voices training institute INITIATIVES IMPACT

Entrepreneurship training FOR GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT

Program Overview

Our Institute provides specialized youth empowerment training programs that builds  ability to harnas, analyze and utilize information, skills and resources to achieve a positive impact on their personal, professional and community development.  The V(E)TI currently offers two Certificate programs for post-secondary school applicants. These are the   SELF Empowerment Certificate program and  the VOICES Community-based Fellowship program.  These programs can be taken consecutively as a 2 year program. Participants accepted to the program are fully funded with a sweat equity requirement that is negotiated on acceptance to the Institute. Successful graduates are placed in internships in consultation with their life coach, their program mentor and their vision statement.

VOICES Community-based Fellowship Program

This fellowship finds its purpose in the dearth of high-potential opportunities for recent high school graduates who dont thrive in a regular educational environment. Designed as a 600 hour long Fellowship, a maximum of 13 young people from this demographic with a demonstrable passion for their community and an interest in personal growth are recruited annually.  They must be willing to commit a minimum of 10 hrs/ week and be interested in breaking the status-quo that seeks to define them as underachievers. They are engaged in a process based on our empowerment model that walks with them to develop entrepreneurial skills as well as core skills necessary to thrive in the professional world. A key feature of this program is the requirement of the fellow to work alongside one of our partner organizations serving in a community adversely impacted by poverty and its socioeconomic disadvantages. This opportunity allows them to not only develop skills that allows them to make empathetic connections within their own stories and the stories of others marginalized by access. The fellow is matched with a mentor who commits to working with VOICES to help the Fellow transition into employment, apprenticeship or further education on completion of the fellowship.

The SELF Empowerment INTERNSHIP program

The Self- Empowerment Internship is offered to young adults 18-28 yrs old who are in the early stages of their careers. The Self- Empowerment Certificate focuses on developing  Self-assessment skills, Improving Efficacy, developing Leadership and Creating Future change-makers.  This program is designed to be experiential cultivating life-long skills necessary for self-development and success. It is anchored in the premise that one of the most effective ways of building capacity is by providing a forum for an individual to actively develop and hone their own talents and a set of transferable skills. Program participants are usually interns from local post secondary institutions looking for work experience to position them strategically in the work force on graduation.

Evaluation Matrix

 Participants in the first month of their programs are taught how to design personal action plans, logic models and monitoring and evaluation strategies for their own progress. In addition they are evaluated on their commitment to develop their capacities, their growth in self-directed learning and how effectively they have integrated into their practice the VOICES building blocks to leadership. Evaluation is ongoing with a weekly feedback mechanism in place to ensure that change is measurable, recorded and maximized.

We award to our 3 most dedicated and transformed participant various levels of  scholarships for a variety of post-secondary. All graduates have access to a business incubator with technical expertise and access to our  network for mentoring as they develop an enterpreneurial idea and work towards bringing it to life.