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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...

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...

Claudia: Changing Minds and Hearts

CoEd Rise Program graduate Claudia broke out of poverty and is on her way to achieving her dreams. Perhaps her most impressive accomplishment to date? Changing her father’s perspective on educating his daughters. Several months ago we had the privilege of...

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...

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...