Preventing a Lost Generation
To lose everything:
They were citizens before they were refugees.
This defining moment will forever shape them, but it doesn’t have to be the end of their story.
The Dream Persists
Refugees want economic independence so they can rebuild their home and support their family. They want a better future for their children. Refugee youth want opportunities to learn so that they can keep up with their education. They want community and friends so they can support one another and feel less alone. They want to reclaim their sense of identity and be seen as an individual — to be more than a refugee.
Educational opportunities in refugee camps are inadequate, often taught by under-qualified teachers. When they do exist, most education initiatives are focused on primary school age children. But what about the teenagers? They are the most vulnerable to early marriage, exploitation, and radicalization. But they are also the youth with the nearest pathway to work and universities.
What is labeled as skills building for refugee girls often includes handicraft and sewing, perpetuating the “pink ghetto,” dooming them to another generation of “women’s work” that has little demand in the marketplace and even fewer well-paying jobs. What about basic and essential 21st Century skills that are part of modern work: Word, Excel, Google Drive, Email, Social Media and more?
The Internet has the promise and potential to be this century's great equalizer, but one must first have a device, followed by connectivity, and even more crucially, training and practice in our digital environment.
Hello Future works with adolescent refugees, ages 13-18, the most underserved and the most at risk.
We provide hardware for the students AND connectivity AND on-site workshops to create a real learning environment.
We teach 21st Century digital skills, grounding them in essential digital literacy.
We leverage mobile technology and remote learning opportunities to foster life-long learners.
We create opportunities where our students use tech and social media to self-represent to other students in other parts of the world, creating a real cultural exchange, new friendships and networks, and a reclaimed sense of identity.
We are committed to a 1:1 gender parity in our classes so that there are at least the same number of girls as boys in our program.
Adolescents are accessible teachers to their younger siblings and to parents, creating a natural multiplier. The increase in their education and economic development will benefit the family and the greater community.
We designed our program as plug-and-play for easy adoption by other humanitarian agencies so we can scale quickly and reach millions of refugee students.
We are committed to addressing three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1. No Poverty; 4. Quality Education; 5. Gender Equality.
We cannot take back the trauma of being violently displaced from home and country. But we can offer tools and access and training so that refugee youth can keep writing their own story, shaping their own future, and creating new defining moments that will positively shape their lives and the lives of their family.
Executive Director, Hello Future