We’re getting ready to launch the VM Foundation! The team has been working hard to fulfill our mission to empower individuals, enhance their financial well-being, and have a lasting impact on their lives. And we’re about to take things up a notch.
We’re excited to share that we recently launched one of our flagship initiatives – the Social Enterprise in Secondary Schools (SESS) Project, which is being undertaken in partnership with the British Council. This exciting programme seeks to uplift and empower young people around financial literacy while teaching them about social enterprise development.
UK-based NGO, RIO, which has successfully developed similar initiatives in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Pakistan, will train mentors and teachers who will act as guides for the students who have enlisted in the programme. So far, the RIO team has trained a small group of trainers on the content and delivery of the materials, as well as 24 teachers and 24 mentors from within VM.
The SESS Project has three phases which will happen over a three-year period. In the first year, it will be piloted in six schools, two from each county, to benefit over 300 students from grades seven to nine, and 24 teachers. These institutions are Denbigh High, Clarendon; Montego Bay High, St. James; Charlie Smith High and Kingston Technical High, Kingston; Greater Portmore High, St. Catherine; and St. Elizabeth Technical High, St. Elizabeth.
The teachers and mentors will deliver the information and encourage the students to develop ideas for social enterprises, and ‘pitch’ them to potential sponsors in early September. The best pitches will be supported to create the social enterprise for their schools. We can’t wait to hear their ideas!
We expect the initiative to impact over 16,000 students from grades seven to nine and 272 teachers from 50 schools over three years.