Posts Tagged ‘graduate’

Education and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

As a CoEd supporter, you know the value of education. You’ve put textbooks into the hands of Guatemalan students for the first time, witnessed students demonstrating their tech skills in brand new computer centers, seen classrooms transform under the skill of a trained teacher, and celebrated the accomplishments of students in the Scholarship & Youth Development Program. That’s why we are thrilled to share that the UN has put new emphasis on the value of education too! You may have heard that in 2015, the UN laid out 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world. Well, not only is quality education one of those goals, but a separate report by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) explained that education is critical to achieving all of the goals!

This Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report was prepared using research gathered by educational experts and institutions from around the world. Read on to learn how the GEM Report connected education to each sustainable development goal and how your support of CoEd (especially our Scholarship Program) is moving the world closer to each one!


Scholarship Graduate Survey: Results Are In

Friday, May 27th, 2016

There is nothing like KNOWING that you have changed someone’s life, and our recent survey of Scholarship & Youth Development Program graduates proves that YOU have done just that. Scholarship graduates see the world differently when they finish the program, and go on to achieve things that once seemed like pipe dreams to them, their families, and their communities.


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…)

Scholarship Graduate Survey Infographic

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We always knew that our scholarship students were rock stars, but it’s nice that our latest round of survey results continues to prove just that. And these numbers don’t lie–CoEd’s Scholarship & Youth Development Program is changing lives in Guatemala.

We surveyed CoEd’s scholarship program graduates, and are bursting at the seams to share the results with you.

Why is this study important? Because measurements like this allow us to gauge the efficacy of our programs, measure the impact of our youth development component on students, and show the ripple effect that happens from helping just one student (check out that 92% stat—not bad, eh?).

Take a look at the numbers, and, if you like what you see, head over to our scholarship webpage to meet the middle school and high school scholarship hopefuls in need of your help. Given a chance, we know they will become part of the success story too.

meet the students 

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Feeling inspired? Check out our scholarship webpage to meet the students who hope to become success stories someday: 

Meet the students!




Katie’s Field Report #3: Jose Luis has GRIT

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

You may remember us talking about grit earlier this year.  It’s a fascinating topic and I’m reading a great book by Paul Tough called “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.” It cites research revealing the importance of character, even more than cognitive skills, in leading to happy fulfilling lives. That’s exactly what our scholarship students develop in the Youth Development Program: optimism, grit, social intelligence, gratitude…and the effectiveness is demonstrated in the program graduates.

Jose Luis grit

Jose Luis, for example, couldn’t find a job in his field as a mechanic right after he graduated, because no one wanted to hire someone without experience. While many would have given up and gone back to working the fields, he persisted – convincing a shop to let him work for free for a year (they just covered his transportation costs) so that he could get the necessary experience. Now he’s been working in a paid position for two years in the field he loves. Now that’s what I call grit.

Signing off from Guatemala,



Katie’s Guatemala Field Report #1 – Reyna Carol

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Welcome to our new series with CoEd staffer Katie Camillus.  Katie spends several weeks of the year in Guatemala evaluating the programs and working with our program teams on the ground.  She always hears incredible stories from the students and teachers and we want to share them with you during those seasons that she’s traveling around to the communities we help.  Enjoy your first installation of Katie’s Field Reports. 

Reyna Carol is another scholarship graduate who blew me away when we chatted last weekend. She’s one of ten kids whose single mother never even started school, but Reyna herself graduated last year with an accounting degree. She’s a scholarship graduate who is proving the impact of a CoEd scholarship extends beyond the recipient him/herself.

Reyna Carol scholarship graduate

Reyna now works at a supermarket chain as a cashier – a well-paid position that she never would have gotten without her degree.

Reyna is not only a role model who is motivating her siblings to stay in school, she also helps them with their homework and pays their school fees from her salary. She came to tears as she told me how she’s struggled to encourage her brother with disabilities to continue his studies. When she was in school she suffered a bad accident and couldn’t sit for extended periods, but decided to stick with school. Her own experience serves as a beautiful example for him.

Meet the scholarship students that still need your help at

Signing off from Guatemala,


Special Fall Fiesta Guest: Ancelma Ortiz

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Ancelma Ortiz used to be like any ordinary girl in a poor, rural Guatemalan family.

The oldest of five children, she labored in the fields alongside her father and sold the produce in the early morning market with her mother to help provide the basic necessities for their family.

But Ancelma isn’t ordinary.

Ancelma Ortiz 1

Photo courtesy of Skyline Images

She recognized that education would be her ticket out of poverty. Ancelma now speaks fluent English (!), financially supports her family, pays for her siblings’ education, and is coming to Cincinnati to tell YOU her inspiring story in person! Please join us on October 12, 2013 for Fall Fiesta: Welcome to the Jungle of Tikal to meet this very special guest. Purchase your tickets today!

Read on to find out more about Ancelma’s incredible journey (seriously, this is pretty amazing)… (more…)