FutureSpark Scholars Program
Launched in 2016, the FutureSpark Scholar Program improves access to education for girls by raising scholarships for their secondary school education. Why secondary school? In many countries, while primary school is free, secondary school requires small fees. For families living in poverty, paying even small school fees can be a burden impossible to bear, resulting in daughters being pulled out of school, forced to marry, or work to support the family. This also makes the girls more vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking, early pregnancy and complications, and sexually transmitted diseases. However, if the financial barrier is removed, a girl can finish her basic education, thus increasing her capacity to exit from poverty, remain healthy, marry and have children when she is ready, and create a brighter, healthier future for herself and family.
Through our online platform, we crowd fund for educational scholarships, while also acting as a platform for advocacy and empowerment for the girls. We organize web-based crowd funding campaigns in the global community, while conducting mentorship and leadership workshops with the girls in their communities to help them learn about digital media tools as a means to having their voices heard and engendering self-empowerment. We bridge these two components through the FutureSpark Digital Storytelling Project, where we showcase the impact of these scholarships through projects created by the girls themselves.