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.
Jun 23, 2014

STOP YOUTH POVERTY - HELP THEM CREATE JOBS

Unemployed Youth at Work at TY ICT Centre
Unemployed Youth at Work at TY ICT Centre

STOP YOUTH POVERTY, HELP THEM CREATE JOBS

Since starting our programme to “Support 5000 Unemployed Graduates into Self-Employment”, we have been constantly reminded that job creation is the only sure answer to stopping youth poverty. The government and private sector are not creating jobs at the rate of youth employment needs in the country. The rate of graduate unemployment is now at 80,000 per year. From labour sources, the rate of youth unemployment has reached 250,000 a year (includes graduates of junior and senior high schools).

Totally Youth is convinced that the only way round youth unemployment is for the youth themselves to create jobs. For example, assisting one youth entrepreneur to start up a business, which can employ at least four additional unemployed youth, will immediately take five unemployed youth off the jobs market. Totally Youth has therefore been focusing on the principle of “Youth Creating Jobs For Youth” as the sure means of reducing youth unemployment and youth poverty.

Consequently, we designed a sub-programme to “Support 20 Youth Incubators” a year with several projects under it (Lift Urica …; Save Alice …; Lift Seth …; Help Wisdom …, etc). We are forever grateful to our donors who have supported one or more of our projects as well as our main programme. We are extremely appreciative of our recurrent donors with their regular donations throughout the year, which has earned us needed matching funds from Microsoft and Global Giving. Without your help we could not have assisted as many youth as we have done to date.

However, it has become clear that the instability of our currency – the cedi, has steadily reduced our purchasing power since prices are adjusted to meet dollar values on our local markets. Since we receive donations mostly within planned budgets, we have been unable to achieve our planned objectives for participants. For example, if we plan to buy a deep freezer this month at a given price and we get that amount next month, it is more likely that the price will have increased and therefore additional funds will be added before the purchase can be effected. This would mean that some funds will have to be redeployed from another budget line to purchase the deep freezer. This pushes us into a “robbing Peter to pay Paul” situation and limits our support to our young participants. But if there are no re-deployable funds, then the deep freezer and all activities linked to it are put on hold. Project durations are ultimately increased (e.g.: 3-month incubation stretch to six months or more reducing impact, output and outcome). To date, we have received the following donations:

  1. Support 5,000 Unemployed Graduates to be Self-Employed:            US$  7,574    out of      US$ 100,000
  2. Lift 20 Unemployed Youth From Poverty into Jobs                             US$  25         out of      US$    51,000
  3. Lift Urica From Poverty (Retired)                                                        US$  2,300     out of      US$     3,300
  4. Save Alice From Homelessness                                                         US$  260        out of      US$     3,300
  5. Lift Seth From Poverty (Retired)                                                         US$  1,279     out of      US$     3,300
  6. Help Wisdom To Farm                                                                        US$  75           out of     US$     4,000

We are therefore humbly appealing to our existing as well as potential donors to consider becoming “Recurrent Donors” so that we can plan more effectively and support a fixed number of youth every single year. This mode of donation will work perfectly with any of our projects as well as with our main programme. No amount is too small or too big so long as you are comfortable with it. Timeliness gives higher or the expected impact to your donations and guarantees sustainable outcomes.

Together, we can take many more youth out of poverty and reduce depression, homelessness, broken homes, drug and alcohol abuse, fraud and crime among the youth. Our joint efforts can only help towards world peace, given that most conflicts around the world involve a large number of unemployed youth. We can together reduce youth poverty, one youth start-up at a time.

We are pleased to inform you that the next Microsoft YouthSpark Fundraiser is on 26 June 2014. We are therefore humbly appealing to our donors, all benevolent people and Friends of the Youth, to support us win the highest matching fund. Please invite everybody in your corporate and social networks to donate to any of our programmes and projects. Thank you so much and God bless.

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Apr 18, 2014

MAKING THE YOUTH THE THIRD PILLAR FOR JOB CREATION

TOTALLY YOUTH INCUBATORS AT WORK
TOTALLY YOUTH INCUBATORS AT WORK

We extend our warmest Easter greetings to all our donors and friends. This year we have been working with over fifty unemployed youth entrepreneurs who are willing to set up their own businesses instead of looking for non-existent jobs. We have models, event managers, chefs, fashion designers, transport operators and a farmer, all going through capacity building and mentoring and receiving inputs to incubate their start-ups in a hands-on, practical way. We have embarked on another realty TV show – Fashion And Modelling Extravaganza, which will help 26 young boys and girls into jobs and protect young models in the industry. As the parent programme, the Support-20-Youth-Incubator has seen four incubator projects under its umbrella:

  1. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-wisdom-to-farm
  2. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/lift-seth-from-poverty
  3. http//www.globalgiving.org/projects/lift-seth-from-poverty
  4. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/lift-urica-from-poverty

and two incubator projects in the pipeline:

  1. Support-eFive-Transport-System
  2. Help-Kofi-Protect-Young-Models

These two pipeline projects will soon be posted on GlobalGiving for your kind consideration. We are pleased to announce that we are receiving more participants who would rather go into business for themselves, than look for non-existent jobs. The catering, fashion and farming incubators are poised to break even soon. The beginning of incubation is always difficult for participants, especially when they have to contend with breaking even before realizing profits. This is always the difficult lesson to learn, since the participants have very little or no money at all, when they come to TY. Our main difficulty relates to the current depreciating value of the cedi which has given rise to price hikes to cover purchases in foreign currencies. This affects the amount of money that Totally Youth can invest in the incubators, since what was bought for a cedi today will cost three cedis or more tomorrow. This makes it difficult to provide all the needs of the incubators and to plan effectively for scheduled completion of incubation. Without the generous support of our donors, we will be in dire straits. Timely donations are the most cost-effective, since we can then complete procurements before the next price hike.

EMERGENCY REQUEST

Due to recent heavy rains, we have lost the canopy over our Event Space where customers sit to be served their meals from the Catering Centre. Since we are in the rainy season, we need urgent assistance to replace the canopy and fixed the supporting metal beams. If we do not do this in time, Incubators at the Catering Centre will lose their hard-earned customers. This will also delay their expected break-even schedule and hence their opportunity to start buying tools for their planned businesses from expected profits. We are therefore humbly appealing for donations of US$2,000 to Support-20-Youth-Incubators for the replacement and repairs to the canopy and structure.

WORSENING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT TRENDS

The unemployment trend has gotten worse, with a local labour organization quoting 250,000 unemployed youth a year, as the latest figure. The CEO of Totally Youth was recently invited to present at a TEDx in Ghana – TEDxLabone, where she received a standing ovation on her presentation entitled “Youth – The Third Pillar for Job Creation”. Youth employment is contributing significantly to crisis and unrest in countries all over the world and we must make every effort to stem it. The good news is that youth unemployment can be drastically reduced if youth entrepreneurs are supported to set up businesses to create jobs for themselves and other unemployed youth. Totally Youth is therefore sincerely appreciative of our donors, because they are helping to prove that the youth are indeed the Third Pillar for Job Creation after government and the existing private sector. Your donations help the “youth to create jobs for the youth” and to reduce youth poverty, homelessness and crime.

Currently, we have four needy male participants sharing the two rooms on our premises (rent-free with free water and electricity). Even with this support, they still need allowances for daily meals and transportation when they go on errands for their start-ups. Unfortunately, the continuing rapid fall of the cedi reduces our purchasing power everyday thereby reducing our projected support and impact. It is therefore critical to get donations that will allow us to purchase in bulk (with consideration for shelf life), and also benefit from volume discounts and cost-savings. We would therefore be grateful if you will consider making lump sum donations to our projects. Please note that all incubators benefit from donations made to Support-20-Youth-Incubators, as the parent programme. Donations can be made to:

  1. www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators
  2. www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-wisdom-to-farm
  3. www.globalgiving.org/projects/lift-seth-from-poverty

With your continuing support, we will surely achieve our vision where employment will be an entrenched human right and our youth will be the confirmed Third Pillar for Job Creation worldwide.

                                                                                                 Thank you and God bless.

Mar 17, 2014

CEDI DEPRECIATION AND PRICE RISE SLOW SUPPORT

We are so grateful to our dear donors, especially our recurrent donors, who have continuously supported us ever since we first posted our programme on the Global Giving platform in 2011. You have so far provided us with US$ 7,489.00 out of the requested US$ 100,000.00 needed to support the target total of 5,000 participants. We are grateful to Global Giving for supporting us to raise this amount. We are well aware that you could have chosen to support other causes instead of poor unemployed youth in Ghana. Your contributions to our micro projects under the Lift 20 Unemployed Youth from Poverty to Jobs, brings us to an overall total of US$ 9,820. THANK YOU!

We are happy to inform you that to date we have helped many unemployed youth into jobs and start-up businesses. Unfortunately, the unemployment rate, just for graduates stands at 79,000 a year and due to the limited vacancies, job seekers stay with us much longer than expected. Fortunately, our approach to helping them is in the form of transitional internships, where they learn office management and operations; ICT for operations and management and proposal, resume and application writing. Consequently, their time spent with us gives them practical work experience which enhances their resume and their career prospects. However, the longer they stay with us, the more money we spend on a stagnant number of participants. This situation, together with our limited financial resources, limits the number of new participants we can enroll.

More importantly however, is the weakening of our purchasing power due to the constant rise in prices and the depreciation of the Ghana Cedi. This is more pronounced when prices go up just when we receive donations. Consequently, we are unable to help as many participants as we had planned within our estimated budgets.

Within the above context, your monthly recurrent donations have become our life line. Without them, our resource mobilization yields limited results, making it almost impossible to increase our intake. Our efforts to make an appreciable dent in the number of unemployed youth therefore become that much more difficult.

Currently, we have six incubators starting businesses in fashion design, event management, catering and farming and several interns. All of them are supported with office and event space, equipment, tools, laptops, Wi-Fi Internet, consumables, etc, as well as mentoring and capacity building. We know for a fact, that financial constraints are more than ever a global trend. This makes us highly appreciative of the continuing donations you make through Global Giving. We are infinitely grateful to you and Global Giving for literally putting food on the table by creating jobs for unemployed youth in Ghana and therefore supporting whole families.

                                                             THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

                                   MAY YOU CONTINUE TO PROSPER IN PEACE AND GOOD HEALTH

Lift 20 Unemployed Youth from Poverty to Jobs                          Support 5000 Young Graduates To Be Self-Employed

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