Girl Champions Fellowship
Holistic Development for Employability Enhancement and Leadership
“I want to live a colourful life. A life where I am free, and I can do anything I wish to do. A life where no one will judge me or question me based on my gender. A life where I can be financially independent and can take care of myself on my own.”
-Payal Kumari, 21 Years Old, Girl Champions Fellow 2021-22
The Girl Champions Program is Protsahan India Foundation’s umbrella community intervention program. The Program involves in-depth long-term work with each girl enrolled at Protsahan to truly transform her into a champion and model for her community. The Girl Champion Fellowship, a new program under the Girl Champions umbrella, was launched in September 2021 to address continuing societal and structural inequities faced by older girls.
The time for intervention is now: the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates existing inequalities in areas such as the job market, educational inequity, and digital access. The objectives of the fellowship are thus far-ranging to increase the quality of life for girls in a variety of target areas.
Objectives of the Fellowship:
- To encourage girls living in situations of vulnerability to grow up empowered with access to education and healthcare in safe spaces with greater freedom from all forms of abuse and violence
- To identify academically high-performing young girls from underserved communities, and provide them with a platform to excel by means of a merit-based scholarship and leadership development program
- To connect girl beneficiaries, their families, and the community at large with government schemes and benefits to ensure sustainability and add scale to the impact of the program
- To support girls to accelerate social change and mobilize communities to support Covid-19 vaccination and Covid relief with a focus on neglected slum clusters and rural India
- To provide platforms that support skills-building for girls (e.g. digital, foundational, job-specific, STEAM, 21st Century) to enhance their employability quotient
Through an innovative, modularised curriculum (with topics such as digital literacy, civic participation, financial literacy, self-awareness, life skills, and English skills) Protsahan India Foundation expects to see a myriad of positive outcomes for the 30 Girl Champion Fellows. A non-comprehensive list of measurable outcomes includes delayed age of marriage and pregnancy, increasing civic participation/agency, reducing the women’s unemployment rate, decreasing child rights violations, and fostering financial independence.