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JUMP! Leadership Program

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JUMP! Leadership Program (JLP) targets underprivileged youth, who are often aware of the challenges in their marginalized communities but lack the necessary resources and skills to tackle them. We design a 4- to 6-week long leadership program that combines right-based approach, Open Space technology and design thinking to help youths design community impact projects. Winning projects are funded and the teams matched with experienced mentors to support with implantation. The young entrepreneurs are also connected to our network of other young leaders for resource-sharing. The union of human rights and economic development in a rights-based approach supports capacity building holistically and shifts development from being needs-driven to rights-driven, empowering the individuals. The adaptation of open-space technology puts knowledge transfer and creation in the hands of participants, and the lack of judgment creates comfortable space for youths to participate freely yet responsibly. Finally, design thinking encourages participants to question underlying assumptions about commonly acknowledged problems, which can lead to innovative solutions that address the root of the problems. Essentially, a right-based approach provides a context for the Open Space conference, which creates a safe space that encourages design thinking; in turn, solutions that arise for the design thinking process will be firmly rooted in a practical framework. We work with local community-based NGOs to implement our model according to local needs in their preferred language, thus to achieve maximum contextual and linguistic impact. In doing so, we develop the capacity of our local partners to implement the same program year after year.

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