Global Not Local hosted a Back to School Pool Party on Saturday, Aug. 6 in east Winter Garden.
GNL's mission is to inspire the youth globally to dream big without limitations and to look beyond their environment by motivating them to continuously reflect on elevation.
As part of that mission, organizer Wendell Coates Jr. put together the event which included a backpack giveaway, free food, live music, special guest speakers and games.
I had to create something that they [the kids] understand, where they can believe that anything is possible,” Coates said. “I see so much and I know the mentality of the neighborhood kids. If they don’t see it, they don’t believe it.”