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Thanks team for the great questions and feedback! We took some time to reflect and get feedback from teachers and refugee youth, some of whom this program is designed to support. From these interactions, we gathered three key lessons that I want to share in response to the questions raised.
The challenge for refugee youth, especially girls is not the lack of interest in school, in fact, the ones we spoke to expressed great eagerness to learn. The problem we discovered was:

1. They did not connect with classroom teaching material. One student told me that she found, "class work on computerized answer sheets undoable, I don't understand questions." she said. This made basic class work, like additions and spelling too difficult to do.

2. Not understanding the rules of behavior at school. When I asked them to write down how they felt while at school, here are some answers they wrote; "embarrassed to speak English", "nervous", "tired of school work" "fear to make mistakes".

3. The above factors create a relational problem between refugee youth, teachers and in other students, leading to disengagement from school, poor results and in the worst case scenario drop-out of school.

Many programs in this space focus only on the academic aspect (cognitive needs). As part of the human-centered approach, and based on the feedback we got from refugee girls, we now know that this is insufficient. Our "comprehensive package" approach is different because we are addressing 2 additional critical aspects: behavioral and relational challenges. The users we spoke to requested for "one-on-one sessions with adults" to help with not just academic work but emotional and relational support. The immediate phase of the program will be to meet this need for our users by matching them with adult advisors that are committed and experienced to serve this need. We shall leverage our connections and networks in the refugee/immigrant space to identify and recruit suitable advisors with drive and passion for serving refugee youth.

As for funding streams, we want to build a firm pool of committed funders by way of grants, from both foundations and corporations as part of their social corporate responsibility. However, we need seed funding and we hope the OpenIdeo challenge can help with the seed funding needed to enable program take-off. With my experience in grantmaking, I will lead the effort for securing future grants. The center will hold several events and partnerships with community organizations through which funds will be raised. A separate detailed and robust funding streams plan is being developed.

With regards to the center-name, it's a valid question. Before the feedback phase, we didn't think the center name would be an issue, however, from a human-centered perspective, the refugee youth we spoke to felt uncomfortable being labeled "refugee youth". One student said, " we want to be as everyone, not be called refugees.." In this regard, we are adjusting the center-name to remove any labeling. After consultations, we adopted: "Fruits of Literacy." - Serving the academic and psychosocial needs of recently arrived refugee girls.

We are tracking and measuring results by collecting data on users' academic and behavioral indicators pre and post program implementation. An impact assessment will then be done to track and measure changes/improvements in academic and behavioral outcomes post implementation for users. Also, we will do a comparative assessment between program beneficiaries and non-participants within the refugee population to see if there are any differences between the two groups, which can be indicative of the role of the program for those who benefited.