HOW WE DO IT
We support young change makers who see themselves as key players in creating the change they aspire to see in their communities. iCare and all of its programs and activities come directly from our youth. Our youth come to us and we provide them with the training they need to identify and create the changes needed to accomplish their vision.
We provide trainings on Leadership, group process, change theory, strategy, resource development, sustainability, entrepreneurship and anything we can do to help these youth create positive change in their communities. Primarily, our youth engage in five types of activities:
Volunteers work together to identify challenging but achievable projects that will help change their communities.
Community Services projects
Engages volunteers to work together in addressing those issues they identified affecting them and their community.
Advocacy and Awareness
Allows volunteers to promote the change by lobbying with stakeholders and educating their communities on major social issues affecting them; (example, rape, sexual and gender based violence, drugs and crimes etc.)
Peer Group Development
Allows volunteers to build the capacities of each other through sharing of skills and peer support mechanisms, (example camps, open forum discussions) and other peer mentoring activities.
We believe that through small community development projects our volunteers have the opportunity to create stable economies and jobs though the creation of small community businesses that are dedicated to the development of the community. These businesses are used to not only provide jobs but also to provide the necessary funds needed for development: fixing roads, trash receptacle, tools, cleaning supplies, etc. All businesses are governed by iCare Clubs and all profit is put towards community development.
Our team of ICARE volunteers recently spent a Saturday filling-in potholes and making a dangerous intersection much safer for community members! iCARE is our dedicated team of youth volunteers who work with us to identify pressing issues in their communities and then plan and execute solutions to those same issues.