The first Nicavangelist was viewed on YouTube even before the group's founder, Jed, had arrived in Nicaragua. Aben was videoed while "tricking," a genre of gymnastics incorporating a variety of athletic movement styles, in the vacant lot by his Managua barrio dwelling. Jed wrote a message to Aben via YouTube; however, the message was never received.
One day Jed visited a mall on the other side of town to watch traditional Nicaraguan folkdancing, and happened to come across Aben, who was tricking. Jed was enjoying a coffee just outside the busy mall after the show, and became distracted by feet flying above the crowds. As Jed investigated what was happening, he was surprised to learn it was Aben, showing off his tricking skills.
Jed raced over to Aben, who was with his friend Steven, and invited them both to what is now The Nicavangelists’ development centre to talk about their talents. Aben was immediately employed as a gymnastics teacher for the Capital Edge Community School. However, as time progressed, more members from the barrios were invited to join the group. They wrote and performed a street theatre production, which was comprised of Nicaraguan folkdancing, Tricking and breakdancing, and it was clear that this show needed hit the road!
As the talent abounded at Capital Edge Community Centre, Jed had the “lightning strike” idea that he should form a troupe out of all the youths, and take them on tour to share this amazing culture, and these talented people, with those outside of Nicaragua. The Nicavangelists practiced and polished their street theatre production; and began touring El Salvador and the USA in 2013.
The Nicavangelists' model of training is for everyone to help another. They are all being trained and they are all training. Initially, The Nicavangelists brought in older teens. Now younger teens are being recruited, and the young men are in turn training the newer Nicavangelists’ Troupe members.
You can partner with The Nicavangelists to build a bright future by supporting their participation in the program. Your monthly support will provide:
- education (primary/elementary, secondary and further education)
- travel expenses
To partner on a monthly basis, please select an option below and then click on the “Sponsor The Nicavangelists” button. You can pay via PayPal or a major credit card.
Option 1 - $30: provides food, clothing, & housing
Option 2 - $50: provides food, clothing, housing & education
Option 3 - $100: provides food, clothing, housing, education & travel expenses