Building Skills for Life

EFAC’s Bridge Workshops set us apart from other scholarship programs and are critical to our student success rates. The workshops provide training in life skills, leadership, social responsibility, employment readiness, and technology, while offering social and emotional mentoring for our scholars. EFAC relies on these workshops to foster a sense of solidarity and pride amongst our students, knowing that they are sharing their educational journeys with many like-minded, talented young people from similar backgrounds.

Bridge to Success: Character & Leadership Development

  • Annual 5-day workshop for all secondary school students.
  • Workshop curriculum includes: character, leadership, reproductive health, and life skills. 

Bridge to University: Character, Computer Skills & College Preparation

  • Annual 17-day workshop for students who have completed high school and are transitioning to college/university.
  • Workshop curriculum includes: computer skills, financial literacy, reproductive health and safety, tertiary course selection, and adjusting to post-secondary independence.

Bridge to Employment: Social Entrepreneurship & Skills for Work

  • Annual 4-day workshop for all post-secondary students
  • Workshop curriculum includes: team-building exercises, interview and networking skills, resume writing, online jobs training, social incubator projects, and career guidance.
  • Workshop Partners include: IBM, Development Finance International, S.C. Johnson, Nestle, Unilever, Kenya Methodist University, Litemore Consulting, Akili Dada, Ashoka, and African Nazarene University.
 

Promoting Employability Skills

Despite significant economic growth in recent years, Kenya’s unemployment rates remain startling high. The population of Kenyans most affected is youth ages 18-24 years. This cohort constitutes almost 80% of Kenya’s entire population, and represents by far the bulk of unemployed people in Kenya. In this video to the right, Program Director, Mary Kiguru, highlights the need to help EFAC students build employability skills or “soft skills” to ensure successful entrance into the workforce.