Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth

by MindLeaps
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Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
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Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth
Building a Path to Education for At-Risk Youth

Project Report | Jan 2, 2024
School and Beyond

By Susan Pasley | Communications Coordinator

Girls returning to school in Mauritania
Girls returning to school in Mauritania

The start of the 2023-24 academic year in the fall saw a total of 630 MindLeaps youth enrolled in school in Guinea, Rwanda, Uganda and Mauritania. New and returning students were eager to get their school supplies and begin classes. MindLeaps further reinforces formal schooling with tutoring and catch-up programs at our centers. Students are given additional instruction and review in such subjects as English, French, Mathematics, STEM and IT. This support helps our students stay on track with their studies and feel secure, knowing that there are resources to help them along the way.

Educating the child alone, however, is not enough to achieve the MindLeaps goal of self-reliance, not only for the individual child, but for their families as well. MindLeaps takes a holistic approach to self-sufficiency through its Family Strengthening Program, providing social supports, financial assistance and business training to families, particularly mothers. Self-Help Groups, made up of family members of children in our program, are formed within the Family Strengthening Program. A key focus of the Self-Help Groups is business training leading to income-generating projects, the startup of which can be funded by modest grants or loans from MindLeaps or other sources.

In Rwanda, MindLeaps has over 200 participants in nine self-help groups. Members of the groups pool resources to create a fund not only to provide seed money for small business startups, but also to help with other needs like medical insurance for families. Recently, savings and profits were distributed among parents in the Self-Help Groups, and 100 parents were given medical checkups for blood pressure and diabetes.

In Guinea this past November, in collaboration with Intellact Guinee and Fondation Orange Guinee, MindLeaps began conducting intensive business training sessions for 80 mothers as part of the Fondation Orange Projet agir pour les femmes (Take action for women project) at our center. With this training, participants will have the potential to move forward with business ventures. Through other initiatives, such as the Julia Taft Grant, business trainees have received grants to start or expand their businesses.

As part of its program in Uganda, MindLeaps works with parents of children in the Oruchinga Refugee Settlement. In October, 60 parents completed a three-month business training course, and fifteen graduates were initially selected to receive seed funds for their businesses.

Working to achieve its mission, MindLeaps continues to promote self-reliance and enable families to support themselves and become productive members of their communities.

Distribution of school books to parents in Rwanda
Distribution of school books to parents in Rwanda
Tutoring session in Rwanda
Tutoring session in Rwanda
Mothers in business training program, Guinea
Mothers in business training program, Guinea
Parents complete their business training in Uganda
Parents complete their business training in Uganda
Family business in Uganda
Family business in Uganda
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Location: New York - USA
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Project Leader:
Rebecca Davis
New York , New York United States

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