Pagus Center for Achievement creates a path to a better education and future for young people. Starting with our support of those in primary school, our programs offer opportunities for young people to exchange ideas, explore areas of interest, have access to computers for on-line learning, and gain skills through their community service projects. Most importantly, these young people are empowered to take on leadership roles and responsibilities.
Our team (local staff including student interns and international volunteers) supports one another and helps to steer the lives of the children with love and care. The results are astonishing! We see troubled young people, who have been through things you would not want to imagine, emerge as confident and articulate young adults with the heart and mind to effect positive change in their lives and the lives of others.
Internships provide select students an intensive path to deeper learning and assists them to meet their financial needs for schooling. By the end of the internship, students will have significantly improved writing skills, organizational ability, computer skills (keyboard and all essential programs), and have learned to set goals and complete a project.
Center for Achievement Scholars
Students attending high school and tertiary level education work with us throughout the term. During vacations and holidays, they work intensively to achieve goals to improve computer skills, comprehension and use of English language, and become further attuned to CFA Core Values as they participate in community development projects. Scholars actively participate as teaching assistants for our summer day camp.
Key components of the Path to Success include:
- Long-term, one-to-one mentoring including school and home visits
- Individualized staff support through high school and college
- Practical internships designed to empower youth and impart leadership skills
- Year-round academic enrichment: discussion groups, summer and vacation programs and special workshops
- Educational resources, including individual tutoring and use of an onsite computer lab
- Career awareness activities
- Gender-specific programming: Young Men’s and Women’s discussion groups addressing topics to broaden thinking and improve understanding of themselves and others.
- Financial assistance to cover costs of schooling
Sample Accomplishments by Path Students:
- Initiated and run girls’ clubs in two villages (ongoing)
- Designed and carried out programs for summer camps (ongoing)
- Managed project to bring clean water to a village serving 400 people (awaiting funding to assist in the next village)
- Taught in three villages, how to build simple hand-washing stations and wash hands properly (ongoing)