BROADENED WORLD VIEW - COMPASSION - INNOVATION
Social entrepreneurship, to us, is basically a deep-dive into helping.
How do you capture the imagination, creativity, and the passion in our Courageous Girls, and use it for good to help others?
A social entrepreneur is someone who takes on the goal of either creating positive change, or to solve a problem in a community, through unique initiatives or projects.
Designing change is complex, and requires a thorough knowledge of all the different factors that effect that one issue, such as the environment, culture, policies, attitudes, weather patterns, gender roles, etc. By exploring all the relevant and age-appropriate issues, Courageous Girls have the opportunity to learn about the complexities of helping and at the same time broaden their world-view, and with expert input design and re-design their ideas for change.
2 OPTIONS FOR OUR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS:
Identify a problem in your own community that your Courageous Girls care about, and then literally (and otherwise) go to town.
What research can you do and who are the experts you could speak to, who could help break down the issues related to the problem?
How could you help solve it, draw attention to it, or figure out who could help best with devising the right solution?
This is an all hands-on, learn as you go along approach, that teaches our Courageous Girls that they have the power to help their world.
2. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
Pair up with a nonprofit organization anywhere in the world (that either your club finds, or one that is listed on our website). Through this partnership, Courageous Girls will automatically have the experts built in to learn from that speak to the issues, and the nonprofit will agree to educate your club on their complexities and interventions through Skype sessions and/or e-mail. If at all possible, they will set up pen-pals and Skype interviews with their clients in order to establish a personal connection with your club. As these nonprofits can be from any part of the world, exploring new places and challenges help expand our girls’ world-views, and learn to see themselves at catalysts for change.
Each Courageous Girls Club will agree to:
1. Organize 1 creative fundraiser for the partner nonprofit
2. Design 1 solution to at least one of their problems.
Figure out a specific project the creative fundraiser would benefit. Instead of fundraising to benefit the whole organization, helping instead a specific project would help our Courageous Girls feel more a part of the nonprofit’s movement. So either brainstorm together what touches their hearts the most, and/or educate them on what would benefit the organization most significantly.
(For example, how much does it cost for your organization to educate 1 girl in a year; how much it costs to dig a well; or how much it would cost to build something that's needed; etc.)
Design 1 Solution:
With the Courageous Girls' help, brainstorm the different issues that they could help design a new solution to.
For example, could the nonprofit use some help getting the word out about the organization, or about a specific project, through a video or using social media? Could your Courageous Girls possibly build something for the nonprofit, or collect donations for something that the organization is lacking?
However the Courageous Girls could benefit the organization, the goal is for them to find out about real-world problems that they can then tackle together, and learn new skills in the process. Your Courageous Girls Clubs will have unique passions and expertise, so spend a little time getting to know each other, and decide together what would benefit the nonprofit organization the most.
List of nonprofits to choose from:
(OR FIND YOUR OWN!)
In rural Cambodia, hundreds of villages still lack a functional primary and secondary school. Our Rural Schools Project has led the effort to construct more than 550 primary and secondary schools to help promote education in rural Cambodia. After the completion of construction, donors can sponsor added-value improvements to strengthen student life and education at their schools such as: English language and computer skills training, Internet, solar power to provide electricity to schools, access to clean water, vegetable gardens and libraries, to strengthen student education at their schools.
Our Girls Be Ambitious program was launched to prevent the trafficking of Cambodian girls from poverty-stricken homes for sexual and labor exploitation through an incentive program to stay in school and receive additional vocational training that will provide employment, income, and social and political empowerment.
Among victims of trafficking, illiterate girls who are enticed to migration and exploited en route and at their destination are most vulnerable. Our program aims to improve awareness among these girls at risk by providing them with alternatives close to home and ways to improve their livelihoods.
“Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 447,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.
We bring women together in a safe space to learn life, business, and vocational skills. Once enrolled, each receives a monthly stipend – a vital support that enables her to participate.
Women increase their ability to earn an income with new skills that are in-demand. They learn about their legal rights, and they become knowledgeable about health and nutrition. The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities. This ripple effect is profound.
Your monthly gift supports your new sister as she receives intensive training for the essential job skills she needs to earn an income and support her family. You will also receive:
An introductory letter about your sister and her family.
If your sister provided one, a digital photo of your sister to keep her top of mind and in your heart.
Email communications to keep up with your sister’s progress.
An online account where you can manage your sponsorship, learn more about your sister and send her photos and notes of encouragement.”
-Women for Women International