Going Online As Leaders – Girls Program for Digital Leadership, DEF
About Samarth GOAL
Samarth GOAL is a mentorship program for the differently-abled. The project aspires to connect the mentees with influential Mentors. These Mentors will counsel and encourage the specially abled youth to learn digital and life skills, which will help them lead a life of honour, dignity, independence and motivate them to become contributors in their community.
The initiative has been designed to link 10 urban leaders, all experts in their respective fields, to five differently abled youth each who will be trained in digital literacy and skill building by the mentors. These mentees will become the change agents in their respective areas.
While the project is primarily targeted at capacity building for the differently abled youth, the learners as well as the mentees will work closely with the community gatekeepers and other stakeholders to initiate socio-behavioural, cultural and economic changes (within the larger community).
- Personality Development – The differently abled face unique challenges while also possessing unique abilities and insights that others may not have. Through life skills training and one-to-one guidance, mentees will be trained through the Khel life skills for the 21st century framework, to help them overcome barriers and tap into their own potential.
- Digital Enablement – Since Digital Enablement is paramount in the current digital era, we aim to increase livelihood opportunities by introducing digital tools & ICT learning aimed at digital empowerment as opposed to mere digital literacy.
- Livelihood and Entrepreneurship – We aim to help the mentees prove to themselves and the world around them that with the right kind of support they are perfectly capable of being financially secure and can contribute to society and the economy.
- Building Leadership – It is all about taking action. We aim to enable the mentees to be change makers in their societies & creators of the future; bringing to the fore issues that concern them.
- Engaging the Larger Community – DEF along with the mentees will work to initiate socio-behavioural, cultural and economic changes within the community.
WHO CAN BE A MENTOR?
Anyone who is a leader in their respective domains, has surmounted challenges and is eager to contribute to the personal growth and development of the differently abled. Those who have specific domain expertise in the needs and rights of the differently abled and / or ideas to eliminate digital disadvantage are also welcome.
Time commitment: They should be able to dedicate around four hours every month for ten months (___ to ____) to get on a call with their mentee, follow-up with them as and when required, maintain diaries to track their progress, take personal interest in their day-to-day life, challenges, circumstances and help them identify opportunities around them.
Language requirement: ____
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GROUND
Mentee: “I like stitching and also computers, but I don’t know how to use computers…”
Mentor: “We will learn how to use computers, and see how it can be made useful for you to plan your future…”
Mentee: “I need a platform through which I can approach employers and get good jobs…”
Mentor: “Your work, dedication and the knowledge you build will create its own platform for you, and we will work together to make that platform..”