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

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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