Youth Development

EDPOWERMENT INC

Empowerment through Education

Saddle River, NJ

Mission

EdPowerment Inc. creates educational paths for neglected adolescents, young adults, and villagers who otherwise have no way to gain skills needed for advancement. Through (1) the Kilimahewa Educational Center, a fully internet-capable “Open School” that uses active and motivational classroom strategies, (2) Tomorrow’s Scholar-Leader long-term sponsorship program, and (3) the funding of Connects Autism Tanzania (CAT), we enable those whom society has rejected to reclaim lives of dignity and security.

Ruling Year

2010

Founder & President

Ms. Moira Gomez Madonia

Vice President

Ms. Kerri Elliott

Main Address

P.O. Box 641

Saddle River, NJ 07458 USA

Keywords

Grassroots Education Outreach for Impoverished Village Youth in Tanzania

EIN

27-2017667

 Number

5326435794

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Many post-primary students in Tanzania face exclusion from further education because of a host of factors including the family's inability or unwillingness to pay costs that still accompany "free education," poor preparation from schools with few teachers and virtually no resources, or other environment-related obstacles. These students lose hope to pull themselves out of poverty and associated destructive behaviors, including early marriages and pregnancies, hand-to-mouth finances based on small, often sporadic agricultural and other projects, and for boys, in particular, dependencies on local brew and other substances. Once out of the formal system, these students can not rejoin government schools through official channels. Further, the struggling learners need strong, targeted instruction that government schools would not offer, while the more capable ones need placement in private schools so that they can one day qualify for higher education commensurate with their abilities.

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Tomorrow's Scholar-Leader Sponsorship Program

Kilimahewa Educational Center Operational Support

Connects Autism Tanzania (formerly ACT)

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EdPowerment Inc. was formed in 2010 to provide educational paths for these post-primary students and others for whom formal education within the Tanzanian system or costly private schools are not viable. We seek to enable adolescents, teenagers, young adults and even older villagers to learn critical academic and/or practical skills so they can gain employment or self-employment that will provide an income and the possibility of independent security. Through several programs in the Moshi area of Tanzania, we facilitate appropriate educational and life-skills training targetted to both those who are academically talented and those who need alternatives to a traditional classroom education.

EdPowerment supervises Tomorrow's Scholar-Leader Sponsorship Program and funds/oversees the operations of KIWOCE Open School to accomplish its goal of providing education for those cut off from effective government instruction. At KIWOCE (commonly called the Kilimahewa Educational Centre) we guide active instructional and learning strategies, while providing IT resources in student-centered courses. Our Sponsorship Program is a hands-on, holistic one that develops students' skills in and out of the classroom. Students must adhere to a contract, while EdPowerment commits all resources needed for them to progress in the Tanzanian system to the highest level of college or University studies that they can achieve. Gainful employment remains the final goal. Additionally, EdPowerment is a conduit of funding for Connects Autism Tanzania, a former program and now independent Tanzanian NGO that advocates for those who struggle with special needs on the other end of the spectrum.

EdPowerment's Board of Directors, local management and staffing at KIWOCE, and Connects Autism Tanzania's Director work together to ensure that our goals are met. Our Board includes educators, some of whom have spent years on the ground in Tanzania implementing teaching, management and organizational strategies that will deliver positive outcomes for our students and advocacy. Each year, our Directors individually and at times, together, spend weeks visiting both sponsored students and KIWOCE to counsel and problem-solve. Our Tanzanian teachers and mentors are uniquely dedicated to serving this type of student body. They hold appropriate degrees, have demonstrated leadership skills and work closely with our management to develop pedagogical skills and programs that engage learners. On the fundraising side, EdPowerment's Board engages a cadre of colleagues, family members, and those who believe in our mission to sustain support. We apply for grants whenever possible.

EdPowerment measures its progress through (1) the academic progress of its sponsored students and their ability to seek and attain employment after completing their formal education. This is charted through a variety of communication networks. (2) the advancement of students who attend Kilimahewa (KIWOCE Open School) as determined by mobile phone and SMS follow-up. Students report their ability to rejoin formal programs that will provide necessary certificates or other documents for career advancement or they report on the impact of their KIWOCE courses on their employment. KIWOCE also uses exit surveys to assess its programs and make adjustments or consider curriculum adjustments. Funding of Connects Autism Tanzania (CAT) requires organization reporting on progress and actions on the part of educational offices, particularly in the vocational arena, for special needs and autistic students.

From our initial support of 4 secondary students who had been excluded from formal education and the funding of supplies and the first Tanzanian instructors in what was a one-room community gathering place in 2010, EdPowerment's programs have developed exponentially. Tomorrow's Scholar-Leader Sponsorship program has facilitated secondary and above education for nearly 70 students, of which 35 remain in advanced high school, college, university and even post-graduate programs. Others have gone on to secure employment in their vocational or university fields. KIWOCE now services over 300 students each year in a variety of short courses and its "private candidate" secondary school program. It also offers full internet access for on-line learning and communication, a library, recreational fields, and a boys and girls club outreach for the community. CAT is a major force behind social and educational strides to understand and address the needs of the autistic & intellectually disabled.

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EDPOWERMENT INC

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