ReachUp! is DOT's signature entrepreneurship program. Initiated in November 2006, this program trains young Kenyan Interns to deliver entrepreneurship curricula to individuals and small business owners in their communities. Interns act as trainers, mentors and coaches, providing business and Information Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge, and link participants to microfinance and business development opportunities in their area. Interns deliver this program to youth and community-based organizations in partnership with DOT Kenya.
The ReachUp! program is delivered by young and dynamic university/college graduates from Kenya. These graduates exhibit a passion for ICT and wish to ignite the same spark amongst their peers and communities.
DOT Kenya's vision is to become a model youth initiative for the region and to drive economic development at a grassroots level, powered by the energy and enthusiasm of youth.
The ReachUp! program provides participants with the tools and training to help them advance their economic status and build successful, sustainable livelihoods. As its name suggests, the program drives participants to "reach up" and out to new entrepreneurial opportunities and strategies.
The DOT Kenya ReachUp! interns undergo comprehensive training. In addition to facilitation and training skills that allow them to effectively deliver the ReachUp! program, interns are also equipped with many skills required in the competitive 21st century career market, including advanced ICT, team work, communication, advocacy, and project management.