Youth Leadership Development

The fact that youth engagement in community service programs helps enhance youth awareness on community needs while building the capacity and confidence of the youth to engage in the betterment of their community. Hence under this result area, YWCA will work to support youth to engage in community outreach and policy dialogues building their capacity to help them become leaders and change agents. To this end, YWCA will invest in leadership capacity development programs and create community engagement opportunities that will enhance knowledge generation on youth and leadership.

Youth Volunteers program

YWCA has been implementing youth volunteerism program for more than a decade in government primary schools in Addis Ababa and Adama. A total of more than 20,000 children received tutorial, mentoring, school material provision and school uniform support. The programs had impacted those children’s lives. We have been tracking pre and post tutor tests results and grade reports and it showed that children academic performance was improved. Again, children equipped with necessary school materials which gave the confidence to attend classes regularly. Our interventions significantly contributed for improve quality education, reduced school dropout, increased completion of classes. Beside educational improvement, children’s life skills also developed through mentoring activities delivered by youth volunteers. These all brought long-term impact and influence children to succeed in their lives. The intervention also impacted families and schools indirectly.  

On the other hand, Youth volunteers were impacted through their participation on the program. Youth’s skills and capacities improved in leadership, ASRH, and advocacy for their and others rights, which also later impacted their academic and career development.     

Moreover, YWCA has helped to build bridges between children from extremely different social and economic backgrounds. The professional tutoring-relationship has developed into deep connection and commitment to serve children, families and communities. The program also attracted at only the youth but also families and corporate offices we approached. In these regard, the youth able to mobilize donation of textbooks, pens, pencils and other scholastic materials and school uniforms to support the children.

           

 

2018 Summer Volunteer Tutoring Program has expanded Now being given on weekends

The Summer Tutoring Program which was being regularly conductd during summar school vacations is now being expanded and has began a little early this year.

Program Launching event was  held on 14th of April at the two Public Schools; Tensae Berhan and Yeka Terrara. Orinetation was given to the volunteer high school students recruited from private schools to give tutoring support to elementary students from government/public schools that come from poor economic backgrounds. The orienttion included signing of Code of Conduct, discussion of their duties, responsibilities and acquainting them with the new environment they will be working on for the next eleven weeks. 

                         

This year  over fifty volunteer high school students were recruited from five private schools. These volunteer tutors are grade 9 and 11 students from Future Talent School, Nazareth School, St. Joseph School and School of Tomorrow and Deliverance School.

Since 28th of April  the tutoring classes have commenced on two of the selected five target public elementary schools; Tinsae Berhan and Yeka Terrara, with a plan to include three additional schools, namely John F. Kenedy, Misraq Berr No.2 and Yewetatoch Genet Schools shortly. There are around one hundred sixty target students selected with poor academic performance, from grade one to four, that are currently receiving tutoring classes in Mathematics, English and Science subjects, every Saturday.

This program not only benefits these youth volunteers to learn responsibility and acquire teaching experience but they also get a glimpse of the different challenges faced by other kids of limited means. Most importantly they get to enjoy the spirit of volunteerism.

         

2019 Summer Youth Volunteers and Internship Program is back being more interesting this year

The Summer Tutoring Program which was being regularly conducted during summer school vacations is now being expanded in to 7 categories and has began recruiting volunteers.

Program Launching event was  held on 4th of July at  St. Joseph School. Orientation was given to the volunteer high school students recruited from private schools to give tutoring and mentor-ship support to elementary students from government/public schools that come from poor economic backgrounds. The orientation included briefing of the code of conduct, signing of Code of Conduct, discussion of their duties, responsibilities and acquainting them with the new environment they will be working on for the next eleven weeks and also filling out youth membership form.

            

This year  over 300 volunteers were recruited in general; from those about 90 of them are participating in the tutoring and mentor-ship category. These volunteer tutors are from grade 10,11 and above students from different schools.

This program not only benefits these youth volunteers to learn responsibility and acquire teaching experience but they also get a glimpse of the different challenges faced by other kids of limited means. Most importantly they get to enjoy the spirit of volunteerism.