Future First Global
Summary: Future First seeks to champion the development of alumni associations in high schools, to mobilize former students of the school to engage with pupils as career role models and mentors, providers of work experience placements or facilitating extra-curricular activities in their former school. --- Future First baseline study found that 78% of adults across Kenya would be 'very likely' or 'likely' to go back to their old school and offer their expertise, but less than 1% have done so yet. The Future First Kenya model seeks to champion the development of alumni associations in Kenyan high schools to mobilize former students of the school to support current students, particularly around career choices. The program is molded from...
Year of Inception
Low-Income Countries, Middle-Income Countries, High-Income Countries, Low and Middle-Income Countries, High and Middle-Income Countries
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Description of Scale and Reach
A polling of 2,000 adults across Kenya by Future First and IPSOS Synovate revealed an abundance of local volunteers willing to support their former school. 78% of the adult population across all regions of the country said that they would be "willing‚Äü or "very willing‚Äü to return to their former school to talk about their careers to current students, with the number rising to 90% in Nairobi. Future First piloted its alumni engagement model in Kenya in the year 2012. October 2014 marked the end of the 2year pilot period. The program was welcomed across the 12 pilot schools we worked with. The pilot schools were carefully selected to represent a cross cutting mix of Kenyan school from National, provincial, district and newly constructed Constituency devolved fund schools. Our initial baseline survey indicated 90% and 81% of students polled said they didn't talk to anyone in jobs they found interesting in school and outside school respectively. We worked directly with 5342 students across the 12 schools , engaging 730 alumni with 124 alumni attending events. . Our pilot has confirmed that alumni programming can function well in schools in Kenya. Our model has also been highly rated by 99% of teachers and 90% of students we have worked with over the past two years 82% of students said that our sessions improved their knowledge of courses and jobs that they could do in the future. 90% of students agree or strongly agree that meeting former students at Future First events shows that people like them can be successful 99% of teachers thought our sessions were very useful for their students, and 96% believe the sessions motivate their students to work harder or much harder . 46 % of the alumni we engaged signed to support their former schools in various ways
United Kingdom, Kenya, United States of America