Thank Jean-Marc Mercy for your input and advice. We hadn’t seen this toolkit previously but some of the concepts are familiar to us. We have tried to use the prototype structure to answer your questions. It’s our first time using it, so please let us know how we did.
We have more almost 5 years of experience implementing this savings group methodology with Adults and Youth (ages 16 and above). We have a multitude of anecdotes and evidence demonstrating how the methodology empowered both adults and youth.
To date, we have piloted the SILC methodology with 934 children and adolescent students. We conducted a study of the experience and learned the following: 1. The Key Elements: a. Building leadership in children and adolescents b. Financial Literacy Education c. Adult participation in the development/education of children; Parents, Teachers, and Principals 2. We use a model called the Theory of Change model. 3. We will be testing the SILC model (prototype) with students (ages 6-16), parents and teachers. The methodology builds in feedback spaces: a. At the beginning. Parent and Teacher buy-in and participation is required to implement SILC. Developing student leaders requires the active participation of adult figures important in their lives. b. During Implementation. Teachers play a critical facilitation role throughout the process c. At the end. Student SILC groups present the results of their group to parents and the school community at the end of each school year as part of an accountability exercise. During these meetings, we record “Most Significant Change” stories to better understand the impact of the group on each participant.
We are waiting for your comments, to improve our idea.