Stage 4: Transition to Scale
The program has grown to include leadership academies and group mentoring sessions. Leadership Academies are 4-day residential workshops that are attended by Akili Dada Scholars at the end of each term. Each Academy is designed to train Scholars on a different relevant aspect of leadership and personal development. Group mentoring sessions are offered to Scholars and Club members alike. The sessions are facilitated by dedicated mentors and serve as a place to learn new skills.
Over 7,000 people have been reached since 2005, with over 5,000 people in underpivileged communities being reached by the scholars social change projects. Over 1,000 families, mentors and partner schools have benefitted from projects, and 4,000 indirect student beneficiaries have been reached through scholars social change projects.
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The Young Changemaker's Program, implemented by Akili Dada, targets underprivileged girls at the secondary level and contributes to molding them into future leaders. The program incorporates financial support, leadership training, 21st century skills, community outreach, and mentoring to create Young Changemakers.
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Our M&E Strategy for the Scholarship component is well-developed. We collect data related to Scholars and their families so that we can understand where they are coming from and what kind of support they need to be successful. We track their academic records to monitor their progress and the impact of the scholarship. We also complete activity reports after mentoring sessions and academies for M&E purposes, and partner with schools to monitor attendance and mentor sessions.
Planned Goals and Milestones
The program works with four of the top National High Schools in Kenya, which are required to accept two girls from each county across the country who scored the highest on their KCPE. They work with the schools to identify who of the accepted girls cannot afford schools fees. Those girls are offered the opportunity to apply for an Akili Dada Scholarship. Once the student has been interviewed and selected, Akili Dada confirms that her financial situation is valid and then sponsors her.
When this program was founded, it was purely a scholarship program to increase access to high quality education for bright girls from underprivileged backgrounds. The program has grown in a number of ways to better serve the mission of nurturing transformative leadership in a generation of young women. As a result, they created activities and support that serve to incubate the girls and prepare them to be leaders who are committed to serving those around them, and live their lives with choices.