Social Change Fellows (SCF)- Enabling Rural College (10+2) students to be changemaker

Background

Developing human resources at grassroots is critical to sustain positive changes and promote sustainable systems for livelihoods. Rural youth can play an important role in making changes sustainable, however they themselves are less equipped and in the state of despair.

Students of local rural colleges by n large have lost hope for employment and as jobs are concentrated to urban dwellings and require more focus on soft skills. Rural students find themselves at loss.

At The Goat Trust we belief that they have high potential to make changes in local area economy and lead social changes, provided they are equipped with skills and knowledge.

The Goat Trust HR wing is launching a program to camp in such rural colleges, select and recruit “Social Change Fellows” and groom them with social enterprise for a year. Fellowships will support them to establish small social enterprise in their own area promoted by The Goat Trust like Bakari bank, Community Livestock Business center and will be mentored to sustain and up scale it on social business principles.

Who can apply?

Any 10+2 students residing in village and from farming families can apply and selection will be through camp once we have at least 20 students.

Each cohort will accommodate 15 candidates to be trained over one year. The major phase of induction and training are

Selection Criteria

  • From farming families
  • Fairly good academic record (50% marks min)
  • 10+2 passed
  • Have interest in agriculture and Livestock

Selection process and key focus

 
1 . Good verbal and written skills

Assessment process – Writing a coherent essay on a general topic like

  • Role of Goats in livelihoods,
  • Major problems in India,
  • An inspiring story for him
  • A scène/event which has effect on him/her
2 . Innovation ability

Assessment process – Story writing on a picture, Uses of a common materials, Problem and solution (refer Summer camp Exercise book), Thematic appreciation test

3. Risk taking ability & business skills -

Business game, Boat making or envelop making

4 . Planning skills –

A story of problems and finding solutions, reasons of a particular choice

5. Vision and sensitivity –

Photo write ups, Life planning exercise

6 . Leadership quality –

A Group exercise, Group discussion

Qualities to be developed for a Social Change Fellow

  • Technical skills
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business planning & management
  • Desire to make positive change

Duration and Program design

Program is of 12 months duration with distinct phases

Orientation and induction 7 days
Phase 1 (2 months) Phase 2 (6 months) Phase 3
  • Technical learning (Classroom & Farm practice)
  • Understanding working process , working objectives, planning , office systems
  • Reading materials of The Goat Trust and assigned books
First training of 10 days on our working guidelines in field 60 days field work Second training on enterprise planning for 10 days 60 days field work on enterprise management Planning and managing a social enterprise by him/herself and attend bi monthly meeting of progress
Batch Size – 10 to 15

Stipend and Program Management

10+2 Pass youths – Rs 4500 per month + Travel allowances (TA) + Mobile allowances (MA)
Graduate Youths – Rs 5500 per month + TA+ MA

Apply for SEF (Social Enterprise fellowship)