The National has announced an intimate show date the Troubadour in West Hollywood in support of their Thousand Girls Initiative. On Wednesday, October 16, The National will perform to a 500-person audience with proceeds supporting Guatemalan nonprofit Cooperative for Education’s efforts to improve the education of girls in Guatemala.
The National’s front-man, Matt Berninger teamed up with his cousins Joe and Jeff Berninger, co-founders of the nonprofit Cooperative for Education (CoEd), to launch a major program expansion called the Thousand Girls Initiative.
The Thousand Girls Initiative aims to reduce this disparity by growing to reach 1,000 girls in CoEd’s Scholarship & Youth Development Program by the year 2020. In a country where the national high school graduation rate is only 18%, 95% of students who finish middle school with a CoEd scholarship go on to graduate from high school.
“Almost twenty years ago my cousins Joe and Jeff Berninger quit their corporate jobs and started this non-profit. CoEd has already reached more than 150,000 kids with textbooks and computers, and now they’re taking on girls’ education. I’m excited to join the effort to keep 1,000 girls from dropping out of school, which is so common in Guatemala,” stated Berninger in recent press release. “I’m really proud to be a part of this amazing organization.”
Tickets to The National at The Troubadour will on sale Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. This is a benefit and tickets are priced at $150.
To learn more about the Cooperative for Education, please visit their website here.