We strongly believe that the only metrics that matters to us is the "destination" that we dream for each of our cohorts and the "effect" they will bring about in their community. In fact we call each of our cohort NOT by the year of them joining us, but the year they will graduate and get their job!
Our Year 1 journey had 21 families across 2 locations who have embraced us for helping them in their child's educational journey. The children's age range from 10 to 21 and are currently studying in different grades / schools and colleges.
Now in Year 4 - We are covering 320+ families across 10+ communities through our 7 Centres in Bangalore and Kerala (Rural). Hopefully our "satellite centers" staffed with our own alumni/teachers from the community will soon start playing the role of "force-multipliers" and uplift the 250-200 households in each of the communities we touch!
Our interventions at this point includes providing a safe learning space with access to all kind of resources, daily/weekly Academic and Non Academic classes, offering full/partial finances of their college expenses through our scholarship programs, regular progress check with schools and parents and lastly mentoring/counselling sessions with both parents and children on a regular basis. We are also constantly in talks with partner organizations on providing other services like "financial umbrella" (Insurance, Saving Plans and access to low interest loans) , Career Awareness, Re-skilling and more that will help families stay on the path towards educating their child!
Stay tuned as Chethan, Hanumashree, Almaz, Giridhar, Noorjahan and our other orbit shifters share their stories and guide us towards making "that" change in the universe!
Welcome to our fifteenth edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter.
This edition's marks our 5 year completion and we cant thank all of you enough for being with us through this journey. This edition some of the highlights include us obtaining our FCRA, empanellment with International Employer Giving Platforms such as Your Cause and Benevity and ofcourse our celebration of the "stars" or "Nakshatragale" as we like to call.
Welcome to our fourteenth edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter.
This edition's highlights include a peep at our new look with upgraded infrastructure at all our centers, addition of "Students" into our Advisory Board and lastly launch of "Lesson Maps" - our experiment to shift the agency of learning from teachers to students, so they can decide their pace, style and ways of mastering the learnings.
Welcome to our thirteenth edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter.
This edition we are happy to announce our International Partnership with Archis Foundation - A registered 501C Organization in US. This partnership now allows us to access international contribution in four currencies - US Dollars, Pound Sterling, Euro and Australian Dollar
While we wait for our FCRA to arrive, our international partners will help us raise funds for our cause.
Welcome to our twelfth edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter.
This edition would love to put the spotlight on our need for REFLECTING and RETHINKING of what we should do to take SOF to 2023 and beyond. With 5 years of data and experience, we are seriously looking at our learnings and asking ourselves "what should we do differently to take SOF to its next level of impact". Our team has been actively brainstorming on what worked and what didnt and designing our programs for our future.
Welcome to our eleventh edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter.
This edition would love to put the spotlight on future of education and what our after-school intervention could look like. With 1280+ hours of these students available annually, we can really do miracles - if only we know how to prepare them for a future we cant see. We have started the transformational journey
Welcome to our tenth edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter.
So finally we completed the admissions of all our Grade 10 to PU students and their colleges have started. We are now starting the next phase of support (Program Sethu) for them. Meanwhile we recruited 35 more students Grade 8 / 9 across while also starting our newest center at Ramagondanahalli , Bangalore.
Welcome to our ninth edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter. In this edition, lets talk of "Bridges". Incidentally many of us at SOF are at footstep of our own "bridges" at the same time! We all can see our next milestones "staring" at us as we bravely inch towards it!
Grade 10ers are "staring" at Pre-University(PU) , Grade 12ers are "staring" at College , Our College cohorts are "staring" at Job while we at SOF are "staring" at what else/next for our 300+ orbit shifters!
Welcome to our eight edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter. In this edition, we want to show you a glimpse of home-developed App called "SOFOne App" that we use for all internal tracking,resource sharing and more. Meanwhile we have 23+ students of ours appearing for their first public Grade 10 exam in March 2022. While they are gearing up, our centers/teachers are now almost available 24 x 7 to provide them on-demand support whenever and whatever they need to cross this first milestone of their educational journey.
Welcome to our seventh edition of the short'ncrisp newsletter. We hope you are able to read these occasionally and are able to get a "feel" of the slow but definite changes that YOU are helping us bring about in the lives of many.
In this edition, we want to remind and refresh you about our three core programs - Astivaaram (Foundation), Sethu (Bridge) and Sthamba(Pillar) and how they play out in our shared journey with the families we support.
Welcome to our sixth edition of newsletter. In this edition, we look at steps we have taken to optimize our resources (teachers) and ensure that all our children have a strong after-school-support system in place as they resume their schools. Though physical classes are yet to open, we do see a shimmer of light that things may get back from "virtual" to "real" soon.
Welcome to our fifth edition of newsletter.
In this edition, we will look ahead at 2021 and embrace it with our full heart (in spite of the microbe still around). We will have 28 of our orbit shifters give their first public exams. We will also be experimenting with new cities and even rural locations. Our goal is to ensure our families and students get a fair and leveled ground to play this game called - "Life".
Welcome to our fourth edition of newsletter. As ever , It will be our endeavor to use this as our channel (minimally but optimally) for letting you know what's happening at our end without overloading you with too much information.
In this edition, we will look at impacts we have made this year in spite of challenges and surprises thrown at us. Again without YOU none of this would be possible
Welcome to our third edition of newsletter. As ever , It will be our endeavor to use this as our channel (minimally but optimally) for letting you know what's happening at our end without overloading you with too much information.
In this edition, we will once again look at demographics so you get an idea of profiles and timelines of orbits that are getting shifted -THANKS to YOU!
Welcome to our second edition of newsletter. As ever , It will be our endeavor to use this as our channel (minimally but optimally) for letting you know whats happening at our end without overloading you with too much information.
In this edition, we will focus on premises on which we are building our organization. We would like to share our vision, beliefs and values that is very dear to us. We hope you are as much aligned to these as our cause!
Welcome to our very first edition of newsletter. It will be our endeavor to use this as our channel (minimally but optimally) for letting you know whats happening at our end without overloading you with too much information.
In out first edition, we focus on our cohort's demographics so you get an idea of profiles and timelines of orbits that are getting shifted -THANKS to YOU!