In the summer of 2018, Henry Williams Love Foundation successfully launched The Shuri Project, a technology mentoring program for girls with the goals of keeping them safe during the summer and increasing their tech aptitude and interest. The program resulted in the following outcomes:
- 100% increase in web development skills
- 40% increase in general literacy skills
- 70% increase in digital literacy skills
- 90% increase in exposure to tech and STEM careers
- 97% increase in self-esteem and self-image
- 97% increase in communication skills, including public speaking
- 82% increase in interest to learn more about tech
- 64% increase in interest to learn more about STEM
- 30% decrease in anxiety
- 40% decrease in disruptive behavior
With this successful implementation and planned expansion of The Shuri Project, our attention has turned to the unique needs of boys. As such, Henry Williams Love is launching The T’Challa Project. Similar to The Shuri Project, The T’Challa project is also a technology mentoring program with the goal of keeping boys safe and increasing technology aptitude and exposure, however the pedagogy is different. Specifically, a rites of passage program approach will be utilized with life skills and character development learning objectives being matched to technology and STEM exposure skill-building activities. Like The Shuri Project, boys who successfully complete the program will earn a laptop as part of our commitment to increasing access to technology and broadband.
The T’Challa Project is participating with #GivingTuesday this year to raise $5000 to purchase laptop computers for our pilot summer program starting July 8, 2019, and ending August 16, 2019. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in countries around the world. This year’s #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We believe in the T’Challa Project and most importantly the boys who will grow, learn, dream, and stay safe next summer in Chicago. Will you help us help them? The Henry Williams Love Foundation is a 501c3 organization and donations can be made to our Go Fund Me Campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/laptop-for-boys-in-tech.
Thank you so much for your support!