Totally Youth

To reduce youth unemployment as part of poverty and crime reduction, and thereby bring economic release and peace of mind to parents and guardians. Totally Youth (TY) provides capacity building, mentoring, and counseling on career, business, gender, and lifestyle issues. TY teaches and provides youth with the space, tools, equipment and Internet access to facilitate practical, in-house internships, and business incubation in a safe environment until they get a job or start their own business.
Dec 2, 2013

SLOW BUT STEADY - 20 YOUTH INCUBATORS BUILDING UP

SLOW BUT SURE – 20 YOUTH INCUBATORS A YEAR BUILDING UP

We say a very special thank-you to our recurrent donors for supporting us regularly ever since we started. We appreciate all the donations we continue to get from all our existing donors as well as the new ones. Our main programme – Support 5000 Young Graduates To Be Self-Employed, continue to receive donations and have received US$7,254.00 out of the US$100,000.00 needed, and we are sincerely grateful for that. Our Support 20 Youth Incubators a year programme has received US$ 1,420.00 out of the US$3,300.00 needed.Thank you aand keep up your good works.

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NEW BUSINESS

We now have 13 new young entrepreneurs as well as 35 young models benefiting from our Support 20 Youth Incubators a year programme.

 NANA KOFI: We have on board a group called Team Network. This is a youth TV production and talent management outfit. The team comprises 11 young graduates from senior high school. The leader is Nana Kofi, a very enterprising entrepreneur. Just last week, TY facilitated and presented at their first talent training workshop for 35 young models. For Totally Youth, this group is demonstrating the TY concept of youth-supporting-youth-into-business. We therefore hope very much that our donors will help us help this group and their clients. A donation of US$3,300 will help us help Nana Kofi achieve his dream in TV production as well as managing other young people to succeed in their careers.

 www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators

 CHEF SETH: We also have Chef Seth joining our Catering Center. He has joined us to build his capacity so he can set up his own restaurant in the near future. He is a qualified chef who had worked in a hotel restaurant for a short period under unfavorable conditions. TY has provided him with free accommodation on our premises since he is from out of town. This will save him transportation costs. He will be generating income while learning to ensure that he will be able to buy items toward his planned restaurant after his incubation. TY is providing him with all facilities and consumable under our revolving fund concept. Seth is getting ready to share his local and continental dishes with the North Ridge population, next week.  A donation of US$3,300 will help us help Seth to achieve his dream of setting up a restaurant.

 www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators

 OUR URGENT APPEAL

Dear donors, with unemployment rising globally, your support is very valuable to us. We would therefore appreciate it very much, if you could also have time to advise us in new and better ways to help the hundreds of thousands unemployed youth in Ghana.

 We are facing a lot of difficulties raising funds in full and on time. This means that our budgets for projects keep rising due to increases in market prices by the time we have enough money to pay for products and services. Consequently, we are unable to complete most of the requisite components of our projects to ensure maximum support to participants. This also makes it impossible for us increase the number of unemployed youth who need our support.

 If we could raise the full amounts required for each of our programmes/projects on time, we will be self-sustaining within two years. We are therefore appealing for timely and recurrent donations. We know that you have the right to use your money any way you choose. Please consider the plight of the unemployed youth and support one today. Please become a recurrent donor for this project or for our flagship programme – Support 20 Youth Incubators a year. A donation of US$3,300 will help us help each of the 20 incubator to achieve their dreams and also make Totally Youth Self-Sustaining in two years. Thanks

                              PLEASE ACCEPT OUR UNCONDITIONAL GRATITUDE

Nov 4, 2013

20 YOUTH INCUBATORS A YEAR NOW IN OPERATION

SUPPORT-20-YOUTH-INCUBATORS A-YEAR Now In Operation

We sincerely thank our donors who were able to support our ongoing projects as well as our Flagship Programme – Support-20-Youth-Incubators-A-Year. With your support, we have been able to start the programme with three incubators – Urica – catering; Alice – fashion design; eFive – road transport. We appreciate your prompt action and generosity and trust that more donors will follow in your footsteps to help make our programmes self-sustaining. We aim to be self-sustaining in three years.

 

URICA – OUR CATERING INCUBATOR

TY URI Montage.jpgUrica has started incubating towards her own restaurant business in the near future. With targeted advertisements and regular mentoring, she is already generating income through returning and new customers. She is so determined that we believe that she will be able to break even very soon. When this happens, she will start making profit which will enable her buy relevant items for her own restaurant. The TY Support-20-Youth-Incubators A-Year Revolvinging Fund will then be ready for transfer to the next catering incubator. We can achieve this through your continuing support.

 

Under the Catering Incubation, TY provides cooking utensils, crockery, gas cooker with cylinder, etc, for food preparation; consumables for cooking and garnishing the food; and serving plates, cutlery, drinking glasses, napkins, trays, tables, chairs, etc, for serving food to customers. We are proud of Urica’s commitment and determination to succeed and we are providing her with all the relevant capacity building and mentoring to ensure her success. She will be recruiting her three staffers at the beginning of next month. TY is making every effort to purchase a deep freezer, fridge and generator, to facilitate productivity at the Catering Center and your support will be appreciated. Donations to www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators will help us achieve this.

 

ALICE – OUR FASHION INCUBATOR

TY ALC Montage.jpgAlice has started her incubation as a fashion designer under our Support-20-Incubators-A-Year project. She has already designed and constructed her first three garments at our Fashion Center. At the Center, she has at her disposal, two sewing machines, one trimming machine, one hanging clothes rack, two movable clothes rack, several clothes hangers, mirror, dressing room, etc to facilitate her work. She also get a supply of fabric and accessories for the construction of the garments. Alice is a disciplined and great designer and we are very happy with her dedication and professionalism. She has started generating income and we are looking forward to her breaking even in the near future. She is receiving relevant capacity building and mentoring to ensure her success. She is now trying to expand her customer base through targeted advertisements and show-and-tells. We believe that she will also start making profit in the near future, so that the TY Support-20-Youth-Incubators A-Year Revolving Fund can be transferred to the next fashion incubator. We are currently raising funds to purchase an industrial sewing machine and display cabinets to improve productivity and sales. Donations to www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators will help us achieve this.

 

eFIVE – OUR AD HOC INCUBATOR

TY E5 Montage.jpgKweku, Courage, Louis, Larry and TY are working hard to make the eJet Road Transport Company a reality. The four young graduates are working hard on fresh financial proposals to facility the acquisition of a 30% loan facility of US$4,000,000.00, which will provide the required basis for a bank loan of US$12,500,000.00 loan to procure buses and build the required regional terminals. As indicated earlier, this project will employ a total of 2,845 young people when implemented. TY is therefore making all efforts to ensure due diligence and feasibility of the project. The four graduates have a 25 years combined experience in the road transport business, marketing and construction through the full- and part-time work they had to undertake to help pay for their education. Their modern terminals will have facilities including a health clinic, goods forwarding and insurance, food court, restrooms, transit accommodation and shopping malls, to address the multi-facetted needs of travelers. Due to the high volume of road travelers in Ghana, this venture can pay back the loans within one to three years. The four went through two years of surveys and feasibility studies to develop their business plan. They came on board Totally Youth during the second and we have been mentoring them and building their capacity to date. They have all now graduated and we are confident that with timely financial intervention by donors like your good self, we can make the eJet Road Transport System a reality.

 

Totally Youth provides eFive with free access to its shared Office and Knowledge Space, laptops, Wi-Fi Internet, stationary as well as capacity building, mentoring and counseling. We also provide occasional allowances based on availability of funds. We are making relevant efforts to find donors, sponsors, angels, equity investors and/or bank loans to help make the project a reality. With your usual kind support, we can together ensure that this opportunity to employ 2,845 unemployed graduates will not end up as a “pipe” dream. I trust that you will continue to support us to reduce youth unemployment in Ghana by making donations to our Flagship porgramme at www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators .

TOTALLY YOUTH ALUMNI

TY ALUMNI MONTAGE 2013.jpgPlease join us in saying congratulations, goodbye and farewell to Tina, Akweley and Nakki, our two Career Interns and Event Management incubator, respectively.

 

With her new job and acceptance to the Ghana Women Leadership programme, Tina is earning a good salary and has now developed her personal project for the Leadership programme. We will be hosting her project at TY which will help female students of tertiary institutions develop leadership skills and prepare them for decision-making positions while in school and after graduation. Tina and the students under her project will all receive capacity building and mentoring at TY. Tina will receive leadership training both in Ghana and the US under the Leadership programme organized by NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

 

Akweley is now working full time with a financial institution in the town of Tema. We continue to support her through telephone mentoring and counseling. The feedback so far is that she is doing well.

 

Nakki is gone to university to strengthen his qualifications for business. TY provided regular and relevant counseling to him through the entire process; paid a portion of the requisite fees and dropped him off on campus. We believe that with the capacity building and mentoring he received at TY, he will be successful in his tertiary education and become a conscientious entrepreneur with a great future. We continue to counsel him through telephone and when he visits. He still has access to free accommodation at TY. Even though we were not able to raise enough money or sponsorship to telecast his TV Reality Show, which he developed during his incubation, the lessons learnt has made him very matured and the show – FAME, remains a viable project which is still being pursued.

 

NEW BUSNESS

NGO SUPPORT: We have been approached by several Youth-run NGOs for assistance. They include NGOs grooming and protecting young female models and artistes from sexual harassment, during talent discovery processes and supporting young chefs into jobs or self-employment. We are therefore in the process of developing a special incubation programme for Youth NGOs to facilitate their work – Youth-Supporting-Youth. We will keep you updated on our progress in this new area.

 

Dear donors, with unemployment rising globally, your support is very valuable to us. We will appreciate it very much, if you could also have time to advise us in new and better ways to help the hundreds of thousands unemployed youth in Ghana.

DEAR DONORS, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR UNCONDITIONAL GRATITUDE.

Aug 26, 2013

OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE EVER - US$25 MILLION WORTH

Totally Youth Incubators and Interns at Work
Totally Youth Incubators and Interns at Work

TOTALLY YOUTH FACES ITS BIGGEST CHALLENGE yet – US$25 Million Worth!

For the years past, we have helped several start-ups to stand on their own two feet including Fashion Designers, Estate Managers, Beauty Specialists, Radio Show Producers and Presenters, Television Show Producers, Authors and Event Managers. This required a lot of investment in trust, commitment, innovation, creativity, discipline, time and funds and we managed to pull through with the support of our valuable donors.

This year, a group of four final-year students of tertiary institutions joined our Incubation Programme as budding entrepreneurs. They have now come up with an innovative modern transport business which will be the first-ever on the continent when implemented. It is also the most expensive project that Totally Youth had helped develop. The structure of this enterprise is based on the Totally Youth one-stop shop concept and will have a multifaceted pool of personnel.

The project can be implemented in one year, employ 2,845 young people over a five year period and will cost US$25,000,000.00. To qualify for a bank loan, the project is required to make a down payment of US$8,400,000.00. The business plan is ready with the requisite financial information. Based on the projections, the loan can be repaid fully with its interest within one year of operations, given the travel patterns of the routes identified. Locations, personnel, service providers and bankers have been identified and approached for requisite information and conditions.

We are now working on the financing of the down payment. Consequently, we are appealing to our valuable donors, friends, family and all benevolent friends of the youth, to help us employ 2,845 unemployed young people by helping the four young people raise the US$8,400,000.00 down payment to start their first business. Together we will also make history. Donations can be made through the "Other Amount" option on www.globalgiving.org/projects/totallyyouth. THANK YOU.

CATCHING THEM YOUNG

This third quarter we were joined by six SHS graduates. As part of our “catching them young” projects, they went through our Stepping Stones to Successful Graduation – a brand new seminar for SHS graduates and final-year students who are preparing to go to tertiary institutions. The seminar helps them towards self-motivation, application of ICT as a learning tool, ICT as a career or business choice and preparation for the world of career and business. The participants were also trained in MS Word for CV and application development and general document preparation; MS PowerPoint as a presentation tool; website development for learning, information sharing and self promotion; and Internet essentials.

We were also able to enroll four of them with a bank for possible employment if they are accepted as night students in the tertiary institutions they have applied to. All of them will have to complete 4 years of tertiary education to obtain their bachelor degrees. We are happy to announce that the two needy participants in the group obtained very high grades: one got six “A”s and two “B”s, while the other got four “A”s and four “B”s. We are appealing to all well wishers to support these two needy participants to towards their first year fees which is estimated at US$1,500.00 each. Savings from their day jobs will support them for the remaining three years. THANK YOU.

BUSINESS-AS-USUAL (BAU)

Two participants on our Internship programme have obtained jobs in local government and in construction and one incubator has set up her own beauty salon. We wish Tina, Emma and Mami good luck in their world of work and business. We were able to support Tina in applying for a Ghana Women Leadership programme and she has been accepted. We also participated in the first-ever Graduate Empowerment Cocktail, where we delivered a motivational speech and mentored graduates from the Greater Accra Region, who completed their National Service this year.

One caterer and one beautician joined our Incubation programme this month. We are also in the process of placing 10 SHS graduates on request from a company. Unfortunately, we are still turning away several needy participants because of our limited resources. This year 83,000 graduates have completed their national service and are now in the pool of unemployed graduates which is over 200,000 strong now. Our wish is to be able to assist a minimum of 1,000 unemployed youth, annually. Our current drive is to help 20 incubators: four caterers, four beauticians, four fashion designers, four ICT specialists and four ad hoc businesses a year, so they can in turn employ more unemployed graduates. Please help us meet these minimum targets. THANK YOU.

WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU OUR DONORS AND WE SINCERELY THANK YOU.

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