Launchpad for Adulthood – Program Impact
AFEC began enrolling Care Leavers (CLs) into the Launchpad for Adulthood Aftercare program in June 2019, with a heavy emphasis on data collection and metrics to continually assess effectiveness of program and identify areas for improvement.
The devastating scenes we see from India of severe oxygen shortage, overwhelmed hospitals, and overflowing cremation grounds, cause us to overlook the millions of stories of struggles for survival being played out every day.
So many families are losing jobs and their means for survival. Particularly dismaying for us is the impact on young adults we support, who were just beginning to stand on their own feet after aging out of institutional care. Their fragile sense of independence and self-reliance is being crushed by lack of money for food or rent: in the face of calamity, they are leading lives of quiet desperation.
The immediate emergency is to cover the cost of daily essentials for the dozens of impacted youths to help them overcome the impact of this second wave of COVID-19.
Cost of food for a month for one young adult is $40. Cost of rent and food for a month is just $96.
Sayali is the daughter of a single mother, who works for daily wages and is unable to care for 4 children. Sayali grew up in an Institutional Home from the age of 6. With AFEC’s support, she is getting a two-year Diploma in Graphic Design and 2D Animation from the International School of Design, Pune. Her strengths are teamwork and communication – she will soon be embarking on an exciting career!
Rajaram, one of five siblings, grew up in an orphanage in Madhya Pradesh from the age of 13. Rajaram wanted to start earning quickly to help support his family. He did an Office Administration course, and is working in Sales at Westside, earning Rs 10,000/month. He is able to support his family while also studying BCom. A young man with such a strong sense of responsibility certainly deserves our support!
After Janmu lost both her parents, her grandmother placed her in a Girls’ Home, where she lived for 10 years. She has a wide range of interest including dancing, singing, and chess. She wanted a career in the medical field, and is pursuing a two-year diploma in Catheterization, at Premvati Medical College, Jabalpur. We are thrilled to be helping another strong, independent young woman become self-sufficient.
After Anshu’s mother passed away, his father, an auto driver, placed his four children in Children’s Homes. Anshu completed up to 9th grade schooling. He decided to train as a chef at Hotel Narbada Jackson, Jabalpur, and is now earning Rs 12,000 a month! We strive to help all youth find a stable career path regardless of their education level.
|Shivani||DOIONS, Jabalpur||Graphic Designer||5,000|
|Akash||Softech Computers||Hardware Tech||10,000|
|Bimal||Kadam Farm Resort||Hospitality||10,000|
|Priyanka||Somerset Pvt Ltd||Tailoring||11,000|
|Raja||Westside Show Room||Retail||6,000|
|Ashu||ASG2 Food Shop||Retail||10,000|
|Sarita||Trends Apparel Pvt||Stitching||7,000|
|Mayuri||Lok Biradari Trust||Retail||8,000|
|Ravina||Shivaji Hospital||Patient Care||8,000|
|Nitin||KH Haria Associates||Trainee Accountant||4,000|
|Ritwik||SBI CAP Security||Administration||10,000|
|Jumman||Clover||Graphic Designer Trainee||–|
|Pinky||Patient Care||Assistant Nurse||18,000|
|Babita||Jupiter Hosptial||Patient Care||8,000|
|Sara||A-1 Beauty Parlour||Beautician||4,000|
Report on Learnings from Providing Aftercare Services
CSA and AFEC conducted a deep dive into our Aftercare program, to analyze
- How Care Leavers are recruited into the program
- Demographics of CLs
- What kinds of career paths are chosen by CLs
- Salaries for different career and educational choices
- How to maximize earning potential
- Drop out rates
- Impact of gender on salary
- Cost of providing Aftercare services
- Return on investment for intervention as this crucial age
Read about our findings in detail here.
Webinar on Aftercare Challenges and Opportunities
Speakers from CSA, AFEC, Udayan Care, Kshmata, ICICI Foundation, and Little Star Foundation discussed their experiences in providing Aftercare, and challenges, particularly during COVID-19. The 90 minute webinar may be viewed here.