Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
The project initiates conversations on key issues. We learn financial literacy through monopoly, gender issues through movies and health issues through skits. The interactive nature of the workshops allows students to engage and learn, without any traditional teaching, in a comfortable environment. One of our initial students from a community program was a girl who had dropped out of school, was to be married off shortly. She attended the workshops for over a year, during which she opened up and even initiated discussions on marriage and career. She entered VLCC on a scholarship. Even though she was married shortly after, has now set up a home beauticians service. She also has her own bank account and practises waste segregation.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We are working with 5,000 students across 5 schools directly. We have conducted workshops workshops with over 100 teachers, leading to an indirect impact base of over 20,000 students, without even counting for families and ripple effects. We have seen close to 100% retention rates and jumps in educational, health, environmental metrics like 93% increased willingness to pursue higher education with increased understanding of careers, institutes and financing options, over 80% increase in nutrition and preventive healthcare knowledge and adoption of waste segregation and no-litter policies.
We will expand to 36 schools in next two years - covering 400 college students and 20,000 schools students. We aim to reach 90% higher education enrolment, 90% financial and health literacy scores and improved qualitative metrics like equality, confidence, ambition, conflict resolution and leadership.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
1. Geographical - We will reach 15 major cities in next 5 years and have a national presence in the next 10 years.
2. Impact - We will work with over 500,000 students over the coming years, creating a strong network of students who support each others growth. We aim to connect over 95% of these with higher education/career opportunities, but more importantly, impart them with skills and agency to be involved in community development and ensure personal health and hygiene, financial planning, environmental conservation, gender equality, respect and acceptance.