This project will send 200 young women in India, living under $2 a day, on a 12-month adventurous path to discover their inner leader and embark on life-changing careers. We are Kavya and Nathalie, high school seniors, who have recently returned from working at WEP Centers (summer 2019), and seek your support for our inspiring peers in India to enter careers of their own choosing. Thank you.
Young women's participation in formal sector employment in India has decreased to 23.3% (one of the lowest rates in South Asia). Social pressures and responsibilities, access, availability and awareness, force young women to marry early and remain financially dependent and immobile - forever unable to understand their abilities and opportunities.
200 young women will complete a 12-month curriculum - Women's Education Project's I Am a Leader Academy - to enlarge their understanding of their inner leader and life's opportunities and to prepare them for a fulfilling formal-sector career of their own interest and choosing. 2020 WEP Scholars, will join us, (Kavya and Nathalie) to work at WEP Centers in India (summer 2020) and with the WEP students online to complete and support each other in Academy activities.
I Am a Leader Academy graduates become financially independent - 64% entering employment of their own choosing. They marry later and have fewer children. Having broken from poverty's cycle, they provide leadership in their careers, homes and communities, and make a lasting impact on future generations.