Public education is not free in Guatemala. In fact the cost of tuition, uniforms, books, shoes puts education out of reach for middle and high school students in the community around the garbage dump. There are many programs for preschool and elementary students but then the options disappear as they move to the next level of schooling. Families sometimes decide that instead of paying for school they would rather the children to find work and contribute to the income of the family. One of the primary objectives of the mentoring program is to transform this type of thinking which blocks long term hope and development. The scholarships go hand in hand with the mentoring program to hopefully change the family’s future.