WHY WE INVESTED
GEF is investing in this new early stage non-profit because of its focused work on and clear strategies to address a serious gap for youth and for schools, and because of the passion, commitment and intelligence that its young female founder and her team are bringing to these issues. We also saw an opportunity to create a link with an existing partner (GEF Kenya) that implements a leadership and entrepreneurship program for disadvantaged secondary school students coming from the slums of Embakasi in Nairobi. Some of the youth leaving GEF Kenya’s program were interested in serving as mentors and tutors for students but did not have the ability to do so on their own. Through GEF support, PACE is finding new ways to seek and accommodate more students coming from poorer households.
IMPACT TO DATE
To date, over 300 youth have worked as PACE Fellows and have provided more than 35,000 hours of documented community service to targeted primary schools reaching over 20,000 primary students. PACE has tracked students’ grades and key exam scores since the program started. It also has monitored other initiatives by the Fellows such as the startup of reading clubs, French clubs, library reorganization projects, coaching hockey and soccer teams within the schools amongst other activities that are leveraged as incentives to promote literacy and learning. PACE selected 135 new Fellows for the 2016 school year.
In the first year of GEF's support, PACEmaker wanted ideas and feedback as they improved upon their monitoring and evaluation system to track progress of the program, the Fellows and the primary students.
GEF's support has enabled PACE to include even more youth from disadvantaged homes to serve as volunteer Fellows during their gap year, changing their lives and the lives of young students in their communities.
GEF has linked PACE with another partner grantee in Nairobi, GEF Kenya. We have also helped to connect them with other people with experience in monitoring and evaluation.