Volunteer with MindLeaps

Volunteer with MindLeaps

Share your time and professional expertise with MindLeaps and make a great contribution towards helping us fulfill our mission.

MindLeaps welcomes volunteers with a wide range of backgrounds – from finance, to translation, to film editing – and much more.

Please contact us at info@mindleaps.org to learn more about projects and ways you can get involved remotely.

Building Partnerships with Corporations & Tech Companies

MindLeaps is looking to build relationships with tech/IT companies in one or more of the following ways:

 

1. Funding Relationships

MindLeaps relies on the support and generosity of partnerships to continue its work. Both one-time and regular contributions of any size are greatly appreciated by MindLeaps and the talented youth who participate in our programs. Corporations can choose to sponsor a particular program or country and are promoted on our website, social media, and newsletter sent to 3,000 subscribers.

2. Android tablet and PC in-kind donations

MindLeaps’ strategically designed dance curriculum develops seven key cognitive and non-cognitive skills to help students gain confidence and succeed in formal education. Students’ individual progress throughout the program is monitored and facilitated via Tracker, MindLeaps’ mobile application and software system created in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and Drexel University. Tracker, which works offline and is accessed by android tablet, evaluates cognitive and social-emotional skills in real-time, allowing staff to personalize each child’s education to maximize growth. 94 dance trainers use Tracker to advance over 3,000 children in MindLeaps’ programs. During the COVID-19 shutdowns, MindLeaps dance trainers are receiving advanced training of five skill areas through the Virtual Academy – business entrepreneurship, communication, project management & budgeting, inclusion, and child development – to further their skills and careers. MindLeaps requires android tablets for each of its current 94 trainers as well as each new trainer in our growing programs for Tracker and the Virtual Academy.

MindLeaps runs an IT program for vulnerable children in Rwanda. The program helps children who have rarely (if ever) attended school and may not even be literate. Over time, their interest in manipulating the machines and accessing information through the Internet inspires a great will to learn about technology and multiple other areas. We are looking for laptop donations to serve 120 students in Rwanda. We are also looking for laptop donations to replicate this program for 60 students in Guinea.

3. Audio Equipment Donations

With MindLeaps’ unique methodology as a dance program, music plays an instrumental role in the program’s structure. In order to expand our programs to reach more children, MindLeaps requires reliable equipment that can be used for our programming for years to come. Speakers, in particular, are required in large quantities. MindLeaps requires portable, bluetooth, loud, audio speakers that can be used in a variety of indoor and outdoor dance locations. Each new speaker would enable us to serve another 100 students.

4. Environmental Analyses and Job Trends

At MindLeaps facility in Nyamirambo, Kigali, we are developing plans to train some of the top IT students to pursue careers in the growing tech industry in East Africa. In order to ensure that we are providing the skills most needed and an education that will launch these youth into employment, we are looking to collect existing data about the tech industry and prospects for jobs/job growth. We would like to know if you have any documents that provide insight on market trends in Rwanda that you might be willing to share. If they are already publicly available, perhaps you could direct us to them.

5. Teaching In Our IT Program For Vulnerable Children

MindLeaps is in the process of negotiating a MOU with the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Youth & ICT. As part of this exchange, we are looking to bring developers, designers and IT experts to Rwanda to carry out two roles: train our Rwandan IT teachers to a higher degree, and train engineers working for the Government of Rwanda to a higher level. We are looking for professional volunteers who would be willing to travel to Rwanda for a minimum of two weeks to lead these training workshops. The exact content would be determined based on the volunteer’s area of expertise and time commitment. MindLeaps would work to cover part of the volunteer’s costs, but the ideal scenario would be to have corporate sponsorship of the professional volunteer.

6. Providing Internships For Beginner Programmers

In the next year, MindLeaps is looking to place a couple of our top IT students in “workplace” environments where they can use some of their skills to help the business (for example, typing documents or data entry) and also learn what would be required of them to secure a steady, basic job in the IT field. We would ask that the company pay for transportation/meal costs and have at least one staff person available to answer the student’s questions throughout the internship.