Youth leadership

High Tech High

Google vient d’améliorer son service de gestion de messagerie électronique en ligne inclus dans son offre Google Apps, permettant notamment aux entreprises clientes de définir des règles sur le trafic organique Google !

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Deport-es para Compartir (Sports for Sharing)

Deport-es para Compartir fosters active citizens from childhood by raising awareness about global challenges, cultivating healthy lifestyles, and promoting cultural diversity. Through such interactive activities, the program encourages children to become changemakers in their communities.

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Gyan Lab (ADD-on-GYAN)

ADD-on-GYAN Educational Services Pvt. Ltd is a venture established in order to reduce the many problems present in the Indian Education Sector and bridge the widening gap between theoretical and practical education in India. We began operations as a Start-up Company at Manipal University - Technology Business Incubator on 20th January and registered as a Private Limited company in July, 2011.

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Transformational Power

Setting up a large scale coaching & mentoring program called - From Boys To Men; based mainly in Nigeria & Africa, and totally focused at addressing the problem of dispossession and delinquency of character seen in Male Youths in our times.

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Employability Solutions on Radio

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Lagos
Nigeria
6° 32' 55.8024" N, 3° 25' 56.8848" E

Helping youth find work and build their businesses through the use of radio.

Employability and Enterprise Solutions on Radio (ESOR)

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Lagos
Nigeria
6° 31' 31.8828" N, 3° 22' 13.2564" E

Working with the youth who  want to work & build businesses through the use of radio.

ESOR

Location

Lagos
Nigeria
6° 32' 37.8816" N, 3° 23' 35.9844" E

ESOR is a program that helps young graduate in Nigeria to become employable and build their businesses

Employability&enterprise solution on radio

Location

lagos
Nigeria
6° 30' 10.638" N, 3° 26' 13.0452" E

Empowering youth in getting a job and also being employable.

Employability&enterprise solution on radio

Location

lagos
Nigeria
6° 29' 37.806" N, 3° 19' 43.7376" E

Empowering youth in getting a job and also being employable.

EESOR

Location

lagos
Nigeria
6° 32' 31.5384" N, 3° 25' 26.508" E

A program that seeks to address graduate under employment, enable graduates develop awareness and be. Better prepared for the outside world

Employablility and enterprise training on radio

Location

Lagos
Nigeria
6° 30' 51.9264" N, 3° 25' 35.5548" E

A project that helps young people and graduate in Nigeria to be employed and enterprise wise on radio.

ESOR

Location

Lagos
Nigeria
6° 32' 32.5392" N, 3° 25' 5.178" E

A program that helps young people and graduates in Nigeria find work and build their businesses through the use of radio media.

ESOR

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Lagos
Nigeria
6° 31' 22.2024" N, 3° 19' 42.2292" E

A program that helps young people and graduates find work and businesses through the listening of radio

Kuvuna Foundation

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ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nigeria

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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I am partnering with GLOBALCOM as a telecommunication company that will assist in all communication aspect of the project

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

FUNDING BUT WILL SEEK FOR ADVERT ON THE WEBSITE TO RAISE FUND

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

BY LISTING THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES ONLINE FREE OF CHARGE, IT WILL ATTRACT MORE CUSTOMERS TO THEIR PRODUCT AS WELL AS MORE OUT REACH

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Online Learning, Products or Services.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

10,001 to 50,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

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Number of Volunteers

101-250

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Create New Industries: recognize opportunities in the marketplace to build new professions or new markets

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Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market

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PITCH A DREAM ORGANISATION

This a non-profit organisation that provides mentorship and books to children in various institutions around Kenya with the aim of inspiring them to dream,grow their talents and cultivate a reading culture.

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CATHERINE

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PITCH A DREAM ORGANIZATION

Project Subtitle

PITCH A DREAM,FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, NAIROBI

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, NAIROBI

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PITCH A DREAM ORGANISATION

This a non-profit organisation that provides mentorship and books to children in various institutions around Kenya with the aim of inspiring them to dream,grow their talents and cultivate a reading culture.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if every student in Kenya had consistent access to mentors as well as fully equipped libraries complete with computers and internet access?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The Pitch A Dream Football Tournament seeks to address the issue of students' inaccessibility to libraries and basic technology such as computers.

It also seeks to combat the issue of unavailability of mentors to act as role models for the many pupils and young people especially in rural Kenya.

Finally it seeks to address the issue of artistic negligence and lack of encouragement towards innovation amongst children and the youth.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The solution is to build libraries complete with books, computers and internet access especially in rural primary schools around Kenya.

The second solution is to avail mentors to begin and sustain a mentorship program with the Upper Primary pupils.

Finally,the mentorship program should incorporate art and encourage innovation to ensure all rounded mentees.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Football Tournament invites teams to pay an entrance fee to compete in a 5-aside game.The entrance fee includes a standardized monetary donation as well as books.

The money goes towards funding visits to various primary schools around Kenya involved in the organisation's ongoing mentorship, art & innovation programs which ensures consistent follow up on our mentee's progress.

The books collected during the tournament go towards providing books to primary school children in rural areas thus fostering a reading culture.

The tournament also creates awareness on the organization's programs which creates positive publicity and encourages potential partners and sponsors to get involved.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Our past projects have seen various institutions including children homes and primary schools benefit from the mentorship,art,book reading and innovation programs.

The greatest impact has been with the class 7 pupils of Karurini Primary School where we held a one year mentorship program that ran from Sept. 2013 to Nov. 2014 .
These pupils have shown marked improvement such as an ever increasing interest in books and reading that we can attribute to the book donations. The girls especially have shown great improvement in their confidence levels which we can attribute to interaction with female mentors. There has also been significant improvement in the mentees' academic performance.

The projected future impact involves running the program in all the 47 counties in Kenya. It also includes fostering a reading culture in Kenya through building libraries in all the 47 counties.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The strategy going forward is to;

1)Increase the marketing outreach for the football tournament so as to involve as many young sport enthusiasts as possible in the tournament.This also includes making beneficial partnerships that will see the football tournament thrive and become a main source of funding for organizational activities.

2)Reach out to and create networks with the governors of various counties starting with Meru,Machakos,Samburu,Nyeri & Kitale. The plan is to involve them in our programs so as to ensure we make a difference in the lives of children in those counties.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The Pitch A Dream,Football Tournament is our strategy for financial sustainability.We've held 2 tournaments where we sold Pitch A Dream t-shirts, raffles & soft drinks which when coupled with the entrance fee enabled us to collect enough funding to cater for mentorship visits.

The Tournament needs sustained funding,nationwide marketing and partnerships with various event sponsors so as to make it large enough to sustain us.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

A project called Start A Library is addressing the problem of lack of books.
We differ from this project in the sense that our target group is children in primary schools in rural areas around Kenya.
We also differ in the sense that our program seeks to provide consistent mentorship, positive artistic influence and encouraged innovation as part of the book donation package.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The idea came to me at a time when I was looking for a way to positively impact children in institutions in my community by providing them with storybooks. I happen to have friends who share my passion for reading and giving back to the community and once I approached them with the idea they were immediately on board. We realized there was also a need to incorporate art (i.e beading, drawing, acting, photography) into our mentorship program so as to maintain the children's interest in the program as well as to have an all rounded output. Accessing funding was a constraint that we faced and are overcoming by holding a Football Tournament that invites our families and close friends to come together and be a part of social change in a fun way.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Currently the team comprises of;
1)a board of 7 directors who make major decisions regarding the organization.The board comprises a chairperson(law student),secretary(law student) and treasurer(medical student) as well as four other directors.
2)1 full time accountant who ensures our finances are constantly updated
3)1 part time marketer who assists with the marketing of the football tournament as well as keeping our social media active.

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VISIONARIES ALOUD
This organization is run by Nerima Wako a young lady who works towards highlighting young visionaries doing great things to impact the society. She took a video of the previous football tournament which will enable us to reach out to more people and inform them about our programs.

FOGO GAUCHO
This is a Brazilian restaurant that worked with us in our first football tournament and provided us with dinner vouchers for the winning team. This helped a great deal in providing an incentive for the players.

OSORO CHEGE KIBATHI & COMPANY ADVOCATES
This is a law firm that offered to fund us in part for one of our mentorship programs in a rural primary school. This enabled us to extend our program to areas we would not have reached by ourselves.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We came up with the idea of holding a regular football tournament to enable us to overcome the challenge that was lack of adequate and sustained funding for our mentorship program.

Two tournaments later we realize that it is possible for us to become fully self funded which is our goal but we know it might take time for the tournament to gain a nationally recognized status but we believe it is possible.

We intend to create partnerships and networks with other youth organizations so as to ensure that the Football Tournament receives national recognition and this will in turn result in greater attendance and participation which will translate into funding for our programs.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

The organization through its library building and mentorship program reaches out to children in primary schools in rural areas who would otherwise not have access to consistent mentorship or books.
We believe this is one way to ensure that the children expand their dream scopes by interacting with various young people who are pursuing their dreams or have actually achieved them.

Pitch A Dream also provides an opportunity through the football tournament for youth in entrepreneurship looking for a way to showcase their products in various capacities such as poster designers, t-shirt printers,sound providers,food providers and marketers.

In the long run we hope to have permanent staff comprising of ambitious young people looking to improve their careers while enabling social change.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

6-12, 13-17.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Education - Extracurricular, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Create Role Model Connections: ensure mentors are accessible, relatable, and committed

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Lack of youth empowerment

Layshbu

Layshbu is a nonprofit organization in Kenya's marginalized northern region with a vision of making existing schools drivers of intellectual social change.Our mission is to inspire,equip and empower students enabling them to drive a new era of independent intellect-driven growth and development.

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Layshbu

Project Subtitle

Learn.Think.Create

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Kenya, EA, Isiolo

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, EA, Isiolo

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Layshbu is a nonprofit organization in Kenya's marginalized northern region with a vision of making existing schools drivers of intellectual social change.Our mission is to inspire,equip and empower students enabling them to drive a new era of independent intellect-driven growth and development.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

what if existing schools could cultivate leadership,problemsolving and thinking skills in students and make each one a step up for the community

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Layshbu is a direct response to the detachment of the fixed school curriculum from the lives of students in marginalized areas.Students are drilled to pass exams while still growing up with the negative influences of underdevelopment such as complacency with mediocrity,over-reliance on external aid and no intuition of their own education.Time spent in school does not transform the individual or motivate and enable contribution to the society.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Solutions to society's every problem always include a component of education and the younger generations are no longer leaders of tomorrow but of from today.It is for this reason that inspiring students in marginalized areas through mentoring programs and exposure to the rest of the world,equipping them with resources to enable self-education and empowering them with leadership,problem-solving and thinking skills through activities is essential.Instead of ignoring the reality of underdevelopment around them until adulthood,the children learn relevant knowledge,think up solutions and create independent sustainable development initiatives,breaking the cycle of marginalization each school going child at a time.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The mentor program will encourage ambition,inspire a change of mindset and provide guidance to the individual students to achieve great success in their own lives.The availability of resources that introduce and facilitate the concept of self-education will give the students power over their own education even where the schools are understaffed or teachers unmotivated. The cultivation of leadership,problem-solving and thinking skills will raise a generation with a sense of personal initiative and one that seeks solutions rather than blames their circumstances.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We have so far visited seven schools in Isiolo,Kenya and given motivational talks. The reaction of the students was as if they had waited too long for efforts to make education about them.They felt inspired,challenged and excited about the prospects of making a difference in their society at their young age.
The organization has created a club in each of the schools which encourages curriculum-based tutoring,extra-curricula book reading,discussion on issues in the immediate society and is to hold creativity and innovation competitions for their solutions. The organization has started a forum on social media to tap into the awareness and creativity of youth and combine it with the wisdom and experience of the elders to discuss issues affecting the marginalized north and brainstorm on solutions creating more initiatives for change.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

In 5-10 years,the organization will have grown from its current focus on schools in one town of northern Kenya to schools in the entire region. The vision to make the existing schools drivers of intellectual social change will be adopted by not only marginalized areas but also developed regions in Kenya. Layshbu will lead reform of the education system in order to serve the purpose of teaching students lifelong values, discipline, and the ability to explore new ideas and to think independently while preparing them for careers as well.
Layshbu will spearhead Kenya's education revolution,.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We will apply for grants from local and international foundations and companies that believe in the vision of Layshbu.We will get into partnerships with NGO's already in operation and request funding for ideas that are relevant to their vision . We will cooperate with the local government in each of the counties of northern Kenya to benefit from the money allocated for development of education in the region.we will also create social enterprises

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

The efforts by the organizations on the ground investing in improving education in the marginalized northern Kenya region all deal with the- what –meets-the- eye solutions, like more facilities, more teachers which is definitely a commendable effort but this is not very effective as it is concerned with every other factor involved in education except the learner-who should be the center of focus. Nothing will work, if the learners don’t.
Layshbu stands for learner-centered education keen on the result at the end of the learning process at school by introducing thinking and creating to it.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Looking back at my life as a primary school student in the dusty town of Isiolo and as a high school student at the prestigious Alliance girls sitting in a flight vehicle design class reviewing the history of the development of flight vehicles in Beijing,it all came back to me;the desire to merge what is and what can be. As i watched the attempts to glue wings to one's back and flap away morph into an Airbus 380,Concorde and F-22 on the teacher's PowerPoint presentation,my mind asked in two different languages Laysh(arabic for why) and Bu(chinese for not).Right there Layshbu was born,with a vision to make my marginalized home and its people all that they could be by challenging assumptions and complacency with a resounding-why not?

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We currently have a volunteer core team comprised of ten students from northern Kenya pursuing higher education in medicine,engineering,education,aviation and accounting in Kenya and abroad.The team is concerned with the establishment of the fundamental structure of the organization.We have a voluntary board of three highly successful leaders based in China and Kenya tasked with guiding and advising the team.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

none yet

Tell us about your partnerships

We currently partner with article43,a community based organization that works to economically empower people in Turkana county in northern Kenya.We would like to partner with The Aga Khan foundation on their projects to enhance learning for marginalized children of Kenya.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Difficulty in communicating the organization’s purpose to the target market due to novelty of idea and going against society’s immediate expectations that efforts to improve education can only be through providing funds,facilities and teachers.We intend to overcome this by being result-oriented.Instead of saying more,achieving results for people to see.
· Encountering political interference since our initiative seeks to empower locals to be independent and in these marginalized areas the political leaders usually manipulate the helpless reliance of the people on them.We intend to overcome this by raising the visibility of our work to get support on a global scale to protect the vision from local tampering with.
· Difficulty in managing the program from without the community since most of the current core team is abroad.We intend to employ reliable staff from within the community,source from the graduates of Layshbu affiliated schools and encourage volunteerism to run the affairs.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Success in school curricula activities makes a student employable while acquisition of transferable and adaptive skills such as leadership,problem-solving and thinking skills enable the student to leverage opportunities and create employment for themselves and others.Exposure to the rest of the world while aware of one's immediate society gives a unique perspective of life and therefore creates original ideas for entrepreneurship.Mentoring guides one to discover their interests and passion and therefore have ambition from a young age.
Layshbu invests in developing wholesome education that instills all these abilities and sees to it that each child achieves their maximum potential and becomes a step up for the community.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

6-12, 13-17.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Education - Curricular, Education - Extracurricular, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Online Learning, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Marginalized/Minority.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

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Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market

Butterfly Effect

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Outliers

Outliers supports those who create spaces for education. Our partners are doing great work under impossible situations. We upskill, advocated for and resource them so that the students they support, remain supported.

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SPACE INTERVENTION OUTREACH

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Brakpan
South Africa
26° 13' 53.85" S, 28° 23' 8.9736" E

Space Intervention Outreach is an educational movement that offers career expo to high school learners from disadvantage backgrounds in remote or semi remote places. The massege is send out to grade nine (9) learners to choose their subject wisely, subjects that will allow them to persue their favourite careers. All learners from who are in grade 11, 12 , and the post matriculants are given the priviledge to be part of the career expo, as they would sooner or later have to make informed decisions about the career professions that they want to persue.

SPACE INTERVENTION OUTREACH

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Brakpan
South Africa
26° 14' 50.838" S, 28° 21' 58.5828" E

Space Intervention Outreach is an educational movement that offers career expo to high school learners from disadvantage backgrounds in remote or semi remote places. The massege is send out to grade nine (9) learners to choose their subject wisely, subjects that will allow them to persue their favourite careers. All learners from who are in grade 11, 12 , and the post matriculants are given the priviledge to be part of the career expo, as they would sooner or later have to make informed decisions about the career professions that they want to persue.

SPACE INTERVENTION OUTREACH

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Brakpan
South Africa
26° 14' 52.35" S, 28° 21' 53.8056" E

Space Intervention Outreach is an educational movement that offers career expo to high school learners from disadvantage backgrounds in remote or semi remote places. The massege is send out to grade nine (9) learners to choose their subject wisely, subjects that will allow them to persue their favourite careers. All learners from who are in grade 11, 12 , and the post matriculants are given the priviledge to be part of the career expo, as they would sooner or later have to make informed decisions about the career professions that they want to persue.

Youth First

The Young Women Leadership Program is designed to enhance the capability of young women, aged 18-24, to develop policy and programs that respond to Malagasy realities and needs.

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Young Women leadership Program

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Year founded

2011

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Organization Country

Madagascar, Antananarivo

Country where this project is creating social impact

Madagascar, Antananarivo

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Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

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in October 2014, our program was identified by the UNFPA country office and the Ministry of Youth as one of youth initiatives that needs to be scalled up. We were granted 3500 USD for scale up.
Our program also received the recognition of the US EMbassy as a nursery for future applicants for the Mandella Fellowship and was awarded a small grants in that regards

Tell us about your partnerships

We are partnering with ExxonMobil through their Women Economical Empowerment program. This is a strategic partnership as there are a lot of mining company who are investing in the country but with a weak CSR program, so by demonstrating how we impact malagasy people live's using support from ExxonMobil we will incentivise other private company to invest with us.
The Ministry of Youth and the UNFPA as major guardian for youth programming as been identify for political support and local ownership of the program. Our program was identified by these two organisations as a youth initiative that needs to be scalled up.
The US Embassy was embarked on board for institutional reason. As a youth led organisation we needed as much institution who can validate our program and linking our program to the US EMbassy leadership program insured national recognition of our program

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

So far our main challenge is to convince young women that they can improve their lives and can be leaders too. Our first batch of trainee were the greatest ambassador of the program, using social media, and traditional media, we are featuring stories to share the successes of the program and not only it has increased our network of support, future trainees but most importantly increase our list of prospective funders

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

The Young Women Leadership Program is designed to enhance the capability of young women, aged 18-24, to develop policy and programs that respond to Malagasy realities and needs. Youth First’s approach to leadership development is anchored on the belief that action learning is best achieved through a combination of methods that include practice, dialogue, exposure to new information and new perspectives, and personal reflection. The training is conducted with the acquisition of new skills, team work and critical reflections. Apart from developing their leadership skills at a personal level and in their communities, participants foster social innovation through the development of a community project to be implemented. During the course of the program, participants are supported to develop a project for change to be implemented by themselves andat the end of the program, a group of experts select up to five projects to receive small grants from Youth First.
During the program we suport each participants to develop a career plan and at the end we peer them up with a mentor who offers support and guidance. Our organisation insure 6 months followup for each mentorship peer and insure 12 months follow up for each participants individual progress

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

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Job Creation, Professional Development, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Lack of youth empowerment

Ellena Beauty Products Kenya Ltd

Our mission is to revolutionize the African personal care industry, starting with the Sub-Saharan Regions, all while creating youth employment. Further we aim to promote Kenyan manufacturing and teach leadership to youth through mentoring by some of the leading industry professionals!

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Youth LITE Kenya

Youth LITE Kenya is a youth led initiative that aims to facilitate a smooth transition of youth from school to work through activities that renew employer confidence in youth such as corporate project competitions and community development activities.

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Bakwa-Tshileu
Congo (Kinshasa)
4° 33' 51.3972" S, 22° 30' 30.69" E

The Congo village School Project was created to counter poverty in rural area of the Democratic Republic of Congo by promoting quality education for all while promoting gender equality through sports in a culture where women are voiceless. The three pronged project sport-quality education are key in promoting rural development while sustaining the project with sustainable agricultural and farming by generating income.

Igembe Shinning Star CBO

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Igembe Shinning Star CBO

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Microfinance Services

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2012

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, EA, MAUA

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, EA, MAUA

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Certificate from Peacemakers Kenya, Trophy from ministry of youths affairs-Kenya

Tell us about your partnerships

We have partnered with Ministry of youths affairs, Cangaroo Community Care Kenya, ST. Pauls University, Faulu Kenya Bank, KCB Bank, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education and MERU County Government

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Lack of enough capital/fund to support and expand the existing project, Lack of enough skills and equipment (poor technology) to march with the current activities: We plan to partner with more learning institutions such as University of Nairobi, Funding Organizations and cooperatives such GOK (for UWEZO fund), Peacemakers International and Religious organizations such as Faith Homes Mission, Catholic and Methodist among others. We shall even apply to other national and international funding agencies for funding and support. This will enable us overcome project challenges as we sensitize our community about the same and seek support from other stakeholders.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

My idea is simply helpful to all who are ready to create and have a bright future. Many young people lack skills and knowledge on how to set their future ahead of them...they thought taking drugs and living a miserable life is the solution to that. A business saying; lack of money is a serious sickness to somebody living today. It is true many want to pursue their career but they lack it, they want to start businesses but have nothing, want to marry or study, they want construct homeless home or take flight but without money they will never come to that. So, the only way is to find out the solution and the solution is through a such an idea: Micro-finance services, which will simply operate within the young people and with small interest or without interest, depending on capital set, Organization policies and resources available, funding agency requirements and other intervening factors such as Insurance and Government taxation. The Micro finance Services project will enable young people simply have an access to small or needed amount of money to start or expand their businesses, pursue their careers or professionals by purchasing equipments/items needed and even gain skills and knowledge required to perform a certain task. The project will also set some funds to stand for capacity building where the target group will receive trainings and education on relevant areas. The knowledge imparted gives young people direction, oversight, management skills and good married ideas for development.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Community, Mentorship, Financing, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women, Disabled (physical/mental).

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

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Lack of youth empowerment

The Hand of Change

The FEEL Africa Academy aims at initiating children between the ages of 7 to 14 to leadership basics so that they discover and learn about what leadership is with more emphasis laid how the can become Exemplary Role Models in communities (homes, schools, etc) & the importance of showing Empathy.

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We support and lead innovative, enterprising women to fulfill their potentials

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2012

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For‐profit

Organization Country

United States, MA, South Hadley

Country where this project is creating social impact

Malawi, Lilongwe

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We are empowered young women overcoming poverty by creating sustainable ventures that transform our communities into flourishing hubs of young entrepreneurs. We aim to support and lead innovative and enterprising young women to fulfill their potentials.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

One woman's daily income increased by 900%; what if we did it for a million more?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Malawi is the 18th least developed country. Most families cannot afford to finance their children’s education. Girls are even less likely to be educated as they are married off early in exchange for dowry. Over time this cycle has created a large sum of women who are uneducated, jobless and facing extreme poverty. These women see opportunities, however, banks discourage them from innovation by refusing them loans due to their lack of referrals.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

With a large population of women who are uneducated, jobless and facing extreme poverty; our solution is to create more jobs and opportunity for alleviation. Firstly, we have our micro-finance loan program where we host businesses classes, that are followed by a business plan challenge . The plans are proposed to our team and the best ideas are loaned capital to start up. The loans are repaid within ten weeks through weekly audits by the Tiwale team.
Secondly, We host vocational skills training platforms. We are teaching women how to make dye-print African fabrics and also how to rear chickens. These projects employ women and provide them with skills needed to secure jobs or start similar businesses in the future.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our entrepreneurship program has promoted women to see new opportunities. For instance in our 2012 entrepreneurship workshop we challenged women to come up with new business opportunities in their community. Angela and her teammates; Mai Juma and Mai Likobwe constructed a business model for selling chicken pieces. The team noted a strong demand for chicken as food but observed that most people could not afford to buy a whole chicken. With a loan from Tiwale, they purchased chickens, cut them up, and sold the smaller pieces to citizens. They bought a whole chicken for USD $3.65 per chicken and divided it into 20 parts. Each part sold for USD $0.36. For each chicken sold they made at least USD $6.08 in profits.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

To date, Tiwale has taught entrepreneurship skills to 150 women, aided 40 women to start their own businesses through micro-loans. In the next three years we aspire to have worked with at least 500 women raising their average daily income from USD$1 per day to USD$7 each day through employing them in our fabrics design project. At this income, women will be able to afford more daily expenses and on top of that be able to afford educational fees for themselves and their children. This will mean at least 3000 children will definitely be educated. The fabrics design project will result in the creation of a new market, which will bring in new income into the community from outside the community sales and foreign sales.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

In 5 to 10 years, we will have expanded to various communities throughout the country, impacting 3000 women and producing 2000 fabrics per year. To do this our strategies are:
Partners/Collaborations: For growth of our design program we will collaborate with designers and shops who can buy our products. This will allow us to venture into mass production expanding our fabrics industry. The collaborations with famous designers will also promote our products.
Woman to Woman: This involves us working with the trained women to train other women which will create a larger fabrics labor force.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our project’s model is that of a social business. We invest in Ntsiriza women and buy production materials. We then produce 400 pieces of fabric. Each piece will be sold at an estimated price of $25 USD that conveys to a total revenue greater than expenditure. The design project is estimated to produce at least 150% profit, which will be reinvested covering all costs, and generating income for our organization and our participants.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In Malawi, we have many organizations developing communities and empowering women. Most of these use a aid-based or skills-building approach. Our Design Project is unique because it introduces a new market. Considering that many women in Malawi do wear African-styled fabrics, and yet most fabrics are imported, we want to introduce the skill of making fabrics in the community. The Design Project, introduces a new skill to the women of Ntsiriza community. It allows for the development of a new market of locally produced fabrics in our country.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

When I was 12 years old, I started my own business. I baked cakes and sold them at church on Sundays. I was successful and was able to grow from one cake sold per day to several each day. My profits helped me with my personal day to day expenses. When I was 16 years old, I met a 17 year old woman, who had been forced to marry early and now had three children. She lived in extreme poverty and was unemployed. Her sole source of income was her husband who worked in the city, and did not earn much. I asked her why she could not start a business, and she explained that a bank would not give her a loan and that local village loaners charged insane interest. I was very moved by her situation and dared to create more platforms to empower women.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We are a team of 22; four of our team members are full-time and the rest work part-time. The roles covered include the project’s director, operations director, educationist, legal adviser, financial controller, secretary and treasurer. We also have a team of curriculum facilitators, social media help, fundraising team and various volunteers for miscellaneous tasks. We are a very strong team; all our team members have unique experience.

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Pacific University Emerging Leader Award -To be awarded March 2015
Pitch 3: Best Social Entrepreneurship Pitch - March 2014
Under35CEO’s Africa’s Remarkable 30 under 25 - December 2013
International Youth Forum: Young Entrepreneur of the Week - April 2013
Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development work - March 2013
British Council Global ChangeMakers - November 2011

Tell us about your partnerships

- In the past we have partnered with the British Council and Global Changemakers. We received a grant of 1000 Euros from the two organizations to initiate our micro-loans program.
We also later partnered with We Are Family Foundation, where the foundation granted us with $500 USD to further our micro loans programs.
We currently do not have any partners. However, in the future we are looking to partner with designer Nicole Hanley Mellon, who has already shown interest in using our fabrics for her designs.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Our main fear is the market we are venturing into. Fashion is ever-changing, we fear that designers may show an interest in african fabrics today but in the future, their interest might change. We plan to tackle this challenge by collaborating with various industries instead of just clothing industries. For example we will look into using our fabrics for various purposes such as table clothes, baby carriers, hammocks and phone covers.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

We work with young women who are unemployed and not enrolled with school. They do not have any of those two opportunities at hand. We create a platform for them to develop skills and also to be employed. This will allow them an income to afford basic necessities, and also to invest in education which for the future is essential to build careers.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Online Learning, Mentorship, New industries, Products or Services, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Create New Industries: recognize opportunities in the marketplace to build new professions or new markets

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Lack of youth empowerment

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Lagos
Nigeria
6° 29' 43.7028" N, 3° 24' 13.6872" E

His program help graduates find their voice and prepare for the real world beyond the walls of the school. and also grooming other Nigerians on the skills that will make them fit right into the sssssociety and be happy making money the right way.

EmoART

EmoART is a non-profit organization created to stimulate self-development in teenage girls across Africa using the arts as a medium of expression and instruction in order to empower them to represent female ability and disprove the false idea that inferiority is inherently or naturally female.

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Empowering Africa to discover, discuss & deconstruct Sexism with Art

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2011

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Hybrid

Organization Country

United States, MA, Amherst

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, GT, Johannesburg

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EmoART is a non-profit organization created to stimulate self-development in teenage girls across Africa using the arts as a medium of expression and instruction in order to empower them to represent female ability and disprove the false idea that inferiority is inherently or naturally female.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Can you imagine how many new services and products would be created if people considered women as important creators and consumers of change?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In 2011-2012, the South African Police Services reported 48,060 rape cases. However, the Medical Research Center(MRC) admits that only 1 in 25 rape cases are reported. The MRC reports that the statistics of Gender Based Violence including but not limited to rape will remain, if not increase, for it is the stereotypes of female inferiority that reproduce the system of violence.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

EmoART utilizes the psychological and physical benefits of artistic performance to engage and empower African girls and boys from less privileged societies to create new and measurable leadership & entrepreneurial efforts that relieve their immediate communities, and eventually, create a progressive Africa sustained by the equal and equally valued efforts of all sexes. With the expertise of professional artists, we have designed a curriculum that uses art to discover, discuss and deconstruct sexism in the cultural norm. The participants are trained as peer mentors and given the liberty to redesign and implement the EmoART curriculum in any format/language that makes the content relevant to the specific needs of their distinct communities.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Lebo lives in a shack house in the South African slums of Soweto; he just moved back to Johannesburg after his mum ran away from his abusive father. He hates himself for joining his classmates to gang rape a girl walking back home from school; he only saw an opportunity to fit in and he took it. Lebo who raps in his free time can become an EmoART member and get confidence lessons through speech lessons. He feels he can also take advantage of the songwriting tutoring lessons to improve his lyricism. He is really excited about this week's entrepreneurship challenge because he gets to pick a partner to rewrite a song he used to like till he found out that the lyrics actually made him think that it was okay to call women offensive names.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In three years, EmoART has:
• Acquired 2-year partnership with Ernst & Young SA for annual girls’ boot camp by expanding scope of brand message.
Secured $5000 grant from Liebman foundation and $500 from the Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation through a clear and persuasive funding proposal.
Achieved 100% participant satisfaction through project curriculum based on relevant scientific and psychological research &data analysis.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Creative Entrepreneurship.
(Creativity + stability+ Sustainability)We organize an annual awareness week where professional investors and members of their immediate societies rate their interest in each original idea. The EmoART team is designing a website where we can publish the kids' ideas and partner with organizations/foundations to translate digital approval of public supporters (e.g. likes) into cash kept in an emergency fund for each kid

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

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Bwaise Youth Employment Centre

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre provides disadvantaged Ugandan youth aged 16-25 years living in Kampala's poorest slum areas with appropriate tools for employment and give them skills for professional development, developing a supportive network, finding suitable role models

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Engaging Youth in Kampala’s Poorest Areas

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Uganda, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, Kampala

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre provides disadvantaged Ugandan youth aged 16-25 years living in Kampala's poorest slum areas with appropriate tools for employment and give them skills for professional development, developing a supportive network, finding suitable role models

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if youth were the CEO's of all businesses in Sub-saharan Africa

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Bwaise is the poorest slum area in Kampala capital city with a population of 90,000 people, 82% are surviving on less than $2 USD a day. over 1,000 young girls are engaged in the sex trade. Literacy is low, with more than 50% of residents having not attended primary school. About 65% of the population are young people between 15 and 25 years. Poverty, lack of prospects, substandard education makes slum youth involved in criminal activities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre enrolls 600-800 youth every on a 3 months hands-on vocational skills training in - Computer Graphics art and Design, Hair Dressing Beauty and Cosmetology, Catering and Food services, Electrical Installation, Tailoring and Fashion Design, Photography and Video Editing, Art and Local Craft among others.

As part of the program, the youth were equipped with entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, soft and hard skills for career and professional development ("How to Make it in the Contemporary Business World").
At the end of the trainings, The youth take one month internships to get exposed to the working environments.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Please allow me to share a story by Mugisha one of our beneficiaries that he posted on facebook, "Hallo am mugisha haffiizu am a pionner at bwaise youth employment center i waz studying electronics my father had died but i still had a belief that i can be a winner. This came in the period when i had finished my s.4 My grand mum who lives in bwaise is the one who showed me the way to byec but becoz byec i have managed 2 get skills in repaire n maintainance,i contribute some money on my skul fees n now i went bac 2 skul n am in s.5.Not only that since i waz a principle judge i got the leadership skills n now am the elected head prefect in my skul,indeed thank u BYEC 4 shaping me long live byec,long live afcad,long live the U.S embassy."

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

• In November 2013, a total of 630 youth were selected to take part in the program (441 female -189 male = 630), 424 Muslims, and Christians, 206 aged 16 – 25 years
• From January 2014 the project has enrolled 630 young people, 565 have successfully completed the training 290 (192 female and 96 male) in the 1st and 275 (195 female and 80 male) in the 2nd cohort.
Am glad to communicate that 223 of the 315 from the first cohort have found employment as a consequence of our project. Most of them either got retained in the places of their internships or found job in a similar, neighboring businesses. However, around 20% of them, mostly in case of graduates from courses: local crafts and arts and tailoring and fashion design, have started up their own local business or produce from home and sell their products to the local shops.

By December 2014, we will have empowered 1000 youth

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

By 2020, we want to establish 5 vocational skills building centres. Each of the youth centres will empower 1000 youth every year totaling to 5000.

In 3 years over 1300 independent businesses created by the graduates and 2800 youth employed by other businesses.

This project will reach over 16,400 indirect beneficiaries. Each of the 1300 businesses created will employ a minimum 3 people totaling to 3900 other youth. The 2800 locally employed youth will improve their livelihoods and that of 8400 households since each beneficiary has an average of 3 dependents including their own children

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We have established a business unit that promotes the centre activities in the community with an aim of generating income for the running of centre.

We established a student’s alumni network to organize annual get together social events for fundraising purposes.

We will start to host events at the Centre’s gardens, hire the public address system, chairs, tents and our Board room space for community meetings. Among others

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Uganda Youth Development Link
CEDA International/ Youth Engaged Program.

The difference

We the founders and trainers of Bwaise Youth Employment Centre are youth between 22 and 28 years born, raised and live in Bwaise where we operate.

We have more training skills compared to the above partners and we also enroll youth who have never been to school (illiterates).

In addition, the project provides IT training to the youth on how to strategically use ICT (including Internet, social media, Web 2.0 and mobile technology) to market, expand and sustain their business ventures.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I was raised in Bwaise, the most deprived and largest slum area in Kampala. At the age of 11, my first job as a tap operator, I would also carry water, picked garbage and sold metal scrap to pay for my education, clothing and food. At 15 years, I used the computer skills I had learnt at school to make profiles for HIV orphans and tried to find them each a sponsor to pay for their school fees. Later in 2009, I together with 3 fellow young people formed Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD) a community based organisation to transform Kampala’s poorest areas by empowering the young people through health, education and economic empowerment.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Centre Administrator
Deputy Centre Administrator
Executive Secretary
Finance Manager
Programs Manager
Administrator

We have a team of 6 full-time staff and 3 volunteers and 7 trainers. These are creative and vibrant youth from Bwaise with more than 6 years exprience of running community small and large funded projects.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

Winner, Kafka International Youth Icon Award, September 2014, Lahore, Pakistan
Slum Ambassador for Youth and Children in Uganda, March 2014
Finalist, Young Achievers Award- Leadership and Social Enterprise, December 2013, Kampala Uganda
Winner, Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award- Conviction, October 2013, Louisville Kentucky, USA

Tell us about your partnerships

The Establishment of Bwaise Youth Employement Centre (BYEC) was supported by the US Mission in Uganda with a one-year grant of $ 87,000 USD

The Barclays bank Uganda has donated training materials and has agreed to provide start up kits to over 350 youth.

Work Aid Uk has agreed to donate training equipments including sewing and knitting machines

Y-Save, Barclays bank Uganda and Finca Micro finance have facilitated financial literacy trainings

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Some youth fail to accomplish the trainings because of personal or family challenges or maybe they found a job or they migrated to another area.
Some training equipments are expensive like the Photography and Video Editing (Video and Digital cameras,)
Materials used in practical examinations were not budgeted for
Internship places are had to find for all the youth
The number was so big, we had to create three sessions in a day (Morning, afternoon, evening) and this was so constraining for one trainer
Maintenance of damaged equipments was often because of they were used by the big number of students.
Over 1300 youth had applied but we could not enroll of them at the same time because the space was not enough.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre enrolls 600-800 youth year on a 3 months hands-on vocational skills training in - Computer Graphics art and Design, Hair Dressing Beauty and Cosmetology, Catering and Food services, Electrical Installation, Tailoring and Fashion Design, Photography and Video Editing, Art and Local Craft among others.

As part of the program, the youth are equipped with entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, soft and hard skills at the job for career and professional development. The youth take on one month internships at the end of the trainings to get exposed to the working environments. The best youth are provided start-up materials or cash to set up and sustain their own businesses as a means to get out of poverty.

We also connect our trainees to the Banks and government to provide start up funds and materials to help them start their own businesses

In addition, the project provides IT training to the youth on how to strategically use ICT (including Internet, social media, Web 2.0 and mobile technology) to market, expand and sustain their business ventures.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship, Financing.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

10-100

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Lack of youth empowerment

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The Youth LEAD Project

The Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development (Youth LEAD) project is an after-school project for secondary school leavers and out-of-school youth between 15 and 24 years, that is geared towards educating, engaging and equipping them with relevant skills to become leaders and entrepreneurs.

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P. F. Bresee Foundation

Bresee’s Los Angeles Futbol Club (LAFC) Youth Leadership Academy is a community partnership with the LA Police Department to serve South Los Angeles youth. LAFC trains and mentors 24 at-risk high schoolers to conduct soccer training and organize leagues for over 300 neighborhood youth annually.

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Serapio M.

Last Name

Baca

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P. F. Bresee Foundation

Project Subtitle

Los Angeles Futbol Club Youth Leadership Academy for At-Risk Youth in South LA

Select the stage that best applies to your project

Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

1982

Is your organization a

Not registered

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Bresee’s Los Angeles Futbol Club (LAFC) Youth Leadership Academy is a community partnership with the LA Police Department to serve South Los Angeles youth. LAFC trains and mentors 24 at-risk high schoolers to conduct soccer training and organize leagues for over 300 neighborhood youth annually.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if soccer could help South LA overcome gang violence by engaging youth in fitness, nutrition, leadership training, job skills & mentoring?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The youth and families LAFC serves face a variety of socio-economic barriers to success including 40% of households falling below the Federal Poverty Level, 17% unemployment rates, underperforming schools with dropout rates at 35%, high rates of gang violence and drug use (with youth indicating that they “often face intimidation from gang members”), and 60% of individuals being overweight or obese. (The California Endowment 2013).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

LAFC addresses the need for positive mentors, safe alternatives to gang involvement, and healthy physical activity by offering exceptional soccer training and competitive leagues, in conjunction with mentoring and character development on campus at Augustus Hawkins High School. Soccer is the ideal sport for this as it allows opportunities for mentorship and character building, offers consistent movement supporting a healthy lifestyle, and is extremely popular among the Hawkins community. The Mayor’s recent Community Needs Assessment of the Florence-Graham/77th St Division GRYD Zone recommends that new youth programs be located at schools, as schools can become more integrated with community agencies and law enforcement.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The true measure of LAFC’s success will be the students who overcome the limitations imposed by their neighborhood, educational, economic or family circumstances and become leaders on and off the field. This is exemplified by Jasmine, a high school student, who was recently approached by her teacher for showing an improvement in her academic work, attendance, and willingness to engage. Jasmine credits LAFC for her transformation by teaching her the importance of commitment and responsibility in all areas of her life, and providing her with an opportunity to look beyond high school and towards her future. By empowering youth, like Jasmine, as leaders on and off the field, LAFC will create systematic change in the South Los Angeles community.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Since January 2014, LAFC’s weekly Friday Night Skills and Drills has created a safe hub for over 100 youth to receive exceptional soccer training from MLS teams (including LA Galaxy) and local collegiate teams (including UCLA and USC).

From that pool, LAFC selected 24 high schoolers to be youth coaches and to participate in a four-week summer training program that included soccer training, character and leadership development, college prep, career exploration, and guidelines for their year-long internship serving as commissioners, coaches, or referees.

LAFC’s long-term vision is to transform South Los Angeles by developing leaders both on and off the field. LAFC seeks to grow in the number of students served by this internship and to expand to include homework help, college prep and parent workshops.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Within 5-10 years of establishing best practices at Augustus Hawkins, LAFC's model will be replicated by Bresee to systematically transform other South LA high schools including Dorsey High School, Crenshaw High School and Manuel Arts High School. We envision current 2014 LAFC participants returning as college graduates to maintain LAFC's track record of creating leaders on and off the soccer field and to expand services in other high-need areas of South LA to empower the next generation of leaders.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Of Bresee’s annual $1.8 million budget, 40% is funded by foundation grants, 50% by government grants, and 10% by individual donors and events. LAFC is supported by Bresee’s diverse board, which raised over $200,000 in 2013, including a $20,000 CrowdRise campign and a two-year $150,000 PAT grant. Bresee’s development team has partnered with the US Soccer Foundation, FinishLine, and LA84.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are only three youth development non-profits in the area surrounding Hawkins (Building Healthy Communities: South Los Angeles Map & Data, 2013), with only one offering services to high school students. LAFC provides wrap-around services for high schoolers including mentoring, career-readiness, soccer, leadership training, and college prep.

LAFC is similar to the Mayor’s Summer Night Lights program (SNL), which targets areas impacted by gang activity in the summer months, hiring and training at-risk youth to lead these programs. LAFC has expanded upon this model by year-round programs.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The creation of the LAFC Youth Leadership Academy came through a series of events beginning with the realization that despite the high interest in soccer among area youth, the only community soccer program was a 20-student high school team. Later, a meeting between Rich Orosco (LAFC Co-Founder) and Captain Robert Arcos (77th division) revealed a mutual understanding of the need to improve community relations and partnerships. Finally, after speaking with principal Tony Terry about the importance of youth leadership and seeing the newly renovated state-of-the-art, turf soccer field at Augustus Hawkins High School, the mission of creating a youth leadership academy that would transform South LA through the sport of soccer became possible.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Bresee has 40 staff members, 550 volunteers and 11 board members. Seth Eklund, Executive Director and UCLA graduate, has worked at Bresee for 18 years. LAFC Director, Anthony Cummings, has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership. LAFC volunteers include LAPD Sergeants Brodie Seagrave and Cynthia Caudra, and MLS player of the LA Galaxy, James Riley. LAFC intends to hire an expert soccer coach to oversee player development.

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Describe your partnership.

Over the last year, Serapio M. Baca (Assistant Researcher in UCLA’s Neurology Department) has volunteered with the LAFC Youth Leadership Academy. He has been instrumental in assisting Bresee’s board members raise sufficient funds to get LAFC off the ground. He has also participated in planning an adult soccer tournament with the Boys and Girls Club, with proceeds benefiting LAFC. Serapio helped guide the strategic planning process, which outlined the methods to achieve LAFC’s future objectives. Additionally, Serapio assisted in facilitating a partnership meeting between Rich Orosco (LAFC Co-Founder) and UCLA Womens’ Soccer National Championship team, which resulted in the soccer team leading the LACF’s Friday Night Skills and Drills soccer clinics. Serapio continues to seek new opportunities for LAFC by reaching out to other members of the UCLA medical community (including Christine Bower, Assistant Research Professor in Neurology, and the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars). Their partnership would produce quantitative health outcomes for LAFC by ensuring progress and completion of LAFC’s objectives.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Bresee’s LAFC Leadership Academy would enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine by providing the opportunity for the UCLA medical community to address critical health issues, such as obesity, in South Los Angeles. By leading on-going or one-time nutrition and health workshops at LAFC’s Friday Night Skills and Drills soccer clinics for youth and/or families, UCLA will be actively serving the community. This support will assist LAFC in creating a safe space that brings the community together by providing an opportunity for healthy physical activity and health education.

Additionally, the UCLA Health community will have the opportunity to serve as LAFC mentors, who model and teach leadership, giving students who might otherwise seek role models from gangs a positive alternative. They will be welcomed as guest speakers at LAFC’s career-readiness workshops, educating youth about STEM career paths. Ultimately, a partnership with UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine will equip LAFC to improve community health outcomes in South Los Angeles by providing positive mentors, safe alternatives to gang involvement, and healthy physical activity through exceptional soccer training and competitive leagues. After establishing itself in the South Los Angeles area, this model may be replicated by the Bresee Foundation and the UCLA Health community to systematically transform other high-need areas in Los Angeles.

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