What We Do

We empower students to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education.

We accomplish this mission through four complementary programs:

The Thousand Girls Initiative

empowering a new generation of educated Guatemalan women

Guatemalan girls have traditionally been excluded from going to school. So in 2016, we launched the Thousand Girls Initiative—a massive expansion of the Rise Youth Development Program that will reach 1,000 girls and 250 boys across the country. Thanks to sponsors like you, these girls will rise out of poverty forever!

Become a Sponsor

1 Sponsor a student today.

Meet the students who are waiting for your support, and choose a student who you connect with! Future doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, and artists are waiting in the wings. You can provide a full sponsorship for $80/mo or a half sponsorship for $40/mo.

Meet the students >>


Sponsor the student in most need >>

2 Help your new friend rise.

Thanks to you, your student’s life will begin to change as they benefit from comprehensive support services in the Rise Program:

  1. a full academic scholarship
  2. psychologists, social workers, and mentors
  3. workshops on topics like job skills and leadership
  4. visits to businesses and universities
  5. opportunities to serve in his or her community as a young leader

Learn more about the Rise Program >>

3 Be changed forever.

We’ll keep you regularly updated on your student’s progress, and you will also have the opportunity to exchange letters and photos with your student and even visit them in Guatemala! You’ll experience the joy and pride of helping your student grow as you become part of each other’s stories.

Learn more about connecting with your student >>


Ready to Help a Child Rise Out of Poverty?


Interested but not ready to commit?

Let us know, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about sponsorship.

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