- 5 Communities
- 12 Years
- 150+ Youth Leaders
- 12,000+ Children
Our scholarships program helps provide rural Mayan teens with the financial resources they need to graduate from high school – an accomplishment that can have an even more profound impact on their lives and future than it would here in America. They discover self-worth and confidence, along with a new vision for their community that sparks their initiative to become leaders in other areas of their lives.
Because the cost of attending public school is more than half an average Mayan family’s annual income, only 10% of students in the Department of Solola attend high school. Participants in our program receive a full four-year high school scholarship. When they graduate they have the potential to double their families’ incomes.
Throughout the years, our programs have reached over 12,000 elementary-school-aged children with weekly education and literacy activities. As a result, these children have developed a love of reading, have improved Spanish comprehension skills (Spanish is their second language), as well as their critical and creative thinking skills – skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
And these youth are using their education and leadership skills to improve their communities. To date, program participants in two of our partner communities have opened their first-ever public libraries and continue to run the libraries through the boards that they created and on which they volunteer. Our teens are class and school presidents, sports team leaders and church youth group leaders.