Posts Tagged ‘Thousand Girls Initiative’

On Sponsors and Students: “You Are Important to Me”

Monday, April 17th, 2017

When Rebecca Wilks went on her first CoEd tour in 2007, she never imagined that she and her husband Marco would end up changing a young person’s life—and being changed by her in return. But as she ate lunch with a friend and the two Scholarship Program students that her friend was sponsoring, she knew she had to become a sponsor too: “I was so impressed with these two, and with the program in general, that I persuaded my husband that we should participate.”

A short while later, Rebecca and Marco met Florentina Taquez (Flor) for the first time. “She was twelve and painfully quiet, yet she had a steadfast determination,” Rebecca wrote in a blog post about their relationship with Flor.

Guatemala charity sponsor student

Flor, soon after she began the program.

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The Thousand Girls Initiative Turns One

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Happy 1-year anniversary!

On April 1, 2016, we officially launched the Thousand Girls Initiative, a massive expansion of our Scholarship & Youth Development Program that will help 1,000 young Guatemalan women avoid an all too common fate: dropping out of school after the 6th grade. Instead, these young women will join the Scholarship Program, be matched with sponsors like you, and step confidently on the path toward graduation and a brighter future.

What do you say we check our progress?

When we started last year, the Scholarship Program was serving 3 communities, and 288 students were either in the program or poised to join it. Now?

Guatemala high school scholarship program

Guatemala high school scholarship program

Guatemala high school scholarship program

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Small Business Spotlight

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

CoEd supporters are the greatest. You’re generous, kind, silly, adventurous, compassionate, and a little competitive, too. (We’re talking about you, Rick and Rich!) Each of you has a story of what motivates you to help students in Guatemala and it gives us great pleasure to learn them. As we reflect (and celebrate you!) during Supporter Appreciation Month, we’ve been struck at how many among you are small business owners.

Owning your own business has always been part of the proverbial “American Dream”. And what often happens when that business begins to see success? Greed takes over and profit becomes king, right? Not for these businesses. They are using their success and entrepreneurial spirit to make a positive impact in the world.  We’re continually surprised by the out-of-the-box ways that you find to help children in Guatemala get a better education and overcome poverty, and we want to highlight a few business owners who inspire us.

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Education Center Dedication

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“It was just like a wedding. You look out and you see all these people who you love and who have meant so much to you over the years.” —Joe Berninger

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It really was a special experience to dedicate the new education center with so many of you last month. Per the norm, Joe found the exact words to express what we are all feeling. Twice now we’ve gotten to celebrate the opening of our new Education Center with the folks who’ve made it possible for such a space to become a reality: the building’s benefactors, new friends and long-time supporters, Rotarians from the US, Canada, Guatemala, and the Cayman Islands, local business leaders and government officials, teachers, principals and students who make the work of education a reality every day, and even Jeff and Joe’s mom! Whew! Did we cover everyone? What a joy it was to celebrate the accomplishments of the last twenty years with you. (more…)

Toward the Sun

Friday, August 19th, 2016

If you had to map the plot of your life what would it look like? What defining moments stand out as the turning points, the peaks and valleys? Students in our Scholarship & Youth Development Program recently explored this question during a workshop centered on healing from trauma.

a student with his life map

Victor with his life map

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Pulse Check: How Many Girls Will Stay in School Next Year?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Thousand Girls

Daily as we sit at our desks and clackety-clack on our keyboards, this question is at the forefront of our minds…and we know you’ve been thinking about it too! (more…)

Scholarships: Empowering a New Generation

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Show of hands if you’ve gone on tour and seen this guy at an activity with our Scholarship & Youth Development Program students:

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Yeeaahh, that’s what we thought. As many of you know, Samuel—our Scholarship Coordinator—is the MAN. He does so much for our students, both from a 10,000-foot perspective, and on a personal, individual level. He knows (probably better than anyone else) about their home lives, challenges, successes, and transformations. That’s why, when we were getting ready to launch our Thousand Girls Initiative, we took a moment to sit down with him and get his thoughts on where our students come from, the journey that they take through the program, the philosophy that motivates what we do, and his vision for their future.

What he said brought tears to our eyes. We dare you not to be moved!

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Girl Gone Travel on CoEd Project Tours and the Thousand Girls Initiative

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Carol Cain experienced extreme poverty as a child. Years later, she came on tour with us as a professional travel blogger (that’s right, we’re talking about the fabulous Girl Gone Travel) and saw the effect that our Scholarship and Youth Development Program has on young women in Guatemala.

Girl Gone Travel on Tour with CoEd

Carol makes a friend.

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Sandra Capen: Hungering for Something Different

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Sandra Capen

From a young age, Sandra Capen was motivated to get good grades by her parents—who sacrificed so much to educate their three children that the family sometimes went without food. Throughout grade school Sandra couldn’t eat lunch with her friends or purchase the school supplies that she needed to bring her creative ideas for projects to life. Instead, she swallowed her hunger and made do with what she had, never asking her parents for money. (more…)

Rock Band Has Soft Spot for Girls’ Education

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Back in August GRAMMY nominated rock band The National performed back-to-back benefit concerts in support of the Thousand Girls Initiative. Now lead singer Matt Berninger (Joe and Jeff’s cooler cousin) and the rest of the band are back with another super-sweet project to support girls’ education!

DRUMROLL PLEASE…

Joe Requests a Drumroll

Joe requests a drumroll

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