The HeadStart LEAD (Leadership Experience And Development) program is offered to schools at select locations in the southern states of India. At each of the projects, TalentEase Certified Facilitators work with the children providing once-a-week sessions in a year-long course covering skills and values. In several places, we also work on developing spoken English of the children and also explore specific technical job-related skills.
These sessions are a huge success among the students as it is fun and interactive with no textbooks and lectures. Students learn the skills the TalentEase way. The programs include movie clips, games, activities, group work and video inputs created to help students discover and develop leadership skills.
How does it work?
HeadStart LEAD program is currently being offered to urban school children who are able to afford this program.
LightLives serves as a bridge in our attempt to take the program to children in orphanages and low-income schools.
Through LightLives, the amount you pay covers the basic charges that we would incur in helping a child with the program.
Located in the sprawling campus of the Good Shepherd convent and run by the sisters of Good Shepherd. These girls have already completed level 1 of the TalentEase program and now are in level 2 of the program. Right now, there are 57 girls in this orphanage.
This is a project set up and run by the Don Bosco Salesians of the Hyderabad Province of India. It has a special mandate of catering to young girls who are from the underprivileged sections of society.
The intention is to create a safe, nurturing and empowering environment for them to be able to pursue their education, pick up important life skills and give them a foundation to lead successful and meaningful lives.
DBPSS is located in a three-storey building in Hayathnagar. This is on the fringe of Hyderabad city. It is accessible from the Outer Ring Road and is of the Hyderabad –Vijayawada Highway. We work with 47 girls at this orphanage.
Reaching Hands is a registered Charitable Trust started in 1996 to work with vulnerable children, marginalized women and deprived families. Empowerment of children, women and families from weaker sections of society through quality education, health care and skill development is the key focus of Reaching Hand. The campus is situated about 17 kms away from Hennur Cross in the outskirts of Bangalore. We work with 55 boys and girls at this orphanage.
Started in August 2003 to save a small number of children from the uncaring environment of the slum districts of Bengaluru and villages beyond. The home operates from a few houses in an enclosed locality. There are 22 boys and girls.
Established over 10 years ago, the Shalom Grace Children’s home is a facility that shelters boys of 5 to 15 years of age who are orphaned, abandoned or surrendered and in need of supervised care. We work with 27 boys at this orphanage.
One of the oldest and largest boys home in Bangalore. It was started in 1952 and now has almost 200 boys of various ages. The campus has many buildings including a small auditorium, library, music room and a room for technical training. We run the LEAD program for 180 boys here.
One of the oldest girls homes established in 1914 by the SMMI. Located in the heart and historical part of the city, we work with 69 girls at this place.
Established in 1990 in the heart of the city by the FSI sisters. There are about 51 girls in school going ages who are enrolled in nearby schools. All of them are part of our LEAD program.
St. Patrick’s Boys’ Home, founded around the year 1850, is managed by the Satya Seva Sisters since 2003. It is a registered society and offers various facilities to the students, who range from 4 to 18 years of age. We work with 52 boys at this home.
Low-Income School Projects
Started in 1929, this community provide education to about 3000 girls and is a thriving hub of the Ranipet industrial district. Most students are first-generation learners from low-income families. The LEAD program has run here for Level 1 and we are now running Level 2 for 1506 girls from classes 6 to 9. The school pays a portion of the costs and we are dependent on sponsorship to cover the balance. The goal is to also ensure that we can cover the girls from Grades 3 to 5 and 10,11 and 12 once funding is received. This would ensure that another approximately 1000 children will benefit from the program.
This school is run by the Seva Missionary Sisters. It is an unaided minority school recognised by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu. The school was founded in 1991 and caters to both girls and boys. From a strength of 46 students in 1991, the school has grown to serve over 3500 students. Again, here the low fees allow the school to serve children from several low-income families in the Devakottai District. We work with 1267 boys and girls from Grades 3 to 12. The school partly funds the cost of the LEAD program for 1100 students and we are dependent on sponsorship for the remaining costs.