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Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India

by Women's Education Project
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Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
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Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India
Send 200 Girls to Leadership Academy in India

Since December 2019, Women's Education Project has held multiple conversations with two potential partner organizations (one in Baroda and a second in Lucknow) to discuss hosting our I Am a Leader Academy.

For both the new partners and our current Centers in Madurai, Hyderabad and Kadapa, WEP is preparing the I Am a Leader Academy 2020, a revised program offering three certificate courses for young underpriviledged women to become economically independent leaders in their own lives. 

My SIsterhood Certificate - Trained to become Peer Leaders, students assist with Academy activities, conduct home visits and research, and lead “ripple effect” groups, study groups, book club, sports, crafts, and dance sessions. The Sisterhood builds a supportive community and ensures completion of studies and ambition to pursue higher education or vocational programs. 

My Leadership Path - Workshops and discussions on leadership and Gender, Health and Nutrition and Rights.  Students explore 9 topics through exposure trips and interviews. My Leadership Path builds knowledgeable, confidence and curiousity in the topic areas while preparing young women to become leaders aware of their opportunities. 

I Am Economically Independent - Courses on financial literacy, communication skills, and basic computers prepares young women to enter formal sector careers of their own choosing. 

In April, WEP will begin piloting the Academy and preparing to scale our work through networked organizations. 

We look forward to updating you about our launch. 

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Women’s Education Project’s I Am a Leader Academy is here! Seventeen years in the making, WEP’s unique, holistic, curriculum for women to enter careers of their own choosing - has been given more flexibility to enable - for the first time - its use by NGO’s serving networks of community organizations and thousands of young women, in new and diverse locations.

In October, an Indian-based NGO, providing program to a network of over 30 community organizations supporting girls, approached WEP requesting our program, as the next-step for their own activities. WEP has arranged to pilot two new Centers at this organization in 2020 - installing the WEP Center and enrolling 150 students.

The WEP Center offers young women: 1. a safe place and supportive community - peer learning/study groups, tutorials, libraries, computer labs, and nutritious snacks. 2. The I Am a Leader Academy, a year-long, certificate granting, career guidance curriculum leading to formal sector employment of the students’ choosing.  This vision-expanding experience consists of field trips, workshops, guest speakers, discussions, skills-based courses, internships, training programs and other activities. And 3. the Alumnae Association, a communication platform allowing alumnae to keep-in-touch, network, and access specialized education scholarships and other opportunities. Alumnae are invited to become certified I Am a Leader instructors and mentor new students.

In preparation for this pilot, Directors of WEP's current Centers in Madurai, Hyderabad and Kadapa, which support 350 students and are running pieces of the Academy and Alumnae Assocation, will work with staff to ensure the pilot's success by lending their knowledge and experiences.

It is expected that March of 2020, 100 students of the current Centers and 150 of the pilot, will be enrolled in the I Am a Leader Academy. 

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