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A major highlight last year was Lalit, one of our Propel students, being accepted into the SAIL (Systematic Approach to Interactive Learning) Programme at the Marriott hotel. Lalit was a 12th grade student at a shelter in Bhopal. Through his MAD mentor, Lalit received coaching and preparation for his interview for the SAIL programmeand successfully cleared it. He was accepted into the 3 year course during which time he would also be interning at the Marriott. He is being provided with a stipend and will also be sponsored by Marriott to undertake his Bachelors degreee in Hotel Management and Tourism from the Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU). On completing the programme, Lalit will be offered a guaranteed job with the Marriott hotel. On Sundays, Lalit visits his friends at the shelter home. The children there look up to him, having seen his transformation from a shy boy to a confident young man.
Austin was a student in a shelter home in Mangalore when we began work with him in 2011. He often found it difficult to follow his textbooks and class work due to lack of proficiency in English. For the next 4 years our Ed Support volunteers worked with him on improving his English Communication, comprehension and writing skills. His progress under the programme was so outstanding that when the US State Department's Community College Initiative Programme (CCIP) was introduced for 2013-14, Austin was the obvious candidate. The programme provides selected children scholarships to attend college in the US for one year in any discipline of their choice. After a three-round process which included TOEIC tests, Statement of Purpose submissions and a personal interview, Austin was selected as one of only two candidates from India. Austin believes in the power of education and he feels that system of education in our country leaves a lot to be desired. Hence, he has chosen early childhood education as his field of specialization for the CCIP program.
A 12th grade student from a shelter in Vellore, Nandini came from a poor agricultural family. She was, however, a good student and always enthusiastic about her ambition to pursue higher education. Through MAD, Nandini was coached and mentored by her designated ?Wingman?for over a year. Following her 12th grade exams and given her interest, the team decided to try and advocate her cause to the Vice Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) to admit her into a bachelors degree course. Nandini was granted an interview with the Vice Chancellor which she cleared successfully, was granted admission into the Integrated Masters in in information Technology (MS IT) and today is a happy student at VIT.