Slight Blue

Slight Blue: Youth Development through After school Programming.

Mbabane, SwazilandMbabane, Swaziland
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
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.

We aim to implement After-school Program Frameworks to the mainstream Education System, to provide employment for local communities and enable affordable uniform; Learning, Nutrition and Health insurance access opportunities for at-risk student youth enrolled in Public High Schools in Swaziland.

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

What if All Students had Affordable Access to Health Cover, Daily Nutrition and Skill learning?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The Slight Blue organization aims to Improve the Social Protection of up to 3000 Student Youth enrolled in Public High Schools. In Swaziland over 60% of youth is unemployed and a further 47% of families live below the poverty line. Students from lower and middle income families have little or no access to adequate daily nutrition, Health Care and Skill Learning opportunities leading to increased Dropout rates at Secondary School level.

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

Our project is called the Lifestyle, Leadership, Music and Technology (LLMT) Program, and it is an After-school Program that will be implemented in Public High Schools across Swaziland. The LLMT Program will run in parallel with the normal School Day curriculum during After-school hours and using School facilities. The LLMT Program will provide Uniform; Skill learning, Health Care and Nutrition access Opportunities for at-risk student youth for ($10-15/month). The LLMT Program aims to also significantly reduce Cost and Entry requirements of Youth Development Programs (TVET and University), as well as help in removing stigma and negative perceptions attached to the Quality After school Programs in Swaziland and in other SADC Member States.

Awards

Graduate Entrepreneurship Empowerment Program (GEEP)- Swaziland
Impact: How does it Work

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

Unavailability of affordable Skill Training/Development programs offered in schools forces many Students to enrol in private centres outside of their Schools to learn skills they have a passion in. Also, Students from low-income backgrounds have no access to adequate nutrition after their School day leaving them with no choice but to engage in unwanted or risk-taking behavior to earn money for food especially among Girl-students. The LLMT Program will improve exposure to additional learning opportunities, the internet and other sophisticated technology that students are missing out on. The LLMT Program aims to diversify learning for Schools and Communities by improving the Affordability and Accessibility of Skill learning Opportunities

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

The LLMT Program will attract investment from emerging sectors to improve the lives of over 3000 Students, in particular those from low income backgrounds. The LLMT Program will partner with Educators and School Administrators to provide the program using school facilities for the first year of operation to ensure that maximum numbers of youth enroll in the Program. Our target for the first year of operation is 10 Schools. We plan to recruit our staff from local Universities, Communities and Schools. The LLMT Program will hire 16 Professionals per school allowing us to forecast that we can create full-time employment to over 160 Graduates and Professionals per year across Swaziland.

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

Needs Assessment: Realizing Markets in neighboring SADC Member States using effective Market Research. Flexibility: After-school structures must be dynamic and respond to the ever changing demands and needs of the learners. Cost effectiveness: To promote the development and deployment of After-school Programs Advocacy: SADC (MS) will be urged and supported to develop national After-school Policies that will guide and direct the development of these programs. Harmonization: Integration with the national policies to give status and national support.
Sustainability

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

Financial Sustainability will be ensured by improving enrollment rates by attracting investment from private and government agencies to create rapid growth of the program and attract more students in Public Schools to join the program. The program will also utilize school facilities and hire Trainers on an hourly basis. The Program will include an overall affordable membership cost of ($0.5/day) or ($10-15/month).

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

Competing Programs in the SADC region include; Skill Centers, TVET Programs, Summer Schools and other Youth development Programs. These Programs often remain small due to funding restrictions. We aim to attract investment from private and government agencies to create rapid growth of the program and to urge more Schools and Parents to enroll their Children in Afterschool Programs. In addition to the Skills training the LLMT program will also offer Affordable Health Insurance Access along with Daily Meal Plans giving the program a competitive edge over existing programs.
Team

Founding Story

I was in India doing my last semester of Engineering College, and one day I had a conversation with a friend about how having the right skills can make you successful in life. My friend asked me "What if we had learnt the skills we loved in high School so that after completing, we could get any job we wanted?". I thought about it, and it was a great idea. I decided to do research on Skill Training Programs, and a list appeared with After-school Programs at the top of the list. I read more on them and I was shocked to learn that they were a Billion Dollar Industry in the USA and UK, with over 10.2 million students enrolled. Why can't we have After-school Programs in Africa? I asked myself.

Team

1. Thandeka Dlamini – Administration Manager (Tracking Budget Expenses, Managing Processes, Organization, Coaching, Communication Processes, Motivating Employees, Promoting Process Improvement, Reporting) 2. Thandwa Simelane- Financial Manager (providing and interpreting financial information, monitoring and interpreting cash flows and predicting future trends, analyzing change and advising accordingly, analyzing competitors and market trends, developing financial management mechanisms that minimize financial risk, budget monitoring) 3. Eric Dlamini- Corporate Affairs Manager ( Leading Communication, Advising Executives, Crossing Communications Barriers, Monitoring and Directing Change, Providing Financial Input, Media spokesperson, Accountable for all media queries and requests) 4. Melusi Gama- Marketing Manager (Contributing marketing and sales information and recommendations to strategic plan, Identifying trends, Preparing Marketing Budget, Pricing Strategies)
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