Youth Empowerment

1. Approach

I Learn’s local initiatives are grounded in the needs of the local community. By consulting the community’s youth we are able to identify their specific needs and then to develop tailored steps to increase the capabilities of the communities to realize those needs. At the same time consulting the community help expand our outreach and build lasting networks.

Our programs are especially tailored to the needs of the community, in particular for students that are at risk of or have lost faith in formal education as well as underachieving students. Our curriculums encourage self-learning and respects the student’s natural psychological and social development.

A wide range of workshops beside informal educational techniques are employed outside the classroom to build valuable life skills such as communication, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking. These capabilities are then reinforced through recreational activities and youth-led collaborative projects that influence the wider community and increase the participants’ self-esteem.

2. Components

  1. Academic Support: Through our visitor volunteer program and with the help of local educators we supplement the formal education of the youths at secondary and higher-educational levels. Our curriculum is tailored to the youth’s’ specific needs and includes teaching subjects such as english, mathematics, and accounting.

  2. Informal Education: Programs that employ informal teaching methods that include workshops and collaborative projects teach valuable life skills such as entrepreneurship, creative thinking, and other skills that aid the youth in their personal endeavors. The programs are an ongoing process that continuously reinforce and develop these crucial skills, which are also integrated into our other programs of academic support and community building.

  3. Volunteerism: Mutual support between the partners and participants of I Learn foster knowledge sharing and the continued involvement of alumni of our youth programs as future role models and volunteers. This culture of supporting the community builds the foundation for the eventual creation of independent self-sustaining entities, whereby the central organization of I Learn assumes a mentorship role.