Indigenous, Young, Female, and Running for President in Guatemala

Guatemala is holding national elections this year. Since Guatemala gained its independence in 1821, there have been 50 presidents, depending on what you count as a president, all of whom were male, none of whom were indigenous. This year we are so excited to have 5 women running for president, 4 of whom are Girl Pioneers at the MAIA Impact School who are running to be student body president.

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Mentoring a Rising Generation of Leaders in Guatemala

Mentorship is one of the cornerstones of our work and is key to our success. It’s an investment in the soft skills that aren’t normally a priority in traditional schools. Centered their model around empowerment, MAIA’s mentors support Girl Pioneers to build resiliency, overcome challenges, achieve goals, learn about their rights, become active members in bettering society, and implement routines that are vital for healthy youth development. MAIA’s mentorship programs instill confidence in students and improve their interpersonal skills. Youth development is especially important in Guatemala where almost half of the population is under age 18.

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His Infinite Impact

It’s a little-known fact that in our early years we piloted a mentorship program for boys. While the program did not yield our desired results and was ultimately wound down, it did bring us Hector, who is now an accountant working with our operations team at the MAIA Impact School. Hector was one of the few who stayed in the program and graduated from high school. Hector is just 22 but is already proving his potential. He is well on his way to achieving MAIA’s four goals: lifelong learning, economic autonomy, a family on his terms, and empowered to empower.

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Using My Voice to Achieve My Dreams by Milsa Sajvin

I want to show my parents and my community that I am a woman, that I have dreams, and that I can achieve many things in my life. I want to create positive change in my community. I know it will be difficult, but I believe in myself, so I know that it is possible. I want to bring joy to my parents, especially to my mother, who has shown me what it means to be a strong woman.

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Pamela’s NYC Reflections

MAIA helped make the trip a success from the beginning. Everything I learned at MAIA, like the values and competencies, was put into practice right away. All of the themes that my mentor taught me were helpful. I used critical thinking, teamwork, and perseverance. I was resilient, responsible, and respectful. MAIA has given me many learning opportunities that have helped me in my life.

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Meet the Mentors

Starfish mentors are a critical part of providing this comprehensive support. They get to know each Girl Pioneer, accompanying her at the familial, personal, and educational level through home visits, individual coaching sessions, and meetings with her Impact School educators. A mentor’s goal is to help each Girl Pioneer work through her emotions and teach her how to navigate challenges, while still working to achieve her goals.

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