YOUNG WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
“The stats show that when you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country. The future of our world is only as bright as the future of our girls.”
– Michelle Obama
In Vuelta Grande, Guatemala, and Ambedkar Nagar, India, nearly every female child stops going to school after sixth grade, if they make it that far. Most of the women in these villages have very little formal education and many cannot read. When girls stop going to school, they usually help with household chores, look after younger siblings and some begin working as domestic servants to contribute income to the family or are arranged to be married. Many of them become pregnant and/or marry at very young ages.
Our program provides the girls and young women of our Guatemala and India chapters with access to quality education, a forum to discuss and address issues important to them, empowerment through confidence-building experiences, and opportunities for leadership development and personal choices.
THE YWE PROGRAM INCLUDES…
Bimonthly workshops featuring group-based curricular discussions
Mentorship and coaching from the senior members and alumni
Merit-based academic scholarships
Exposure to local leadership councils
Women’s health and family planning education
Telma and Maribel graduated from our program to become teachers in Vuelta Grande, where they are inspiring dozens of little girls, who finally have teachers that look like and dress like them, to stay in school, work hard, and believe in themselves.
Payal and Sandhya, two of our Young Dreamers from India, who graduated from high school and are now in college, as they are leading a discussion with women in their community, who never went to school, about the importance of lifelong learning.