university hopeful sponsored child & leadership development

  • 2
  • Question
  • Updated 4 years ago
  • Answered
Archived and Closed

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies and is no longer visible to community members. The community moderator provided the following reason for archiving: These are isolated issues that have been resolved with that one sponsor.

One of my sponsored children is 18 yrs. old. She's hoping to qualify to go to a university. How does my sponsorship and the Leadership Development Program interface with this?
Photo of Linda

Linda

  • 83 Posts
  • 11 Reply Likes
  • wondering

Posted 4 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Sarah

Sarah, Official Rep

  • 5145 Posts
  • 1122 Reply Likes
Hi Linda! I am so glad to hear that Melat has the desire to attend a university! I will be praying that she does qualify and the Lord blesses her education. Your sponsorship will absolutely still continue to impact her if she is able to attend a university, but we are not admitting new students into the Leadership Development Program. We have found that the Leadership Development Program has been very selective and too expensive for sponsors, so Compassion is transitioning away from the program. Our heart is to grow our leadership and vocational training and university education opportunities for more young adults, not just the blessed few that make it into LDP. We have recently raised the graduation age for children in the sponsorship program and will now incorporate youth development strategies into our Holistic Child Development Model within our Child Sponsorship Program (CDSP). Our approach for youth development, will seek to equip all beneficiaries with skills and education to pursue their individual career goals, become productive members of their communities and realize their God-given potential. Your sponsorship will still remain incredibly important to Melat, whether she gets into a university or decides to pursue vocational training instead. She will still receive educational support at the project and all the other benefits she has had since joining Compassion's program. 
Photo of Cindy Delk

Cindy Delk

  • 2 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like

Sarah, I was searching the site for information about the Leadership Development Program, and ran across this post.   What college did the qualified attended?  what  was the function of the program?  Do you still have the program running at all?

Thank you for any information you can give

Photo of Sarah

Sarah, Official Rep

  • 5145 Posts
  • 1122 Reply Likes
Hi Cindy!  The purpose of the LDP program was to launch outstanding graduates from our Child Sponsorship Program into their full, God-given potential. These students have been equipped with a university degree, mentored in their Christian life, and instilled with a passion to serve that transforms their communities and nations. The students each attended a university of their choosing in their own country. My own student in Ecuador is currently studying Graphic Design at a university in Quito. The program is still running, but it is being phased-out. All students who are currently enrolled will be able to finish the program, but no new students are being admitted. Like I previously mentioned, the program was far too selective of which students could enter the program and too costly for sponsors.

Additionally, the LDP did not
align with our philosophy of working in partnership with the local church since
Compassion implemented the program. Because of this, Compassion’s Leadership
Development Program is transitioning from a selective, stand-alone program to a
more consistent, integrated approach to youth development within our Child
Sponsorship Program.

Our
approach for youth development will aspire
to equip all beneficiaries with skills, experience and education to pursue their
individual career goals, become productive members of their communities and
realize their God-given potential :).

Photo of Cindy Delk

Cindy Delk

  • 2 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like

Thank you Sarah, for your quick reply.  This post caught my eye, (about the college program being discontinued), because I am currently attending online Bible College at Christian Leaders Institute. 

 I am finding it to be a great way to continue my Christian College education.  The greatest thing is that it is totally free to anyone willing to do the work. 

 I think they are a perfect fit for a resource for your ministry, and a way for everyone to have an equal chance.  They are even setting up local Mentoring Centers, where local leaders can help students. 

 I hope this information is helpful to you.  If you have any questions, I will try to find answers for you. 

I will try to attach a link to them for you;

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.