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Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Employment Preparation & Procurement, International, International Academic Exchange, International Economic Development, Job Training, Microfinance, Youth Development - Business

Mission: G.E.P. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington D.C. and divisions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Guatemala, Kenya, Indonesia, and Tanzania. G.E.P.'s mission is to provide access to educational resources that increase the capacity of young people to become employable and self-reliant in the global marketplace. G.E.P. offers entrepreneurship and employment training for low-income youth, organizes community-based school-development projects, and coordinates workshops which focus on innovative teaching techniques and strategic planning at the local level. G.E.P. believes that the youth it serves are not simply passive recipients of aid, but are catalysts of their own economic and social development. Educational Resource Development Projects (ERDPs) initiated overseas are based on a "matching-funds" philosophy. Local communities raise 50% of the funding for each project, then G.E.P. matches those funds and provides communities with our in-country staff's support and expertise during and after project implementation. Using this method, G.E.P. has improved the educational outlook for over 800,000 children in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. G.E.P.'s Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Programs (EETPs) and Teacher Training Workshops are aimed at providing youth between the ages of 15 and 24 not only with access to information technology skills, but also with the business and entrepreneurial skills they need to market these skills successfully. G.E.P. provides direct services to over 375 youth and 100 educators worldwide per year. This includes training in entrepreneurship, work-readiness, computer, and global awareness skills. G.E.P. also maintains a venture capital fund to help young entrepreneurs start their own businesses. G.E.P. was founded in July 1994 by Tony Silard. While at Harvard completing a Master's in Public Policy, Silard worked as Employment and Training Coordinator at Roxbury Youthworks (an inner-city, community-based youth agency) teaching work readiness and entrepreneurship skills. Recognition for Silard's work includes the Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award, the Echoing Green Public Service Award and the Manuel Carballo Award.

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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