WHO ARE THESE YOUNG ADULTS?
LP4Y has chosen to accompany Young Adults living in extreme poverty (less than $1,5 US per day) who are victims of exclusion (disabled, orphans, victims of domestic violence, prisoners or ex-prisoners, Young unmarried mothers, …). The most important criteria for acceptance to an LP4Y program are demonstration of serious commitment and motivation on the part of the Young Adult.
Once a Young Adult has been accepted by the coach he or she will be invited to join a team of 15 others, working together on a micro-economic activity (generally referred to as a program). By means of the micro-economic activities developed by each LPC, combined with a specially adapted pedagogy, the Young Adults work as a team on the creation, development and management of a business. This apprenticeship, called Professional Training for Entrepreneurs (PTE) gives them the keys to managing their own lives and escaping exclusion to achieve a decent existence (employment, accommodation, good health and nutrition, education).
In the Philippines, Vietnam, India and Indonesia, LP4Y created a 18 months integration ecosystem for the Youth coming from extreme poverty and exclusion.
Team of 15 Youth
From 17 to 24, motivated
Network of partners
Academics, companies, NGOs, individuals...
Mirror of the Youth
Since 2009, LP4Y Volunteers, Professional Partners, Universities and communities willing to commit for the Youth Jeunes combine their skills to facilitate their social and professional integration.
The Professional Training for Entrepreneurs (PTE) is a pedagogical journey lasting 18 months on average, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and is structured around 3 pillars:
- WORK (2 and a half days per week): creation, development and management of a micro economic activity.
- LEARN (1 and a half days per week): English, IT, communication training and catch up education.
- GUIDE (1 day per week): coaching to further their personal skills and build their Life Project Plan.
The PTE is broken into 4 successive stages of about 4 months each: Autonomy, Responsibility, Management (all of which take place in the LPC), and Entrepreneurship, which is an internship or first job.
A LIFE PROJECT
Before they join LP4Y the Young Adults are accustomed to just surviving day to day, trying to fulfill their most basic needs. Once they join a team and participate in the Discovery Week they are asked to look ahead, to image a future, and to voice their dreams and ambitions. This is a challenge, which becomes easier as they progress through the Life Project Book, a file designed to guide them through the development of a personal project by means of alternate individual work sessions and group meetings.
THE LIFE PROJECT MONEY
Following the initial discovery week each Young Adult receives a weekly allowance, the Life Project Money (LPM) sufficient to supply the basic needs of food, hygiene, clothing, accommodation and health, and to contribute to the financial security of their biological or adopted family. It also allows them to start saving for the development of their future Life Project. The amount of the allowance increases as they complete successive levels of the PTE. At its lowest it is equivalent to twice the poverty level of $2 US per day. It is always below the minimum local wage so as not to discourage the Young Adults from seeking work. The Young Adults are assisted with the management of their savings by the coach at the LPC.
I CAN’T BUT TOGETHER WE CAN!
Each team of 15 Young Adults is accompanied by a coach-coordinator, an LP4Y volunteer on a 1 – 2 year mission. In addition, volunteer professionals work with the Young Adults to help them develop their skills according to their specific needs. It is central to the LP4Y philosophy that the Young Adults have only affirmative experiences. While the accompaniment is by necessity demanding, all communication must be 100% positive. Team spirit is actively encouraged.
THE STARS CLUB
The Stars Club is a club for Young Adults who have already completed an LP4Y program and who wish to give back to their community by helping other excluded Young Adults to achieve inclusion. The club is an autonomous organization which offers its services to the LPC coaches. The Star Club’s managing committee is elected by the club’s members. The Stars Club is financed by membership fees, company sponsorship and an annual contribution from LP4Y.