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Limitless Horizons Ixil, Inc.

Transforming a community through education

Santa Cruz, CA   |  http://www.limitlesshorizonsixil.org

Mission

Limitless Horizons Ixil’s mission is to create opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala, to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Ms. Katie Morrow

Main address

P.O. Box 3120

Santa Cruz, CA 95063 USA

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EIN

26-4296182

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Saber Sin Límites Community Library

Limitless Horizons Ixil opened the county’s first public library, Saber Sin Límites (Limitless Knowledge), in 2010 to address several needs. Schools do not have books; our library has the resources students need to complete assignments. Homes are smoky and poorly lit; the library provides a quiet and well-lit space for students, teachers, and community members. In Chajul, there is no culture of reading and only a quarter of adults are literate; the library supports the practice of reading, extending the 4.5-hour school day for students and bringing the power of the written word to both children and adults. Today, the library has nearly 500 members each year. Limitless Horizons Ixil’s librarians, indigenous local community members, host bilingual Ixil/Spanish story hours followed by activities related to that week's story, teaching the basics of the Spanish language, literacy, and school readiness to young children. During the school vacation, children are invited to attend half-day fun educational and literacy development activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples

Most in Chajul, and especially girls, complete only primary school, after which schooling is costly. To attend public school, students face fees for uniforms, supplies, and tuition. In addition, school takes time away from income-generating work on which families rely. Given the research on the positive effects of improving educational outcomes (especially for girls) in poor communities like Chajul, Limitless Horizons Ixil provides financial, academic, professional, and emotional support to middle and high school students, two-thirds of whom are girls. Motivated Ixil youth in extreme economic need are selected to receive scholarships as well as a full breadth of support services to ensure their academic, professional, and personal success. These include: academic enrichment classes, computer classes, career guidance, a 4-week intensive Spanish course, work-study opportunities, life-skills workshops, and family and individual counseling sessions.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Limitless Horizons Ixil’s Artisan Program offers mothers, alumni, and scholars the opportunity to create woven, embroidered, and beaded artisan products such as scarves, headbands, bookmarks, and jewelry in exchange for fair wages and professional training. As women are at a particular disadvantage in Chajul, this program serves to provide consistent, fair-wage employment to women and girls and help them build on their traditional artisan skills with additionally valuable artistic and business skills, thereby allowing them to become more self-sufficient and confident in their ability to overcome poverty. The weaving designs of the Ixil region are widely known for their ornate embroidered figures and high-quality textiles. Product designs are chosen through design contests, allowing our artisans to be creative and give the products a true Chajul look. In 2016, the Artisan Program expanded to include beaded products such as earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Limitless Horizons Ixil pays the artisans a fair price for their products and then sells them internationally to raise funds to support our programs, thus directly returning the proceeds to the community.

Population(s) Served

Colegio Horizontes is the unique school we opened in January 2022. It’s led by local women and provides high-quality middle and high school education to indigenous youth. Colegio Horizontes brings culturally responsive, rigorous, and engaging academics to Chajul for the first time, opening doors for girls to attend and thrive in school along with a small group of boy allies. Our students will be part of a new generation of civic-minded youth who are academically prepared for college and well-paying careers. They’ll be ready to create solutions to local challenges, and bring economic security to their families without migrating to the US.

Population(s) Served
Adolescent girls
Adolescent boys
Indigenous peoples
People of Central American descent
Teachers

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

2021 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Price 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

School Preparation Program (2021, first year)

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All in the School Preparation Program (2021, first year)

Number of parents, community members, and non-teaching staff helping to set goals for the school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

School Preparation Program (2021, first year)

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Development Program (turning into Colegio Horizontes)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Phasing out the Youth Development Program with the new school Colegio Horizontes opening.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Development Program (turning into Colegio Horizontes)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic, fewer students enrolled in higher learning.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Colegio Horizontes.

Number of family members participating in school activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

School Preparation Program (first year, 2021)

Number of program participants who remain employed 12 months after program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Development Program (turning into Colegio Horizontes)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Limitless Horizons aims to achieve our mission of empowering individuals with the skills needed to effect the change they want for their community. It means children knowing how to read and teaching a friend; students eager to get an education, make informed decisions about their future, and gain skills to share with their community; mothers being able to support their children’s development with the simple purchase of a notebook and an understanding of school requirements. It means community change, created both by and for the people of Chajul.

Strategy 1: School: Student Success
Objectives
• Students graduate from middle school and high school
• Students demonstrate the school’s core competencies of critical thinking, resilience, excellence, innovation, networks of support, and empowered voice
• Students practice life, professional, and entrepreneurial skills throughout their academic career
Goals
• Launch Colegio Horizontes, a new middle and high school in Chajul
• Graduates develop a strong academic foundation and are well prepared for university and careers
• Graduates launch local businesses or professional careers

Strategy 2: School: Teaching Capacity
Objectives
• Teachers are well prepared to use interactive and evidence-based strategies to boost student learning outcomes
• Teachers develop in their students a capacity to use their empowered voice and make autonomous decisions over their own futures
• Teachers participate in continuing professional development and weekly coaching sessions
Goals
• Local indigenous teachers bring high-quality academics in an empowering and safe learning environment
• Teachers foster gender equity within and outside of the classroom

Strategy 3: Library: Youth Engagement
Objectives
• Increase library membership and outreach
• Provide enriching literacy opportunities to the broader Chajul community through radio broadcasted story hours
Goals
• A culture of literacy and love of reading continues to flourish in the community
• Preschool and elementary school youth continue on to middle school with Colegio Horizontes or other Chajul schools

Strategy 4: Strengthen Organizational Capacity
Objectives
• Build capacity of motivated and capable team
• Construct appropriate facilities
• Ensure sustainable fundraising
• Hone the organization’s focus on core school and library programs
• Strengthen and develop Board of Directors by adding members with complementary backgrounds and with
strong networks for potential fundraising
Goal
• Enhance organizational impact by intentionally investing in our people and providing the support they need to achieve our strategic priorities

Led by a majority female leadership team, Limitless Horizons Ixil’s programs are developed by and
oriented towards the unique needs of girls. Limitless Horizons Ixil is establishing the infrastructure for quality education in Chajul, including trained human capital, a model school, a community workshop space, and a culture shift around education. We are empowering a new generation of youth to lead the community of Chajul towards establishing a higher quality of life through their leadership, community engagement, employment, parenting
approach, and lens on gender equality. The organization is creating economic opportunity and women’s empowerment across Chajul.

Our local Maya Ixil team designs, implements, and manages our holistic programs, which are successfully developing the next generation of female leaders in Chajul. Our core programs and what we have accomplished over the years can be summarized below:

- Colegio Horizontes: In January 2022 we opened a new full-day, a girl-centered secondary school with embedded
youth development, mentoring, and family programs. Girl-focused instruction will be academically
empowering, safe, and sensitive to the needs girls bring to the classroom. We enrolled 24 students in the first class and will enroll an additional class each year, building up to full enrollment of 5 grades (3 of middle school and 2 of high school).

- The Youth Development Program, which is now transitioning into Colegio Horizontes, supports ambitious high school students with financial scholarships and full wraparound services to help them succeed. Limitless Horizons Ixil supported 226 students to attend and thrive in school, including 151 girls. Of the 151 girls who first enrolled in our program, 4 are among the first women in Chajul to complete university degrees, 64 graduated from high school and 110 graduated from middle school. 81% of alumnae had their first child at age 23 or older, compared to just 16% of their mothers.

- The Emerging Leaders Program supports Youth Development Program alumni, and will support future Colegio Horizontes graduates with career development opportunities, year-long fellowships, and ongoing support in
their post-secondary transitions to university, employment, or entrepreneurship. We have a total of 83 alumni and have had 24 fellows doing a fellowship at Limitless Horizons Ixil.

- The Saber Sin Lmites (Limitless Knowledge) Community Library offers visitors a safe study environment, literacy programming, academic support, and access to over 10,000 books, microscopes, and other resources to an average of 500 visitors per year. The library is open to the entire community, and is extremely popular among girls. In many cases, it is the library that inspires young girls to seek a formal education. 100% of library members say reading is important, and that the library helped them do better in school.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.)

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Limitless Horizons Ixil, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Hannah-Rose Mann

Bain & Co.

Term: 2024 -


Board co-chair

Laura Myers

CUNY

Term: 2023 -

Lindsey Musen

TSNE

Courtney Wong

Consultant to education nonprofits

Laura Myers

City University of New York

Mary McCabe

KPMG

Hannah-Rose Mann

Bain

Melissa Granetz

TNTP

Michelle Morneau

Martine Keating

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Daisy Lin

Treasury Prime

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data