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PROGRAM M ES @ DISCOVER Why Discover? At MAD, we believe that what a person becomes should not be a product of where they grew up or their financial background, but what their dreams are, and what their true passion is. Through our work with children in shelters we found that as they progressed through school, there was a marked lack of awareness and confidence about varied career and life choices. Faced with a lack of exposure and support, children were less likely to think in terms of long term goals, wishes and dreams when it came to such choices. This lack of inspiring and supportive social environments for children in shelters is what the Discover programme tries to address.

How Discover works The Discover programme, in its current form, works with children in classes 7-12 and empowers them to make informed decisions by providing career awareness and experience-based learning. By providing exposure to various career options, the programme strives to ensure that children are able to understand their true strengths and potentials. Through its dedicated team of fellows and volunteers, the programme organizes workshops, excursions and educational activities giving children an immersive experience of higher education and career opportunities. We have hundreds of children across the shelters we work with who now want to be teachers, artists, engineers, robot designers, fashion technologists etc. because that's what they are passionate about. Discover Impact 2013-14

2,811 Children in our Discover Programme

312

567

2,268 Hours of Discover Activity

Volunteers involved

1,21,600 Activities completed

Hours of volunteer time

What's Next? In the past year, Discover was primarily focused on providing exposure to various career opportunities. In 2014-15, we plan to expand our scope to create a holistic platform through which children in shelters gain access to new worldviews regarding education and careers as well as other life choices. In its new avatar, Discover will focus on helping children find their area of interest through initial profiling, explore it through experiential workshops and activities and make a decision at class 10 between the three high school academic streams of Arts, Science and Commerce. Children will also be supported in building practical life skills such as social skills, computer skills and financial skills. 17

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