Global Education Partnership, Inc.
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Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training, International, Economic Development, Microfinance
Location: 1411 K St Nw - Ste 602 Washington DC 20005 USA
Programs: I. YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING A)Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program (EETP): The EETP program teaches low-income youth global job skills and offers business training to young entrepreneurs. Participants analyze income statements and balance sheets, develop business plans, and meet with local business leaders. After completing the course, EETP graduates have an opportunity to apply for venture capital funds. By partnering with other NGOs and microfinance institutions, G.E.P. helps young entrepreneurs find start-up capital. EETP students also learn important job skills, including how to use MS Word and Excel, how to send e-mail and research information on the Internet, and how to write office memos, cover letters and resumes. B)Follow-Up Services (FUS): G.E.P.'s commitment reaches beyond program completion. FUS programs provide additional counseling and training for young entrepreneurs, help students find jobs and internships, and offer guidance in applying to college and pursuing higher education. G.E.P. also develops job training opportunities for alumni through a network of in-country businesses. II. COMMUNITY RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT A)Educational Resources Development Program (ERDP): G.E.P. assists primary and secondary schools with their most pressing needs by implementing school-based development projects in its international divisions. Partner schools raise 50% of the resources for every project while G.E.P.'s international partners provide the remaining funds. Projects enable schools to purchase locally produced textbooks and desks, as well other basic resources. Each matching fund project builds on the assets of indigenous rural communities, encouraging personal ownership and self-reliance. B)Capacity Building Workshops: Designed for communities that have completed an ERDP, these workshops provide additional information and development skills to G.E.P. community partners. Experiential Learning workshops present interactive teaching methods to local educators. In G.E.P.'s Girls' Education workshops, staff work with teachers, school administrators and parents to define the issue of gender bias in the classroom, and consider the best ways to combat problems that result from this bias. Capacity Building workshops engage all members of the community in the creation of a multi-year School Development Plan which is based on concrete targets and realistic action steps. III. TRAINING AND SUPPORT INITIATIVES A)Curriculum Development: In an effort to increase the number of low-income youth it serves, G.E.P. has developed a five-module series of lesson plans, reading materials, and entrepreneurship exercises. The published curriculum, From Vision to Action, is now available to schools and community organizations worldwide so that they may implement their own entrepreneurship and work-readiness programs. G.E.P. also offers workshops for instructors using the curriculum, explaining how to integrate these new learning tools into daily lesson planning. This curriculum is now on sale and available through G.E.P.'s website (www.geponline.org). B)Teacher Training Program: In order to expand G.E.P.'s outreach beyond direct services, G.E.P. staff members are currently developing a Teacher Training initiative. Through collaboration with schools and community based organizations, G.E.P. hopes to form a continuous, locally-supported resource for vulnerable youth. The Teacher Training Program consists of a series of workshops that are intended to help educators improve their own classroom experience by integrating entrepreneurship and job skills into existing curricula along with experiential learning techniques.
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