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"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." — Maya Angelou

Funding mentoring, academic assistance, and scholarship programs for high-potential, low-income girls in public high schools.

There is a disparity in academic opportunity between low-income students and their more affluent peers. In our program, students receive personally relevant, engaging experiences through career-oriented lectures and mentorship opportunities. We endeavor to inspire and uniquely impact young women’s life goals and achievements by exposing them to previously unimagined college and career opportunities.

Our Mission

Our rigorous academic programs focus on educational goals and progress towards high school graduation, building college level study habits and writing skills, equal access to quality education and multiple long term mentoring relationships.

Our Programs

To provide low-income, high-potential young women in high school with the necessary skills and tools for future success in academia and the workplace. We do this by building an adult and peer mentor network and an academic support organization that serves young women nationwide.

Our Vision

Higher education provides financial stability and increased job opportunities, ending the cyclical dependence on welfare. As research proves, the number of years of college completed is directly related to economic self-sufficiency.


Why Girls?

* Increased Health

Investing in girls’ education delivers huge economic returns, delays marriage and first pregnancy, and increases women’s health and disease prevention.

* Economic Returns

Girls’ education leads to increased income, both for individuals and for nations as a whole. While educating both boys and girls increases productivity and supports the growth of national economies, the education of girls may lead to greater income gains.

* Dropout Crisis

Dropouts cost taxpayers $8 billion annually in public assistance programs and earn less than $10,000 a year versus workers with diplomas; that is $355 billion in lost lifetime earnings. Recent reports indicate that dropouts are more likely to be unemployed and almost 60% of federal inmates are high school dropouts.

in 2009

The Apareció Foundation ("TAF") was established as an economic development strategy to lift young girls out of poverty and as a community development approach to build the leadership capacity of low-income girls. TAF is unique in that it is a grassroots-based collaborative providing access for low-income women to higher education. It is a free-standing college access, leadership and mentoring program.

"If you educate a woman, you educate a family, if you educate a girl, you educate the future."

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan