This month, Educate! celebrates not only our first graduating class of 415 Scholars but the new Alumni Network supported by Global Agents.
The Alumni Network program, “Micro Tech Institute & Social Venture Incubator,” helps turn the two-year Educate! training into sustainable livelihoods for graduating Scholars and their communities.
Global Agents, a Vancouver organization supporting innovative programs addressing global poverty, chose to support Educate! with a $40,000 partnership, because, as was stated in a recent press release, “the two year Educate! social change curriculum represents the tenacity needed to address pressing problems facing our generation.” Global Agents will partner with Educate! to work with our alumni who graduated this month to learn business skills and launch enterprises.
“These are the kind of projects that are tough to find funding for in today’s system, but hold such immense promise,” said Kathryn Graham, Executive Director of Global Agents. “We’re training young leaders and connecting them with the tools and technology needed to launch socially responsible businesses of their own.”
Eric Glustrom agrees, “We are very excited about the “Micro Tech Institute & Social Venture Incubator” partnership with Global Agents and everything it means for our Alumni and 830 current students. We have ambitious goals and exciting ideas as part of a larger movement of youth working to make transformative and systemic change in Africa.”
The $40,000 partnership will specifically maintain an alumni support team, publication of a guide for being a social entrepreneur called Transform Uganda, an alumni launch event and ongoing network of regional events, career and startup support, and a Microtechnology training, loan and grant program. A ceremony is planned for Sunday, Dec. 5, in Kampala, Uganda to officially launch the Alumni Network.
For more information on Global Agents visit: www.globalafc.org