Discover: Based on the belief that a leader must first discover and know who he or she is before attempting to make any change in society, tools of storytelling and reflection are used in this phase.
Connect: For leaders to have any influence, they must connect with people. The pillar focuses on teaching how to connect with people and how to synergize and achieve success. In this phase, image, networking, and ability to communicate are of paramount importance. The program also provides avenues for the mentees to meet and network.
Impact: This pillar is based on the premise that leadership is about results and making a real tangible difference in the lives of communities. For instance, how does a leader consolidate his or her knowledge, skills, and networks to touch the lives of the vulnerable members of society? What platforms does he use to make the change? Mentees are linked to internships and job opportunities in the course of the program, to help them put into practice what they learn and to earn a livelihood.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportMentorship/internship/job placementStudent supportSkills for WorkEnvironmentEthics & Values/ReligionEntrepreneurship skills
Model details2013Hybrid (for-profit/not-for-profit)21st century skills (soft skills)EnvironmentEthics & Values/ReligionEntrepreneurship skillsActiveLong-term projectFree service or product3,40020%80%
- The program targets a percentage of individuals with disabilities from poor backgrounds.
- The program also targets young people from poor backgrounds but with high potential for leadership.
- The program is also introducing network mentorship where young people leading organizations in rural villages are targeted and mentored in order for them to be able to mentor others in their communities.
Scale1511 ELF Centre is currently operatedMarch, 2015
The program was initially focused on reaching out to young people in Nairobi because it was cheaper and simpler to navigate. However, with time, demand for the program from youth outside Nairobi informed expansion to Eldoret, Nakuru, and Bungoma.
ELF Africa is training community partners to acquire the skills and train others. These are envisaged to form the ELF networks. ELF also plans to expand to Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The program is monitored through an online tool that helps to capture progress every two months. The tool measures the impact of the training on program on the mentee and the impact of mentees on their communities or spheres of influence. Mentees also fill in regular questionnaires for ELF to asses the program and impact. THe program also drafts quarterly reports.Graduation or promotion ratesEmployment ratesStudent attendanceTeacher retentionNoNo
40% employment rate
As of 2014, the graduation rate was 85%.
80% student attendance
100% teacher attendance