Vijana Forward ICT and Entrepreneurship Training

Short description

42CM will facilitate at-risk youth in Kakamega with the opportunity to develop ICT and business skills, build confidence

Description

Founded in 2008, 42ChangeMakers(42CM) is a registered Community Based Organization that works with at-risk youth (aged 15-25yrs ) and other stakeholders in Western Kenya to see to it that we build a society in which our young people emerge as tolerant, peaceful, resourceful and active community members to impact their communities and direct their futures. We exists to empower youth (irrespective of their education, tribal, income and religious background) and the community to take lead in finding solutions to their challenges such as high rate of youth unemployment, lack of civic engagement, youth and drugs and, youth dropping out of school. We equip youth with tools, opportunities, mentorship, support their social change ideas and connect them to other community of young change makers locally and globally. Ever since Covid-19 was declared a crisis in Kenya, our volunteers have been on the forefront providing basic information about ways to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and distributing food supplies to poor families.
In response to your call for ideas, the founding board of 42CM is writing to request your support for our Youth Forward ICT and Entrepreneurship on Wheels Training program. If funded, we plan to facilitate underserved high school youth in Kakamega County (Kenya) with the opportunity to develop ICT and entrepreneurship skills, build professional confidence and leadership for them to succeed in life and change their communities. In the long-run this program will contribute towards both catalyzing the growth of the ICT industry in Kakamega, a pillar for economic growth and peace for the region.

Problem: Kakamega (in Western in Kenya) has nearly 50% of the population under the age of 18. A large percentage of these youth are without work. Most of them depend on day to day jobs working on peoples plantations and homes. This high number of unemployed young people in the region has always been a source of instability and disillusionment in Western Kenya every election time as evident in the 2007/08 post-election violence. Because of Covid-19 lockdown, we are afraid that these youth are now living with constant financial uncertainty and instability. Economic development through access to ICT and entrepreneurship skills training is needed to provide youth alternatives to violence and extremism. ICT and entrepreneurship represents an alternative that can produce jobs, create one’s own opportunity for financial success, promote stability, and become a pillar of the economy in Kakamega. Despite this opportunity one of the harsh reality in the region, just like many other parts of Kenya is digital divide which makes it hard for young people to access education and job/entrepreneurship training opportunities especially now that schools and after-school programs are closed because of Covid-19. Many corners in the country do not have access to broadband. Most young people especially in rural areas have no access to computers unless they visit cyber cafes which are far, expensive and always crowded.

Program Approach/Methodology:
We plan to facilitate underserved high school youth in Kakamega County (Kenya) with the opportunity to develop ICT and entrepreneurship skills, build professional confidence and leadership for them to succeed in life and change their communities. In the long-run this program will contribute towards both catalyzing the growth of the ICT industry in Kakamega, a pillar for economic growth and peace for the region. It will help the region in maintaining employment levels (especially recruiting at risk youth), stay economically competitive and resilient to future similar disruptions such as Covid-19.

Our project objective is to include:
Purchase and refurbish two shipping containers into a digital learning infrastructure on wheels with appropriate devices (hardware and software and internet access) to train underserved youth in computer and entrepreneurship skills with the hope of jumpstarting the next generation of online entrepreneurs through a real world online entreprenurial experience. This will give the youth a safe and conducive environment to access internet connected computers learn computer skills including typesetting, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Publisher, Email, Internet research, blogging, website development, online marketing etc. Our youth and trainers will able to complete their homework that require internet access, learn valuable software, research, and typing skills, as well as pursue extra niche interests in design, web development, and more. Without access to computers or the Internet, these youth are at a serious disadvantage in the competitive 21st century job market.

We will partner with local colleges and universities such as Masinde Muliro Univeristy to recruit student volunteers from pursuing information technology courses to train the youth form underserved high schools.

We also plan to partner with local banks such as Equity Bank to identify business professionals and entreprenuers who will help in training the youth on foundations of entrepreneurship. Through a combination of in-person and web-based training in technical and business essentials, peer-to-peer learning, mentorship, some of the youth will be supported to create and run successful web-based businesses.

Tracking project success: We will know if we are successful through team project output trackers, pre-activity planning meetings, post activity reflection meetings, participant pre and post surveys. Success stories and project progress reports will be reported to 42 Change Makers monitoring, evaluation and improvement team. End of project reports (qualitative and quantitative narrative and financial) will be shared with our sponsors.

Organization capacity: 42 Change Makers team has in-depth skills, knowledge and experience to undertake this exciting yet significant initiative and complete it effectively: on time and budget for long lasting impact in our community. Our team of board members and volunteers have a proven track working with youth in low income neighborhoods. For example, Shaban Varajab is the Founder and team leader for 42 Change Makers, in this project he will lead and supervise the project. Born in Kakamega Kenya, Shaban holds an M.A degree in Peace Studies from Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame and B.A in Education degree from Moi University. Shaban spent 3 years with Rural Women Peace Link developing projects to empower teens and women in conflict areas to conduct community peace and governance projects in Rift Valley, Kenya. He mobilized and registered young people to vote, engage in peace campaigns and designed innovative ways to engage them in political processes. Additionally, he worked as an innovation consultant with enFocus in South Bend, Indiana; interned with Catholic Relief Services in Mindanao, Philippines and served as a delegate during the Global Youth Unites Summit in Sri Lanka. He enjoys working with folks who participate in initiatives that build relationships across differently cultures and collective power to address social injustices. Working with other team members, Shaban roles specific roles will include:
His specific roles will include:
Communication:
• Supporting the team in managing the project calendar (planning, team coordination, and project execution including curriculum/design of training materials).
• Guiding the team members to accomplish program goals.
• Monitor communication channels such as emails, Skype call and respond to all enquiries and answer questions from donors and partners about the project in a timely manner.
• Troubleshoot project challenges during project set-up and implementation.
• Ensure project performance data is correctly collected, documented, stored and submitted.
Support M&E adaptation process:
• Coordinate Pre-and-post activity check-in/reflection meetings.
• Preparing and disseminate project progress narrative reports as needed.
• Design, adjust M&E tools and analyze program data.
• Ensure project performance data is correctly collected, documented, stored and submitted.
Support Financial management
• Plan training budgets effectively and ensure spending is in line with budget.
• Guide team to accurately record and submit project expenses reports as needed.
• Support program sustainability.
• Engage the team and contribute to strategic growth at 42CM programs.
• Identify opportunities to partner with other similar organizations and donors.

Target country

Kenya

Project type

  • Education
  • Work & Productivity

Support needed

  • Marketing
  • Raising capital
  • Website design

What we need help with

In order to complete the program, we require $200,000 funding for: Purchasing a trailer, purchasing and refurbishing 2 shipping containers Purchase (20 Desktop Computers, 10 Laptops, 10 Tablets, 5 I- phones, 4 Conference Telephones, Public Address System, 2 Multifunctional Printers, Cables, desks and chairs, Video Camera, Internet servers, modems, LCD Projectors, Touch Screen LCD boards, Plasma TVs and Security Camera, generator, solar): Conduct baseline survey data collection and analysis (mapping schools and youth), Design training material and Train ICT trainers/volunteers Fees for ICT curriculum consultants and installation contractors, Website, phone bills and social media management, Program promotion/marketing, Honorarium for bank facilitators/business professionals who will train the youth on matters entrepreneurship Stipend for volunteers. Pay scholarships for selected youth (1 month period) Office communication, Stipends for program staff, Utilities and office supplies Office furniture. We appreciate your consideration of our program and look forward to the opportunity to connect with you to further discuss this request and our work.

Best way to get in touch

email : 42changemakers254@gmail.com AND cc varajabshaban@gmail.com

Project status

  • Just started