education platforms, local Tijuana experts in technology join forces with San Diego technology specialists to bring this one-of-a-kind learning experience to abandoned children.
We have made a commitment to provide abandoned children with a holistic learning experience. Programs that include Aquaponics, Financial Literacy and the Arts will be developed and announced when appropriate funding goals are met.
Expand our Urban Agriculture program & help launch our Aquaponics program.
Science, Engineering and Math
Hire 4 full time mentors & convert part-time mentors and volunteers to dedicated staff.
Nicholas is a former business consultant who had a desire to provide aband…LEARN MORE
Nicholas is a former business consultant who had a desire to provide abandoned children holistic, future-focused learning and development opportunities while in the orphanage. This approach is child-centered with the long-term goal of empowering abandoned children to pursue their purpose after the orphanage. As a founding team member, he established the urgency for creating a “for purpose” organization that is now known as Create Purpose. Nicholas relocated to Tijuana, Mexico, and is steadily and diligently building up a team of professionals and a partner network. He works resourcefully to harmonize all the gifts of professionals, partners, volunteers and donors to deliver the promise of transformative education and create a blueprint for sustainable, positive impact for abandoned children.
Samuel is a former child psychologist who found his passion in Urban Agriculture. LEARN MORE
Samuel is a former child psychologist who found his passion in Urban Agriculture. He has been an integral part in i dentifying practical ways to help the local Tijuana community thrive through sustainable food growth.
Mariana joined the team after successfully conceptualizing, devel…LEARN MORE
Mariana joined the team after successfully conceptualizing, developing and activating a garden based nutrition education program within a public elementary school in Tijuana, Mexico. With a Masters in Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University, she consistently weaves the instruction of healthy eating habits into the Urban Agriculture program. Her unique instruction intrinsically integrates the philosophy of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).
Gabriela practices psychology at one of our university partners.…LEARN MORE
She specializes in Crisis Intervention and Intervention and Management of Vulnerable Populations. She will also complete her Masters in Education in 2018. Gabriela ensures that every person who comes into Create Purpose has the emotional and psychological intelligence to work with the children that we serve.
Ana Cristina designs curriculums and teaches teachers how to implement Proj…LEARN MORE
Ana Cristina designs curriculums and teaches teachers how to implement Project Based Learning Programs. Her approach embraces the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Ana Cristina actively develops curriculum for Create Purpose that will be shared with schools and afterschool programs.
With experience working in the San Diego/Tijuana mega-region, Rachael brings her…LEARN MORE
With experience working in the San Diego/Tijuana mega-region, Rachael brings her expertise in Social Entrepreneurship to Create Purpose. Her experience bringing sustainable solutions to at-risk communities that give them a hand up rather than a hand out aligns perfectly with our vision to give children the tools in life to thrive.
Robert brings his expertise in donor development to Create Purpose. LEARN MORE
Robert brings his expertise in donor development to Create Purpose. His guidance and experience was instrumental in launching the foundational organization in 2014.
Kim dedicates his life to the service of abandoned children. LEARN MORE
Kim dedicates his life to the service of abandoned children. Though much of his work has been in support of adoption services, he recognizes the need for the development of the children who will remain in institutionalized care.
Adam sparked the idea in the early Create Purpose team… LEARN MORE
Adam sparked the idea in the early Create Purpose team that creating an organization based on the passions of the visionary team was possible. He worked closely with team members to get the core systems and funders in place to launch the organization. He collaborates with the Board of Directors and strategic partners to drive fiscal growth and support the expansion goals of Create Purpose.
Tresa brings her expertise in digital marketing to the social…LEARN MORE
Tresa brings her expertise in digital marketing to the social sector by joining Create Purpose in 2014, fusing her passion for relevant marketing with her 20-year history of supporting high-impact youth development programs. She leads a team of purpose-driven professionals to bring the story of Create Purpose to life.
Amar is a broker and restaurateur who has long since had a passion… LEARN MORE
Amar is a broker and restaurateur who has long since had a passion to bring coding to the abandoned children of Mexico. He is working closely with Create Purpose staff to turn the dream of coding into a reality for these children.
Domingo brings his success in guiding startups into the social… LEARN MORE
Domingo brings his success in guiding startups into the social sector. He helps develop strategies for the long-term sustainability of the organization and ensures near-term tactics are aligned with the sustainable vision.
Tom works on data analysis for political campaigns and social…LEARN MORE
Tom works on data analysis for political campaigns and social injustices. He brings his expertise to help design quantitative assessments that establish benchmarks and demonstrate the impact of Create Purpose programs on abandoned children.