Pearls of Potential
Published on April 18, 2016 um 14:57
Explain your idea in details:
According to the World Health Organization, every year approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 and another 1 million girls under 15 give birth with majority (95%) of the births occurring in the developing world. In developing countries when a girl gets pregnant, she leaves school either voluntary or forced. She faces shame and stigma from her parents, schools, peers and communities. She also receives little or no support which leaves her vulnerable to homelessness, poverty, abuse and sexual exploitation. Although there are organizations in developing countries that provide support for adolescent mothers, many of these organizations lack the training and resources necessary to effectively meet the needs of adolescent mothers. Organizations also face barriers to obtaining and sustaining support due to the stigma associated with adolescent mothers. Pearls of Potential believes in the importance of building the capacity of organizations, through developing and strengthening skills and resources, to effectively meet the needs of adolescent mothers. We are building upon existing approaches but making them specific to the needs of these organizations. Pearls of Potential will provide a comprehensive service package to our clients for a period of no less than 12 months. This service consists of: - Initial Consultation - Site Visit and Site Visit Report - Needs Assessment - Monthly Calls - Six Month and Annual Progress Reports - Training and Technical Assistance - Staff Liaison for follow up services Pearls of Potential also provides a la carte services such as grant writing assistance and specific trainings based on the needs assessment such as adolescent development and child-parent attachment. At the helm of Pearls of Potential is support, collaboration and partnerships. We believe in meeting the needs of the organizations and adolescent mothers and therefore take a listening and guidance approach when working with them. .
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Pearls of Potential knows that by investing in girls, we are investing in our future. Providing capacity building services to organizations, based on their needs, will improve their ability to effectively meet the needs of their staff and adolescent mothers. Successfully building the capacity of these organizations will lead to improved support for adolescent mothers during their transition into motherhood and adulthood. It will also ensure that adolescent mothers reach their full potential and contribute to the development of themselves and their country. Organizations will also be able to keep up with an ever changing society and the demands of being an effective and efficient organization. Working with them for twelve months or more will increase their ability to maintain the progress after the contract has ended. After the conducting the initial consultation and needs assessment, Pearls of Potential will work with the organization to develop specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely (S.M.A.R.T) goals and objectives. The S.M.A.R.T goals will also be used to develop an in depth evaluation plan. We will create a graphic timeline using the information from the goals and objectives to ensure that the project is kept on track. With regards to the trainings, participants will receive a pre and posttest to assess their knowledge. They will also fill out a feedback form which will help Pearls of Potential identify any areas of improvement. Utilizing the monthly calls, six-month and annual progress reports both organizations will assess any changes that need to be made to the plan including the need for additional trainings. After the contract has ended organizations will be assigned to a staff liaison that will provide continued support on an as needed basis.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
To execute the vision of Pearls of Potential requires committed collaborators and partners. Pearls of Potential will market our services through our website, social media platforms, cold contacts and established partnerships. After an organization expresses interest, Pearls of Potential will conduct an initial consultation and then establish a Memorandum of Understanding. We will work with the organization for no less than a year and engage in continuous conversations to assess the need for extension of and additional services.
In order to sustain the organization, Pearls of Potential will apply for funding from various donors as well as participate in fundraising efforts individually and with partners. We will work with the organizations to determine a price for the year that we will provide services. Pearls of Potential will use a fee for service for those seeking a la carte services, such as a specified training.
In years 3-5, Pearls of Potential will expand its focus to include. policy/advocacy and mentoring. Pearls of Potential will leverage resources to connect with Ministries of Education to establish and evaluate educational policies that affect and support adolescent mothers. The establishment of the mentoring program will be the first of its kind in many of the countries and for some of the adolescent mothers, this is first time that they will have a caring adult in their life. Each adolescent mother (mentee) will be paired with an adult female from the community (mentor) who will provide social support through structured and unstructured activities for a period of one year.
Pearls of Potential will continue to build its expertise and expand its knowledge in the area of working with adolescent mothers through developing briefs, dissemination of evaluation results, contributing to blogs and presenting at conferences and workshops.
Mona-lee Belizaire is a 29 year old public health professional, originally from the island of Jamaica. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Florida. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. Mona-lee is passionate about the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls especially in developing countries. She has over 8 years experience in the areas of maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health, particularly with adolescents. She has worked on the local, national and international levels in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention, teen parenting and positive youth development. Mona-lee recently completed a fellowship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health where she provided training and technical assistance to grantees who were implementing teen pregnancy prevention programs. Mona-lee is the Founder and Director of Programs and Initiatives for Pearls of Potential. Pearls of Potential was birth out of her story and the stories of many other adolescent mothers in developing countries who face shame and stigma when they become pregnant. Mona-lee envisions a world where adolescent mothers are treated equally, adequately supported in reaching their full academic, professional and economic potential and equipped with the necessary tools to lead successful lives.
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