The Educate! Experience

The Educate! Experience develops high school students into young leaders and entrepreneurs through one-on-one mentorship and practical learning experiences including starting their own enterprises. Educate! has also developed a leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum that is in use in government secondary schools.
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Kampala, Mukono, Jinja, Iganga, Masaka, Mbarrara, Hoima, Lira.
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The Educate! Experience is designed to give students the skills to solve poverty for themselves and their communities. They deliver a practical, skills-based model of education by partnering with existing secondary schools. The program model is driven by the people involved – the students, mentors, and teachers in these partner schools.

SCHOLARS: Students in the program are teenagers in high school (secondary level) who are preparing for life after school. Educate! students - called Scholars - receive leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness training, as well as mentorship to set up real student businesses. Giving these Scholars the skills to succeed is the core of Educate!'s work and model.

ASSOCIATE TEACHERS: Educate! selects the most innovative and engaged teachers at each partner school to be part of our mission for transforming education in Africa. These teachers join our Experience Association to build a community of practice and learning around skills-based education within each school. Educate! Associate Teachers introduce global best practices in their own classrooms, and lead school-wide components of our program, such as Student Business Clubs, peer mentorship events, and community service days.

MENTORS: The Educate! Experience program is run by youth for youth. A practically-trained Educate! Mentor delivers our training, mentorship, and student business support through weekly lessons at partner schools. Educate! Mentors (many of whom are Educate! Graduates) are from the local community and have practical experience running small business or community projects. Mentors are trained to use a mentoring approach to facilitate skill-building experiences for their Scholars. In addition to teaching the course in partner schools, Educate!’s Mentors also participate in our Youth Business Experience. Through this program Mentors receive continued skills training, connections to local partnerships, and stipends to serve as capital injections for their businesses.