Young Malawians (aged 14-25) who are unemployed are supported to take charge of their futures and become more personally effective. The programme builds towards each participant becoming an inspiring leader in their community, as advocates, ambassadors or entrepreneurs.
This is achieved through engagement in an innovative personal development programme, taking part in youth advocacy activities, delivering informal education to local school children, and contributing to the local economy by generating income through small business activities.
Rites of Passage in Malawi is delivered in two-stages. First participants complete a six-month Foundation programme based around personal effectiveness. After graduating from the foundation programme, all participants are invited to specialise for a further six months in one of three areas
· Young Entrepreneurs Programme: Entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise, including full business start-up supervision and coaching.
· Young Ambassadors Programme: Community based volunteering and youth facilitation within local community and schools
· Young Advocates Programme: Advocacy and campaigning to represent community issues at a local, national, or international level.