Millions of voices have come together in recent years to amplify this simple fact: Girls’ education is the lifeline to global development. When you educate a girl, you don’t just educate an individual; you lift up her family, her community, and future generations. Yet an astounding 130 million girls worldwide remain out of school. Without intervention, they are on track to repeat the predictable cycles of intergenerational poverty and exclusion.
Making an impact can feel impossible, but we’re here to tell you it isn’t.
We call the girls in our program “Girl Pioneers” because they are blazing an unprecedented trajectory through and beyond secondary school towards a choice-filled life. Want to help make an impact?
What is the MAIA Alianza Program?
The Alianza Program is an opportunity for you to invest in the future of Girl Pioneers (starting first with MAIA Impact School students) while also getting to know them through a variety of meaningful activities designed by mentors and the young women themselves.
How did you design the Alianza Program?
Over the last ten years, MAIA has always evolved through intentional, innovative, and inclusive iteration. The Alianza Program is designed with Girl Pioneers at the center. We held meetings and focus groups with Girl Pioneers, mentors, our local leadership team, and investors to construct an informed program that connects Allies with young women through monthly updates and activities that build on our trademark core competencies like vocal empowerment, critical thinking, and intercultural communication. By participating, you join the network of support, deepening each Girl Pioneer’s holistic education and exploration—all while continuing to expand your own understanding of collective empowerment.
What makes Alianza meaningful?
The Alianza Program is designed to go beyond a traditional sponsorship program. Through Alianza, you invest in the education of a cohort of Girl Pioneers while also getting to know them and witnessing their academic growth and personal development. Interactions are designed with MAIA’s seven core competencies in mind, allowing Girl Pioneers and Allies to practice skills together.
How does my participation contribute to girls’ education worldwide?
Nearly every measurement of human development demonstrates that Mayan girls in Guatemala are the Western Hemisphere’s most disadvantaged population. Only 14% of rural, Mayan girls in poverty complete primary school. Fewer than 1% go on to university. Guatemala consistently has the worst gender inequity gap in the hemisphere. Predictably, this group—and its human potential—are excluded from political and economic participation and also lack sustained access to health and educational opportunities.
Our organizational ambition is to create a generation of female outliers. As “early adopters” these Girl Pioneers and their families are tangible proof of the power of education, and they will inspire others to make a similar investment in girls’ education. Most of these Girl Pioneers were already the most educated members of their families when they completed primary school. As they complete high school and venture beyond, the stakes only get higher. Younger siblings, neighbors, community elders, employers, and universities are just a few stakeholders whose opinions have been and will be swayed by the trajectory of MAIA’s Girl Pioneers.
At MAIA, success is determined by “how far?” rather than “how many?” Your participation as an Ally ensures that these girls can go far and create meaningful impact within their lives, their families, their communities, and our world.
How is this a meaningful way to contribute to the cause?
The annual cost of supporting one Girl Pioneer to receive all the benefits of the MAIA Impact School and our mentorship and family support program is $3,000. This amount ensures that each Girl Pioneer has the resources she needs to excel throughout her education. She is learning from highly trained educators, is receiving support for herself and her family from her mentor, is nourished physically and emotionally, and has access to new opportunities to grow and explore.
Through the Alianza program, we are looking for Allies to support Girl Pioneers by making a meaningful monthly investment of $25 or more to ensure that every girl has access to opportunities that enable her to achieve her infinite impact.
How do I get involved?
Need more information? Contact Laura Benoit at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 670-1291. We encourage you to also read through this program overview.