Addressing communities’ pressing needs by empowering current leaders and readying leaders of tomorrow.
For seventeen years, MCW has brought its mission to empower leaders around the world to five continents and more than 50 countries.
With our three areas of focus, including our Young Leaders Program, Community Development Program, and Oral Health Care Program, our vision is for communities throughout the world to achieve greater levels of education, improved health, and increased economic security.
From awarding young change-makers grants to start their own projects, empowering rural communities with employable skills, or supporting the expansion of Tanzania’s only dental school, our impact has been felt in communities in all corners of the world.
Take a look at some of the highlights from our work these past few years!
Young Leaders Program
The Young Leaders Program prepares youth to become leaders of positive change in their communities. MCW identifies youth with high potential to lead in their communities. They come together to participate in a program where they will develop a deeper understanding of social issues and change, acquire the skills, networks and confidence needed to affect change and to return to their communities as mobilized leaders in a globalized world. Graduates of the program leave with modern leadership skills and tools, enhanced cultural competence, expanded networks, greater self-confidence, and with a plan to create change.
Outputs and Impact from 2015
2015 Alumni Ventures Fund
I am so grateful and honored for being chosen to receive the AVF grant and most of all to get a whole year of professional mentorship. “I can truly see a bright future for my project and a positive change in the community in Bagamoyo.Hennie, 2016 AVF Recipient
Community Development Program
The MCW Community Development Program develops and supports community centers as spaces for skills development, entrepreneurship and social services for youth living in underserved communities. MCW currently has 4 centers: Rwanda (1), Tanzania (2) and Zambia (1).
Tailored to the unique needs of the community, each center offers youth the opportunity to enroll in low-cost vocational courses, IT/computer training courses and social programs. The vocational and IT classes are offered at a nominal fee to encourage youth to make a real investment in themselves; the social programs are free for the community. These programs are subsidized by micro-enterprises also known as income-generating activities (IGAs).
The idea behind our centers is to provide youth with the skills and experience to compete for jobs and earn a living in their country.
Oral Health Care
The vision of MCW’s Oral Health program in Tanzania is to achieve improved oral health status for all Tanzanians.
Using an inter-disciplinary approach, MCW strives to build the capacity of health professionals to tackle the oral health workforce shortage. We work with dentists, nurses, and mid-level professionals (dental therapists).
In collaboration with multi-level leadership in government and dental institutions in Tanzania, MCW identifies key projects that will have a sustainable impact in the country, and which are in line with the Strategic Oral Health plan of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
“These students are our future dentists, these students are our future teachers, and therefore when they are encouraged to work and achieve the best in their training, then we are sure of better dentists and better teachers in the future. In this way, we are going to improve oral health services. Not only now, but also in the future.”Dr. Elison Simon, Dean of the School of Dentistry, MUHAS