Case Study: A Youth Development Programme

Induction for a National Scholarship Programme

 

 

  CASE STUDY    

Youth Development: Leadership Module for a National Scholarship Programme

A partnership with a non-profit, scholarship organisation based in the Middle East to develop a programme that provides and assesses leadership skills in large groups of gifted young people

  CASE STUDY    

Youth Development: Leadership Module for a National Scholarship Programme

A partnership with a non-profit, scholarship organisation based in the Middle East to develop a programme that provides and assesses leadership skills in large groups of gifted young people
Overview

IDG designed and delivered a youth development programme in the Middle East giving gifted and talented students an insight into the world of work. The programme was attended by 60 Grade 11-12 (16-17 years old) students who had been nominated from both public and private schools.

During the four weeks of the programme, students worked with IDG facilitators and local mentors to develop their leadership, team-working and communication skills. At the end of the programme, IDG assessed the students as part of a national scholarship programme which resulted in the top 10 students receiving funding to attend a top university.

Client
A Saudi Arabian non-profit organisation that cultivates and encourages learning and leadership in youth. Our client focuses on the country’s youth and provides various means to foster and empower talents, creative potential, and innovation and create a healthy environment for them to grow and develop.

The organisation establishes partnerships with local and global organizations in diverse fields in order to achieve its goals. They chose IDG to be one of these partners.

Challenge
The four week Grade 11 programme is split into three weeks of leadership development and one week of improving communication skills. The students are split into six 10-people Action Learning Teams (ALTs) and each team has a mentor (a middle-manager from a local company). The mentors facilitate and run the teams, while two facilitators from IDG run the programme as a whole and provide the theoretical side of the learning.

One day a week the facilitators run an assessment centre structured around 12 tasks (each one led by a different student). The students are assessed using a competency framework created specifically for this programme. They are assessed on either leadership skills or the ability to work as part of a team, depending on their role within the task.

The Grade 12 programme takes place the following summer (by this time the scholarships have been awarded) and the learning is focused on commercial awareness and negotiation skills. The students use this week to start planning for the scholarship programme’s annual conference; they are given a topic and have three weeks to research and put together a presentation in their ALTs. These presentations have received wide coverage in the local media.

Solution

In partnership with the professional development team at Cass, IDG designed a three-day learning event staged at the British Army’s world-renowned Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Comprised of a mixture of central presentations from a variety of experts, group tasks, and practical activities, students are taught to put leadership skills into practice in a variety of practical situations. Having taught leadership excellence for over 200 years, the Academy provides unique and inspiring surroundings that help raise the collective bar.

Students engage in plenary sessions about leadership theory, delving into the characteristics of effective leadership, the indicators of leadership potential and the process of building personal brand and positive politics.

In a series of outdoor group challenges students experimented with the theories and concepts they’d discussed, exploring their current leadership approach, trying new behaviours and receiving valuable feedback from their peers and IDG facilitators.

Results
IDG worked with a team of local mentors to harness the talent and intelligence of these students and focus it towards the development of leadership, team-working and communication skills. While the key beneficiaries of the programme are the students, the local business men and women also benefit through their development of mentoring skills.

The programme was an integral part of a wider national scholarship programme. The students are academically assessed on their grades, English language and SATs; IDG was asked to conduct the non-academic assessments (leadership and communication). The scholarship then offers 10 students the funding needed to attend a top international university.

Overall

Facilitator Effectiveness

Performance Objectives

Personal development

  CLIENT FEEDBACK    

This programme has consistently proved to be of enormous value. Using a system of local mentors has ensured a constant freshness of relevant experience, and the students have never failed to respond enthusiastically to the training offered.

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