Our Mission

We exist to ensure that all youth in extreme poverty have access to quality secondary education by providing solutions that change systems.

Our Vision

In 2030 we envision a world where all youth in extreme poverty have access to quality education. It is a world where proof drives policy: where trial-tested innovations become public policy solutions. Through coordination between government, nonprofits and education institutions, all youth in extreme poverty have access to quality secondary education and opportunities for employment, which result in greater economic independence, delay in early marriage and childbearing, healthier children and more equal relationships, and greater gender equality in this generation and the next.

Our Progress So Far

82,962

Students who have received Escalera’s mentorship programs

39,901

Students benefiting from Escalera classrooms

177

Classrooms built

$12

High school education

Our Students

Here are a few success stories of ours.

Our History

It all started in 1997 when Jan and Bryson Garbett, Escalera’s founders, had planned a trip to Disney World. They were ready for their California vacation when they heard about a service trip to help students in Mexico. After asking their eight children what they wanted to do, they chose to cancel their trip to see Mickey and his friends.

Since then, Escalera’s work in Chiapas has evolved from working primarily in the Los Altos region to around the state. Our programs have changed based on the knowledge and experience we’ve gained over 20 years in the state. Year after year, we continue to seek new ways to motivate students to stay in school and follow their dreams.