Our education programme has the overall goal of increasing access to quality education, especially for vulnerable groups of Youth especially Girls and Women.
1.GIRLS AND WOMEN IN STEM PROGRAM
The program supports girls and women both in school and out of school that share values, demystify the patriarchy patriarchal norms that women cannot excel in STEM and provide innovative solutions to global challenges.
The girls and women are exposed to design thinking principles and processes that can be used to engage creative thinking processes and problem solving methods during project design.
Girls and Science
Explore the usage of Geospatial Technologies and mapping as well as the application of the scientific process in the real world and define genetic engineering and its real world applications.
Girls and Mathematics
Girls are inspired to develop interest in mathematics and create a for it leading to successful engagement in it beyond the class set up.
Girls and Software
Software engineering basics to aid in understanding the basic theory of programming. Lessons are taught using app making websites such as Thunkable and MIT App Inventor.
Girls and Robotics
Introduction to SparkFun Inventors Kit (SIK) and SparkFun Redbot kits. A great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language.
Girls and Web Security
Lessons include learning how to secure confidential data online from unauthorized access and modification on user apps.
a) Girls who CODE Project
YASA is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.
Why It Matters
Computing is where the jobs are and where they will be in the future, but fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women.
How can Girls participate?
We believe that all girls have the interest and the ability to learn. It is FREE entry to all and dedication. We are currently running the program in Makuenni County directly impacting over 5,386 girls and women both in school and out of school.
Learn: Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages.
Impact: Work in teams to design a computer science impact project that solves real community, national and world problems the girls care about.
b) Girls STEM Clubs
Clubs are led by Patrons; they are teachers, computer scientists, librarians, parents, or volunteers.
What Girls do or make in clubs?
As a central part of the Club experience, girls work with one another on an Impact Project, where they use computer and other materials to solve a problem relevant to their Club and community. Through this project, girls learn teamwork and leadership, while also learning the fundamental computer science concepts that form the basis for all computer programming languages: loops, variables, conditionals and functions. Clubs take place in schools and within the community centres. Clubs are 100% free and typically meet 1-2 hours per week during the academic year
Girls in STEM Program values diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to our mission. We focus our work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. 90% of our Girls are from the underprivileged background and in rural and slums area.
c) Gender Responsive Teachers Training
This project activity aims to provide Gender responsive training to teachers especially those directly handling the STEM subjects 4 per school (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology) .
We also conduct sensitization forum for principals drawn the project schools, selected School Boards, TSC Representation and Ministry of Education representative. This is majorly to encourage their buy in of the project, ownership and sustainability.
2.MentorMi Mentorship and Lifeskills Program
The goal of the mentoring program is to Empower the Students, help reduce the risk factors that could lead to negative outcomes such as high school dropout/ university drop out, substance abuse, or participation in risky behaviors by providing an additional caring and engaging environment in the life of a young scholars. YASA leads structured mentoring sessions; provide role models, volunteers, mentors, practical sessions and life sharing sessions among others.
YASA MentorMI program has the potential of integrating the values of a good and productive youth and motivating them to lead a normal life by providing them a platform to develop and showcase their skills, learn from their peers and gain career exposure.
This mentorship program focuses majorly in impacting the in school Youth from ages 13-21 years old in different age categories .The inschool participants are also taught on skills to survive and be independent.
3. Access to Scholarship Program
YASA though partnership with its partners provides a limited number of scholarships each year for studies to outstanding students from selected underprivileged background. Scholarships are awarded on a through a competitive application process once a year.
4. Digital Literacy Program
The programme introduces the Youth, beginning with those in high schools, to the use of digital technology and communications in learning.