GAP YEAR PROGRAM
WHAT IS IT?
We completed our first Leadership Development Program in Uganda! We had five male students and seven female students from all different backgrounds. This program gave them the life skills, leadership skills and business skills to start a business and change the future for their families (we also have lots of fun together as a family playing volleyball, slack-line, music/singing, cards, etc.) The students, 5 girls and 5 boys per session, lived with us 5 days a week and participated in leadership, business and computer classes as well as community outreach every day. We also had Bible study, character development, group devotions and family time. The goal of this intensive program is to prepare these students to either start their own business or be more qualified for employment, while helping them follow Jesus more passionately.
Our Partners in Uganda
We are partnering with several organizations and individuals in the Kampala area who are helping to make this program a success. One of these organizations is the Joy Centre, a community center run by a Pastor and his wife. We have set up a computer lab there, and will use this center for our program (classes, meals, devotions, family time, etc). The girls will stay in a cottage on the property and the boys will stay at an apartment in town with a volunteer chaperone.
Why is Leadership Important?
“People say you will be leaders of tomorrow, but you are already leaders of today.” (U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon). Uganda has the youngest age structure in the world, with 77% of its population under the age of 30. Young people are a critical resource for Uganda’s future, yet schooling and higher education is known for it’s lack of equipping them with the skills to get employment when they graduate. Institutions are too focused on academics and being result-based, and not enough on practical vocations, ways of thinking, and applying oneself. What marks young people is their innovate ability, creativity and dedication; youth are society’s most essential and dynamic human resource. The key to increasing the resilience of youth is recognizing them as leaders who have the capacities to be engaged in the decisions that affect them, who are well-in formed, who can organize themselves, and who can be engaged in their churches, communities, and in the larger economy as a whole.
Our long-term plan is to build a house on our property in Wakiso (just outside Kampala) and run year-long gap year programs out of the ministry house, conducting leadership programs, youth development programs, and community outreach throughout the year.
Training Young Leaders Matters!
We believe that God can move mountains with young people with a vision and purpose. Every individual we invest in will impact their villages and communities beyond what we can think and imagine. This dream of ours has already begun and is happening before our eyes. Thank you for considering partnering with us, whether through gifts, prayers, or volunteering.
Q & A
Q: Does it really work?
A: YES!!! We piloted this Leadership (Gap Year) program in South Africa in 2014. Since then, we have seen God miraculously open doors for students that faced major obstacles with employment, internship, and university opportunities.
Q: What does the weekly outreach look like?
A: Students participate in a variety of projects serving the orphan and vulnerable, elderly in the community through the local church, local non-profits, and community groups.
Q: What are the leaderships goals/ life skills incorporated with outreach?
A: Students will apply what they have learned practically with opportunities to serve the local church and their communities. During these intentional projects, students will be exposed to needs in their community and they will develop skills in areas below.
– Classroom management
– Literacy development
– Child development
Social Awareness with Biblical World View
– Social problems and solutions
– Drugs and alcohol, violence and abuse
– Health and social care
Introduce Aid Agencies & Their Roles
– International governments
– National Government
– Local government
– Churches and NGOs
– Developing literacy skills
– Letter wring/resume writing
– Public speaking
– Form filling & telephone communication
– Individual and group mentoring program
– Conflict resolution
Entrepreneurship and the Business World
– Business studies
– Advertising & marketing
– Agriculture basics/gardening
– Products and retail
– Accounting & budgeting
Computer Skills: Students practically use
– MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
– AWANA, camps, youth events and sports & outdoor/wilderness training
– Skill improvement & life saving
– Students will lead Bible Studies
– Cell groups
– Construction projects
– Car Mechanics Basics
– Carpentry and Painting
– Sewing, Crafts, Cooking
Q: What does the classroom syllabus look like in the Gap Year Program?
A: Students have morning and some evening classes that cover these topics:
Devotions & One-on-One Counsel Weekly
One of staff members sets the pace for the day with devotional lesson. Prayer and objectives for the day are communicated. Family values discussed and receive journaling will be done and shared each week.
Work for Life Curriculum (Certified businessmen teach business as mission)
Students participate Entrepreneurship Training program that helps them fight poverty with entrepreneurship and business skills, with character. At this course students will have a business plan that will include company overview, market overview, competitor overview, problem solving, sales and marketing, management, and finance.
Cornerstone Leadership Training (Non-profit with 20 yrs experience training Ugandan youth)
Students will be applying principles of leadership for their own personal interests and spiritual walk. Students will identify the 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Leaders and 21 Laws of Leadership. Practical application of these skills will be developed with daily outreach into the community. Students will be given opportunities to serve children, youth, and those with practical needs.
SHAPE: by Eric Reas (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience)
This curriculum helps students establish an understanding of their God-given purpose for life, based on the way He has created them. This is a character development course that applies natural personality, skills, and spiritual gifts with God’s mission and their purpose for your life. Students will be given opportunities to practice and develop areas of interest.
Students will be given opportunity to express themselves through music, dance, drama, and the arts to impact and motivate their communities. A worship team will lead during events.
Navigators: Level One
Discipleship curriculum based on Titus 2:7. Students will identify a book of the Bible they will be studying to teach. They will also memorize up to 60 verses that apply to sharing their faith and mentoring another. All students will be challenged to identify one person that they can regularly disciple.
Students will learn typing, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students will be given practical application with these courses, which includes resume wring, biography, strategic planning using excel, budgets and spreadsheets, and logistical templates for ministry outreach.
AWANA: (Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed) Leadership Certification for Children’s Ministry
Students will learn teaching strategies to organize and teach children spiritual truths. Modules including group discussion, games, story-telling, team building, and scripture memory will be addressed. Students will attend both a Seed Planters Training and Train the Trainer Training, which certifies them to train new leaders in the church.
Students will be exposed to different practical life skills that will allow them to be exposed to agriculture, construction, cooking, and other practical household duties.