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Why Propel?

High school is an important decision point for all children. For children in shelters, the period is often made worse by the absence of a mentor such as an elder sibling or parent who can guide them. Faced with deficits in life-skills, academic support, career guidance and funding support, children in shelters often fall back on familiar career and life choices. This point at which a child leaves the shelter, usually around high-school, is thus a crucial intervention period. Propel evolved from our identification of the need to provide strong reinforcement to life skills, increased exposure to career choices and overall support to older children at this stage.

How Propel works Propel is a Mentor programme that equips a child to completely rehabilitate into society when required to leave the shelter. Propel works by getting children in classes 11 and 12 job ready through career counselling, guidance and by providing financial support to pursue viable careers. A "Wingman" is assigned to each child in the programme to provide career support and guidance. Skill building modules ensure that the children are better equipped to face the world outside the shelter home. Funding support is provided for those who have the passion and motivation but lack financial resources to turn their dream into a reality. Shelter leavers are also supported to access a network of colleges, vocational training and job opportunities through our tie-ups and networks. So far, several Propel students have been successfully placed into degree courses in law and engineering at prestigious institutions like Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies (BILS) and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). Propel Impact 2013-14



Cities in the Propel programme

High school students in our Propel programme




Students being funded by MAD

What's Next?

Leavers placed in colleges / jobs

Hours of volunteer time

In 2014-15, Propel will increase its focus on delivering increased exposure, stronger transition readiness and a robust after care support system. This is derived from our programme learnings which show that even once children have gotten into a college or a workplace, there is a need for continued support and skill training to equip them to deal with the realities of these situations. Each child's Wingman will now help with practical skill building and understanding the facets of independent life outside the shelter home. In 2014-15, the enhanced Wingman module will be rolled out to 13 cities and 142 children. At an administrative level, team Propel will also be working on increasing programme efficiency by taking reporting and feedback processes online, thereby increasing accountability and transparency. 21

MAD Annual Report 13-14  
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