Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
As an example one young person on out programme, was about to drop out of school and had no hope for the future, no confidence and was extremely withdrawn. Three years later, since completing the programme, she is now a college student studying community development and youth work, the first in her family to complete secondary school and the first to open a bank account. She is extremely confident, has presented before Ministers, Supreme Court Judges and the Prime Minister. Her hopes are transformed and she walks with her held up high. She is on a different path in life and is breaking the poverty cycle. She also knows now, she has a voice and is no longer invisible and she is an advocate both in her community and nationally.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
There are a number of ways that our participants are better. First, they were realise their potential and are going to be the first in their family to break the poverty cycle, which in many cases has existed for generations in their backgrounds. This is through engaging with education. Secondly, their lives are better because they have more confidence and self¬esteem, which in the majority of cases, they did not possess prior to the program. Finally, and most important the young people are no longer be invisible and will have their voices heard. They will become community advocates within their communities challenging inequalities and becoming a powerful force for change and a role model within their communities. This will create a ripple effect for those coming behind them, that no matter what background they are from, they have a say over the decisions made by policy makers about them
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
First I hope to grow in terms of sheer volume of numbers, consistently doubling the number of participants on our core programmes each year. When we first started, we deliberately kept the numbers small¬ to test how the programme worked. However, now that the incredible results are starting to show, we feel the time is right to significantly expand the numbers. I would also like to expand the range of programmes we are delivering, including new projects which also attempt to solve the same core problem. We want to expand geographically into other countries including Northern Ireland.