The Thousand Girls Initiative is a campaign of nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education. Through this initiative, we'll expand our Rise Youth Development Program to 1,000 girls across Guatemala so that they can break the cycle of poverty and form a new generation of educated women!

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Why Girls?

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is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty.


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Educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment available in the developing world. — USAID

Keeping Girls in School

Trained staff, parents, mentors, a peer community, and a counselor help girls resist pressures to drop out of school.

Developing Leaders

Workshops, field trips, and community service projects empower girls to imagine—and achieve—brighter futures for themselves and their communities.

Building on Success

After 20+ years of experience, it’s time to take our proven Rise Program to the next level.

  • Chuck Bryant, Stuff You Should KnowCooperative for Education supporter

    "CoEd does great work—real, on the ground, hard work helping the children of Guatemala pull themselves out of poverty through education."


    Educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment available in the developing world.

  • Matt BerningerCooperative for Education supporter

    Doesn’t having more smart girls in the world sound like a really good idea?

  • Carol CainCooperative for Education supporter

    There was always someone in my life willing and able to make sure I went to school. That changes everything.

  • Ryan Van DuzerCooperative for Education supporter

    I’ve seen first hand what how a single scholarship can transform an entire family, let alone how it builds endless confidence in the recipient.

  • Malala YousafzaiPakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate

    In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond.