We continue to fight with all we have to continue helping as many unemployed youth as possible. This is because of our strong belief that if you support one youth to set up a business, you will be helping a whole lot of unemployed youth to gain jobs. We also know for a fact that providing gainful jobs to unemployed youth reduces the incidence of social vices and crime. We are therefore grateful to all our donors, especially the recurrent ones, for supporting us to implement this project.
To date we have received US$7,770 out of the US$100,000 needed to start and sustain the project. We have however been able to forge ahead, through the funds raised for new projects as well as micro-projects under this project. Feedback indicates that our alumni are all doing well on their own now. We are still in touch with many of them.
To keep the project going, we have included a new support modality called “Business Facilitation” where we take on board a category of participants who can pay a fixed minimal amount for the TY facilities they use (based on ability to pay). They get everything else free. This helps to continue to take on needy participants who cannot pay registration and enrolment fees as well as those who can only pay these nominal fees through scheduled payments. But we still have to waive payment of these nominal fees for others. Together with the funds raised and what TY has on hand, the project is doing all it can not to turn away needy applicants.
Under this business facilitation modality, we now have on board a two-man business team, which organizes writers’ workshops for young and upcoming youth. This is ongoing and they have employed 3 youth. We also have three young individuals coming together to start a restaurant. They will start in mid February 2015 and they will employ 6 youth. These two start-up businesses alone are thereby providing jobs for 13 unemployed youth. This supports our concept of Youth Creating Jobs For Youth. So with the support of our donors we have confirmed the veracity of the concept.
We have many alumni now doing well in their own businesses or as employees in reputable companies. Recently, one of our alumni – Emma, has become a recurrent donor. And of course there is Felix, who has now set up his own fashion business in the US and has employed some youth. So you see, this project is even having an impact on unemployment in the US. We wish to say a perpertual THANK YOU to our Recurrent Donors for staying with us through thick and thin. We are grateful.
The sustainability of the project however depends on timely and regular donations in view of the fact that budgeted purchasing power depreciates with time. We will therefore be grateful indeed, if:
We are grateful for all the help we have received and look forward to those to come. We are young or were young once. We know how it feels. Help one unemployed graduate today. Please spread the news.
Through the generous support of our dnors over the years, our programme "SUPPORT 5000 YOUNG GRADUATES TO BE SELF-EMPLOYED" has impacted thousands of unemployed as well as employed youth, through our six flagship programmes, youth workshops, seminars and conferences. We have also reached millions of youth through television appearances and radio programmes. Our only limitation in our drive to support unemployed youth, is our growing need for funds at the right time. But, together we have achieved a lot since 2011 and we are grateful.
With your support, our Catering Centre was completed this year and have seen two alumni Urica and Seth. Wisdom has finally received a plot of land and is now putting in irrigation pipes and will soon start his own pineaple farm. Summ is able to pay his own rent and have moved out of our premises. Akweley has found an accounting job, Emmanuel has found a teaching job, Akosua is working with a big telecom company, Tina is in public service and is persuing a Master's degree. Felix has his own fashion line in New York, and the list goes on.
We have currently added a new programme called Business Facilitation which supports struggling youth businesses. Totally Youth provides them access to its Knowledge Space, Event Space, Office Space and ICT Centre, to save these businesses the costs associated with renting such facilities at exhobitant recurrent costs. With our facilitation, these youn busnesses build up their capital to become self-reliant. So far we have two such businesses enrolling with us. They will join us in November 2014.
Our "Why Are You Here" seminar series and "Steping Stone to Employment" (education,career, business) are yielding positive results. We intend to market both of them intensively next year, to increase revenue generation. The feedback to date has been very encouraging and we will capitalize on that.
We have come up with two new concepts - "Catching Them Young" and "Going to the Source". Under "catching them young", we will adopt a primary school and have the pupils learn the best way possible so that they will be career and business focused. With regard to "going to the source", we will adopt homes with youth and support them with resources for learning and capacity building. We will share these projects with you once their project documents have been completed. We believe that these two new approaches together with the existing ones, will help solve the unemployment crisis from bottom up, top down and mid-stream.
Due to the support we received from our donors, we have been able to help so many unemployed youth through our micro projects and smaller programmes. You may want to note however, that all our mini programmes and micro projects fall under our "SUPPORT 5000 YOUNG GRADUATES TO BE SELF-EMPLOYED" programme. We are therefore happy to note that donors contributed substantively to our micro projects. We believe that it is easier to relate to individuals and small groups of people and understand their plight better, than to envisage the needs of 5000 youth at a go. We are therefore preparing to request approval from GlobalGiving, to retire our main programme - "SUPPORT 5000 YOUNG GRADUATES TO BE SELF-EMPLOYED" and replace it with "STOP YOUTH POVERTY - YOUTH CREATING JOBS FOR YOUTH". We trust that all our donors - recurrent and non-recurrent, will continue to support Totally Youth through this main programme as well as our micro projects.
We thank all our donors for their benevolent support and we say a special thank you to our recurrent donors who guarantee us regular funding. Together we have made the lives of thousands of unemployed youth hopeful, happy, determined, confident and/or gainfully employed. God bless.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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