María Angela Crane - Executive director and program author
To be a Leader Project
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Why did you create this innovation?
The national figures for suicides in young people, as well as early pregnancy in girls between 14 and 17 years old, in addition to alarming data on school dropouts, self-harm, and domestic violence. So, there was a need to create a program in which young people meet in groups by discovering themselves and finding out who they are by thriving on emotional security and a sense of purpose.
How does your innovation work in practice?
It is an educational project, with a psychosocial approach.
The project has a duration of 3 years per group of beneficiaries. A target group is an entire school grade, whether it is ninth, tenth, or eleventh (last three school years). It is developed in three modules: “Discovering myself” for grade 9, (Emotional Security), in grade 10 “Relating” (Interpersonal Relationships) and “Projecting myself” (Life Plan) dictated in grade 11 during 26 sessions of two hours each per school year. A total of 78 sessions are held over 3 consecutive years at the high school.
The process of implementing a school lasts from 3 to 4 years. Initially, a preliminary diagnosis of the school population is made, followed by an adjustment to the program, then it is implemented in the aforementioned grades, including teacher training in skills to promote human development in the.
Completing the process in grade 11, the results for each school year are released to show the impact and change on students.
How has it been spreading?
We currently work in five public schools in Bogotá (Colombia), located in impoverished areas of the city benefiting 1.755 young people. In 2021 we will begin the implementation phase in these schools and add one more year to the program (grades 8 to 11) including entrepreneurship in the program.
In 5 years, we hope to have tripled the impact.
By working on the meaning of life and decision-making with young people, we have built empathetic, cooperative and social environments, breaking down barriers of low self-esteem, resentment, dishonesty and mistrust. Managing to graduate young people with meaningful lives and a vision of the future.
Indirectly we have reduced early pregnancy, dropout rate and consumption of psychoactive substances and other serious issues of our youth.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
The organization should be contacted to start the diagnosis by making adjustments to the program and train the teachers who will facilitate the sessions. The implementation time of the program lasts from 3 to 4 years at each school.
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