Investment Year (iY)
New Hope Uganda has developed the ‘Investment Year’(I.Y.), a cutting edge one year programme we designed for S4 students before they go on to any higher/further education and training.
It is designed to help young people in Uganda develop the skills, knowledge and character necessary for success in further education, future career and in their personal lives, enabling us to raise up future leaders of Uganda and cultural influencers who will take a stand for righteousness and integrity in the business world, the arts, medicine, the political arena, the church, families, their communities and in global issues.
Over the last six years, 70 young people have completed the Investment Year programme. It has proven to be revolutionary in their lives helping turning many of them into cultural influencers and giving them clear direction for their futures.
During their I.Y. each student does three, three month internships in the field(s) he or she is interested in pursuing in the future. Such experience gives them clarity in their choice of further education and training. These internships also provide excellent experiences and training.
The students are also trained in biblical business principles and each run a small business throughout the year, encouraging them to develop the skills to become self-sufficient. Throughout the year each student receives intensive discipleship and training in life issues and skills. The curriculum is Bible based and the students learn about worldview, personal financial management, business etiquette, writing a C.V. interview skills, Biblical hermeneutics and exegesis, public speaking, and much more. Each student will read the whole of the Bible, as well as being required to read at least eighteen books from a carefully selected list.
Investment Year stretches the students tremendously and it is truly what it’s name says: a year of investing in our students and preparing them for all God has for them. As they finish their year they enter their future commissioned with clear direction and purpose.