SEALS platform'

SEALS platform': Join SEALS, Leave your own Mark !

Casablanca, MoroccoCasablanca, Morocco
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

SEALS platform is a social network where any individual with leadership potential will help youth with their personal project management. The platform offers equal opportunities to youth to connect with with each other.The SEALS platform experience facilitates the match between mentors and mentees.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if every individual can benefit from free, accessible and customized mentoring program while enhacing her/ his leadership potential and increasing the visibility of her/ his ideas ?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The Moroccan unemployment rate is over 10%, which asserts the difficulty to find job opportunities in Morocco. Inasmuch over 8 millions Moroccan students suffer from the 21 most inefficient education system in the world . A system that discourage personal initiatives and leadership spirit. Under those circustances Morocco was ranked 82nd ( 5th in the MENA region ) according to the overall index of entrepreneurship in 2015.

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

Encouraging initiative and leadership culture can be the solution meliorate the quality of the Moroccan youth managerial acts. We will guarantee the effectiveness of their activities by offering a supervision by experienced people and for free. In 2014 nearly 17.3 million Moroccan are connected to Internet everyday. So to facilitate access to our target we decided to create an online platform for customized mentoring in personal project management. "Mentoring" is a process that always involves communication and relationship that is in common with Social media. That’s why; the idea is to combine the social media and relationship provided by monitoring in order to create an accessible online mentoring program.

Awards

Uconn SUSI Students Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship Ashoka Changemakers Award
Impact: How does it Work

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

We offer a unique experience by following the SEALS Steps: Start, Elaborate, Activate, and Lead to change and Success. Start: by simply signing in our platform to become one of the SEAL’s community. Elaborate: Mentee get access to Our Home page that includes a “quick start”: it is a bank of ideas and programs offered in the platform. Also it is a place where people can share their ideas and look for mentors to guide them. Activate step: After selecting the mentor based on personal needs and interests, both mentees and mentors accept the collaboration. Lead to change: The mentor begins the knowledge transmission and the inculcation of the leadership culture. Success: encouraging mentees to take new initiatives and become SEALS mentors.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Our first SEALS platform’ experience started with “ Walid” a university student with passion for debating who has always hesitated to participate in debating competitions. We facilitated the match with a mentor; another student that have won a several debating awards and is now running a debate club. After this collaboration, Walid won a debate competition organized by SEALS and participated in other competitions. In addition to that, he is now mentoring other students. He affirmed: “ This mentoring experience changed my life and gave me new perspectives. I was invited to participate in different conferences". SEALS platform impacted at least 30 students, like "Walid", by offering personalized mentoring programs in developping their personal project management.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

After one year of activity, we aim to reach and impact more than 100 mentees and involve more than 50 mentors. After 5 years of operation, we aim in SEALS platform to become the number one platform in MENA . A platform that would facilitate access to monitoring, connect people from all over the world and encourage them to share experiences in various fields of life.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

SEALS platform will offer two kinds of customized mentoring programs. The free program and the premium program where the mentors are certified GOLDEN Mentors. In order to match with a certified GOLDEN mentor, the mentees have to pay the premium fees which will not exceed 10 Dollars per program. 5% of the fees will be used to cover the platform expenses, 5% will be paid to the GOLDEN mentors. This way SEALS will support the growth of memberships.

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

There are a lot of mentoring platforms Like Covance Inc, Ki youth etc, that provide a limited programs and many of them are designed by companies in order to insure an online match for their employees with professional mentors. Unlike other competitors, SEALS platform provide an online personalized mentorship program that is easily accessible. SEALS platform is a dynamic platform with a fresh spirit designed by youth for youth. The platform is mainly based on a self content creation where the mentors and mentees profiles are public which offers visilibility and expansion of their ideas.
Team

Founding Story

In order to assess the results of the first SEALS event planned in Morocco, a debate competition between the student’s participants was organized around African youth issues. Mentors were provided by SEALS in order to coach the students that have never participated to a debate competition before. The mentees have delivered an outstanding performance during the debate competition. Two mentees were called to give speeches in national conferences and another has won a national debate competition. SEALS platform initiative was inspired by the mentoring results that have positively impacted mentees’ future. The initiative is now driven by the ability to expand this impact to more young people.

Team

SEALS team comprises the SEALS’ co founder and CEO, Shama Hatim, currently a senior master students in Financial management, working full time at SEALS. SEALS’ co founder and responsible of projects’ development, Soundous El Kadioui El Idrissi, currently a junior master student in Finance, working full time at SEALS. SEALS co founder and SEALS platform’ project manager, Chaimae Grarim currently a junior master student in Finance working part time at SEALS. Faiza Harrak, SEALS’ advisor and consultant, holder of bachelor degree in Business administration with 30 years of experience as a CFO, working at SEALS part time. New members will be recruited based on the degree of their involvement in the project’s vision. The degree of involvement can be assessed in the personal statement that the new members need to submit as a part of the selection process. Interviews will be conducted to make sure that the new members are motivated and have written their personal statement.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Ashoka Changemarkers Website

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Co-Founder and CEO of SEALS

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

SEALS platform first mentoring programs, were launched prior to a debate competition in order to coach the students that have never participated in any kind of debate competitions. The coaching has lead to oustanding debating performances as described by the judges panel. All of the event attendants were surprised by the quality of the debaters' technical oratory. The self confidence built by the students debaters has lead to more intiative taking. The majority have participated to more debate competitions.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

The SEALS platform new event about financial literacy, will be hosted by a local high school ‘ Plateau’ at Marrakech province in Morocco in February 2016. SEALS platform is working at settling partnerships with local high schools in the region of Grand Casablanca in Morocco in order to host more events.
SEALS has agreed on a parternship with a local restaurant ‘ Badis Lands’ to host events related to youth development and to advertise all SEALS events including the one of SEALS platform.
In addition to that, SEALS has the support of advisors from the French- Moroccan Alliance of the city of Asfi which will extend their support to all of the projects managed by SEALS team including SEALS platform.