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SAN CARLOS YOUTH ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM

Working with Rosa, they recently determined criteria for an ideal recreation lot. It would be (1) accessible to the main road, (2) centrally located in the community, and (3) relatively flat.

Youth have their eye on a property, but the owner wants to sell the entire parcel, 12 manzanas (about 30 acres). One manzana, if the owner agreed to sell just one, would be large enough for a multi-purpose field—for baseball, soccer, or volleyball—with room to build a community center in the future.

The youth are planning fundraisers to purchase the land. Their efforts will go toward matching funds for one-third of the cost, about US$3,000.

In addition to raising money, the youth need to convince the León municipal government to include in the 2018 budget the other US$6,000 needed for land purchase. Support from two groups—the indigenous community (which has to approve land purchases in area) and the León political party (FSLN) youth division—is necessary for obtaining city backing. The FSLN requires the San Carlos youth to show they have an actual team and are worthy of support.

At a September political rally for re-election, the vice mayor of León visited San Carlos to garner votes. The youth presented the candidate with a letter requesting support for the recreation field, and she assured them that she would present the letter to the assembly and ask that the project be included in the 2018 budget.

Meanwhile, the teens are in fundraising mode. They are organizing a Saturday morning “field day.” Mothers will set up food booths and contribute a percentage of their profits. Parents will help supervise a sale of baseball equipment—extra equipment and too-big uniforms donated to San Carlos last year.

The event will conclude with an exhibition game on a loaned property. This property is the third field the youth will have cleaned this year, because the owners of previously cleaned properties have needed to plant, illustrating the need for a permanent location to play sports.

For the first half of the year, the San Carlos teen group focused on preparation for and participation in the youth cultural exchange. See the fall 2017 newsletter for details about another successful encounter.