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What is a Yuda Band?

A Guatemalan handcrafted leather and coconut bracelet that is the basis for a service project run by youth in hundreds of schools across the United States every year. Yuda is derived from “aYUDA”, the Spanish word for help, aid or assist. Sales from Yuda Bands are used to build educational scholarship funds so youth in developing nations can attend high school who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.

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More than a bracelet project

The Yuda Bands project is the fastest growing organized school service project in America. It begins with youth in U.S. schools, and ends with their peers in poverty stricken communities in the developing world. It’s student led and student run. Project leaders personally select, and Skype video call, the student they fundraise for. At it’s heart, the project is about Youth empowering youth. It’s personal, it’s real, and it’s impactful.

How we’re different

This is personal

We build a scholarship fund for each student in the Yuda Bands program that will COMPLETE their high school education. When setting up your project you’ll personally select which student you fundraise for and even have a chance to Skype video call them.

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So who makes the bands?

Adrian (video) and many other talented young adult/adult Guatemalan artisans. The bracelets are purchased directly from them, this is called fair trade. Your purchase gives dignity to Yuda Bands makers, who take pride in creating a living for themselves.

*Special shoutout to Adrian and his wife, congrats on the new baby! 😍

How to Make a Yuda Band

Meet your sponsored student

You’ll visit their home, take them food & clothes, teach them leadership & life skills, and even do community service with them. Yuda Trips are a fraction of the cost of other mission/service trips and we invite all to join us to see FIRST HAND the impact your bracelets sales are making.

Guatemala 2016 trip enrollment: OPEN
Zimbabwe 2016 trip enrollment: CLOSED

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How can you get involved?

Join our team and help us fight poverty by bring the Yuda Bands project to your local school. Over 1 MILLION youth have already shown their support and now we need yours.

It only takes 3 minutes to sign up and you’ll be assigned a project manager to walk you through every step of the way. It’s completely free and will impact lives in more ways you can even imagine.

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