Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Raising the future (RTF) initiative
Explain your project in details:
The main objectives of raising the future initiative includes; 1.Reducing illiteracy level to promote national development 2.reduction in the rate of misconduct and irresponsibility among young ones thereby making room for more responsible and accountable adults 3.empowering young ones with skills for future security We create an atmosphere where learning is enjoyed,from taking regular subjects with students who are split into classes and age groups, making them try out something they feel they can handle on their own (like making paper toys), training them on what we(most of us have skills) do,making out time for show of talents and finally having something to eat and drink. We also make provisions for materials necessary for quality learning and sometimes give out personal items such as body soaps and food materials.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Increasing literacy level is a very good medium to improve the economic status of any society. Raising the future initiative works to see to it that by educating and empowering young ones, then the vision of economic growth and development as well as maintenance can be made visible. So far,the children we have worked with have seen purpose for their lives,dreams are created and promising responsible citizens are about to be made.Self esteem is another area we have improved on these children as they no longer see richer children in real schools as better than they are, they know they can achieve anything they set their minds on and are ready to do so. There is hope of a better tomorrow, these children have been opened to understanding the importance of quality education and to a large extent have put away improper and indecent acts,as we never stop to remind them of their personal contributions to who they eventually become in the future.
Sustainability and future plans
Raising the future initiative has a documented plan own a personal school, a health care facility and the head office within the same confines, this is to ensure that even while a child learns, his/ her health should also be put into check. There is a plan to cover Oyo state, Nigeria in the next five years(2018-2023) from which we can then spread out to other places.There is no set limit,we keep growing and spreading as long as we see the need to. The executors of this project are students of the University of Ibadan,Nigeria who just felt the need to fill up gaps where necessary. Funds so far have been contributions by members,although our constitution holds that sources of finance would be from; 1.members contributions 2.Donations and grants 3. Other sources yet to be identified. In addition,our target group runs through ages 5-12 but there are plans to expand it after successfully handling the present target.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Dorcas Brown,an indigene of Akwaibom state, southern Nigeria, west Africa.I am a 24 year old female with a deep passion for affecting lives positively and unleashing potentials. I am a freelance writer, a school journalist where I hold the office of the management and features editor, an entrepreneur, a hair stylist and wig maker. I am the founder of raising the future foundation, RTFF( an NGO for child development and national growth),and believe in training a child, and securing the future, a dream i have had since as a child seeing children of my age having no hope of a better life.I am a counsellor and love to listen and profer solution to what meets me, I believe there is no impossibility as long as there is a will. In addition to my awards and achievements are a pre-school diploma at my primary level of education, a national diploma(ND) in food technology from the first higher institution in Nigeria, Yaba college of technology ( Yabatech), Lagos Nigeria with a view of Bsc physiology from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I love life and I have the unrelenting urge to live, live well and let live.