As a result of our growth, we are seeking a full-time Program Director. And who better to spread the word than you?

Do you know a fearless professional with a passion for helping young women and a background in non-profit program development? The Program Director is an integral member of our small team and will play a pivotal role in the success and growth of Open A Door as we expand into new countries and secure SHE-CAN scholarships.

This position is a unique chance to be on the ground floor of a fast-rising organization poised to change the world.

Click here to read the job description and details on how to apply.




Become a Mentor!

Greetings from Open A Door. We are recruiting mentors this spring for all of our prospective new scholars in Rwanda and Cambodia. Here’s some information on how you or anyone you know who is interested can get involved.

Mission & Beliefs:

Open A Door aims to become a driving force in building female leadership in post-conflict countries. 

What We Do

OAD helps women from post-conflict countries become forces for change by obtaining a college education in the U.S. and being mentored to believe in themselves and know they are equal to men. Backed by intensive support and guidance, scholars are transformed into confident, vocal, and empowered leaders.

Why We Do It

Many sources point to women as key to ushering peace, prosperity, and women’s rights in the developing world. Yet, repressive cultural attitudes and lack of higher education prevents them from challenging the system. Widespread change requires an influential number be given opportunities to gain the credentials and the personal confidence needed to defy the system they grew up in and thrive as change agents and role models.

How We Do It

We identify academically talented young leaders who have few opportunities, provide in-country SAT preparation, and pair them with 5-6 American professionals who guide them in applying for scholarships. After they win a scholarship, OAD funds all non-scholarship costs, their mentor team supports them emotionally and helps them launch their career when they return home.

Scaling our Model through SHE-CAN

We have helped 20 girls from Rwanda and Afghanistan win full scholarships to study in the US. While we are proud of our success, 20 is not enough. Click here to learn more.

To this end, we recently introduced a new scholarship program called SHE-CAN: Supporting Her Education Changes a Nation.  SHE-CAN works on a broader systems level by inviting universities and corporations to come together to fund scholarships that build a steady, growing pipeline of highly networked leaders into the same five countries. By concentrating the impact of the scholarships, over time OAD intends to build an ever-expanding cohort of world-class, educated women who together become powerful enough to influence the future of their country.


Corporate Sponsors

Andalou Naturals

Andalou Naturals champions women’s education, equality and empowerment
100% of the net profits from A Force of Nature Hand Cream purchases benefit Open A Door Foundation.
“A Force of Nature is at the intersection where entrepreneurship meets philanthropy,” -Stacey Kelly Egide, Founder & CEO, Andalou Naturals



Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology
“I find it truly rewarding that when we work with patients to improve their skin, they improve their outlook and self-esteem.”
-Dr. Kathleen Welsh, owner, Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology