Our Mission

She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school.To fulfill this mission, She’s the First mobilizes supporters to fund scholarships and gives a clearer understanding on complex global issues related to poverty.
Harnessing technology and social media, She’s the First is committed to connecting sponsors and scholars around the world in innovative, mutually beneficial ways to foster mentorship, philanthropy, equality, and leadership. Ultimately, our student leaders and scholars become the change agents who break cycles of generational poverty and transform our world.

Our Philosophy

Our educational philosophy is
that quality always trumps quantity.

We partner with organizations who believe the same. Each girl we sponsor is given multiple tools to ensure her success in this world, during and after her school years. Our scholars learn more than science and math; they learn how to apply their new skills to the world around them, encouraged by a support system every step of the way.

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  • Get Involved in She's the First's 2nd Annual Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off!

  • How They Did It: Raising $7,200+ to Sponsor 20 Girls in Uganda

  • 2012 AGA Participant: She's The First

Girls’ Education Facts

  • What about the boys?

    While there are many equally deserving boys around the world in dire need of an education, we’ve chosen to focus our efforts on girls, since statistically, they’ve faced greater disadvantages. Only one in every five girls in the developing world finish primary school*, and only one out of every three countries (37 percent) has as many girls as boys in secondary schools*.

    33%

    enrollment rate

    In the countries where we work, the rate of enrollment for girls in secondary school is only 33 percent*. That’s only one in three female students! Yet, less than two cents of every development dollar goes to girls.
  • Educating girls isn’t
    just about equality…

    …it’s about the economy. Research consistently shows that educating girls and enabling their participation in the workforce substantially increases a country’s GDP, or economic output. An extra year of primary school for girls means they can earn 10 to 20 percent more, on average.

    18%

    return
    in future wages

    Girls with secondary education have an even bigger return of 18 percent in future wages, as compared to 14 percent for boys.*
  • PLUS

    There is a positive connection between educating girls and lowering maternal mortality rates, delaying childbirth and family size, and improving hygiene to slow the spread of disease. Girls who are educated are, in the long run, likely to marry later, bear fewer children, educate their own children, and be less vulnerable to sexual abuse and coerced sex (and therefore less likely to be infected by sexually transmitted diseases)*.

    We can transform a girl’s life if we help her be the first to reach her high school graduation, changing the trajectory of her entire life. For further information, try our recommended reads below, and join us in turning these harrowing statistics into future success stories.

RESOURCES

The Best Investment
TIME Magazine

Half the Sky
Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn

The End of Poverty
Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs

India Untouched
The Forgotten Face Of Rural Poverty by Abraham George

The Price of Stones
Building a School for My Village by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (Author), Susan Urbanek Linville (Author)

The Blue Sweater (2009)
Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz

The Favored Daughter
One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by Fawzia Koofi, Nadene Ghouri

Opium Nation
Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan by Fariba Nawa

Our Impact

  • number of countries

    10

  • STF scholars

    382

  • number of chapters

    83

  • years of education

    896

  • total student body reach

    400,000+

  • social media reach

    22,000+

  • students in campus chapters gain

    hands-on leadership training
    global awareness
    entrepreneurial skills
    lifelong passion for philanthropy
    a rockstar support network

  • sponsored scholars gain

    the basics: tuition, uniforms, food
    dedicated mentorship
    knowledge
    real-world skill sets
    a rockstar support network


Our People:

Our Financials & Funders