by Rachel Johnson
Q: We’re so glad to feature you in our Spotlight Series, Katia! Tell us about the foundation you started, Educate2Envision (E2E) International.
At E2E, we invest in youth from extremely low-income areas, encouraging them to be their own innovators in tackling poverty. We’re starting in Honduras. We go beyond donating school supplies and building schools to creating education movements that positively transforms communities. By supporting first-generation high school students, we set the precedent that ignites confidence and ideas among youth to further develop their communities. Our programs place a special emphasis on girls who face the greatest risk of dropping out early because of adolescent pregnancy. We believe that educating the future mothers of the world will give future generations a chance of reaching their full potential.
Q: What inspired you to launch E2E? Was there a specific "aha!" moment for you, or did the idea pan out over several weeks/months/years of dreaming about it?
Q: You just won a Do Something Award for your work with E2E this summer - congratulations! What was that experience like?
Thank you! I still get butterflies when I watch the VH1 video clips. Whenever I get asked this question, the first word that comes to mind is “surreal.” I don’t think any adjective could describe the whole experience from start to finish better than that word. Never in a million years would I have imagined having the summer I just had! Not only did I see my dream realized by winning the Do Something Award, but I also met some incredible celebrities, was treated like a celeb myself, and had the incredible opportunity to meet four other amazing individuals and Do Something Awards finalists: Meg Bourne, Seth Maxwell, Manyang Reath, and Danny Mendoza. The folks at Do Something are as awesome as they come. They gave us memories to last our whole lives
Q: Your website says that “education is the most fool-proof investment we can make in breaking the cycle of poverty.” Unpack that statement for us, and explain how you arrived at this belief system.
Stay tuned and check back tomorrow for Part 2 of our Wonderfully Made spotlight on Katia Gomez!