How We Do It
We identify academically talented young leaders who have few opportunities, provide ACT and IELTS preparation, and pair them with 4-6 American professionals who guide them in applying for scholarships. After they win a scholarship, SHE-CAN funds all non-scholarship costs, and their mentor team supports them emotionally and helps them launch their career when they return home.
SHE-CAN aims to find the best candidates with the strongest potential of succeeding, not just in a US college, but as leaders in their home country and globally. Through a democratic application process, we work with local partner organizations (Gashora Girls Academy, Generation Rwanda, FAWE Rwanda, and school counselors) to identify high potential female students with top academics rankings. We push opportunities down the socioeconomic pyramid by targeting low-income girls, many of whom have been impacted by the atrocities committed in their country. All of the young women selected are brave and passionate to become leaders and change agents in their home country by challenging ingrained social, economic, and gender standards.
Preparatory College Application Class
The selected candidates work with SHE-CAN teachers to prepare for the ACT/IELTS exams. These are intensive courses, and only those who show strong motivation and score well on ACT and IELTS exams are invited to be a part of the mentorship program.
Prior to beginning work with their Mentors, the students sign a pledge in which they commit to furthering the development of their home country or working as a change-maker in a global capacity after graduating.
Our program interweaves college scholarships with a team-mentoring model, which matches each scholar with four to six professionals in the U.S.. Mentors help their mentee choose the right college for their ability and career goals and assist them with financial aid documents, essay writing, teacher recommendations, etc. SHE-CAN supports those candidates who are awarded a full scholarship by ensuring they get a proper visa, plane ticket, and appropriate winter wardrobe as well as helping them become acclimated to the US. Many mentors invite scholars home for school breaks and visit periodically. Mentors also open up their extended networks to ensure their mentee has connections, internships and job opportunities. Backed by intensive support and guidance, scholars are transformed into confident, vocal, and empowered leaders. At the same time, strong bonds of solidarity emerge, as mentors become invested in the outcome of their mentee’s country.