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.Read More
Education has the power to transform lives. Teachers can have a profound influence on their students through their instruction, and the lessons learned within the bounds of a classroom are critical. Yet, we also recognize that the teachers of life’s important lessons are found outside the classroom as well.Read More
When I finally learned to say things like “I do not agree with this,” “My opinion is,” and “If you gave me the opportunity to prove what I am capable of,” my life changed completely. Then, through my voice, I got scholarships to continue my studies. I spoke up for raises where I worked. I denounced acts of corruption.
I became a leader.Read More
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.Read More
“When I first started studying, I never envisioned plans or goals for myself. I was stuck in the moment. With MAIA’s coaching, I made a life plan for myself that helped me to foresee challenges and work toward their solutions. I never imagined that going to school and becoming a teacher could help me transform my community, but now it’s happening. I used to know nothing of the outside world, and now I’m teaching social studies to young women, constantly learning from them while they learn from me.” - ChonitaRead More