Blog » 10 Things you Knew but Didn’t Know about Project Leap
August 20, 2012
By The Becoming I Team
1) Project Leap plans on entering 20 low income classrooms in its second phase. Which means creating a positive impact in the lives of about 600 children.
2) From December up till June, the first phase of Project Leap culminated with various talent shows, competitions in schools, mural paintings and song and dance performances.
3) The biggest event of the last phase was TEDx Ummeed – a TED conference that saw phenomenal speeches by young boys and girls who have lived most of their lives on the streets. 12 passionate volunteers turned mentors planned, organised and trained these kids from scratch and put together a revolutionary event.
4) Leap volunteers are required to work in classrooms only on Saturdays (unless otherwise specified) for less than 4 hours at a time. This is excluding time spent at meetings, inductions and trainings which also don’t go beyond 2-3 hours a week. Most volunteers are known to spend more than triple this time, not because they have to, but because they want to. The second phase of Leap will start in September and go on till December (leaving out all examination dates for the kids and volunteers).
5) Shivang – Project Head, Leap and Sakshi – Director, Leap were both at one point in time volunteers at Becoming I. Most of our Project Coordinators also started off as volunteers and climbed their way up to where they are now.
6) The Becoming I core team, apart from making major organisational decisions, also directly works with volunteers in each of the classrooms. We believe in ground work above everything else – whether its the Creative Head or the Vice President.
7) For every Volunteer Induction till date, we have always received at least 5 applications from people in countries like the US, UK, Canada, Bangladesh and even Egypt and Kenya!
8) Project coordinators and volunteers have learned and grown through our projects and have gone ahead and started brand new organisations and projects of their own.
9) This phase of Leap will witness a lot of emphasis on Volunteer Training Programs so that we are sure that volunteers are fully equipped and aware before they enter their respective classrooms. We also aim at creating leaders and changemakers out of every new pool of volunteers.
10) We are looking for passionate and committed young people. It doesn’t matter if you are not good at a particular skill – most of us aren’t. But it does matter if you don’t have the time to visit your classrooms every week. Apply because you believe in yourself and the cause. Apply because you want to work with an amazing group of young people. Apply because you want to take a Leap towards our common goal across 20 classrooms – Wholesome Education.