Be the Light - About Us


Welcome to the Ari Arteaga Foundation Shop! Here, we feature various merchandise with our foundation's special message, which is to "Be the Light." 

Find out more about why this message is displayed on each of our products and why it is important to keeping the memory of Ari Arteaga alive.

Ari Arteaga

In 2018, Ari Arteaga, a high school student in Miami, Florida, suffered a tragic auto accident when he was just 16 years old. His memory and spirit continues to live on in every person who knew him.

A few weeks prior to the accident, Ari began to spread his personal motto, which was "Be the Light" across his social media platforms and everyday living. This special message means so much more now and has become the cornerstone of the Ari Arteaga Foundation. Spreading the light means helping others whenever possible, whether it's through donations, simple acts of kindness, or volunteer work. 

Get Involved

How can you help spread our message to Be the Light? To celebrate Ari's life, we encourage you to get involved with one of our non-profit events. You can visit to learn more about what is happening in the Miami community. We have youth clubs, volunteer days, fundraisers, events and more!

If you are short on time, consider promoting Be the Light by purchasing an item from our online shop. Whether you need a new comfortable outfit, or need a new candle that will make your home smell amazing, there is a simple and thoughtful item for anyone in our store. These products also make special gifts. And, you can feel good about knowing that your purchase will go towards spreading the Be the Light message in our community and helping others in need.

Finally, if you are unsure of what you want, but still want to offer support, buying an eGift Card is the perfect way to make an impact and promote Be the Light. Give a gift card as a thoughtful gesture to someone you know who could use a few new things. These are also perfect ideas for the holidays for friends and/or family in your life who like to support charitable causes. They will know that their gift will go towards things like scholarship support for teens, food drives, charity events and more. No matter how big or small, your financial support of purchasing an item in our shop will continue to spread our message to Be the Light.

What We Do

Aside from our online shop, the Ari Arteaga Foundation is a Miami-based non-profit with a mission to provide scholarships for students who exemplify Ari’s unique light and characteristics, and who demonstrate financial need after exhausting all other funding resources, so that they may attend private high schools with an emphasis on a Christian education. We aim to provide financial support beyond high-school and into higher education, and provide assistance to these students (and their families) should they experience an unforeseen event or hardship.

In addition to scholarships, we also host regular community events in Miami throughout the year, like food drives, toiletry drives, fundraisers, direct assistance and more. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved in our foundation and help spread the message to Be the Light, please contact us.

Those who knew Ari are inspired to share his passion for life and caring for others. We thank you for visiting our shop and learning more about our cause!