Thank you for such a thoughtful comment and great questions. It has taken me a bit to get back to you because our President has been traveling and she has built the partnership with EFAC and I wanted to get it for you. EFAC (Education for All Children) is a stand-alone organization that was founded by an American entrepreneur and his wife about seven years ago. Gretchen's contact at EFAC is Blair Demers (firstname.lastname@example.org). Just a note: Blair is not the founder.
Cornerstone Development runs Cornerstone Leadership Academies located across much of Africa. Cornerstone's founder is Tim Kreutzer. His email address is email@example.com. Their website is http://www.cornerstonedevelopment.org/Frameset1.html Both organization's are doing tremendous work with youth and education and we are pleased to be connected with them both!
While we do provide our participants with high-engagement support throughout the entire seven-month program, we (and they) really would benefit from having a variety of strong networks who could help support them after our program, whether they go on to university or not, especially as we implement this regional program. Although we are not familiar with BPW, we very much would like to be! We are always on the look-out for networking opportunities, for our Young Women's program and for our women-led teams as well. We would welcome any information, website link, or assistance you can provide. The majority of the young women who have come through our program are Cornerstone alumnae and they have a built-in network there and we do have a partnership with GWED-G in Gulu, Uganda, along with a growing list of friends/NGOs, such as International Justice Mission. We also are very interested in learning more about SheLeadsAfrica which has events and networks of entrepreneurs and others across the whole continent.
Thank you so much, Agathe, for reaching out to us and giving us more to think about and discuss as we make our program stronger and of greater benefit to young women.
Hello Rahel, Thanks for your interest in Global Grassroots' work! We have built a network of local organizations and schools that know enough about our work to explain our program to young women and distribute our application. We already have a strong partnership with Cornerstone Foundation and their Leadership Academies in Rwanda and Uganda. Since they are located throughout East Africa and South Sudan, they are helping us expand to a regional program from our country-specific model. Along with our network partners, our local Rwanda and Uganda staff also talk with prospective participants and their families. This helps reinforce the expectations and goals of the program and helps convince parents to allow their daughters to participate. At the end of the country-specific program, each of our graduates has received either a $500 university scholarship or a laptop computer, depending on their need. This helps address parents' (and participants") concerns about what money could be earned during the seven months after secondary school and is a further investment in each new change agent's future.
I have just checked out your website. What terrific work you're doing as well! Since you are still a pretty new organization, how have you drawn interest by participants? How large is a 'training' session? I'm also curious how you can do it for so little per person including travel. Are you mostly working with youth in Europe?