We envision a future in which all Senegalese and African youth are equipped with critical 21st century skills such as entrepreneurship, team work, and effective communication; use them to take the lead in their communities to drive change, exemplify responsible citizenship, and start businesses that create employment opportunities for other young people, contributing to the economic advancement of their countries.
About Jeunesse Action
Senegal, like many African countries, has a large and growing youth population that — if provided with the right supports — can propel its economy forward. We started Jeunesse Action to equip young people in Senegal to solve the country’s most pressing challenges. Our vision is that young people in Senegal will take the lead to identify local challenges and come up with local solutions.
Jeunesse Action's program is designed to fill a critical gap in Senegalese educational system. Schools typically close at the end of the school day the overwhelming majority of school children do not have access to out of school academic enrichment activities. This has long-term negative impact on the performance of school children on the country’s overall educational achievement and economic advancement. We propose to train young adults (high school seniors and college students) to address this challenge.
Our Pilot Program
We are thrilled to have launched our first pilot program in Dakar. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our photos from the pilot!
We collaborated with Ecole Daroukhane, an elementary school in the Department of Guediawaye, Dakar, Senegal. Guediawaye has a high rate of poverty and equally high rates of youth unemployment. Recruiting local college students as tutors, and serving students whose teachers identified them as needing the most help, we provided consistency in a time of much uncertainty. We were able to continue tutoring via Whatsapp when the Covid-19 pandemic closed all of the schools.
Read more about our pilot here.
Based on the success of our pilot, we are expanding our program. In its second phase, for the 2020-2021 school year, our plan is to double the number of youth we impact. We will expand our program from 31 to 62. To do that, we need your support. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to full cover costs.
This moves us one step closer to our long-term goal is to serve thousands of kids year-round throughout Senegal.
Here's a breakdown of how far your donation will go:
- Program cost: $120 per child
- $90 pays for 1 tutor for 10 weeks
- $20 pays for school supplies for one child for the duration of the program
PLEASE CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON ABOVE to help us continue to have an impact!
To learn more, visit our "Get Involved" page.