Gina Chavez, who co-founded the Niñas Arriba college fund, performs at the Austin Music Awards at SXSW 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

In 2009, Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez and her partner Jodi Granado took a life-changing mission trip to San Salvador’s gang-dominated suburb of Soyapango. While teaching English at a girls’ school for eight months, they met inspiring young women struggling through daily life in El Salvador.

They knew helping these girls afford a college education could potentially transform their future. When the couple returned to Austin, they founded the Niñas Arriba college fund. Through annual benefit concerts, they’ve raised more than $15,000 for scholarships. This year, Niñas Arriba has something special to celebrate – their first college graduate, Xiomara Cordova.

RELATED: Gina Chavez Trio named cultural ambassadors

Cordova, 25, studied at a private, Catholic university while juggling marriage and motherhood. She’ll be in attendance at the benefit concert and college graduation celebration at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Stateside at the Paramount. Featured performers include Chavez, Sara Hickman and Suzanna Choffel.

Tickets, which range from $22 for general admission to $56 for VIP, are available at Doors open at 6 p.m.