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 Program Report 2008 
Contents 

About My Choice!.........…………………………………………………………..3

Execution Report………………………………………………………………….4

Our Impact…………………………………………………………………………6

Innovation Corner…………………………………………………………………7

New Horizons for My Choice!.....………………………………………………..8

Leadership………………………………………………………………………...9

Financial Report………………………………………………………………….10

Our Supporters…………………………………………………………………...11

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    About My Choice! 
My Choice! is a program for social innovation, emerged from the passion of 4
expatriates living in Bangalore, India.

From the start, we recognized the existence of a gap needed to be genuinely filled;
to create / facilitate learning environments about Sustainability for young people in
developing countries where their specific realities are match.

My Choice! activities took root in India.


Our aim was to raise awareness among Indian young generation about Sustainability
Issues; leading them to be responsible citizens, empowering them to act and inspire
others to act sustainably.

My Choice! Model; our comprehensive learning package disclosed several unique


aspects:

9 Expatriates volunteer as facilitators & mentors


9 The cross-use of different learning approaches comprising theory teaching,
mentoring, experiential learning, team practice and outdoor adventure.
9 Imparting value to all stakeholders (volunteers, learners, schools,
community…)

‘By Sustainability, we understand People, Economy and Nature as ONE system


that carries whole life on earth, inclusive system to be infinitely maintained
where responsible human actions can greatly contribute.’

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Execution Report

My Choice! Model
My Choice! Model followed a 4-step activity process scheduled to happen between
November to December 2008 with the objective of empowering 1000 young people in
Bangalore, India.

Classroom Presentation Sustainability Simulation


1st week of November 2nd week of November

What is it? What is it?


Share an understanding about sustainability issues Give interested groups of students the opportunity of
through interactive, inspirational sessions in private and going deeper into the subject through hands-on activities
government schools. and a pioneer live simulation (school playground).

What is the reach? What is the reach?


20 Expats will deliver classroom presentations to over 4-6 students will be selected from each class (20)
1000 youth aged 12-16. totaling more than 100 participants being facilitated by 20
expats.
Expected outcome?
Students will be exposed to various issues on Expected outcome?
sustainability. Youth will know and be encouraged to Students will get a deeper understanding of sustainable
make better sustainable decisions. Some youth are living choices and be equipped with skills and knowledge
expected to be inspired to get more involved. to encourage others to be more sustainable.

Sustainable Projects (My School is Sustainable!) My Choice! Awards Night!


2nd-4th week of November Dec 6th, 2008
What is it? What is it?
Facilitate the creation of teams among class-mates and Showcase the teams' projects, involve the community
give them the chance to act through the realization of a and award the best achievements. Raise social
project on sustainability, supported by a My Choice! attention to the subject and promote the reproduction of
Mentor and a mini grant of Rs.1000 (eq. USD 20). My Choice Initiative around Indian schools and abroad.

What is the reach? What is the reach?


100 students who participated in the simulation will now Projects will be on display for their family, friends and
develop their projects with guidance from their expat school/community supporters. All active supporters of
mentor. My Choice! and the general public will be invited.

Expected outcome? Expected outcome?


Sustainable projects realized at Schools will challenge Highlight best case practices for sustainability as
the resourcefulness of the youth and allow them to see developed by youth. Encourage and support youth
what sustainability truly means for their immediate ideas and confidence. Celebrate a greener future and
surroundings. the announcement of phase II of the project.

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Milestones Tracker 
1,000 youth aged 12-16 benefit from My Choice! model, our learning environment
10,000 people are sensitized about sustainability issues through our communication campaign
Strategic Goals Our learning materials are licensed under Creative Commons for a free and open-wide use
We secure the agreement of an organization willing to pursue My Choice!
We create a documentary film, a social communication tool aimed to inspire other youth in schools in all over India & abroad
We host 2 Board of Experts Meetings where high knowledgeable experts add input to the learning materials
Our learning materials are created
We host a Sustainability Training Day for Volunteers (Mentors)
Learning Experience /
Classroom presentations are delivered
Environment
The Sustainability Simulation Live Day! is delivered
20 Projects around ‘Zero Waste in My School’ happen
The Awards Day!, our closing ceremony happen
Events Management We obtain 4 consistent prize packages for winning project teams
Logistics are secured for all our learning activities/events
An online registration system is made available to interested volunteers
We develop and maintain a website
Communications & We develop and maintain a social network where youth, mentors and the public connect for knowledge sharing
Information Management We send out periodical newsletter(s)
We receive Media coverage & press documents
Photo-document and Videography of My Choice
Funding & Sponsorship 100% of the budget is secured
 
Realized Partially Realized Not Realized

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Our Impact

 
   
4 media 
18 volunteers,  Learning materials  coverages 
11 nationalities,   with a  including Times 
4 continents  comprehensive  of India and the 
 
curriculum  Hindu 
 
developed   
   
4 BoE members 
 
with a cumulated 
2,200 unique 
experience of 25 
  visits on website  
years  
  600 youth 
  empowered 
 
Youth Zone!  th
11  Hour 
Social Network 
screenings & 
launched 
presence at other 
 
  public events 
 
  10 projects for 
3 prizes with 2  reduction/ 
nature trips all‐ elimination of  6 partners 
expenses paid  waste in schools 
secured 
 

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Innovation Corner

Simulation Day goes Live! Projects from the heart

On Saturday 22nd November, 60 students from 3 For the last 2 weeks of November, students
schools gathered at the playground of the worked with a mentor to realize a micro project
Government Boys High School in Shivajinagar around waste reduction / elimination at school.
area, Bangalore; all present for the Simulation
Day! In itself, the objective was to give exposure to
those youth to actually do something.
For the next 4 hours, thanks to the use of Gaming
Scenario where was created a completely fictitious The 10 projects that made it were as diverse as
environment; those youth had a taste of what it water treatment, restoring the library, introducing
means to put Sustainability into life practice. medicinal plants in the yard, running an
Fish for the future, watch where you step, 4 awareness campaign for salubrity, organic
corners to name few games brought those youth manure.
either individually or in teams to opt between
apparent colliding choices, see de visu the impact 6th December, 2008 marked the culmination of My
of ones’ actions and have fun at the same time. Choice! activities with the Awards Day celebrating
The attempt of this day was to ensure youth would the achievements of the student teams competing
gain team work and cooperation skills, while with their projects.
learning about resource management, individual
impact on the environment, redesigning systems, The 1st prize for the most sustainable project went
understanding of governance and design making, to 7 girls from 9th standard from Dispensary
complexity of self-interested groups in achieving Government Girls School who will enjoy a trip to
sustainable change, leaving with a vision for a WWF eco marine camp in Gujarat in January, all-
sustainable future and their role in achieving it. expenses paid.
Most Sustainable project 2nd prize – a retreat in
We lowered some expectations but overall, we wild life SAI Sanctuary in Coorg - and Public
could feel those youth acquired high willingness, Favourite – a set of educational literature offered
skills and knowledge to make better sustainable by Rotary Club of Bangalore - went to 2
choices. classrooms in Lawrence Private High School.

The 1st prize winning team designed an innovative


solution around waste segregation.

* Valuable lessons have been learnt from the field and


the 3R concept (reduce-reuse-recycle) would be
eliminated from next year ongoing.

‘What an amazing experience. Actually, I  ‘I am so happy, this is a great moment for 
think I learnt as much as those youth when  me and for all my friends; I say let us act 
speaking of sustainability. ”  sustainable. Thank you to My Choice! for 
  teaching me this.” 
Alexandra Jaimes, Colombia ‐ Mentor   
Neha, 9th standard – Dispensary Girls School 
1st prize winning project team  

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New Horizons for My Choice!
We are dedicated to see My Choice! keep running over the next years.
Following discussions about My Choice! Sustainability, we pointed out to 2 strategic
orientations.
We consider investigating their full value potential, engage with different stakeholders, receive
your feedforward and only then consider the most suitable options.

My Choice! Open Source  My Choice! Training & 
Learning Curriculum /  Consultancy Services 
Learning Partners   
  We match highly innovative 
We offer open source quality  learning approaches with 
learning materials about  Sustainability teaching and offer 
Sustainability for a wide use  advisory/consultancy products  
 
- My Choice! logo as an umbrella - Strengthening the curriculum with the
visual use of new learning approaches
- Youth Education for Sustainability as - Trainers pipeline/certification
a unique leveraging proposition - Corporate Edition
- Creation & packaging of learning - Consultancy for child-related
materials to suit different audiences corporate programs
- Online community of best practices - Advisory/Consultancy
- Differentiation factor for revenue
generation
- In the case of Learning Partners,
derived their own content from our
materials crediting its use / no visual
association
 

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Leadership Team
Richard Seshie (Ivory Coast) André Maciel (Brazil)
Initiative Lead / Coordinator Communications / Mobilization Manager
Former Socially Responsible Investing Former Communications Executive at Alcatel
Analyst at Solaron India and Member of the Lucent India and National Vice-President of
Association of Sustainability Practitioners. AIESEC Brazil. A beach lover of its kind.
Rides a bicycle to work.

Raquel Lemos (Portugal) Kurt Archer (Canada)


Events Manager Learning Content Development Manager
Former Volunteer Project Manager at Lalita Currently travelling Asia inspiring youth with
Ubhayaker Foundation for the Arts and DAMU Eco-Tour 2008 and former vice-
former Communication & Events Manager at president of AIESEC Pakistan. Co-director of
Millennium bcp Bank. Salsa dance teacher. youth apathy film “Why Should I care?”
filmed in Kenya (2005).

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Financial Report

Accounting ended 20 December 2008*


Rs. Rs.
Revenues
Sponsorships, Donations
Team provision 35490
In-kind 107960
143450

Other income 3500


146950
Expenditures
Administrative Expenses (3500)
Logistics (33000)
Communication & Information System (2350)
Simulation Day Playing Materials (2200)
Refreshments (8000)
Award Prizes (50000)
Videography/Photography (10000)
Venues rental (25000)
Volunteer stipends (9900)
Other expenditures (5000)
(148950)
Excess of revenues over expenditures (2000)

* Account unaudited covering the period September 1, 2008 to December 20, 2008
** Figures in roupies (45 Rs. = 1 US$)

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Our Supporters

School Engagement Partner 

 
 
                                            Giving Prizes Partners 

Sponsorship 
 
 
 
 

 
Special Mention 

Board of Advisors  Board of Experts Distinguished Speaker 


  
Ms. Aditi Gupta; Senior Associate Mr. Aakash Sethi, Executive Director Mr. Suresh Heblikar,
at Centre for Innovation Incubation Quest Youth Foundation Founder - EcoWatch
and Entrepreneurship Mr. Syed Sultan Ahmed, Managing  
Ms. Reetika Joshi; Former Director, The Activity
Videography/Phoography 
Sustainability Coordinator Mr. Anugraha John, Executive Director
DPWN/DHL Global Head Office Global Citizens for Sustainable Credit
Mr. Vipul Arora, Managing Development
Director Solaron India Mr. Hari Prasad, Founder and Director Mr. Arvind Shenoy,
Unlearn To Learn Madamscam Productions

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