Woman to Woman

Woman to Woman

all, JordanJordan
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

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.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that 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?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

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? Please 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.
About You
Organization:
Woman to Woman [W2W]
About You
First Name

Dana

Last Name

Shuqom

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Woman to Woman [W2W]

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Project
Year founded

Pilot- 2008

Impact
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
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
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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