About Our Organization

We are a group of teenagers living in Cameron County, Texas, a small poverty stricken county on the Mexican border in South Texas.  Approximately 30% of our community lives below the poverty line.  Our mission is to raise money to fund projects through existing charities that help kids in our area. 
 
The initial five juniors who founded Teens Helping Kids hope to see their legacy continued and their overall goal is to see their program reach its 10th anniversary and being able to say their organization has raised over $1,000,000 for their community. (Cameron County)
 
Awards and recognitions
            
 

January 2013

Sixteenth Annual Spirit Award

Guadalupe Regional Middle School

Since their inception, Teens Helping Kids has used proceeds from their events to Sponsor-A-Student at Guadalupe Regional Middle School.  As Texas' only tuition-free Catholic school, Guadalupe must seek sponsors and scholarships for all of its students each year.  Guadalupe Regional Middle School is most grateful to Teens Helping Kids for their leadership, generosity and care for the youth of our community.  Teens Helping Kids organization serves as an inspiration to our students and to the greater Brownsville Community.

It is with great pride that Guadalupe Regional Middle School honors Teens Helping Kids as their 2013 Spirit Award Honoree.

 
 
 

February 14, 2012

St Joseph Academy Inaugural President's Distinguished Community Service

Award Presented to Teens Helping Kids

 

As an organization, "Teens Helping Kids" is a group of young individuals who have demonstrated leadership and service through their time, talent and treasures for the benefit of Monica's and Maggie's Houses as well as other community organizations. Since its inception, these students have raised nearly $400,000 to help meet the needs of children and families in our community. The group's moto is "Lending Hands to Kids in our Community". These young people are an inspiration to their peers, who are the next generation of leaders and volunteers. We are honored to present the President's Distinguished Community Service Award to "Teens Helping Kids".

 
 
2018 Teen Members



Luis De La Garza


My name is Luis De La Garza, a second-year member of Teens Helping Kids. At school, I am a part of the soccer and football team and a member of the Model UN group. I am eager to be a part of this organization as well as follow my sister's footsteps. 




   
                                         



Carlos Esteve

Hello, my name is Carlos Esteve. I am currently in my senior year at Saint Joseph Academy. This is my second year participating in Teens Helping Kids. I am honored that I get to be a part of this great organizations eleventh anniversary. I look forward to making this year our best yet. 





Eduardo Gonzalez

Hi, my name is Eduardo Gonzalez. I am a senior at Saint Joseph Academy, this is my second year in my involvement in the Teens Helping Kids team. I was part of the varsity football team and currently in the varsity basketball team and later on the baseball team. I am very excited to take part in this amazing event and help out my community in any way possible 





Camryn Gloor

Hi, my name is Camryn Gloor, and I am currently a senior at St. Joesph Academy. I am involved with National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Chem Club, and Positive Peer Leadership Team at school. I have also been a member of the basketball, track, and cross country teams since freshman year. I love what Teens Helping Kids has been able to do for the less fortunate in our community and I am extremely honored to be a part of this group this year.






Jorge Varela

Hi, my name is Jorge Varela. I am a senior at Saint Joseph Academy. I am currently on the varsity swim team and was a part of the varsity football team. I am great full to have been chosen to be a part of the  Teens Helping Kids team. This experience will give me the opportunity to look at my community in a new way and will instill me with the desire to help others.







Calvin Walker

My name is Calvin Walker, a senior at Saint Joseph Academy and a second-year member of Teens Helping Kids. I am privileged and honored to be part of this great organization. Besides Teens Helping Kids, I am currently involved in The Civics Youth Group, Model UN, Marist Youth Leadership Team, Astronomy Club, and Varsity Baseball. I am looking forward to working with my peers and give back to our local community.





Tatiana Wolfe

I, Tatiana Wolfe, am honored to help improve the lives of the children in the Rio Grande Valley through Teens Helping Kids. My goal this year is to help make the 11th annual event the best yet and continue to give back to my community. Besides Teens Helping Kids, I am part of the National Art Honors Society, Student Council, Green Team, Positive Peer Leadership Team and Varsity Golf. It's a privilege to be part of such a giving organization and am excited for the years to come!








Carolina del Pozo

My name is Carolina del Pozo, I am a junior at Saint Joseph Academy and this is my first year as a THK member. I am a part of Student Council, Green Team, National French Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, Bloodhound Ambassadors, Varsity Cross country, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Track team at St. Joe. I am also involved in a religious group called Ecyd, Marist Youth, and casita Padre Pio. I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the 11th annual Teens Helping Kids annual event. Our team has been working extremely hard and we are very excited for what this year has to offer!







Jacob Esparza

My name is Jacob Esparza. I am currently a junior at Saint Joseph Academy. This is my first year in TEens Helping Kids. I am involved in multiple school clubs such as Marist Youth and National Honors Society, and am currently a member of the varsity basketball team. I am looking forward to giving back to the community through this year's event.








Julia Gonzalez

Hi, my name is Julia Gonzalez. I am a junior at Saint Joseph Academy, this is my first year helping teens helping kids. I am currently in JV basketball and secretary of Model UN. I am extremely excited to help out teens helping kids and making this event amazing.









Ricardo Marroquin 

My name is Ricardo Marroquin and this is my first year being a member of Teens Helping Kids. I am an 11th-grade student at Saint Joseph Academy. I have been able to be a part of many clubs and organizations and as well as many athletic events. Getting to work and really help our community move forward, leads me to believe that a positive change can really make a difference. I want to help my community through this wonderful program. 








Parker Harris

My name is Parker Harris and this is my first year as a member of Teens Helping Kids. I am a student at Saint Joseph Academy where I am apart of the Varsity Golf team and 6 other clubs. It is an honor to work alongside my peers serving kids in our community through hard work and service.





Trevor Lette

Hi my name is Trevor Lette. I am a junior at Saint Joseph Academy. I am part of the varsity baseball and basketball team. I am excited to be involved in this event and help my community.











Gisele Sampayo


Hello, my name is Gisele Sampayo and I am a junior at St. Joseph Academy. I am involved in many clubs at school, some of them being Student Council, National HOnor society, Spanish Honor Society, and Model United Nations. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be apart of this wonderful organization and to give back to my community!











 Past Years Teen Members

 2017 Seniors

Ceci De La Garza

Conner Pace

Jimena Padilla

Larissa De La Rosa

Mara Ramos

Mireya del Pozo

Ricardo Adobbati

Bernardo De La Garza
 2017 Juniors

Calvin Walker

Camryn Gloor

Marion Lawler

Sofia Homs

Tatiana Wolfe

Jorge Varela

Carlos Esteve

Eduardo Gonzalez

Luis De La Garza

2016 Seniors  

Cole Connor

Francisco (Pancho) De La Garza

Miguel Ricoy

Paulina Varela 

2016 Juniors

Ceci De La Garza

Conner Pace

Jimena Padilla

Javier Gonzalez

Larissa De La Rosa

Mara Ramos

Mireya del Pozo

Ricardo Adobbati

Bernardo De La Garza

2015 Seniors                                                 

Nicole Barron

Mac Chaney

Jorge de la Garza

Maria Lawler

Danika Lopez


2015 Juniors

Cole Connor

Francisco (Pancho) De La Garza

Miguel Ricoy

Paulina Varela


2014 Seniors                                                 

Sofia Carballar                                                    

Daniel Esteve

Justo Gonzalez

Alexandra Hunter

Francis Rodriguez

Carina Torres  


2014 Juniors

Nicole Barron

Mac Chaney

Jorge de la Garza

Maria Lawler

Danika Lopez



2013 Seniors                                               

                                    ClaraDawson                                                     

                                Natalie De La Garza                                             

                                    Alyssa Massey                                                      

                                Juan Antonio Solis                                             

David Zendejas   

2013 Juniors

Sofia Carballar

Daniel Esteve

Justo Gonzalez

Alexandra Hunter

Francis Rodriguez

Carina Torres

 

2012 Seniors

Andres Cardenas     

Sarah Dunn

Andrea Hunter     

Lenny Parker

Giselle Ricoy 

 

2012 Juniors

Clara Dawson

Natalie De La Garza

Alyssa Massey

Juan Antonio Solis

David Zendejas

Luis Varela


2011 Seniors     

Miguel Garcia

Alejandra Gonzalez

Garrett Oliveira

Allison Pace

Carolina Villarreal


2011 Juniors

Andres Cardenas

Sarah Dunn

Andrea Hunter

Lenny Parker

Giselle Ricoy

 
2010 Seniors

Catherine Bowen

Marifer de la Colina 

Tommy Dunn

Adrian Ortega

Jason Wolfe


2010 Juniors

Miguel Garcia

Alejandra Gonzalez

Garrett Oliveira

Allison Pace

Carolina Villarreal

 

2009 Seniors

Desi Aardema

Jared Brechot

Nicolas "Nico" Cardenas

Julian Goza

Kelly Hanen

 

2009 Juniors

Catherine Bowen 

Marifer de la Colina

Tommy Dunn

Adrian Ortega

Jason Wolfe

 
2008 Juniors-Founding Team Members

Desi Aardema

Jared Brechot

Nicolas "Nico" Cardenas

Julian Goza

Kelly Hanen