Growing Leaders Foundation Container Un-Schools

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Growing Leaders Foundation Container Un-Schools: Container Un-Schools

Ports across the globePort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Year Founded:
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Project Stage:
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

GLF's goal is to democratize leadership/opportunities for youths through unique kinesthetic experiences focused on development of non-cognitive skills i.e. soft/life skills etc. This will directly impact the youth unemployment issues globally. Why limit the spirit of the project with concrete?

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

who educates and the way we educate youth ensured they reach their full potential?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

KEN ROBINSON's TED talk hits the nail on the head. Education systems are simply not harnessing the unique abilities of our youth so they can prosper and shine in today's world.And not much is changing since current dinosaur education systems continue to be too profitable to change even when the result is massive unemployment of youth.And those employed are mostly dis-engaged (70% plus) since they are not in their natural areas of gifts/passion.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Ensuring developing countries youth/teachers are exposed to a different creative learning environment where we focus on non-cognitive skills development. We use skilled corporate community volunteers as teachers under their CSR platforms to teach our Corporate Social Education Curriculums. This allows companies to actually impact and measure outcomes in a more sustainable way as their own employees learn as they teach the non-cognitive skills to youth. It also immediately removes the gap between employer and employees in the community as relationships are forced on the ground in a fun learning environment. The root cause of youth unemployment and dissatisfaction is addressed in this manner ensuring youths have the tools need to thrive.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We have hundreds of living examples such as; Principal writing us to tell us after our intervention a very shy boy in the class contested the school elections since he felt he was a capable leader. Teachers have started using our mind mapping methodologies for students to do book reports. We have a library of custom developed lesson plans (36 in total) which we have beta tested and know they shift mindsets. This we know for sure;-) Samples can be provided and seen on our website.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have been performing TOC analysis on our projects since inception. We independently have the University of the West Indies measure our impact thru our surveys. We video our students reflections on sessions before and after. We have thousands of teachers, trained volunteers and student feedback in writing which we solicits after Lesson 3, then 5 and then 8 to see their progress. We are the subject of 3 case studies being conducted by the Lok Jack School of Business. We are also running a UNDP funded financial IQ impact study on our curriculums right now. Since 2010 over 17,234 youth have gone through our programs. We have trained over 500 corporate employees in our unique Corporate Social Education model we integrate into their CSR strategies. We are doing it every day and the breath and the depth of our dent is significant. Samples can be provide and seen on our website

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We have today a parallel curriculum to any existing school system that teaches non-cognitive skills. Our plan to scale up is to use the Ports globally as the location of our container schools in developing countries for security purposes at first to intro the new learning environment and concepts. The containers will travel and we will change ports every 30 days in year . We will impact min 15 schools per port (students and teachers) and create a platform to monitor their integration of our systems into their classrooms. We have registered to provide our systems globally.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are developing an entire system that will be available for anyone to set up their own container school at container which we have blocked. Our containers will be wrapped in photos of our Leaders of Tomorrow book by world renowned photographer David Lazar and the bools sales and photo right will also fund the project. We are also obviously choosing technology/shipping/knowledge partners. Lego would be ideal;-)

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Samsung and a few others have tried the container school approach in a very traditional way. One container desks and chairs like a classroom. Our approach is different since the space will not look like a traditional classroom. We will be using the recourse furniture concept. See you tube video here: The space will simply not appear to be what it seems and there will be an adventure in self discovery of the actually space itself adhering to biomimicry and bioluminescense philosophies. There will be a digital museum, digitial interactive surfaces etc.

Founding Story

Our Founder became a lawyer at 21 and for ten years lived a life that everyone else planned for her, not in her area of gift or talent. In her 30's she finally found the courage to pursue her passion growing leaders to they too find from really young the courage to be who life intended them to be so they thrive. Everyday she gets to dance to the tune of her own song doing the work of the Foundation is a blessing and gift. She has discovered she is a Potential Whisperer, a badask curriculum designer, she can win a teaching show-down and more than anything she has discovered what it means to occupy the length and breath of who you are. Her focus is on leaving evidence to generations to come that she was once here.


Because our model incorporates training company employees under their CSR platform to teach out curriculums, we have over 700+ and counting skilled volunteers trained in our program from major global companies such as REPSOL, NESTLE etc. All our staffers started out as volunteers and found their "calling" doing our work and simply wanted "more" of it in their lives. Every staffer is in his unique area of gift and talent.
About You
St. Augustine Girls' High School
About You
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About Your Project
Organization Name

St. Augustine Girls' High School

How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

, Port of Spain

Country where this project is creating social impact

, PORTS ACROSS THE, Ports across the globe

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses, Customers.


Our Founder- Volunteer of the year for 5 years in a row for Kids and the Power of Work 2003-2008 under the National Children Labor Committee
The Foundation actually has been very low key silently getting the world done.

Primary Target Age Group

6 - 12.

Your role in Education


Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)


Intervention Focus


Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

One size fits all fits none: Students are disengaged and not being prepared for "real life."


How and what our children are learning in schools and what they need to develop fully their potential


Volunteers to teach out programs anywhere in the world

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Every child deserves to realize his or her potential and we give them the tolls to do just that!

Secondary Form
PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

To understand how our model works using corporate volunteers thru CSR training to impact youth in the community in which they operate or their global markets:
To understand the quality and ingenuity and play that goes into what we teach

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

Look at the unemployment situation facing youth globally today. It is not due to a lack of jobs. It is due to too many youth not knowing their natural area of gift and talent and passing time thru University. They are not equipped to be leaders since they lack the basic non-cognitve skills and employers no longer looking to fit squares in circles. They already have a 70% dis-engaged workforce due to people not having highly developed non-cognitve skills with the basic one being what is your unique talent and gift and where do you fit in this world utilizing what comes natural to you.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

When we learn through play which = joy= laughter= curiosity=brain sparks=hearth sparks=connection= teamwork= community= service etc. we tattoo our brain and hearts and develop new habits. Play makes us feel good about ourselves and others and we just want to keep getting that feeling over and over and keep doing it again eg. teams in sports. At the age of two my mom tells the story of having to dress me Saturdays and take me to school to prove it was closed. From very early on I connected learning with a sense of play and it has stayed with me throughout my life. It is why I do what I do.

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

My magazine brings in funding thru ads - 40%. My public talks and training with corporates bring in funding. I gave you link above for a sample one 20%, Grants - this year we got our first grant ever from UNDP 25%. - event and magazine 10%.

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

I am a not for profit social enterprise. Not more than 50% of anything I do can come from grants. We have never accepted a donation ever. There will be the photo book "Who will I become" tied to this project which will contribute significantly as an income source. There is nowhere for me to upload it but Robin Sharma has agreed to do the Foreward. Think Humans of New York picture book as context for type of book.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

Rule on all moneys after reading lots of Robert Kiyosaki. 40% of all moneys must go on activity or things that will generate new income. 40% goes on things that adds/increases value to our existing income sources. I then sit with team and figure out immediate needs if any.

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

I license our curriculums at no costs to NGOS globally. I overseas training and mobilization of our programs. I also do the same with Universities and their students who want to put in volunteer hours and brush up on their soft skills. Take a look at Our programs have run at their summer camps for the last 3 years. Take a look at this video:

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

I have actually reached out to a few on the FB page. Nothing solid yet but I am keeping my eye on them all. I just reached out to this group out of Canada to collaborate. I notice they had an Ashoka banner on their website.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

The youth unemployment issue would have dissipated globally b/c every youth would have been afforded the opportunity to develop their non-cognitve skills and understand who they are and why they are here. Knowing that we are unstoppable as humans and this world would be a very different place with people FEARLESSLY pursuing their passions . It is here we create great leaders a la JOBS, MANDELA etc. It is here that we reach our potential.

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

We measure in a few ways recognizing we are dealing with children ages 9-12 and only in existence since 2011 so we are not there yet to see them as adults and the choice they make. We have the University measuring immediate impact of our programs in their thought process about leaders and their roles. We have a 3 year video interview coming up by the end of the year so see how our first participants ( now 14/15) of the program are doing .

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:
RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:
SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :
IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

1,001 to 10,000

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?


Other (please specify)

The car studies on our Foundation will be published this last quarter

Number of Employees:

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers:


APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high), Other (please specify).

Other (please specify)

Technical skills play

AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.