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Meet the team on a mission to be that helping hand on the path to stronger communities.


    Founded by Shelby Ausband  & Ty New, Project Apoyo came on the heels of our first NGO, pur[SHOE]ing joy. Donating shoes was a means to create educational opportunities after Shelby met a family whose children had none, & thus, could not attend the local school. A bright pink pair of Nikes were given, & 20,000 pairs later, we realized that we had a new problem. Feet were washed, the Gospel was shared, & shoes were distributed, but the abundance of shoes far outpaced the ability to follow up on children attending school. With a fresh cultural understanding, Apoyo was created to seek real, long-term impact through education + employment opportunities. We thank you for joining us in being the hands & feet in changing lives.



    Ali spent the past seven years in the classroom both in Central America and in the States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading instruction and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Ali leads all facets of our educational program from student sponsorship to teacher development. She believes that a curriculum is only as strong as its teacher, and it’s her mission to help the schools we work with become models of change for the entire country.

  • TY NEW


    Ty moved to Guatemala after college to build houses with his brother, Lee & has since moved back and planted roots in Antigua. With an MBA & 7+ years of experience working with startups & small businesses, Ty heads up our Guatemala operations after co-founding the non-profit with Shelby Ausband. He has seen first-hand that talent, strength, & courage are all evenly dispersed, but opportunity is not. Ty is proud that Apoyo gets to play a small part in big change by connecting you to schools, leaders, & organizations to make a real impact in Guatemala.