At Filantropis, we believe that all youth have the potential to be leaders who are capable of transforming their lives and communities. Through our University Scholars Program, we invest in the future changemakers of the Maya Ixil community of Chajul, Guatemala. Our holistic programming includes university scholarships, career counseling, personal and professional development training, internship opportunities, and a supportive community within which passionate Scholars can learn and grow.
Chajulense youth have a dream of continuing their studies after high school to become a professional who contributes to their families and community. However, attending university in Guatemala can cost over $100 per month. In a region where nearly 75% of adults work as subsistence farmers or in the home, this cost is prohibitive. Without a means to continue their education, many young Ixil people remain unemployed or, perhaps even worse, decide to make the dangerous journey to migrate to the US.
Filantropis invests in Chajulense youth by offering the necessary financial and counseling support to attend university and transform their lives. We accompany our Scholars every step of the way by covering their academic registration and tuition fees, complementing their academic experience with personal and professional development training, offering engaging internships, and providing workshops and experiential learning in themes of leadership, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.
This project will allow 10 Maya Ixil youth to achieve their dreams of continuing their education in university. Throughout their years in university, we will accompany them in their personal and professional growth. We envision that these Scholars will graduate and enter their chosen career fields, all the while "giving back" to their community as Chajul's next generation of Change Agents.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).