SHE-CAN stands for "Supporting Her Education Changes A Nation". As explained on their website, the organization "empowers low-income women from countries restoring peace with the education, leadership skills and mentorship needed to become change-agents at home."
The process involves working with local partner organizations to identify young women with high potential, providing test preparation and connecting them to a team of mentors who will help the women apply for college in the U.S. Mentors also host scholars and provide emotional and financial support.
SHE-CAN gives the scholars leadership training, career guidance and helps them secure internships so they can return to their countries as leaders, ready to make positive changes in their communities.
Currently, scholars are being identified in Cambodia and Rwanda, two countries that have experienced genocide in the not-so-distant past. You can read the stories of scholars and alumnae at this link.
The results of SHE-CAN's work are positive. Since 2011:
- 55 low-income women have won full-ride scholarships to 23 U.S. colleges
- 17 women have graduated and are now emerging leaders
- 220 professionals are SHE-CAN mentors, increasing the network of support
- $15 million in scholarship funds have been awarded
If you're interested in becoming a mentor, info sessions are happening now. You can also support the work of SHE-CAN by making a donation, and spreading the social media love by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @SHECANGlobal.