Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
From 9 kids in a living room in 2005,to approximately 4000 youth to date who have participated in our programs over the past few years; Tiny Toones is creating impact with centres operating in 6 locations across Phnom Penh and a Harm Reduction team conducting daily outreach on drug and HIV education in approximately 15 severely impoverished communities.
In a survey conducted in Nov 2009 with almost 1/3 of our participants,we found that:
*49% are currently enrolled in our creative program gaining skills in breakdancing, rapping, DJing, and visual arts. They are also building self confidence and motivation,gaining life skills and discipline
*70% feel they have improved in their dancing, music and art skills since the previous year
*64% consider themselves as a talented dancer, musician or artist
*83% feel they are more confident than previous year
*76% feel they can express themselves more than previous year
*92% are currently enrolled in our education program gaining literacy, numeracy and communication skills
*62% currently aspire to attend University while only 31% did prior to attending Tiny Toones
*91% consider themselves as a clever student
*88% feel they can communicate better than last year
*84% feel motivated to attend school
*81% feel that they are now a positive member of society
*83% feel motivated to pursue their dreams
*88% feel they have grown mentally or emotionally from the support of Tiny Toones
*94% feel that Tiny Toones have made a difference in their lives
In Dec 2009, there was a 70% pass rate in English classes, 60% pass rate in Khmer literacy and mathematics classes and a total of 168 students graduated from basic computer training in Microsoft Office.The recent survey found that since graduating from a computer course, 27% of students have been able to find a job using their computer skills,26% have been able to use the computer to complete school assignments and 21% have been able to teach someone else how to use the computer.The Harm Reduction team gave presentations and distributed 589 health packets including condoms and hygiene supplies throughout various communities.
One participant whose life has been changed significantly since attending Tiny Toones is 12 year old- Yahn. Prior to Tiny Toones, Yahn spent 8 hours a day shining shoes at the local market to provide income for his Grandmother and younger sister.3 years ago, Yahn found Tiny Toones and today lives at the centre along with 12 others. He attends English, Khmer and breakdancing classes. As an incredibly talented dancer for his age, Yahn is often selected to perform throughout Cambodia, representing Tiny Toones and is able to keep a portion of this income to help support himself and his family.
Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
Cambodia has been severely setback from over 2 decades of bombings,civil war,and genocide that killed nearly 1/3 of the population and eradicated the educated class,public education system and social services.Today,it is among the poorest countries in the region,its current population among the youngest in the world with some 62% under 24 years of age.Of these young people,over 20,000 are living and/or working on the streets of its capital Phnom Penh alone.Several major issues are facing these vulnerable youth including poverty, poor and low access to education, and risk of HIV/AIDS infection.
Poverty is especially pervasive in rural areas and among children.As parents become ill,many children and youth are expected to migrate to urban cities and work in low paying and laborious jobs typically on the streets to supplement their family’s income.Subsequently,children become susceptible to a range of problems including sexual abuse,drugs and substance abuse,exploitation,criminal behaviour and health difficulties.
In the school year 2007-2008, the overall net primary enrolment rate was 93%, equally distributed by gender.However challenges remain in addressing the persistently high drop-out rate(only 53% of students reached the final year of primary school,Grade 6),due to late entry into primary school,high repetition rates,household duties,internal migration,and child participation in economic activities.Less than 30% of secondary school-aged youth are attending secondary school while 40% are attending primary school only.Many teachers are under-qualified and low pay often forces them to seek additional employment,reducing the quality of their teaching.Additionally,the direct and indirect costs of public education prevent many families from sending their children to school.Instead,these children spend most of their time unsupervised either loitering or working to earn an income.In 2008, UNICEF reported 205,000 children of primary school age out of school.
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. Include a description of the business model. What might prevent that success?
Tiny Toones has grown rapidly over the last few years, expanding from just breakdancing to 7 different creative and educational disciplines with approximately 30 staff and volunteers. Tiny Toones is transitioning from a grassroots organisation into a self- sustaining social enterprise. We are focused on growing our current commercial activities and building capacity to establish further businesses to support our NGO rather than depending solely on donor support.
In 2010, we are focusing on organisational development and capacity- building. This includes:
1.Ensuring policies and standard operating procedures are in place to guide financial and strategic management, human resources, donor communication, health and safety, and administration
2.Strengthening the financial and strategic management, monitoring and accountability systems to best position the organization to meet the goals and achieve our vision
3.Recruiting new administration staff to build an office team that can sufficiently carry out all administrative functions effectively
4.Ongoing strengthening of the education and creative programs, ensuring they meet the needs of the most vulnerable youth
5.Maintaining our reputation as Cambodia's première Hip-Hop talent and increasing the income from local and international performances, theatre shows, TV commercials, workshops and classes
With the extraordinary talent nurtured within our creative program, Tiny Toones aims to establish a commercial dance studio within the next 2 years, specializing in Hip-Hop dance tuition for middle- upper class Cambodian youth/ young professionals. The studio will employ graduates of our creative program and will ensure these young dancers are not exploited and their right to participate in education is protected. All profits from the studio will be invested into the Tiny Toones NGO to help sustain and expand its programs.
Within the next 2 years, we also aim to implement a vocational training program to enhance employment opportunities for the youth by empowering them with vocational skills and work experience opportunities. Equipping participants with vocational skills such as motorcycle repairing, cooking, sewing, hairdressing, graphic design, and business management will enable them to secure a livelihood beyond Tiny Toones as well as build self-confidence and motivation in their daily lives. Tiny Toones will establish partnerships with local businesses to assist with training and sourcing employment opportunities.
Other activities in 2011- 2012 include:
Implementing a formal counselling, referral service and peer mentor program
Increase transportation capacity and number of pick up locations
Establish a new outreach centre in a community most in need
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
Implementation of our 2010 planned activities will result in:
*greater organisational capacity to expand
*greater management capacity to strengthen our administrative functions
*programs to have a greater impact on our target beneficiaries
Implementation of our 2011-2012 planned activities will result in:
*All at-risk youth attending the centre to no longer engage in harmful practices such as sex work, drug use or gang involvement as a result of receiving counselling, mentoring, referral service or attending the centre
*the number of participants transported to the centre to participate in programs and retention rates to increase
*new outreach centre reaches out to a community of youth not yet served
*Khmer classes exceeding the standards of public schools and Tiny Toones to be recognized by the Ministry of Education as a formal education provider
*80% of our students to have received Khmer education equivalent to the Grade 1 or 2 national curriculum
*80% of students to have gained or improved their literacy and communication skills in English
*20% to have received employment where they utilize their computer skills gained at the centre
*50% of graduates of our education program to enrol in higher education and to be able to offer scholarships to those in financial hardship
*700 youth each month in each of the outreach communities are educated about HIV/ AIDs, drug prevention, hygiene, how to handle peer pressure and employ the use of condoms as well as 30% having made behavioural changes
*As a result of the vocational training program, commercial dance studio and other commercial activities, an increasing number of our participants are able to secure meaningful employment which will relieve their lives and their families from poverty
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?