Chispa means spark. Sparks ignite change.

step 1: CHISPAS DEL HOY  ANNUAL SUMMIT

It begins with the Chispas del Hoy annual summit. In consultation with Guatemala's leading schools and girl-focused organizations, 100 powerful female leaders aged 16-21 are nominated to attend a three-day summit held on beautiful lake Atitlán. These 100 young women represent nearly every socio-economic and ethnic group of Guatemala.

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

For three days, these 100 powerful leaders connect over similar struggles and strategies while developing their own agendas for leading change in their communities. The summit is intentionally designed to foster both synergy and action plans among the delegates.  

Summit event details 2016:

Dates: November 28-30, 2016

Location: Sololá, Guatemala

Confirmed 2016 partners can be viewed here

100 Chispas del Hoy participants at the 2015 summit

100 Chispas del Hoy participants at the 2015 summit

STEp 2: form Chispacios (Spark Spaces).

Upon returning to their communities, these young women create CHISPACIOS (Spark Spaces). These spaces are open to all (young men are welcome!) and exist to channel members' aspirations into action.   

The Network's role is to encourage the ongoing communication and synergy among these chapters through exchanges, meeting plan support and matching funds to support girl-driving community development. 

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

 

step 3: Position and evidence the cause of girls' education and empowerment in Guatemala. 

The Network is designed to bring young women together from across Guatemala's diverse ethnic and socio-economic spectrum. Chispacios will catalyze and publicize girl-led initiatives around Guatemala.  

2015 CAN participant Rosa María at the national press conference in Guatemala City. 

“We must tell girls their voices are important.”
— Malala