The Education Program Model
We hope to achieve our vision using the Design Thinking Model as a guide. The Design Thinking Model consist of five steps; Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.
Locating and Recruiting Participants – (November) at first we locate potential teenagers for our program. Our target audience are teens that can benefit, advance and develop from our program. They are teenagers who are not in any other educational program and have a need and interest in getting support and a push forward.
Team Building – (December) During the process of building the group, the teenagers will get to know each other through team-building activities that emphasise cooperation and teamwork. At the end of this level the group will produce a mini-project as a pilot to the entrepreneurial stage.
"Market" Research – (January) This is the first stage of the entrepreneurial training. At this stage the teenagers will learn to map the "market" (their neighbourhoods and communities) and to locate local demands and needs. Then, they will practice these tools in their neighbourhood or community.
Processing and Consideration – (Early February) at this stage we will process what we learned at the previous stage. We will look at what we can change and what we want to change, choose a field or topic for the entrepreneurial project, write the vision and process our super-goal.
Product and Creation – (Mid February) at this stage we will move from the consideration phase to the product planning and building phase. A project will be chosen in accordance with the vision and the super-goal. The project will be planned according to founding stages and activity stages and responsibility and roles will be assigned. Then an initial model for the project will be created. At the end of this stage the group will construct a work-plan and will prepare a presentation for the next stage – the projects' committee.
Projects Committee – (Late February) the projects' committee is comprised of the organization's management as well as outside consultants. Each group will present to the committee its presentation. The presentation should include the premise for the project, a vision, the need the project meets, goals and objectives, work-plan to achieve these goals and objectives (including income and expense, costs and revenues). The projects committee decides which projects to invest in and how much. 700 NIS (about $150) is the ceiling investment in any one project. The decision will be made according to the following criteria: benefit to the community, novelty and creativity, and financial feasibility.
Execution – (March-April) during this part of the year, the teenagers will start realizing what their project is. They will get needed resources, find partners and community forces that can aid them, and will realize and execute their work-plan and will begin the project.
Stabilization and Continuity – (May-June) in this stage we will turn the project from a one-time production to a sustainable, operational and continuous venture. We will reach this phase after a trial run of the project and we will draw conclusions and lessons and improve it. At this stage we will base our partnership with different factors and will lay the foundation for making the project sustainable.