Workforce Readiness for Youth
With funding from Barclays Bank’s “Ready to Work” initiative, PCI is providing youth with life skills and entrepreneurial skills development, as well as internship placements to prepare youth to enter the workforce. Over the past three years, PCI and its partners have trained more than 5,000 young people across six geographic locations.
Botswana Sports Heroes Mentoring
In partnership with the Botswana National Sports Commission, PCI is engaging and building the capacity of a cadre of elite athletes and coaches to serve as youth mentors. Equipped with life skills training, these sports mentors travel the country and engage community leaders and youth through sports. These interactions aim to deter youth from engaging in unhealthy behaviors, such as excessive alcohol consumption and drug abuse.
Social & Economic Empowerment for Women & Girls
Women Empowered (WE) model is helping women build sustainable economic and social capital. By forming self-managed groups, members pool their savings, lend money among themselves, and conduct business together. In doing so, women and adolescent girls build their financial and social capital, and many become change agents in their communities. In Botswana, PCI has facilitated the formation of 471 WE groups, comprised of over 600 women and adolescent girls, which have collectively saved over USD $50,000.
Improving Parent-Child Communications to Reduce Risky Sexual Behavior
With PEPFAR funding, PCI Botswana and partners are delivering The Families Matter! Program in communities in and around the capital city of Gaborone. The program is an evidence-based, parent-focused intervention based on a curriculum developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which seeks to promote positive parenting and effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction, including gender-based violence. To date, nearly 200 caregivers have completed the curriculum and have benefitted from improved parenting and communication skills.