Will you empower a first-generation high school girl to gain an education?
As the aisles of Target fill with pencils, notebooks, backpacks, and every other back-to-school supply one could possibly need, I cannot help but reflect on the profound gift that is my education. Experiences in and out of the classroom, from high school to seminary, have given me confidence, courage, deep community, and a more robust understanding of the world in which we live. It is a profound privilege that I want to use well.
These privileges are not ones that all girls receive, however. Women and girls around the world are less likely to have opportunities for participation in the global economy or have political representation. They are more likely to suffer health and safety risks. And they are much less likely to have access to the educational opportunities that I have been blessed by.
She's the First is a nonprofit organization that seeks to alleviate gender inequality through education. By partnering with local education nonprofits and providing scholarships for girls who will be the first in their family to graduate from high school, She's the First enables women to earn more throughout their lives, have healthier marriages and children, and give back to their communities. Education empowers this girl to change her life, the lives of those in her family, and the world.
Reaching the $400 goal would enable one girl in a country around the world to attend school for one year. As someone whose education has only been possible through the generosity of scholarship donors, I can only imagine what your gift would mean for this young girl.
As we prepare to send our kids back to school, or head back ourselves, help send a girl who otherwise would not be able to attend. Simply donating $10 -- the cost of a new notebook and some pencils -- can make a profound difference. Your gift of $10, $20, or $50 empowers a girl to be the first high-school graduate in her family. Put her first today.