Our Mission

Escalera's mission is to creating educational opportunities for indigenous youth in Chiapas.

Our Vision

We envision a world where indigenous youth have the opportunity to take the next step to a better life. Through partnering with schools and communities, Escalera affirms the dignity and potential of these youth by supporting them as they access high school and develop skills to build a better life for themselves and their families.

Our Work

REACH Program: Opening doors to high school education

Since 2013, our REACH program has been a beacon of hope for indigenous students in the Los Altos region. Tailored to the unique needs of 9th-grade students—the final year of middle school in Mexico—REACH motivates and supports them in enrolling and staying in high school. As the sole educational support in this rural context, REACH overcomes adversities with the joint effort of students, parents, and teachers. Your support directly contributes to making education a reality for all, breaking barriers and fostering a brighter future.

Emprende: Nurturing future entrepreneurs

In 2018, we introduced COBACH Emprende, an entrepreneurship training program aimed at empowering students with the skills needed for success and business creation upon graduation. Developed in collaboration with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Lab (J-PAL) and the U.S.-Mexico Research Center from the University of California-San Diego, this program equips public teachers to impart both technical and soft skills to students. Your support directly shapes the next generation of entrepreneurs, fostering innovation and resilience.

School Building Initiative: Investing in infrastructure, investing in education

Since our inception in 1998, we've championed education not only through scholarships but also by building over a hundred safe and weather-proof spaces across Chiapas. Collaborating with local, municipal, and state governments, our school building projects are strategically focused on villages where REACH's impact has boosted high school enrollment. Your contributions have a tangible and lasting impact, creating conducive environments for learning and community growth.

Be inspired:

Dive into the captivating stories of resilience, determination, and triumph! Our three featured videos unveil the inspiring narratives of students whose lives have been transformed by your support through Escalera Foundation.


Yaltem community

Oliza and Mildred


Foundation Escalera, 273 N
East Capitol Street, Salt Lake
City, UT 84103

Escalera is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with EIN 20-1377072.