This project will serve 50 young people between the ages of 13 and 20 and will empower in them potential, love and responsibility. The Integral Heart Foundation will design, develop, and implement a course based on the recognition of their inherent brilliance, regardless of gender. The aim of this year-long program is to create leaders who will become the new role models for future generations.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Guatemala, men are culturally conditioned as "the boss of the family". Many young women have little or no power to decide for themselves about their futures. This situation is dramatically increased in the rural areas and slums where many girls are married or pregnant by the age of 15. Female beliefs about themselves are unconsciously driven by the male intellect that end up constricting the capacities and rights of both genders and hence the healthy growth of society as a whole.
How will this project solve this problem?
IHF will: 1) Educate both genders on equality and rights by shifting the perspective from just being male or female to what it means to be human with all the wonderful gifts that entails. 2) Expand perspectives of who they think they are by using an approach based in perennial philosophy and critical-thinking techniques. 3) Increase their self esteem with tested cognitive and behavioral games. 4) Support their career choices by our sponsorship program. 5) Through our Wisdom Speakers Series.
Potential Long Term Impact
This program aims to create a multi-generational movement whose leaders are empowered to preserve cultural diversity and to embrace responsibility in a global context. Our goal is to educate individuals both male and female to become living examples of wisdom, responsibility and compassion. This program will empower in them a dramatic shift in values leading to a fresh view of what it means to be a man or a woman that will then be evidenced in their relationships, careers and family lives.
Total Funding Received to Date: $12,810
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,190
Total Funding Goal: $20,000