MAGIC BUS USA
2200 Geng Road
Malini Nijagal, Ram Shriram, Amit Bhandari, Matthew Spacie
Magic Bus will give millions of children living in poverty the opportunity to control the way they view the world, the freedom to choose the role they will play in it, and the power to define their own destiny.
At Magic Bus, we move children out of poverty by nurturing them on a journey from childhood through to livelihood. We train local youth as mentors and role models to implement a sports-based curriculum to engage children and ensure that they make the right choices from childhood all the way through to better livelihoods as adults.
Our philosophy revolves around the concept of mentoring. We inspire young adults who come from the same community as the children to deliver our program and to become role models for the children in these programs. These Community Youth Leaders are trained to deliver the researched, activity-based curricula we have pioneered to bring about changes in behaviors and practices. A large part of their work is to promote gender equality and access to education and health services, as well as developing a child's social and emotional skills. Their other key role is to work with the child's support structure - his/her parents, the community at large and local institutions to ensure the change is sustainable.
Today we work work with 250,000 at-risk children and have trained more than 8,000 youth mentors.
Health: 70% of Magic Bus children improve their health, fitness and nutrition levels
Gender: 48% of Magic Bus children and youth are girls
Education: 70% of dropouts who join Magic Bus re-enroll and stay in school
Livelihood: 85% of Magic Bus youth enroll in our employability program - Connect