Empowering Girls

The Summit Foundation seeks to empower marginalized girls by transforming their social, reproductive and economic lives.

We are motivated to address girls’ equality because it is right and because of the evidence: if we address their inequality, poverty rates will decline, health indicators of women and children will improve, economies will grow and the environment will benefit. Girls’ pathways in many countries are constrained by socio-cultural, structural and policy barriers that impede their rights and lead to elevated school drop-out rates, few livelihood opportunities, child marriage/early unions, adolescent pregnancies and gender-based and sexual violence.

Most of the program’s funding is focused in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico, which mirrors our Mesoamerican Reef program. Summit invests in promising young leaders and projects, as well as  broader initiatives that advance girls’ equality and improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH). A small proportion of our grantmaking focuses on expanding international, Latin American and U.S. commitments to empowering girls and ASRH.

Our long-term vision is that girls and young women have the ability and autonomy to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives, free from discrimination, coercion and violence, and are valued by their families and communities, with viable pathways to quality education, health and employment.

Photo above and left: © Kate Lord Photography

GOJoven was launched in 2004 in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico and has trained over 350 young leaders aged 18-30 to act as catalysts for improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health choices, services, policies, and programs at the community, national, and regional levels. Run by the Public Health Institute (PHI) for nearly ten years, PHI began supporting a transition to alumni-led GOJovens in 2012. The local youth-led GOJoven associations have continued to grow and deepen their impact…. Read More »

The Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) is a multi-donor initiative that supports projects in Central America and Mexico that are led by youth, for the benefit of youth. Launched in 2014 by the Seattle International Foundation with support from Summit, the CAMY Fund gives young project leaders the tools they need to succeed – providing funding and technical assistance with project planning, budgeting, and evaluation of results. Current supported projects focus on girls’ equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights…. Read More »

Recent Grants

Our Empowering Girls Program features grantmaking that focuses on achieving girls’ equality within Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo. Here are a few of the projects and organizations we have supported recently.