In order for girls to succeed, they need safe spaces and a group of peers to guide them, both inside and outside of the classroom. That’s why all STF Scholars meet regularly in girls’ groups, a group of 8-20 participants led by a trained mentor. In The Gambia at STF Partner Starfish International, trained mentors are typically older STF Scholars and recent graduates, who’ve experienced many of the same challenges students are going through. Learn more:
Cynthia, a She’s the First Fellow, knows firsthand the power of peer-to-peer mentorship. As a graduate of STF partner Akili Dada in Kenya, she’s seen the difference it can make to have sustained support and safe spaces. That’s why she’s using her time in the STF Community Impact Fellowship to pursue Life Lifters.
This past June, Angélica, an STF Scholar in Guatemala, graduated from secondary school—which is an achievement fewer than 1% of indigenous girls in Guatemala reach. (High five, Angélica!)
Now that she’s completed her education, she has her sights set on someone else’s graduation: Erica, her younger sibling. Erica recently enrolled in secondary school, following in the footsteps of her big sister. In her own words, here’s how Angélica is mentoring and guiding her: “I am helping my younger sister by encouraging her to keep going no matter what.”
By Yiling Pan
Since our inception, She’s the First has held firm belief in the power of quality education to change lives for the better. We aim to empower girls in low-income nations to reach their potential. For us, quality education is not only about gaining access to classrooms and studying math and science, but also about equipping girls with the tools and skills that they need to break barriers.