A lot has happened since our last newsletter! Despite the summer heat, energy levels are high at Avanti Fellows and we have some exciting new developments to share with you!
Avanti Chosen as an Echoing Green Fellow *|FACEBOOK:LIKE|*
Echoing Green is a social entrepreneurial platform which provides seed funding and support to outstanding leaders dedicated to positive change. After presenting on Avanti’s work in New York, Krishna and Akshay, our CEO and President, have been selected as Echoing Green Fellows. The 20 winners were selected from over 3,500 applicants – a real achievement! As well as $90,000 in funding, the fellowship brings business support and other opportunities for Avanti to grow and develop as an organization.
New developments in Chennai
We’d like to say a big thank you to the Rotary Club of Madras East and to local restaurant Hot Breads for making it possible for us to start an after-school programme in Chennai. The programme will provide after-school tuition in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Physics to 100 students in Chennai Corporation schools who received above 94% in their Xth standard exams. It will also help them create study plans, learn collaboratively and plan their futures with the help of student mentors from Anna University.
Finding talent across India
Our student teams have been working hard on outreach to identify the brightest students from low-income backgrounds across India. The table below summarises our 2011-12 Fellow Search. In total, over 4,500 students sat our tests:
Each Fellow selected represents a lot of time on the part of our student volunteers who visit schools, arrange for tests and interview potential Fellows at home with their families. Thank you to our volunteers, and we look forward to welcoming our new cohorts across India!
First cohort powering ahead!
Our first cohort of Avanti Fellows started last March and have all made great progress. Our last round of testing showed that 100% are on track for college, given their current performance in the Class XI tests, and at least 85% are on track for India’s top and middle tier colleges.
The news is an encouraging sign that our three-fold support – coaching, mentoring and career guidance – is working. It’s also testament to all the hard work that our Fellows have put in over the past year. You can read personal stories from our Mumbai cohort here.
Summer internships promise new opportunities
One of the most important experiences for an undergraduate can be a summer internship. Here students get a taste of working life, make useful contacts and explore the options available to them after they graduate. We are delighted to announce that 4 of our Fellows are taking up internships this summer with our corporate partners. They will be interning with Halonix, Endurance and the Delhi Metro. You can find out more about their plans here.
“If you have an unadulterated heart, take it for granted that at Avanti, you would have some of the most beautiful experiences you could seldom have at any other club or institution in the campus.”
Our mentors have been blogging about their experience over the last year. Read more here.
Finally, thank you for your support and encouragement. With your help we are growing all the time, working towards our vision:“For all bright and motivated students from low income homes to have access to high quality undergraduate education and the means to leverage that education.”