How It Works
A Cooperative for Education (CoEd) scholarship does so much more than provide the basic financial support to keep girls in school. Our Scholarship and Youth Development Program includes innovative support services and youth development activities that revolutionize the way girls think about their futures.
First: The Basics
Financial support provides the core of every scholarship. A CoEd scholarship covers needs like:
But there’s so much more!
Second: The Bubble Wrap
Financial support is crucial, but it’s not enough—not in rural Guatemala, where tons of outside forces stand between girls and graduation. So the second step in the Scholarship and Youth Development Program wraps a protective bubble of support around the girls in the program to ensure they can make it safely to high school graduation:
Finally: The Future
Now that the girls have the financial and social support they need to stay in school, it’s time to focus on their own dreams for the future. Many of our scholarship students come from situations that make it hard to imagine doing anything besides subsistence farming. But the agricultural sector doesn’t pay very well: most subsistence farmers in the areas we work live on $2-$3 a day—well below the poverty line. Kids in Guatemala need to complete at least 12 years of school to be able to permanently break out of poverty, according to USAID.
CoEd’s Scholarship and Youth Development Program gives girls the capability to imagine a brighter future—and the tools to achieve it—through the activities pictured below. Surveys show that the program boosts students’ attitudes towards gender equality. Including a small percentage of boys in the program ensures that the next generation of Guatemalan men see the value in gender equality too.