Through education and hope, to see our indigenous Mexican friends restore their war-ravaged region!

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Poverty is lifted by a U.S. pipeline of compassion

Just over the U.S. border, we have been planting hope amid drug-traffic violence for 22 years. Scholarships from 130 Americans have helped 300 young Mexican leaders graduate from high school and 110 from college as nurses, doctors, teachers, and lawyers who are replacing drug cartel activity with reclaimed land, regional stability, and healthy lives.

Are you looking for a way to make the greatest impact possible with your giving? You just found it! Invest just $21/mo. to send a child to school. You’ll find the stories are incredible, and the results are undeniable. Donate us today and make a difference!

Our Mission and Vision

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders:
100s of Tarahumara Youth in 40 Villages

The Tarahumara are the world-famous “running people” who host the world’s 20 best ultra-marathoners each year on their mountain trails for a 50+ mile race they repeatedly win! But sadly they acquired these superpowers over centuries by having to outrun Spanish colonizers, land-grabbing deforesters, mountain-mining corporations, and now pot-growing drug cartels, as they withdrew to the Copper Canyon. Canyon Scholars’ work has focused on 40 Tarahumara villages, one of which is described in this video.

Fun Facts: A wonder of the world, the Copper Canyon is actually 5 times deeper and wider than Arizona’s Grand Canyon! Also, thanks to Mexico’s Department of Tourism, it also has the world’s second longest zip line, after one in the United Arab Emirates!

For more on our work among these fascinating indigenous people, read about our human rights work, reservoir building in drought-stricken regions, Rotary partnerships to build a school library and recreational court, and fruit orchard planting to help the Tarahumara survive and reclaim their lost lands.

Read: The Land Cries Out by Todd Svanoe, Director of Donor Relations, Canyon Scholars.

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How Else Can You Help?


Become a Volunteer

What special talent can you or a friend or family member bring to our team? We are always looking for young enthusiastic people to help with social media, to serve as board members and advisors, and to develop the Next Generation of Canyon Scholars. Connect us to a volunteer, or volunteer yourself. You’ll have fun working with us!


Host a Zoom Meeting

We’d love to share the story of Canyon Scholars in a Zoom meeting with your family, neighbors, or work colleagues. We’ll make it educational, inspirational, and fun with trivia. It’s become fashionable for youth to “Give Back” together, doing a service project for a birthday party. Think of it as a social evening. All you do is invite the guests. We guarantee a meaningful time had by all!


Find Us a Partner

Add purpose to a sports team, aerobics group, friends from work, or a church or service club by adopting Canyon Scholars collectively. Sponsor students together as a relationship builder. Your group will get regular, interesting updates. Ask a business to “give back” 5% on purchases during one month to student scholarships. We promise great success stories and photos for their website. Speaking of which...Share your photo and an endorsement!

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Find an interesting or favorite post on our Facebook page, and SHARE it with your “Public” or list of friends, asking them to please share it with their friends or family. And make sure to also share our website. This alone can snowball and create a network of compassion you may or may not hear about. Together, we can change the world!

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Meet Our Team

Todd Svanoe

Executive Director

Colette Svanoe

Director, Financial

Nancy Chacon

Director, Student Relations,


Director, Social Media

Muhammad Asad

Tech Partner

Tom Pierce