Austin came to Story Time in order to further his education. Partly due to his determination and partly due to Story Time sponsorship, he was able to apply and begin attending college - the first in his family to do so. He wants to be financially stable so he can provide for his family. He says he thinks about his future everyday and is confident in his ability to achieve his dreams.
Selecting students for the Standard Sponsorship Project is a long process that occurs each year. Within the first few weeks of the school year, students are permitted to attend school for a period of time without paying school fees. During this window of time, Story Time members assist with a 7-step selection process.
There is an “Invisible Generation” in Malawi. One that is virtually ignored. In Malawi, 70% of the population is under 30. This means an influx of youth coming into the workforce, bringing with them, dreams of innovation, entrepreneurship, and a better future. But that is not what is happening. There is a youth job crisis and a growing number of young laborers in need of work.