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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.


    After dedicating her life to volleyball both growing up and at the University of Mississippi, God changed Hannah’s path and called her towards mission work. As an education major at Ole Miss, she now lives out her faith while serving others. Hannah is excited to join our team as an intern and promises to bring her energy, enthusiasm and positive attitude to Project Apoyo!

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