On July 30th we will be celebrating our daughter, Lisa Singhi's 4th birthday - yes, she's growing up! As you might know, since her first birthday and every birthday moving forward, we'd like to help others and organizations that are making an impact.
This year, we are dedicating Lisa's 4th birthday for Unherd.in
- an organization that aims to change the way students in India make their career choices. By pledging Lisa's 4th birthday, we are looking to help 10 young students from low income communities with their career choices and we're asking you to join us!
We realized simple career decisions that may seem easier to us now, might be a challenge for a young student who has to make an important career choice.
While we would be encouraging our daughter, Lisa to pursue her passion and interest as a career, there are many students in India who don't end up choosing a career based on their interest or skillset - simply because they've never taken a step back to think what their career entails.
We think, choosing a career is one of the hardest decisions that a student has to make - especially for those who don't have the resources to learn about career opportunities.
And in country like India, which is a relentless rat race, students are simply pushed towards battling for engineering, medical and other conventional courses about which they have a limited understanding.
Unherd.in is an organization based in Bangalore that is working on solving this problem by helping school/junior college students in India with their career choices using experiential learning and mentorship programs. They connect students in the age group of 14-17 to corporate firms where they can experience their career for a short duration. This lets the students learn and understand about their field before they make the final choice of choosing their career. Besides, they also get an opportunity to connect to mentors who can guide them and share tips that will help them achieve their career goals.
Anjali Jayakumar, was one of the students who experienced the GirlsInTech program through Unherd's initiative. Here is what she had to say:
Isn't this a wonderful idea? Don't you wish we had this opportunity too when we were in school?
This year, we've decided to pledge Lisa's birthday for Unherd and start, Lisa Singhi Scholarship Fund. The fund will be invested towards deserving students from low income communities giving them access to Unherd's mentorship and experiential learning programs. Our goal is to raise Rs. 30,000/- that will go into the scholarship fund and provide 10 young students from low income backgrounds an opportunity to experience their career first hand - through corporate apprenticeship and mentorship program.
Even better, Unherd will be giving us an update on each of these students who will receive this scholarship from all of us. We will also personally meet these 10 students to share with you their career aspirations and how you've helped them achieve it.
Your contribution will touch a student's life in a meaningful way. Every dollar/rupee you give, will touch one student's life who gets access to resources to experience their career.
So please do join us in impacting a student's life on Lisa's 4th Birthday! Your support will count towards giving a young student make a well informed career choice.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much does it cost to fund one student?
For Unherd to partly cover the cost of their operations, the organization charges a fee of Rs. 3000/- for the apprentice program. In case the student come from low income school/family, Unherd waives the fee and gives them a 100% scholarship. This is where your contribution will be used towards giving more students from low income families access to Unherd's programs.
How will I know which student has received the scholarship?
You will receive an email and be updated about the students who have benefited from your contribution. We will also personally meet the students and keep you informed about their career aspirations, goals and what they would be pursuing.
What has Unherd done so far?
Unherd is an early stage startup based in Bangalore, founded by Alister D'Monte. It got registered on 21st April and since it's pilot launch, has impacted over 60+ students giving the students access to apprenticeship programs and mentorship opportunities. They even run programs like GirlsInTech where they give young girls opportunities to learn about career opportunities in computer science and technology. You can read more about the organization and their work in detail on YourStory here. You will surely be inspired!
I cannot contribute, how can I still help?
We completely understand if you cannot contribute. You can still join this initiative by becoming a mentor for a student on Unherd. I have personally been a mentor for one student and the experience has been wonderful. You can reach out to Alister on email@example.com and he will be prompt in getting you connected to your mentee very soon. Also, you can share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter or any social media you use and be a part of this by spreading the word!
I have more questions, who should I contact?
For queries on this birthday fundraiser, you can reach out to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions on Unherd and how they work, You can directly get in touch with the founder, Alister: email@example.com.