Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
My Project is part of 56 follow-on projects by State Department Fellows of the Community Solutions Program.
Tell us about your partnerships
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX): IREX is providing the fellowship with a four month practicum in the United States and opportunity for program development. This has enabled me access to a community mentor, a supervisor in a host organization, a group of like-minded community solutions program leaders from 33 countries to network with and contact point to assist me in developing my project
StartUp Africa (startupafrica.org): I work with StartUp Africa in implementing their Diamond Challenge Africa Program in Kenya and Uganda. This has provided me with ground experience and an opportunity to better understand the issues I seek to address in my project. I have a team of volunteers who are part of the program I will be running for the next four years
Barack Omondi Angujo: He is a fellow investor in the project and a partner in our Consultancy Firm (I am the other partner). He is a graduate of Computer Science and Mathematics and is critical in Information Systems Development for this project.
Millennial-Legacy Consultants: Office resources for this Consultancy Firm will enable the project run its activities for the first few months until it can secure funding to establish itself.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Apart from financial challenges which have informed my decision to reach out through this application, I expect cultural challenges, the socialization of corruption as part of life in my country, and the establishment of a negative perception towards Non-profits. I shall address the cultural challenges by ensuring that community groups I work with undergo orientation on community relations and organize project visits for people to visit different projects and share lessons. When i manage to secure funding, I will also establish some networking training to enable the groups keep constant communication with one another to share best practices. The challenge of socialization is what i intend to solve in the medium term through awareness on the economic and social benefits of transparency. Since Non-profits are thought to be enterprises of managers, this project shall utilize grassroots democracy where each community group will be invited to comment on budgets in order to ensure that they are aware of what is developed on behalf of the community. I had tried these ideas on a smaller scale as a student and I shall perfect them in this project
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
This project provides two important skills for young people. It enables them to utilize critical thinking and analytic skills in developing community solutions through these think tanks. They gain an understanding of their social environment and allow themselves to nurture knowledge for communities. This is an important skill that Corporate Institutions and Non-Profit Organizations I have worked for/with require at all times. Secondly, the project provides young people with opportunities to grow community businesses that will have the capacity to provide them with employment opportunities when they leave Universities as they will be able to gain work and more work experience by working in rural areas. Finally, when young people leave institutions of higher learning, they have little financial capacity to sustain living in cities and instead of going there to live in ghettos, they can invest time and energy in working in relatively affordable rural communities and work there while gaining more experience within the first three years of completing college
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Job Creation, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Community, Mentorship, Products or Services, Rural Economies.
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.
Job creation lacks adequate coordination between the government, private sector and development organizations