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Take a moment to reminisce with me. What was your childhood like? Was it anything like mine? I grew up in your typical Midwest, middle-class home with my parents and four siblings—two brothers and two sisters. Our parents worked hard to provide for us, but we were...

Empowering Girls in Tech

Melinda Gates once said, “If you want to lift up humanity, empower women.” And that is exactly what the community of Hacienda Maria is doing. Hacienda Maria students proudly holding their new Microsoft certificates This year, 18 CoEd Computer Program students from...

Edwin’s Path out of Poverty

Textbooks. Computers. Spark Reading. Rise Youth Development. All four of CoEd’s programs work with students in Guatemala to help them get the education they deserve in order to reach one of the biggest milestones in their lives, high school graduation! But it doesn’t...

Yoselyn: Driven to Make a Difference

Driven. Determined. Persistent. These are just a few of the amazing qualities that students in CoEd’s Rise Program possess. After all, you have to be pretty determined to even make it to middle school in rural Guatemala where more than 6 out of 10 kids don’t make it...

A Child Who Reads Is an Adult Who Thinks

Think back to first grade. Do you remember your teacher? Do you remember walking into your classroom and seeing labels all around the room to help you learn to read words like “door”, “clock”, “desk”? Unfortunately, first graders in...