Thank you for the encouraging words and the questions.
Yes, that is our website. Our organization officially registered in April 2010, but officially began our project/ piloted this particular project/curriculum starting in November 2011.
Our objectives in the next couple years include widening our reach with this program to new schools, but more importantly deepening it through: a) greater investment into teacher training and eliminating the perception of teachers that service-learning and the teaching delivery for it, are far removed from their primary objectives. With that said, we want to co-design projects with the teachers that align with their STEM objectives, for example (there is naturally a greater alignment currently with history and civics). b) greater integration/utilization of technology for students for their service-learning projects, particularly in their research, data mapping, and advocacy/awareness sections. Also, as our network of students and schools grows, we believe there are opportunities to create greater collaboration and idea sharing using technology. c) we are observing high turnover of teachers as a challenge to these low-cost schools, which in turn become problematic for the continuity of projects year over year. We want to invest into student peer trainings for them to become peer leaders and facilitators in the implementation of the curriculum.
The outcomes we would hope to see are gains in academic achievement as well as significant increases in civic engagement, measured not only through qualitative means (perceptions, attitudes), but also quantitatively (number of hours slum youth volunteering, students participating in the political process, etc). Through our ongoing projects, we would hope to see decreases in community violence in the slums caused by religious and tribal conflict as well as gains in community specific problems (drug abuse, health, environmental).
The funding we would need to achieve our objectives in this period would be ~$50,000 per year.