Of the 1.4 million refugees in Uganda, 61% are under the age of 18 (UNICEF Uganda Report, March 2018). Among these youth, the trauma they have endured has left them feeling that there is no hope or reason for them to survive. They are idle and lack activities to engage in. To keep them motivated to access services and resist violence, and strive to become educated, they need a positive influence in their lives - something that will give them regularity, hope, and a sense of family.
MindLeaps' staff teach and measure changes in seven cognitive and behavioral skills. While the youth come for the "fun dance class," they are actually engaging in a scientifically-studied activity comprised of movement patterns to develop critical learning skills. They then apply critical thinking and emotional intelligence to succeed in school, enter the workplace and leap forward in life.
MindLeaps' goal in Uganda is to combine Kampala-based community programs with in-depth programming in more refugee settlements. In the long-term, the MindLeaps alumni become integrated, positive, and contributing members of their communities. In addition, MindLeaps has developed a model centered on the training and support of local youth to carry the program forward, providing employment opportunities for refugees and local Ugandans.
Learn more about our work in Uganda