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WASARE : Learn - Act - Inspire

Dakar, SenegalDakar, Senegal
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

WASARE means sharing in wolof.
We encourage, mentor, challenge and mobilize young people to have a better vision and be a driving force in creating positive changes in their communities.
Learn from others! Share your knowledge and expertise! Inspire others to give back to their communities!

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

What if we stop forcing/pushing them to get involved in anything and encourage them to do so and care more about making an impact.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We all have something special, some skills that we have to "Wake Up, Stimulate" in order to participate in the development of our community, our country, our continent. In the Senegalese society, as well as in many societies around Africa, there are a lot of issues regarding the youth such as: Lack of vision and volunteerism spirit Not involved in community services, prefer stay at home Awareness in the realities of the country.

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

We have to engage more young people to be part of the development, because we are the future and it certainly has to start today and now. We truly believe that given the opportunity, they can be the change they want to see and do more to impact their communities. For that to happen, they: -During workshops, they will network with others youth, socialize, challenge themselves -Will work on projects that will help their communities -Will have soft skills training on entrepreneurship, leadership, team working, public speaking, -They will develop their critical thinking and learn how to be a change maker.


Project presented at UCONN during the Study of the U.S Summer Institute program
Impact: How does it Work

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

New ideas, new approaches. They will work in group of 4 or 6 in order to develop important assets. Expected outcomes : increased self-esteem, self-efficacy, awarness of personal strengths and potential. Improve social skills and youth behavior.

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

By developing those assets, they will be the change they always wanted to see. They will inspire others. Later on, we would like to develop some programs that will consist in taking youth from the capital for a journey inside the country.

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

WASARE targets young students from high schools and universities. There is no age limit to be part of the community. We truly believe that it's never too late to be a better person, to have a better vison for our life. Also it is never too late to change, to be part of a society and have positive impact on someone else's life. Our goals in 5 years: establish a youth center for our future proactive and competent leaders, change makers, citizens. A youth center where they can meet and develop their network and work on their future projects.

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

To ensure this initiative, the participants will be charged a considarable amount of money to attend the workshops. We also plan to sell local juice during the activities fort a start.

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

There are number of organizations that care about youth empowerment, development and they have their own strategies. WASARE's programs are different from what other organizations are offering. We teach them to work well with peers and include job skills development and mentoring skills services. During the workshops, they will network with others youth, socialize, challenge themselves and find opportunities. The program will also help prepare them to be active members of their communities and the society as whole.

Founding Story

Everything has changed when I met the founders of Jjiguene Tech Hub, which is the first women tech network in Senegal. jjiguene tech aims to encourage, inspire and initiate more senegalese women to integrate the IT ecosystem through networking, training, mentoring and knowledge sharing. I have learnt from them that life is all about sharing and helping others. And i would like to share the gift that i have, my experience with students from high form high school specially. Because they are the future generation and they need to be guided. I would like to be part of this changing process.


WASARE team: I am the founder and project manager. Beside this project, I am also a co-founder of an E-learning plateforme www.samaskull.com, a team of four people with diverse assets. There are part of the project two of them are IT programmer and third one is a technical sales. We were in the same school together.


Mentor Dida's picture

Dear friend,

Great job! I like the willingness you are showing to make a difference in your community. I would encourage you to think more strategically and understand the root cause of the problem. Remember that Changemaking is a journey that only those who persist and are determined continue to do wonderful changemaking work.

Here is my feedback, I might sound harsh but it is with good intentions.

Ok! How are you doing that and why is this important? 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? You talk about the problem but no statistics about how serious this problem is and what the solution is! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution.
What if:
Not a big fan of this. Think of what happens if all goes to plan? For instance: what if young are the main drivers of change?
Where is this? How many people are having this problem? Why is this happening? Why is this not solved yet? What is the root cause of this problem? Much work needs to be done to understand the problem. Ask 30 people and understanding the problem better.
Cool! I think you could rephrase this to sound a little bit better. What are you offering and how are you doing that? How are you qualified to host workshops?
Think of where are you going to find the students, what will happen while they are there, for how long? If I was interested in your program what would be the steps for me to start and go through.
Think of how are you going to define success? How does success look like to you? How are you going to know you reached success? How are you going to measure progress? Set some milestones and goals. Your vision statement is more like a mission statement, which is focused on what you do. Vision statement is what will happen if what you do is effective and successful. Think of a vision statement, what would it look like 10 years from now? What would you impact be? Set a vision that you want to accomplish and then everything that you do should be to reach that point. A cool vision statement that I like is from Oxfam: A just world without poverty. Think of something simple but also that makes you strive to achieve.
Full Impact:
Look for a repeatable and scalable model that is simple and powerful because this is the essence of scale and full impact. Once that model is developed the full impact could be reached. This is a very strategic part. Think of creating a repeatable and scalable model that is simple to replicate and there is a source of revenue to keep it sustainable.
Great! Think of more ways to introduce revenue through these workshops. This is very important to scale and grow.
Think more about what others are doing to address this and how will you do it much better than them. Analyze the market; see how others make money out of this.
Founding Story:
Awesome Story!!
You need to have 2-3 more people who believe in you and your vision. This is the most important part of your application because only when the team is good and motivated you can make things happen.