What work do we do and how does it impact the society?
While the problem of enrolment has been addressed to a large extent, improving the education quality remains the larger challenge currently. A lack of input on soft skills, life-skills and low motivation level is a major concern with the present generation of students in primary schools. Our programs are designed to provide the short-term change to enhance student motivations and long-term to ensure that the children have a sustained interest in education for a long period of time. The activity sessions are facilitated by young and enthusiastic youths especially girls who are better trained in child psychology, learning methodologies, pedagogy, design thinking, child engagement, classroom management strategies and usage of technology.
What is the need for fundraising?
Note: All donation made to Happy Horizons Trust are tax exempted under section 80(G).
Keeping in mind the impact, we look forward to expand our Youth Leadership Development Program in other districts of rural Bihar and thus the need for fundraising arises so that more youths across the region can benefit through this program.
We are working in an area which has amongst the lowest literacy rates and is home to extremely backward class communities, where early child marriage is a normal thing and women become grandmothers by 40. Almost every household has someone living outside the state in search of livelihood, for not many opportunities for local employment exists.
Our Youth Leadership Development Program is designed to drive systemic change to encourage more holistic learning for the students and empowering youths to become local change makers from within the society and also seek employment locally. So far, we have empowered 16 young girls to be the local change makers and we wish to empower more.
The impact of these interventions in the system has been tremendous. These youths are eagerly awaited by the students for they see it as a great opportunity to learn by having fun and we have observed an exponential rise in the interest levels amongst children. We have also experienced a high level of confidence amongst the children and their ability to present themselves with higher motivation towards education.
The young champions themselves have undergone a transformation towards being more independent, career conscious and highly trained and motivated to bring about change. A few have also managed to get local employment in the affordable private schools, and this is a huge thing to be empowered as a bread earner in the family.
Details about the Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP)
The mission of the Youth Leadership Development Program is to empower the youth in rural and semi-urban areas in India to become local change makers, contributing to the development of society. The main objectives of the program are:
- To engage the youth to work towards strengthening of the primary school education system.
- To provide guidance and mentoring to conduct engagement sessions with students.
- To give leadership training to young high school graduates for over three years.
- To give the youth an exposure to work closely with the different stakeholders like parents and teachers towards better child education.
- To empower them with digital tools
The schools where the female youths are supposed to work are selected on the basis of the vicinity of other primary schools where they could function. The youths go through a stringent 6 step selection process, comprising of the following: Reading ability, Writing skills, Extempore Public Speaking, Group Discussion, Personal Interview, Parent’s Interview. Once selected, the youths are given training and mentoring by the senior youths and the facilitators at the organization.
Duration and Engagement Schedule
The Youth Leadership Development Program is for a duration of 3 years for every individual selected to be a part of the program. They are given the necessary training across the 3 years, an annual tour for exposure along with an academic scholarship of Rs. 5,000 per year to every individual.
How will the raised funds be utilized?
Here is a link to the video for Youth Leadership Development Program
All donation made to Happy Horizons Trust are tax exempted under section 80(G).