ReachUp! is DOT's foundation economic program. This program trains university graduates (DOT Interns) to deliver technology, business, and workforce readiness skills training in communities that are disengaged, under stress, or emerging.
ReachUp! empowers young university graduates to deliver technology and business training in marginalized communities
DOT Interns act as trainers, mentors, and coaches in their communities, and link program participants to microfinance and business development opportunities.
The ReachUp! Curriculum
The ReachUp! curriculum is a comprehensive, 120-hour course that helps participants with limited knowledge of the uses of technology to learn basic technology and business skills, and to gain the self-esteem, confidence, and entrepreneurial spirit needed to build sustainable livelihoods.
DOT Interns facilitate modules that cover: identifying your strengths, skills and passions, envisioning your future, setting goals, planning a sustainable livelihood, computer basics, uncovering opportunities around you, business planning, marketing, budgeting, record-keeping, creating action plans, and more.
Program Participants - Our program participants are generally from marginalized populations, are un- or under-employed, and have limited knowledge of technology, business, and the opportunities and resources available to them. ReachUp! provides these participants with tools and training that helps to advance their economic status and build successful, sustainable livelihoods.
DOT Interns - DOT Interns participate in an intensive Intern Learning Experience before being deployed to their communities to deliver ReachUp! to their peers. During this learning experience, DOT Interns are equipped with facilitation, coaching, mentoring, technology, and communications skills. The training and experience DOT Interns gain while facilitating ReachUp! prepares these young university and college graduates to enter the workforce as talented, experienced, and in-demand professionals.
Communities - Internationally, more than half of our participants report that they become more actively involved in their communities after participating in ReachUp!, forty percent say they are now seen as role models by their peers, and seventy percent indicate that family incomes have risen - solid indicators that DOT programs are contributing positively to local economies.