"Every girl on the planet should have the same opportunity to fulfill and shape her own destiny." – Michelle Obama
In Vuelta Grande, Guatemala, and Ambedkar Nagar, India, nearly every female child stops going to school after sixth grade, if they make it that far. Most of the women in these villages have very little formal education and many cannot read. When girls stop going to school, they usually help with household chores, look after younger siblings and some begin working as domestic servants to contribute income to the family or are arranged to be married. Many of them become pregnant and/or marry at very young ages.
Our program provides the girls and young women of our Guatemala and India chapters with access to quality education, a forum to discuss and address issues important to them, empowerment through confidence-building experiences, and opportunities for leadership development and personal choices.
The Young Women's Empowerment Program includes ...
- Mentorship and coaching from the senior members and alumni
- Merit-based academic scholarships
- Exposure to local leadership councils
- Women's health and family planning education
Telma and Maribel graduated from our program to become teachers in Vuelta Grande, where they are inspiring dozens of little girls, who finally have teachers that look like and dress like them, to stay in school, work hard, and believe in themselves
Payal and Sandhya, two of our Young Dreamers in India, who graduated from high school and are now in college, as they are leading a discussion with women in their community, who never went to school, about the importance of life-long learning