How we do it
A Holistic Approach
We create a path forward for refugee teens by providing hardware, connectivity, and on-site education workshops that enable these youth to take advantage of existing educational and professional opportunities. A holistic approach to a tech-based education solution that creates lifelong learners.
The internet can be this century's great equalizer, but digital skills are learned not assigned at birth. Just as we learned how to use social media and email and Google Docs, so too must refugee youth. This knowledge gap has gone unaddressed. Until now.
During Hello Future’s on-site workshops, our students learn:
21st Century Digital Skills
Students are taught essential digital skills that are part of the day-to-day operations of modern work. A must-have for full and productive economic participation.
G-Suite Tools: Docs, Sheets, Slides
Collaborative work within a Cloud Environment
Email & Email Etiquette
Social Media Safety & Online Citizenship
Students are introduced to various online remote educational portals with curriculum written by experts to supplement their studies.
Fundamentals (math & science)
Learning to learn
One of the most popular sections of our course, the students are taught the basics of photography, videography and narrative structure so they have the tools to tell their own stories.
Citizen ournalism, both advocacy and potential danger
Better job opportunities
Greater chance of success at coding programs
Reduces the need for remedial education when accepted to universities.
We create lifelong learners by teaching students how to access the endless self-directed educational opportunities available online.
Self-expression aids both in working through the daily stress of living in a camp, as well as in reducing the impact of trauma.
Global Civil Society
We partner with schools in the U.S. to host video chats between American students and our students in the refugee camps. It is an opportunity for each group to meet their peers in other parts of the world and for each group to self-represent. This is followed by a private Facebook group where the students can continue their conversation and form deeper connections.
Accredited Local Instructors
The 4-week on-site workshop is taught in the local language by accredited local instructors. Teachers’ assistants are hired from local universities to help facilitate and give greater attention to each of the students. The assistants also serve as mentors and conduits to the community at large.
Train the Trainer
The students have an opportunity to become a community liaison in the post-workshop follow up, and also work as teachers’ assistants in future sessions. We have built a in Train the Trainer program to ensure community buy-in, talent, and scalability.
We are dedicated to maintaining at least a 1:1 gender parity in our workshops so that there are at least the same number of girls as boys in our workshops.
Where we work
Refugee Camps in Iraqi Kurdistan
We go to where the need is most acute. Currently, Iraqi Kurdistan is the host country to more than 1.5 million refugees, one in every four is either a refugee or internally displaced. We partner with local NGOs to expedite the implementation of our programs and ensure mindfulness of local culture, customs and politics.
Our 2017 pilot program was conducted in the Arbat Camp, approximately one hour outside of Sulaymaniyah. We plan to return to the same camp for our next session and then expand to other camps in Erbil and Dohuk, followed by Jordan and Lebanon.