Adaly is grateful for you.

Adaly is grateful for you.

One of our Institute alums, Adaly, said something that I can’t stop thinking about.

“We are all used to studying just to work here,” she said. “Nothing changes. We’re in a square.”

“But the Institute shows us that there are things outside of that square. That’s the most important thing I have learned. How cool is it that people from all over care about us and have an interest in us?”

Friend, you are one of those people who cares.

So behalf on Adaly and all of our students, THANK YOU. 

Your generosity of time and resources matters to young leaders in Mexico. You are helping them surpass expectations, break paradigms, and redefine success, not just for themselves, but for their entire communities.

You can make a difference right now.

Make a gift to support the Institute this summer. Help another student like Adaly see the big, bold life that exists outside of her square. Give now. 

Adaly is grateful for you.

Girls like Yanelí are the future

It never gets old, friends.

Every summer as we welcome new students, I am struck by just how incredible this experience is. How honored I am to be a part of these young leaders’ lives. And how grateful I am to each of you for making it all possible.

When I meet girls like Yanelí, I remember that we have a big, bright future ahead of us.

Yanelí attended our Winter Conference this January with several of her friends from San Angel. She sat quietly in our sessions, taking it all in—and she was inspired.

At the end of the weekend, she shared, “I am learning that I can go after what I want. And that I can get back up and keep going when things go wrong.”

“This conference changed my thinking,” she said. “I learned about my dreams. For the first time, I learned that I can be what I want to be.”

It’s a freedom and a confidence that many girls in Mexico struggle to find. And one that we are proud to help instill in our female students, especially this month as we celebrate women and girls around the world.

Now, Yanelí wants to apply for the Institute. She wants to keep learning and growing. And we want to help her achieve her goals.

Give now to support girls like Yanelí.

Fund programs that are transforming the lives of young leaders and giving them the boldness to chase their dreams.

Adaly is grateful for you.

Julissa inspires me.

Julissa talks a million miles a minute and has a permanent smile on her face. But her life has not always been easy.

When she talks about her community, she says, “Our neighborhood is super closed-minded. No one is growing. No one believes in us. People don’t think about doing new things.”

But Julissa refused to let her circumstances define her, so last summer, she joined the Institute.

“It was an unforgettable experience for me,” she says. “At the beginning, I couldn’t talk to anyone. Now I’m different. I like participating. I can make new friends. Before I didn’t think I was anything—now I can dream things for my future. The Institute made me a better person.” 

She loves that her involvement with the Institute doesn’t need to end.

In her words, “I have a million things I love, but now I need to figure out what I want to study. That’s why I want to come back for a second year—so I can learn more and help more people.” 

While her career path has yet to be defined, Julissa’s plan is clear: “I want to do something great so that I can be an example for others.”

She knows that her life—and her community—isn’t easy, but she has one big vision in mind:

“I want people to see me and say, ‘If she can do it, so can I.'” 

Friend, you can support girls like Julissa right now. This International Women’s Day, change the life of an incredible young leader in Mexico.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are sharing the incredible stories of female students with you all month long. We invite you to celebrate IWD with us and support special programming designed to address the unique challenges these girls face. Empower young women now at

Adaly is grateful for you.

Let’s hear it for the girls! (Starting with Angie!)

When I think of perseverance, I think of Angie.

When we first met her three years ago, she was shy and self-contained. In her words, “Before, I had a really closed-off view of the world. I was afraid.”

She joined the Institute, where she learned to better express herself. She said, “I learned who I am. I learned how I relate to other people.” 

She returned the next summer as a Michael Lotito Fellow, developing her professional skills including interviewing and resume-writing. She and her classmates began thinking seriously about their future, and Angie had one goal in mind:

She wanted to open an animal hospital.

To achieve her goal, Angie knew that she had to study—and the university she wanted to attend was in a different state in Mexico. It was far away from home, and to get in, she had to pass a very difficult test.

The first time she took it, she failed.

She felt sad and stuck—and didn’t know what to do. She felt like her dreams had been ripped out from under her.

But Angie did the hardest, bravest thing—she decided to try again. 

This May, Angie will retake the university entrance exam with hopes of continuing her academic career later this year.

In her words, “At the Institute, I learned what I wanted. And I learned that I can keep going.” 

Join us in cheering on Angie as she prepares for her test, and partner with us as we create opportunities for more girls to develop their own confidence and perseverance at the Institute this summer. 

It’s the best way to celebrate International Women’s Day!

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are sharing the incredible stories of female students with you all month long. We invite you to celebrate IWD with us and support special programming designed to address the unique challenges these girls face. Empower young women now at