We’ve all been the first in our families to try something new. Maybe the first to play a sport or star in a school play. And even bigger the first to graduate high school or college (we’re tearing up just thinkin’ about it).
We can only imagine the feeling of pride and accomplishment. Don’t you wish all young people worldwide could share in that? Tammy Tibbetts is working to make this happen for girls in the developing world.
There are 130 million youth who aren’t in school. And of that number 70% are girls. What the what?
She’s the First, an org that sponsors the education for these teens, aims to help them be the first in their families to graduate. Tibbetts shared that although many people see this support as a draining resource that should be invested in “our own backyards”—it’s not an either or decision.
“You can make a global impact while also making a difference in our local schools as well, and our campus chapters are proof of that,” she stated.
In the developing world, $300 can sponsor a girl’s education for the entire year. Surprised? (Especially when that barely covers the cost of your books for the semester.)
The organization has sponsored over 200 girls worldwide. Its mission is to create a model that will integrate both local and global impact. According to Tibbetts, technology and social media makes this more attainable. We knew Jack Dorsey was on to something.
“When we sponsor girls, we can actually see, correspond, and build relationships with them,” the 26-year-old said. “That is unbelievably exciting to us!”
What can you do?
- Organize an awareness campaign about girls’ education in the developing world.
- 11 facts about education and poverty in America.