Educational opportunities are slim in Guatemala, one of Latin America's poorest nations. Only 1 in 3 youth finish junior high, and only 1 in 4 finish high school. Secondary education incurs many expenses for families struggling to get by. Youth must often quit school to find work and pay for immediate, pressing needs. Without a high school degree, low-wage, manual labor is the only option - closing the door to higher paid work that a few extra years of education would have provided.
Common Hope provides the support necessary for youth to graduate from high school, creating a better life for themselves and their families. A high school degree can double a person's lifetime earning potential in a developing country like Guatemala.
Instead of dropping out of school to pick coffee or clean houses, youth are going on to careers as teachers, accountants, architects, and social workers. These youth are becoming critical thinkers and leaders, agents of change in their communities
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