Three of our 2015 Young Women's Academy Graduates
Thank you for your generous support of our 2015 Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change in Uganda. With your help, 13 vulnerable young women have graduated from our program and are now entering university! This is what you have helped to achieve:
Thirteen confident young leaders have done amazing work in their communities, impacting thousands of people through individual ventures of their own choosing and design. Each program engaged a variety of stakeholders, including teachers, church leaders, parents, community leaders, police, and schoolgirls like themselves. Their initiatives included planting hundreds of tomato plants and tangerine seedlings to provide revenue to keep girls in school, working to keep children from living on the streets, and teaching girls about the risks of early pregnancy. In Uganda, our graduates’ work in schools and communities benefited more than 2,800 people over the last six months! And the ripple effects of all of the ventures, such as how many girls complete their education and emerge from a life in poverty or how many children grow up healthy because their mothers learned about nutrition now, will be felt for years to come in
During their final days before graduation, participants presented their venture impact assessments as well as observations and insights about their work and about themselves. Each young woman reported that the process of bringing conscious social change has dramatically increased their confidence levels. They all know now that they are capable of leading their communities to address issues facing women and girls.
At the graduation celebration, our young change agents each received a Certificate of Successful Completion of the Academy along with a scholarship to help pay for their first semester at university. All of us at Global Grassroots are proud of our graduates and we offer our sincere congratulations on a job well done!
We are now gearing up for our 2016 Young Women’s Academy. In November, our team in Uganda will accept applications from young women just graduating from secondary school. Participants will convene in January to learn all of the skills necessary to launch and run their own micro-NGO in their respective villages during the break between high school and the start of university. Individually, these young women will address a variety of social issues in their communities.
We humbly seek your support for our 2016 program so that we may not only continue our work with vulnerable young women but also increase the number of participants in our Academy. Each year the reach of our Young Women's Academy grows, impacting thousands of people, predominately women and girls. What a difference you make in the lives of these change agents and their beneficiaries.Thank you.
2015 participants in a group exercise
Graduation celebration means cake!