Precious few young women have the opportunity to break these powerful cycles of poverty and exclusion. The young women in the SF1by1 program represent a generation that will be the first to apply their unique skills and talents for the betterment of their families, communities and country. Through personalized mentorship and peer support, SF1by1 will equip each with the knowledge and experience to proactively determine their own future and avert falling into the all-too-familiar trap of early marriage and pregnancy and large families in poverty.
Indigenous Mayan girls in Guatemala have never been allowed to aspire to much beyond the traditional cycles of exclusion. The obstacles between a girl and her dreams are often too daunting. Deep poverty, questionable family support, and powerful social pressure to quit school make it essential that she believes in her capacity to overcome and succeed. SF1by1 provides each girl with a community-based mentor whose singular focus is to ensure that each girl beats the overwhelming odds to become educated and empowered.
One proven tool to strengthen this sense of purpose and strength to accomplish is Solutions Focused Therapy. This therapy is a future-focused therapy that emphasizes what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problems that made them seek help. This project consists of acquiring the field-based training for SF1by1 staff and the subsequent training of the SF1by1 mentor staff in this innovative, highly relevant technique.
Organizations working in the field of international development frequently lack the will or capacity to benefit from the experience and knowledge of other programs. SF1by1 strives to never “reinvent the wheel” and the spirit of this collaboration is evidenced through its ongoing collaboration with other NGOs working in Guatemala and elsewhere. In 2010, Givology supporters provided Starfish One by One with critical training in the prevention and treatment of family violence. This powerful information was provided by the world-recognized JUCONI Mexico Foundation. JUCONI, which has run award-winning programs for street-involved children and families, has been providing technical support to programs around the world since 2005.
JUCONI has been utilizing Solutions-Focused Therapy in the field in addition to training other organization in its application for many years now. SF1by1 seeks the support of the Givology community to equip its team of mentors in this proven technique so that more young women break the glass ceiling in Guatemala. SF1by1 staff would travel to Puebla, Mexico where JUCONI is based. They would receive intensive training in addition to accompanying JUCONI staff to observe implementation. They would then return to Guatemala and share their knowledge and experience with the rest of the mentorship team. JUCONI does not charge any fees to provide this training.