AGEPCI

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AGEPCI : Civic and Patriotic Generations Assemblee

Saint-Louis, SenegalSaint-Louis, Senegal
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Underdevelopment arises when society gives too much and receives too little or nothing at all from its inhabitants. Civic accountability should be cultivated and promoted society-wide to allow society gain much more to provide to current as well as coming generations.

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

What if every single citizen contributes to the limits of their knowledge and skills to the development of their country?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

As a movement seeking to promote citizenship, patriotism, leadership and social entrepreneurship, AGEPCI is trying to address the following problem: - Civic dereliction: The non-participation of citizens in local and national development strategies and policies.

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

Develop programs that help make citizens feel concerned about local and national development policies, appropriate them and act as required to help achieve these policies goals. In a word, stimulate a civic engagement underpinned by real patriotic feelings throughout a curricular (training) and community service activities.
Impact: How does it Work

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

AGEPCI will start off by launching a program called PEFOD (Educational and Training Program for Development). This program will help inspire, motivate, train, mentor and promote young people. These young people will be engaged in a part-time academic program with modules on Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship but also in community service activities on the base of volunteerism. After this 3 months program, they will end up acquiring solid/hard knowledge and skills about Leadership and Social entrepreneurship as well as soft skills that help them grow, redefine their individual characters and become better citizens at the service of their communities.

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

We will notice a great deal of changes in some areas of communities: changes which are run by the beneficiaries of AGEPCI's Program (PEFOD). After the transmission of hard and soft skills during the program, we will keep on equipping these young people, throughout an effective mentoring program, with necessary tools and accompany them in launching different social ventures to address different social problems. At least 50 young people will be inspired, motivated, trained, mentored and promoted during this program.

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

To achieve this idea, we will establish partnership with the local and national government branches in charge of people's education and training nationwide but also international education-oriented organizations. We will surround ourselves with good people and utilize any means necessary to make a plea (throughout communication) for the need " to get citizens to know their country, to be trained according the needs of their country so that they can be able to efficiently serve their country ".
Sustainability

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

To ensure financial sustainability for this program (PEFOD), we have envision that it would be wise to have the beneficiaries pay some fees to register in order for us to make sure we have the primary funds to maintain. So each of the 50 participant will contribute 5.000 Fcfa every month (for three months). This won't be enough to make the project fruition but it will help cover some fundamental expenses.

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

There are a bunch of public and private entities which are active in the educational and training sector. But it will be for the first time that such an approach gets promoted. I mean the fact to launch an essentially civic-based initiative seeking to give back to the communities without any expectation of payment is happening for the first time with our proposed project. Most importantly, we would even make it free of charge for the participants if we were fully funded. But anyway, that's the vision and we will reach it alive or dead trying.
Team

Founding Story

During my stay at the U.S, i have witnessed an extraordinary reality which is how much people were willing and ready to give back to their communities. Otherwise, i have seen great building essentially built for the sake of improving other people's lives. And figure what? they were just patriots and engaged citizens who somehow felt that they could make the difference in people's lives. When i then came back home, and notice the ongoing national atmosphere, i asked myself this : where were we when people were raising consciousness about these noble and vital practices in society? And hopefully, i wasn't the only one person thinking about it. I talked to some friends and got them involved.

Team

We are very limited in numbers for the time being. It is deliberate. Because we want to move fast. So we have a board of 13 people. It is composed by: A President A Vice President A general secretary A responsible of the Finance A responsible of external relationship and partnership A responsible of the social, economical and environmental committee A responsible of the scientific and pedagogical committee A responsible of the Communications A responsible of the projects follow-up and evaluation
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Comments

Mentor Dida's picture

My friend,

I want to congradulate you on this work. Keep up the optimism and positive attitude. I think that it is very powerful to see that you feel the need to be a Changemaker. Keep up the good work. In this review I wanted to add my comments about each section of your application. They might sound a little harsh, but I only want to help. I would humbly suggest for you to reconsider the use of the word patriotic because we have to devote ourselves not only to our countries but to the entire humanity.

Here is my feedback:

An Elevator pitch reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes. Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? If you told me “Change is not the fruit of a simple dreaming operation, but that of a constant and outstanding engagement and labor.”, I would say yes and that is it. You want to sell your idea/solution to him! The best way to do this is to start with the pain/problem. For instance,” did you know that 85% of the people don’t vote? That results into serious issues because people are not being represented. Therefore, I’ve created this new way to making voting very fast and effective.”

For the What If part I would make it more concise. Think of using a sentence that shows: what if there is a solution to civic dereliction that empowers citizens to become a powerful force of change through using ….
Problem:
There are some questions that can help you articulate the problem better.
How do you know this is the issue? Why is Civic Dereliction a bad thing and how does it effect society? Find some statistics and references. Think of the Root Cause of the problem. For instance: If you say that our solution is to help feed homeless people you are forgetting to address why the homeless people are homeless in the first place. That is the root cause of the problem.

Solution:
How are you going to do all of those? What kind of program? Why did you think this is the best way to tackle this issue? Be Specific not just saying help make citizens feel concerned; how are you going to help make citizens feel more concerned?

Example:
How is the example helping you solving the problem? How does the problem work? How are you going to be part of the part time academic program.
Impact:
How do you define success? How are you going to measure that (whether you did it or not)?
Full Impact Potential:
Think of specific large partners that you would potentially like to work with? Think of how are you going to scale this idea into other cities and countries?
Sustainability:
I like that you are charging participants, think of also charging sponsors of the event, marketing and so on.
Marketplace:
Think of really analyzing what others are doing because that is what we want to see. And then also write more on what makes you special and different from them.

Team:
The most important part of this application is the team. We believe that you need to inspire others to be part of the team, and then together with them make a difference. The team members should be all people who believe in the vision that you all design together.