September 14, 2016

Skills development and empowerment

A young person embarks on an enriching journey in the Guide Project programs. GUiDE Project will be there for the young people for just as long as we’re needed, helping them to gain skills and realize their dreams, one step at a time. Ultimately they will become independent young people, able to make career choices, take up opportunities, find meaningful employment, break the cycle of poverty and contribute meaningfully to their communities. The journey will begin with guidance and support to help the young access opportunities through informed choices. Together with the young people, we will explore all the available career avenues and options that interest them and for which they are qualified. GUiDE Project also helps to bring out the best in youth through strategies aimed at helping them to learn and develop holistically in school and after school. Skills are taught in the pursuit of a holistic development perspective that encourages sustainable global success. The volunteer mentors and teachers are taught to provide skills and attitudes, which are necessary for finding the way to help youth becomes the best they can.
For the children who cannot read, we shall pass on our passion for books with story time and reading support. In schools we will start book clubs for older children and work with teachers and parents to strengthen literacy in the classrooms and at their homes. For older children, academic advice is offered every term and seminars held to help them with their subject selection and career choices. This is made possible by equipping the centers as modern libraries. This program operates on two levels.

School level
GUiDE Project Project’s literacy support program will promote a passion for reading, through our resource centers. Through our programs within their schools, youths will be challenged in classes to do more. Youth will be encouraged to set their own academic targets. Those who show signs of falling behind will be given extra attention and support. Most students respond positively to being given some extra attention and it will be rare for a student to drop out. We much prefer to give youth the benefit of the doubt, rather than judge that they are unable to learn. At their young age, it’s natural for their performance to wobble from time to time.

Out of school level
Leaving school is a time of uncertainty. Since existing formal education and training models do not always focused on skills needed in the practical labor market. GUiDE Project uses well-planned strategies that provide hands on activities and practical experiences. Seminars, workshops are organized and lead campus classes in our resource centers. These helps to build the professional and social skills needed for lifelong success. We will help connect the graduates with the job market through interview invitations, paid internships and full time jobs, once they have acquired the attitudes and the technical and social skills vital in the labor market. We will offer young people further education and nurture their desire to give back to their GUiDE Project peers.
Most of the time, when young people finish high school and even college, particularly those growing up in poverty without significant social capital, they become idle and lonely. They may even get lost during the transition to tertiary and university education. They are unaware of the vast array of pathways available to them beyond graduation. They may only know of the “single word” careers, such as doctor, teacher, and lawyer. GUiDE Project will help these young people by exposing them to unlimited number of career paths. It will equip them with the tools and skills to make many pathways a reality. GUiDE Project will help by connecting what they do at school to the real world through live events, career fairs, Videos and interviews. These young people will also become equipped with diverse knowledge from many field, from Business and Entrepreneurship, Book Keeping, Marketing, Personal finance, Team work, Cohesion and Communication, to Conflict Management, Peace Building, Needs Assessment, Resource Mobilization and Leadership.
We will also help link young professionals who come out of GUiDE Project program to the labor market. The GUiDE Project alumni peers will forever be welcome to participate in our activities at the resource centers.