fighting poverty by Empowering Children

Through empowerment programs that build leadership, teamwork and confidence, you're not only making a brighter future possible, but you're also creating a positive ripple effect on kids' communities.

    How (specifically) does your support help kids?

    Kids enrolled in our sponsorship program have access to the just-right mix of resources, based on location, age and life circumstances. What is sponsorship? Find out more.

    Here are some of the ways we work to empower kids:

    • Games and sports not only teach the value of teamwork and empathy, they build life skills like self-awareness, problem solving, and the ability to cope with emotions or stress. These lessons have a positive impact on sponsored children and youth’s ability to stay healthy, get an education and eventually pursue employment. And it motivates youth to create a positive ripple that impacts the lives of others in their community.
      94% of participants said their program created a caring environment.
    • Through various art forms like dance, singing, music, drawing, painting and theater, sponsored children and youth learn to express their emotions in new and creative ways. Additionally, they develop life skills like decision-making, communication, self-awareness and problem solving. These abilities empower children to advocate for their progress on the path out of poverty.
      In 2018, over 6,800 young artists and musicians performed or held exhibits in their communities.
    • As democratically elected Youth Council members manage funds and spearhead projects like neighborhood cleanup initiatives or community literacy programs, they build leadership skills and help create solutions for their communities. This training will also help them take similar positive action for their futures and the futures of those around them.
      Youth Councils across all Children International locations created projects that helped over 150,000 people in their communities.
    • Using proven curriculum from partners like Aflatoun, participants receive social and financial education that empowers them to make a positive change for a sustainable future. Aflatoun programs have inspired young people to become entrepreneurs or continue their education with the ultimate goal to break the cycle of poverty. Even with very little money or resources, they learn how to get along and ahead in life.
      Aflatoun International serves 5.4 million internationally, including Children International sponsored youth.
    • Through journalism, Community Youth Reporters gain important life skills like creative and critical thinking, communication and appreciating diversity. They also have access to new technologies and equipment through channels like digital and radio media. With these tools, sponsored youth not only have a better chance of completing school, getting a good job and living a healthy life — they bring community issues to light so leaders can help bring about much-needed change.
      92% of participants who complete the Community Youth Reporter program say they have strong life skills.

    Did you know? Direct links between empowerment and breaking free from poverty are real. Self-confidence, personal responsibility and aspirations for the future are associated with a high increase in the ability to escape poverty. Check out more facts about poverty and empowerment here.


    Why empowerment?

    Imagine how hard it would be to motivate yourself to make a change if you were faced with seemingly impossible circumstances. In many of the communities where our sponsored children live, it’s easy to see why kids might succumb to hopelessness, feeling like their choices can’t make a difference.

    To make the journey out of poverty, kids first need to believe that escaping it is possible and know they have power over their future. With your help, they’re overcoming disillusionment and becoming empowered citizens with effective life skills – skills that have a real impact on tackling poverty for themselves and their communities.

    What gets measured?

    (In other words, how do you know it's working?)

    "What gets measured gets done," someone once said. (And we agree!) We work with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to measure specific results as part of our program.

    Empowering kids means equipping them with the skills, knowledge and social responsibility that helps them become agents of change. To measure progress in this area, we use data collection and analysis to identify the percent of youth with the ability to voice their own opinion and those who actively participate as leaders and volunteers in their communities.

    These intermediate steps help make that possible:

    • Strengthened life skills, measured by the percent of individuals who self-report having a strong competency in the long list of essential life skills as defined by the World Health Organization.
    • Increased social responsibility, measured by data that identifies the percent of individuals who self-report having a strong competency in social responsibility.

    Empowering Edilma

    A natural leader, Edilma became the first girl to play on the youth program's soccer team ... and ultimately began encouraging other girls to play as well. Breaking down barriers helped Edilma believe she has the power to make her life's dreams come true.

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