Here’s how Magic Bus implements programs and creates impact within communities:
- We recruit mentors based on recommendations from the community, who we then train in the Magic Bus sport for development curriculum, in how to sustain a mentor-child relationship and in a variety of life-skills to make them good role models.
- First, we identify an area in need of intervention. Typically, this is a poor neighborhood—a slum in urban areas or a marginalized village in a rural area.
- Mentors and Magic Bus staff then start running sessions with groups of up to 50 children. Typically, 40 sessions are planned over the course of one year.
- Simultaneously, our mentors and on-ground staff work to build an enabling environment by engaging parents and the larger community. They leverage existing institutional structures, such as schools and local village councils (panchayats). Over time, they build the community’s focus on how to make the progress sustainable.
- Our work empowers children to access higher education, better health and hygiene, personal and social skills. We also connect youth to vocational training and employment opportunities.
- The accrued impact of our work ultimately leads to breaking out of the poverty cycle.