First Advisor

Fokwang, Jude


Wessner, Daniel


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


Business Administration

Number of Pages

55 pages


This thesis examines the educational and organizational model of the Kusi Kawsay Academy in Peru to determine how the academy leads to empowerment of youth. This paper argues the innovative approaches of the Kusi Kawsay Academy also serve as an example for all NGOs operating in developing communities and affirms the recent concepts in development that state organizations can best achieve success through being highly knowledgeable about the cultural context and having high degrees of community involvement. A central ingredient to this alternative approach by the Kusi Kawsay is the fact that the academy is founded and operated by community members and parents of indigenous children. In this thesis, the reader further understands how the Kusi Kawsay Academy serves as an example to schools and nonprofits operating in other less-developed communities around the world and leads to educational empowerment through honoring cultural identities.

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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