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Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship Development (Y-LEAD)
Explain your project in details:
To complete the program each year, about 30 youth will attend 4 workshops called semesters which will hold every 2 months. Semester 1 will focus on Understanding Self, Semester 2 will focus on Understanding others, semester 3 will focus on leading self and semester 4 will focus on leading others. Youth LED Africa will use the training curriculum of the Early & Youth Leadership toolkit developed by Center for Creative Leadership, USA. The toolkit contains curriculum on youth leadership development that is dynamic and customizable to participants needs. After each semester, each participant is mandated to conduct a passing-it-on (PiO) exercise, which implies doing a mini training to share what they have learnt with at least 15 youth in their school or community, only those who complete the PiO qualify for the next semester. Through the PiO component of Youth-LED Africa, we hope to educate at least 1350 young people about leadership, entrepreneurship, democracy and good governance. Each semester will take place in different schools of the participants. Through the program, participants shall benefit from about 25 different interactive sessions, 3 weeks governance internship with reputable organizations around Nigeria for at least 5 youth, a day learning visit to Osun state house of assembly and other related institutions and a chance to contest and win the presidency of the Youth-LEAD Africa Republic. This will help students understand democratic processes. The goal of the project is to empower young people with leadership skills to make them collaborate to change themselves and their world for better. Overall Objective: To bridge the gap of Leadership & Entrepreneurship skills by developing and transforming the minds of young people for positive change. Target Group: In School Youth between the ages of 12-18 years, who are highly motivated to cause change in their lives and the lives of others.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
30 in school youth in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria, would receive relevant economic and social skills that would facilitate self development. Through the PiO component of Youth-LEAD Africa, we hope to educate at least 1350 young people about leadership, entrepreneurship, democracy and good governance. The overall impact of the Y-LEAD Africa project is to foster the following leadership competencies in young people: Empower Young people who are self aware, optimistic, learning oriented and resilient. Collaborate young people who are empathetic, collaborative and display increased communication and conflict management skills Change the world young people who are courageous, persistent and passionate about social change. We hope to foster in our young people the following values: Authenticity, empathy, collaboration and possibility. Impact Measurement: During the selection process, beneficiaries will be interviewed on their present situation and plans for the future. These interviews will be repeated after four (4) and nine (9) months during the training to understand the growth and development of the beneficiaries. Four months after the training, a follow-up interview will also be conducted to understand the impact of the training on the beneficiaries. Also, the level of motivation participants display in the training activities will be used to measure its impact. The major success of this training will be measured by the number of beneficiaries that successfully manage their own lives and the lives of others in their community.
Sustainability and future plans
Participants will register with some amount for the training. Publishing a Leadership and entrepreneurship magazine: Starting from onset of the program, We will start to publish a quarterly leadership & entrepreneurship magazine that will be sold nationally. Income will also be generated from advertisements placed in it. Quarterly Newsletter and biannual project reports will be sent to funders and partners to keep them informed of the project development. Yearly review of the project by consultants to understand the effectiveness of its impact, curriculum and approaches. Creating a strong alumni network. This will empower leadership cooperation and solidarity.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Yusuff Wasiu Adekunle is a 34 years highly talented, knowledgeable and professional entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of undertaking various business operations,He Co-found Tyegold Saloon, adloveskill.com,adfarmchicks.blogspot.com and kingala.ng.com. A 3 time state Secretary of Nigeria Cassava Grower Association (NCGA), present State Secretary Agbekoya Farmers Association, Acting secretary Young Democrat of Nigeria and the president of Nigeria Youth farmers Association. He is a knowledgeable and professional entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of undertaking various business operations. Professional strengths: Possess over 10 years of experience in the field of business management Ability to prepare and maintain records as well as compose correspondence Ability to treat animal disease by using different methods Ability to instruct, train and supervise professionals