Let Her Learn

We bridge the gender gap by increasing educational access to disadvantaged girls all over the world and improving female representation.

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Website: letherlearnofficial.org Instagram: instagram.com/letherlearn

Date You Started Your Project Started

04/25/2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Current gender inequality stems from an underlying problem in education. More than 130 million girls in developing countries are denied an education simply for being a girl. Meanwhile, in developed countries, women are less likely to pursue a STEM education. It is crucial to simultaneously provide girls in both circumstances education and empowerment in order to ultimately end the gender gap and give ALL people an equal opportunity to succeed.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

The solution is to… let her learn! Our mission is to bridge the global gender and achievement gap by increasing educational access of disadvantaged girls all across the world and improve female representation across all fields, especially STEM. Change starts small. In our own local community, we strive to empower girls in all communities and from all backgrounds to achieve their fullest potential. From STEM immersion camps to inner city educational workshops, we spread the power of education and the importance of an educated generation of girls. But we believe that change goes beyond just creating a difference in your own community. In order to move forward as the next generation of female leaders, we have to take steps of progress together. For every girl that we teach, empower, or mentor in the Dallas Metroplex, we fundraise to support one girl’s education for an entire year in underprivileged regions around the world. We strive to give the gift of education to girls who may have never even seen the inside of a classroom, donating her textbooks, desks, school fees, uniforms and more.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Being raised in a society where going to school is second nature, we often find ourselves taking education for granted. On a summer service trip to India, we were appalled by the fact that girls in rural villages typically had a low chance of receiving a quality education due to early marriage or traditional domestic roles. Back home in the US, we noticed this disparity in female education as we became some of the only girls taking specialized and advanced STEM courses at our high school. We soon realized that a lack of access to education and empowerment ultimately led to female underrepresentation in various careers. Thus, we made it our mission to put an end to this endless cycle of unequal opportunity that plagues the entire world. It became evident that in order to solve gender inequality in education, we had to empower girls locally while simultaneously educating girls globally.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Because we are trying to expand our network of interconnected global growth, we always welcome new ambassadors to LetHerLearn’s initiative. Our newest ambassador, Shania, is the leader of our Bay Area coalition in California. After finding our website and reaching out to us, Shania is excited to empower girls in inner city communities. She even assembled a team of motivated and passionate girls to help fundraise for our Give Her a Future Initiative and send more girls to school in Uganda for a whole year. She recently hosted a workshop on the campus of Stanford University and was able to attract a lot of young women from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Joanne, a girl from a low-income, first generation background, came up to Shania after the workshop and joined our cause after being inspired by the impact we are able to have not only on girls in the community, but globally.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Our project is unique in the way we view progress in gender parity and female access to education. In order to truly reduce the number of girls out of school and empower the next generation of female leaders, we believe progress has to take place at the global level. As we empower young women in local communities across the U.S., we multiply our impact by investing in the education of underprivileged girls around the world. Integral to our success is the network of LetHerLearn ambassadors and coalitions that provide support to our initiatives not only in their local communities but worldwide.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Thus far, we have held multiple workshops and STEM seminars for girls in underprivileged communities in the DFW area. Recently, we organized a STEM camp for around 30 Bhutanese refugee girls in partnership with SEWA International and Heart House in Dallas in which we created a fun curriculum of lab activities and demonstrations. Based on our mission to achieve global concurrent growth, we have also supported girls’ education for an entire year in developing countries. Our current initiative is in alliance with the Give Her a Future Initiative of the UN Girl Up Foundation, donating to help refugee girls in Uganda enroll in school for the first time. We have raised $1200 in the span of just a few months, enough to send a total of 48 girls to school for the rest of this year. To further initiate widespread growth, we currently have coalitions led by ambassadors in over 6 states.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

In the near future, we aim to expand our local workshops so they can have larger impact. We are also planning to collaborate with the Period Movement North Texas and launch a campaign to increase access to menstrual products, as period poverty remains a big obstacle in girls education. Additionally, we want to create a platform for women to connect over opportunities in STEM and other fields. By building a global community of girls and women who faced similar obstacles in their educational pursuits, we will be able to seal the pipeline for girls who have been empowered to be successful in underrepresented careers through our workshops and fundraisers. These girls will be able to build a supportive community while also receiving mentorship.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Management

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100
  • Donations between $100-$1k

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • T-Mobile page or contact

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Nadya Okamoto

Evaluation results

40 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 67.5%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 25%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 7.5%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 85%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 12.5%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 2.5%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 52.6%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 36.8%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 5.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 5.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 21.2%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 82.5%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 15%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 2.5%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

Attachments (1)

STEM Workshop with Bhutanese Refugee.pdf

This was our initial proposal for one of our STEM workshops that we hosted for Bhutanese refugee girls in collaboration with Sewa.

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What an amazing organization!!! keep it up :)

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Thank you for the support!

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Love the logo. Great idea!

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Thank you!!

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I love your idea! Keep up the hard work! You guys inspire me.

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Thank you so much! We can't wait to reach even more people with our cause!

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Keep up the amazing work team! I love how tie together the local and global - as they two are SO connected.

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Thank you so much for the support!

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This is so inspiring! I love how you are tackling all the different aspects that affect a young women’s ability to get proper education. Keep it up and great job having ambassadors in different states! That is so effective!

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Yes! Change starts with us! Thank you so much!

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It is great see that you are focused on helping internationally as well as in your local community! Awesome work!

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Thank you so much for the support! We hope to expand our cause even further!

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It's really impressive what you've achieved so far! I love that you are not only working locally but also expanding globally, especially with the refugee communities! Thank you for all the work and can't wait to see the growth next!

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Thank you so much!! We appreciate your support so much!

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Very inspiring story, and I'm particularly struck by how you're empowering other girls to start their own coalitions and spread across over 6 states. The global view while also acting locally is a winning combination. Is there any way to track the progress of girls' interest in STEM after attending one of your workshops? It might be difficult to do that, but if you sent out a follow-up survey at intervals, maybe you could capture that a little more. Also, do you have secondary contact with the students after a workshop? Really applaud what you're doing and wishing you all the best!

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I'm so impressed by this - it's such an important initiative!! This is exactly what the world needs to close the gender gap and you guys are doing it in such a creative way! Keep me updated:))))

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Thank you so much for the kind words!

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I am so happy that I got the opportunity to be part of cause!!

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We're so excited to have you on board! :)

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Wow! This is so cool! I'm super excited to be a part of this!

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We're so excited to have you join us!

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I’d like to help in any way I can. This is such a great opportunity!

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Thank you so much! We're grateful for your support!!

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This is so inspiring!! As a guy, can I get involved??

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We're an all inclusive group that believes in intersectional equality, so we welcome everyone who's interested in joining our cause. We'd love to have you!!

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I’m so happy to be a part of this cause, and I know you guys are going to continue to do great things to make a difference!

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Thank you so much for all the support and we can't wait to see where this goes!

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Out of curiosity, how do you conduct the workshops? I live in the DFW area, so how can I get involved?

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We conduct workshops with various different youth groups and audiences to mainly stimulate an interest in STEM and fields underrepresented by women. We fundraise to hold these workshops, but it really takes a lot of investment to hold each one. That's why we took advantage of the great opportunity T-Mobile and Ashoka are providing to get more funding to have a greater impact in our community. You can get involved by joining our team as an ambassador or volunteering at our events. We're always looking for more support!

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I absolutely love and support this initiative!! It's so creative and y'all are truly doing great things for the world in terms of gender equality and education access. :))

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Thank you so much! We believe education is the best gift we can give, and as the next generation of female leaders, we need to fight for our education!

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I love the effort and dedication everyone in this organization is putting in for this great cause. Keep up the good work!

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Thank you so much for all the support!!

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Wow! This is such an inspiring initiative! I love how you are merging local and global growth!

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Yes! Change starts with us! Thank you!

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Awesome!!

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Thank you!! Your support means a lot to us!

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Inspiring and motivating to other teens!! Keep it up! The world needs more like you.

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Thank you so much for the support!!

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This team is awesome. I love their work and dedication to empower the girl child and reduce the gender gap in the world of technology.

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Thank you so much Manjari! We just believe every girl has the right to an education and every effort can make an impact!

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You guys are doing a great thing! But how can I get involved if I don’t live in the DFW area?

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Thank you so much! As a growing organization, we're always open to new members from out of the DFW area! We already have several ambassadors in regions around the U.S., including Nor Cal, Illinois, Connecticut, Virginia, and Georgia. If you are interested in starting a new coalition, we'd love to have you as part of the team! Just check out our website and reach out to us!

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I am so excited to be a part of this cause. LetHerLearn has done wonderful things to help girls around the world!

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Thank you!! We can't do it without all the support!!