Lets Be Ready

Our mission is to use unemployed youth in Guatemala to prepare at-risk Guatemalan children for the first-grade by establishing preschool classrooms and training the teachers. Our vision is to help break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala by reducing the high rate of drop-out and repetition of children in the first-grade while giving jobs to an underutilized portion of the population, young men and women. Our goal is to have none of our students fail the first grade and to advance the teachers as productive members and leaders in their communities.
Fund a salary for a full time director
Our current Program Director, Michael Estill, first joined our team in an unofficial capacity. He has not only strengthened our existing sites and the diversified the curriculum that they employ, but we have been able to form new and exciting partnerships that will help us nearly double our program coverage this upcoming year! Michael has become an invaluable member of our team that we'd frankly be hard pressed to replace. We need to compensate him as a full time Director.
Aula Magica - Youth Preparing Kids to Learn
Aula Magica (Magical Classroom) gives jobs to young people 16 to 24 years old in Guatemala. Entrepreneurial and community-minded kids are licensed to use pre-recorded interactive programs to teach children in remote areas not served by the Guatemalan government, in their native languages. It trains and pays these community facilitators to guide children in program activities, developing kids' cognitive, language and social skills, preparing them to attend and successfully complete primary school project reportread updates from the field
Lets Be Ready
We offer young newly graduated teachers aged 18-24 the opportunity to stay in their communities and to become social entrepreneurs by starting classrooms in primarily rural, Guatemalan Mayan communities. The teachers have to work with the community leaders to find the suitable space to hold the classes. We provide the materials and a stipend to the teacher each month, as well as additional training for them to become more effective teachers. project reportread updates from the field

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