• Tomasa

    Ten of Tomasa’s eleven siblings dropped out of school and her parents never made it past 2nd grade. But Tomasa is standing up for herself, explaining, “I’m going to show my family that with an education I can do anything and I can create a better future for myself.”
  • Florecita

    15-year-old Florecita almost didn’t get to attend high school, her family couldn’t afford the $500 fees. Now she explains that her ultimate goal after graduation is “to have a job so that I can save money to provide my children with a good education and show them that they can do anything.”
  • Claudia

    Claudia wants to become a human rights lawyer to give back to her community, and as she says, "focus on the rights of women and children because I want them to have a better life than I’ve had."
  • Carmen

    Carmen Maria’s town suffers from a lack of secondary schools, inferior infrastructure, and a shortage of quality health care. But Carmen wants to change that and she knows education is key: “the work I am doing with the children today is helping to bridge the gap so that they have the resources they need to develop our community in the future.”
  • Irma Angelica

    Seventeen-year-old Irma is set to graduate from high school this year, a feat she wasn’t sure would be possible. She had feared that her physical disability would hold her back. Now she explains, “Being a reading promoter with Reading Village is one of the best experiences because I have gained courage and strength in using my voice. I’m a better person now.”
  • Maria Isabel

    Maria Isabel is the first member of her family to attend high school and have the opportunity to create a better life for herself and her family.
Our youth leaders live in five communities all within the Department of Solola. This department ranks among the nation’s lowest rates of school enrollment and advancement to the next grade and the effects ripple out across society: 20% of the Solola population suffers from chronic malnutrition, 43% of girls are physically stunted, 57% of the population lives in extreme poverty, and the majority of people have just one dollar to spend on food every day.

Against this backdrop of struggle and injustice lies a generation of teenagers who are eager to work hard for a brighter future. Participants in our Leaders & Readers Program are committed, resourceful, and generous individuals whom we are excited to support as they pave a path of prosperity for themselves and their communities.