Woman to Woman

Woman to Woman is project in which successful female business leaders provide training and mentorship to female youth who have freshly graduated from orphan care centers, to help prepare them for jobs that will alleviate them from the life of poverty.

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About You

First Name

Dana

Last Name

Shuqom

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Woman to Woman [W2W]

Organization Website

Organization Country

Jordan

Country where this project is creating social impact

Jordan, all

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Current annual budget, in US dollars (if your solution is an idea please estimate what your budget will need to be in order to carry out your solution)

$10,001‐50,000

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Project

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Name Your Entry

Woman to Woman

Year founded

Pilot- 2008

Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your solution.

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

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

What if orphaned female youth came out of the circle of poverty and suffering into a life of success?

Innovation

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Elevator Pitch: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences. Share a concise summary. This will be the first introductory text about your solution that viewers will see.

Woman to Woman is project in which successful female business leaders provide training and mentorship to female youth who have freshly graduated from orphan care centers, to help prepare them for jobs that will alleviate them from the life of poverty.

Problem: What problem is this solution trying to solve? Describe the specific context within which this solution operates.

At the age of 18, orphan residents of care centers are required to leave. They find themselves without a home, guidance, or a source of emotional or financial support. Without proper education, skills, networks, or experience, they become obliged to engage in low-paying no-prospects jobs to cover their immediate living expenses, thus getting stuck in a cycle of poverty. Females are the most vulnerable of this disadvantaged group of youth.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Be specific!

The orphaned female youth will be placed in internships at organizations managed or owned by successful females. These female role models will provide training on both professional and life skills, giving the mentees the necessary training to enhance their CVs and to apply for better paying jobs with good future growth and advancement prospects. Moreover, many of the mentors will continue to offer support and guidance after the mentorship is completed, thereby continuing to open doors and help the beneficiaries build career-supporting networks . The mentorship is paid, therby provinding short term financial support, in addition to the long term economic benefits that will help alleviate the participants from the cycle of poverty.

Impact

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Example: Walk us through a specific example of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

- Identified training needs of 20 orphaned beneficiaries by conducting a needs assessment exercise.
- Secured 20 internship opportunities at female –operated, owned , or managed businesses.
- 20 orphaned female youth completed internships at institutions, by making a minimum of 12 visits per intern per work place.
- Beneficiaries received additional training through "AlAman Fund for the future of orphans".
in the future, in addition to securing the above benefits for 40 additional beneficiaries, the projects will help them get jobs once the training is completed.

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

- The costs of transportation, work-appropriate clothing, and the opportunity cost of not working somewhere else may by be prohibitive. Mentees will need to receive significant stipends to compensate for their inability to work during the mentorship period and to cover transportation costs and the cost of work-appropriate clothing.
- Mentees may find it difficult to commit to a demanding work environment, particularly if this is their first time working. Pay, tied to attendance and performance, will help motivate them to commit to complet the mentorship.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

Sustainability

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

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

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

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

our main partners will be AlAman Fund for the Future of Orphans, an after care institution that helps identify opportunities for orphaned youth, and the Ministry of Labor.

Women Powering Work

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Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?

Building self-confidence and networks through role models, mentors, public campaigns, and more

Does your project utilize any of the strategies below?

Group learning experiences such as hands-on learning projects, cooperatives, collectives, support groups, and more

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24 weeks ago Dana Shuqom submitted this idea.