Mission: To fight gender inequality through education.
About the Organization: Founded in 2009 by two women via YouTube, She's the First supports girls who will be first in their families to graduate from high school and trains students everywhere to become leaders in their communities. According to the organization, 63 million girls around the world do not attend secondary school due to poverty, safety concerns, and/or early marriage — even though girls earn up to 20 percent more with each additional year of schooling, are less likely to marry early, and are more likely to have fewer, healthier children. To help young women become changemakers, She's the First focuses its efforts in three areas: education, mentorship, and global leadership training.
Current Programs: The organization's STF Scholars program works with local partner NGOs to provide community-based interventions designed to help every girl succeed in school. Working with partners in India and Nepal, Guatemala and Peru, and Ethiopia, the Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, She's the First has supported a thousand STF Scholars with scholarships, mentoring, and the resources they need to become community changemakers.
STF Campus Chapters can be started by any high school or college student and comprise three main components: leadership development through a high-touch mentorship program; community engagement on and off campus; and a guided global awareness program and peer-to-peer discussions in which members of the campus chapter work with STF Scholars elsewhere to learn about issues affecting women and girls globally.
Website: Visitors to the STF site can learn more about the organization's impact in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, The Gambia, and the United States. In addition, nonprofits can apply to become an STF partner organization, while individuals can learn how to start a campus chapter, join the STF Action Network, and/or support the organization.
Funding: She's the First is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.