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5 Years of Sponsorpalooza

This September, Sponsorpalooza is celebrating its 5th anniversary. The 2020 goal is to find 100 sponsors for 100 students and raise $50,000 to support a total of 500 students by the end of September.

This September, join the familia. There are five ways you can BE THE HOPE. 

Pick one and see the difference you can make.   

It’s the Final Week of Sponsorpalooza

COVID-19 is affecting us all. But for these students and their families, it’s a new kind of crisis.

In the midst of a global pandemic, connection has never been more important. Become a sponsor today and share hope with a student who needs your encouragement.

 The 25 students below all have something in common–they want to continue studying, but that has been especially difficult while struggling with hunger, distance learning, anxiety and stress. You can be a student’s cheerleader during this difficult time and create a connection that lifts them up and carries them forward!

Click on a student’s photo below to become their sponsor. 

Maycol Enrique

Hi! I am Maycol, I am 17 years old, and I am in my final year of school. I live with my parents and my two younger siblings. I have been part of Common Hope’s program for 4 years, but have never had a sponsor. Will you be mine?

Edgar Estuardo

Hola! My name is Edgar Estuardo. I am 19 years old and currently studying in my final year of school. Times have been tough for my family so 3 years ago, my parents came to Common Hope looking for support in order for me to stay in school. I am proud to soon be able to say that I am the first graduate in my family, and would love to have a sponsor in my final year!

René Abraham

Hi, I am René. I am 17 years old and currently in my second to last year of school. My mom is a baker, so I decided to study food management. I really look forward to working in my degree and graduating in 2022, just like my older sister did!

Kevin Anthony

Hello! My name is Kevin. I am 16 years old and currently in 11th grade studying accounting. I chose to pursue this degree because I enjoy math and numbers. I live with my mom and my two younger sisters. I know that without my mom, I would not be where I am today, so I am really looking forward to the day that I can help her just like she has helped me.

Erick Emanuel

Hi, my name is Erick. I am 19 years old and currently in my second to last year of high school. I chose to study to become an electrician, but this past year has proven to be difficult with COVID. I would love to have the support of a sponsor, will you be mine?

Jose David

Hi, I am Jose David. I just turned 18 on February 14, and I am currently studying Auto Mechanics in my final year. I have been in Common Hope’s program since I started preschool, and my family and I are very thankful for the support we’ve received. I am looking forward to becoming the first person to graduate in my family!

Edgar Eduardo

Hi, I am Edgar, I just turned 19 and am currently a senior in high school. I have always enjoyed drawing and art, and consider myself to be a creative individual, so I decided to study construction drafting and drawing. I am really looking forward to graduating and working in my major. I am also looking forward to setting a great example for my two younger siblings! Will you be my sponsor?


Hola, my name is Josue. I will be 18 on March 22. I am the oldest of three, and soon will be the first person in my family to graduate! I really enjoy math and numbers, and I am looking forward to a degree in accounting. I hope to be able to help my mother after I graduate because she has been a strong role model while raising us all on her own.

Gabriel Estuardo

Hi, my name is Gabriel Estuardo. I just turned 18 on March 1 and am proud to say that I have made it to my last year in school. Though I have only been part of Common Hope for 3 years, I am thankful for the help and support. I am looking forward to graduating with an accounting degree so that I can help my mom and be a positive role model for my sister.

Be the person who changes a life.

Small acts of generosity and kindness have a ripple effect. Even after 19 years, Edwin still carries the names of his sponsors in his wallet. Even if you’ve seen Edwin’s story before, your hope will be restored. Watch now.

Share. Walk. Matter.

Join Common Hope for its first-ever Walk For Hope this September. Let’s unite across the country and around the world to share HOPE.

Walk 5k and help raise $50,000 for Common Hope to support Covid-19 Response efforts. 

Register for free! Any walker who raises $96, the full cost to deliver a month’s programming for a family, will receive a t-shirt. Raise $1,152 and get a special edition Common Hope YETI mug!

Participants are encouraged to walk 5k in honor of the 5th anniversary of Sponsorpalooza!

Join us at the Virtual Finish Line on September 20th! 
(or whenever you want because it’s virtual 😉)

Call 651-287-0716 for help with registration.

Who Can Walk?

Anyone, anywhere can join us and walk for hope. It doesn’t matter where you walk. It doesn’t matter when you walk. It doesn’t matter that we cannot physically walk together. What we CAN do is show the world that sharing HOPE matters!

  • Walk as an individual

  • Walk as a Family

  • Walk as a Team

  • Walk as a company and become a corporate sponsor

Register Now!

Celebrate Sponsorpalooza this September!

Celebrate the 5th anniversary and check out these ways you can connect and share hope!

Lunch & Learn

Great for companies, employee resource groups, and church groups, Lunch ‘n Learns can be hosted virtually or in person (following COVID-19 guidelines). Our staff is ready to speak on important, relevant topics including Guatemalan culture, poverty, the COVID-19 crisis, and Common Hope’s work in Guatemala. Book a Lunch ‘n Learn and we take care of the rest! Interested? Contact Teresa Bettmann at

Virtual Happy Hour

Grab your favorite beverage and join us online for a Common Hope Happy Hour! Common Hope hosts virtual happy hours for groups of friends, families, and anyone looking to casually get together and learn more about Common Hope’s mission to fight poverty with diplomas. ¡Salud! Interested? Contact Teresa Bettmann at

Post, ‘Gram, Tweet

Social media is a powerful tool to spread the word about Common Hope. We encourage everyone to follow us on social media to get the latest information, news, and announcements!

What is Sponsorpalooza?

Started in 2016, Sponsorpalooza is a month-long campaign in September dedicated to honoring those who already sponsor and to finding new sponsors to BE THE HOPE! 

In Guatemala, over half the population lives in poverty and 25% live on less than $2/day. Only 18.6% of Guatemalan students graduate from high school. Now, with the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, families are facing new levels of food insecurity and strained physical, emotional, and educational health. Imagine living like this during a crisis.

 There is hope. Sponsors and supporters give HOPE to students in need and motivate them to keep learning during the uncertainty and unknowns of navigating through COVID-19.

It is Common Hope’s goal to connect students directly with a sponsor. When you become a sponsor, you change lives. Not only by providing financial support for tuition, books, uniforms, and school supplies, but more importantly, by providing motivation and hope on their path to end the cycle of poverty. 

When you sponsor a Common Hope student, you aren’t just sponsoring “a child in Guatemala.” Common Hope helps you build a personal relationship with José, or Lizbeth, or Andrés and their family. You will see your sponsored student grow and witness their success firsthand.

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