The Path to Success program at Pagus Center for Achievement provides education, experience, and mentorship that cannot be found in traditional schools. It provides opportunities and support to help young people reach their full potential.
For those in primary school, we enter their communities to offer a platform to expose youth to new ideas, to learn about their bodies, their rights, and to try new things without fear of judgement. We support areas where they struggle in school, particularly in English and mathematics.
Students may 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. They build self confidence and communication skills.
Our team (local staff, student interns, and international volunteers) supports one another as well as the younger 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 in this program may be as young as 10 years old and may remain in the program throughout their school years. 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)