Young Changemaker's Program

The Young Changemaker’s Program implemented by Akili Dada targets underprivileged girls at the secondary level and contributes to molding them into future leaders. The program incorporates financial support, leadership training, 21st century skills, community outreach, and mentoring to create Young Changemakers.

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The Young Changemaker’s Program uses various approaches to cultivate a generation of leaders in young women from underprivileged backgrounds. The girls at the secondary school level are offered the opportunity to develop their life skills and become future changemakers through the program which adopts a holistic approach to scholar development.


Through fundraising, the program is able to sponsor tuition for a select number of students, assisting many who would otherwise drop out upon completion of free primary education due to lack of funding. The program partners with four public secondary schools to accept girls who are not only underprivileged and have demonstrated academic success, but who have also demonstrated leadership skills. Scholarships covers tuition, board, and other fees throughout secondary level as long as recipients meet the program requirements.

Leadership Skills Building:

The leadership curriculum includes: a) service learning where scholars assess their community needs and design and implement a project to address these needs. Seed money is provided and the project fosters community engagement, identification of challenges and potential solutions, planning and mobilization of implementers, budgeting, leadership monitoring and evaluation; b) leadership clubs based at the partner schools are open to non-scholars who take part in group mentoring sessions, presentations, and service activities; c) leadership training academy is a 3 day residential workshop held thrice a year for scholars and alumni, with a training curriculum including leadership and 21st century skills. Objectives include sharing projects from service learning, strengthening the Akili Dada community, and developing personal leadership skills.


Volunteers from various sectors and alumni are paired with scholars to act as mentors. Mentors and scholars are expected to meet for one-on-one and group sessions at least 6 times a year to offer emotional, ethical, and career support, as well as the opportunity to network and access role models. Mentors complete regular evaluations post interactions to assist in monitoring and evaluation. Akili Dada also facilitates separate forums to support mentors and to act as networking events.

They invest in girls and young women as change agents through comprehensive scholarships, leadership development and skills-based mentorship.Leadership development is rooted in service to others The need for scholarships is more than capacity, which is linked to the second challenge of limited funding for scholarships for high quality secondary education especially because of the high cost of national schools in Kenya.

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