Maya Traditions’ Youth Education Program started humbly, with an honest conversation between the organization’s founder, Jane Mintz, and an artisan from Chuacruz, a rural village in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The artisan in question made clear to Jane the grinding, generational poverty and high costs of even public education in Guatemala that made sending their children to school difficult, even impossible. Through this personal encounter, Jane recognized the need to support Maya Traditions’ collaborating artisans beyond just a fair payment for their weavings and the first ever scholarship was offered in 1997 to Gilberto, the son of the woman from Chuacruz.
In the years that followed, our Youth Education Program has continued to grow; now offering select students scholarships for University-level education. Every artisan that Maya Traditions works with is guaranteed financial support, leadership workshops, and other activities for their children to ensure that they will have the tools to be leaders in their communities.
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Support our Youth Education Program
Maya Educational Foundation has generously supported our scholarship program since 2007, but we need more support to further empower youth and make long-lasting change in Guatemala.