A Letter from Any, Rise Program Facilitator

My name is Any Xicay, and I am the Rise Youth Development Program facilitator for the communities of Cerritos and Chimazat. I currently work with 111 students in those communities. My work is something that makes me passionate, that I love, and that fosters my own...

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SurpRISE!

We've got big new about the Scholarship Program, or should we say The Artist Formerly Known as the Scholarship Program? Check out the big announcement: Are you excited as we are? Yes?...

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Claudia: Changing Minds and Hearts

Many would say that for Claudia, education wasn’t meant to be. Girls in rural Guatemala do not expect to graduate from high school. Many parents deprioritize education for their daughters, deeming it a waste for a girl who will soon get married and have children. The...

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An Entrepreneur in the Making

Like many other kids her age, Jennifer, an eighth-grader at El Aguacate middle school, doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do when she grows up. “I want to own a business” she says, knowing that she wants to lead and employ others, use her creativity, and build a...

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Jennifer: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Last year, at the age of 13, Jennifer made a very difficult decision. In 2018, she would drop out of school and go to work so that she could help her father and mother support her, her five siblings, and her precious nieces and nephews. Jennifer had studied through...

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