What has been the impact of your solution to date?
As previously mentioned, this particular model has never been used in the Caribbean. However, there has been huge international success in the application of EL and ROP to manage behaviours, improve academic performance, and motivate youths. An analysis conducted by Durlak et al (2011) on 213 schools with EL programmes (the largest and most comprehensive of its kind) concluded that among students enrolled in EL programmes, discipline problems were cut in half and that students scored at least 11% more in achievement points. Furthermore, Dr. Majors illustrated the success of ROP when the programme was implemented in a local U.K. college for male students. The project has seen many of the young men refocus their lives and start taking an interest in their education; some of them have won awards, others have gained places in universities. Following the positive outcome, the programme is in the process of being rolled out to other campuses at City College.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
a.A reduction in the percentage of violent crimes within EPOS schools by at least 10%
b.A decrease in deviancy and delinquency in EPOS schools by 15%;
c.A raise in the percentage of O’Level passes attained by male students of each school of the 3 schools in the EPOS district by about 3% annually; and
d.Motivating male students' desire to stay in school, to learn and to secure jobs by increasing the school leaving age from about 13 years to 16 years.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The main hindrance to implementation and success of this project is lack of support from the Ministry of Education. However, we are currently in the process of acquiring buy in from other Government ministries which will allow for the programme to be implemented in other youth social groups within the target area. As such, we will still be able to achieve our goals and positively impact on male youths within the EPOS and by extension, ‘at risk’ communities in EPOS.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
The first 6 months are critical since the focus groups will be selected and the need for this project will become paramount
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
In 12 months of implementation we should really see the model start taking effect and some of our results being materialised
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The “Aha” moment occurred when I met Dr. Richard Majors at the first ever UK training/ HR/ Education exhibition in Trinidad. Although I had heard of the term emotional intelligence, I never knew of formal EL programmes, much less their successful results. Dr. Majors spoke so confidently and passionately about the many applications of EL that I immediately began to think of the benefits of EL to the Trinidadian population given our high crime rate and many behavioural issues affecting our young men. It then made me wonder why these concepts had not been introduced sooner and that given the global impact of EL and ROP, it is only a matter of time for these concepts to be formally introduced to Trinidad and the entire Caribbean.