Our Moon’s Young Leaders programme unleashes the potential in high achieving, low income (HALI) young Zambians, by providing a challenging learning and volunteering programme, personal guidance and access to university, thus empowering them to contribute to positive social change in their country.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1165083)
HALI students – potential future leaders and those who can influence change through first-hand experience of chronic poverty and associated problems – are those hit hardest by Zambia’s decades of lack of investment in higher education. They leave school with outstanding grades but must wait two years until they are eligible for university in Zambia, and then only if they have a place to study and an appropriate loan. During this waiting period, many lose hope and the cycle of poverty continues.
Our flagship Young Leaders programme runs for approximately 18 months, involving two residential semesters on site and a final semester for projects back at students’ homes and internships. We provide ongoing mentorship during university and into their early careers. Our programme’s foundation lies in four interrelated cornerstones which cover academic development, emotional and physical welfare, development of social consciousness, and university/careers guidance and employability skills.
“Our Moon encouraged me to achieve my dreams and helped me find a way. I am now studying Epidemiology and Biostatistics at USIU-Africa in Kenya and looking forward to exploring my desire to contribute to reducing hunger through better agricultural practices."
"I have always dreamt of discovery and learning in a well-equipped lab. Through Our Moon, I have been awarded a place at Stanford University. I can't wait to join the faculty of engineering. My dreams are within my grasp. I will be able to make scientific discoveries that will help my country."
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