Ladies Online

Ladies Online

Nizhny Novgorod , RussiaNizhny Novgorod, Russia
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Ladies Online project gives woman a real opportunity to be successful in a global economy.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Russia the concept of e-government, e-education, distant employment are actively developing and have high-priority on the federal government level. However many Russian woman in need are unable to use these opportunities due to computer illiteracy. As statistics in Russia show every 3rd women exposed to home violence, more than 30% are single mothers, a typical women’s income is less than 70% of a man’s salary in Russia. Our pilot project showed that underserved woman learned PC basics can greatly improve their lives. Problems our project addresses: •Restricted or limited access for women to education, seeking job opportunities, e-government services •Social isolation of woman unable to use the Internet in modern digital world •“Closed door” to local community infrastructure

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Organizing PC basics course for woman in need. The course includes: • Getting familiar with PC and the Internet; • Overview and signing up in social networks, useful Internet resources (job seeking, Edu, e-government, healthcare ); • Psychological trainings to help overcome difficult life circumstances; • “How to find a good job” training • Post-graduation online support through social networks with the help of volunteers.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Let's walk through a project process. The algorithm is following: 1. Program Overview Announcement (the channels: Social protection department, media); 2. Course enrollment (application are accepted by Social protection department and Tertius); 3. Class distribution (Admins for groups, volunteers responsibilities); 4. Learning (40 academic hours on PC skills, 40 academic hours on psychological and HR trainings); 5. Final test (to identify the effectiveness); 6. Graduation party; 7. Online support via social networks; 8. Success story collecting and distribution. According to this model the main resources we need : 1. Volunteers: Intel Corp. volunteers provide high-professional support helping to hold the classes. Tertius and Intel entered into an agreement of intent on corporte voluntereesm; 2. Location: Ministry of Education of Nizhny Novgorod as a partner of the project provide location for classes; 3. Equipment: we have very old slow PCs required replacing; 4. Info coverage: department of Social protection in Nizhny Novgorod distributes the info among woman in need.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Trying to solve such an acute social problem we do not consider people or orgs driving similar initiatives as competitors, we see them as prospective partners. We strongly believe that in order to get the results the cooperation of business, society and government is required. So far we managed to cooperate with valuable partner - Intel corp. - driving "She Will: be a power for change" and Corporate Volunteering (Intel Involved) programs. Also, Ministry of Education and Social Protection Department in Nizhny Novgorod help us greatly. They work on Ladies Online project as part of federal program "Digital citizen".
Team

Founding Story

Intel Corporation hold a roundtable on Girls and Woman issues in modern global economy. There were a lot of NGOs guests, we identified the weak spot in supporting woman today.
About You
Organization:
Tertius, non-profit organization
About You
First Name

Anna

Last Name

Galushkina

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Tertius, non-profit organization

Organization Country

, NIZ, Nizhny Novgorod

Country where this project is creating social impact

, NIZ, Nizhny Novgorod

Age of Innovator

18-34

Gender of Innovator

Female

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

"Open Nizhny Novgorod" Award
We developed a project of a contest of kids' pics about Nizhny Novgorod city. The project got grant support and was recognized as the best one.

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)

Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

We started to hold the classes year ago. Since then we have (1) trained 30 woman in need, our project got (2) excellent public awareness of woman's issues. Social protection department got about 100 new applications for the classes since the end of the last course.

Keeping in touch with our graduates we got stories of success. Some woman changed their life considerably due to our classes.

Intel Corporation made a video-clip on our project results http://youtu.be/2v46mdCYLeE

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

* Attracting more attention to woman's issues by distributing the info about our project, success stories, attracting more volunteers;
* Providing an opportunity to improve the lives for much more woman in need
(increase the number of participants to 50 for the first year, to 70 for the second year and to 110 for the 3d year);
* Provide more training options for woman (already working on curricula with Ministry of Education in Nizhny Novgorod);
* Develop our Alumni club (increase number of active participants to 50);

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

For our project developing we need to renew the PC class equipment. Our PCs are quite old and require repair. If we fail to renew the equipment in ~six months we will have to pause the classes. To overcome this problem we are trying to get grant support.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Hold two trainings on PC skills (50 ladies)

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

equip new computer class

Task 2

increase the number of participants due to info coverage

Task 3

develop alumni club

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Conduct two more trainings for 100 woman

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

develop curricula for advanced students

Task 2

develop new trainings on actual topics for woman in need

Task 3

attract professional facilitators

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

1. Intel Corporation;
2. Ministry of Education in Nizhny Novgorod;
3. Social protection department.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Investment: For our project developing we need to renew the PC class equipment. We need $17 000 to have well-equiped class.
Marketing/media: publishing the success stories of our graduates $3 000
Collaboration/Networking: we are open to share experience and hope to find new parners, new centers for woman.