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.
Mar 29, 2016

SADLY 2016 IS SEEING MORE UNEMPLOYED YOUTH

Ghana just came out of a power supply crisis early this year - 2016, but not without it affecting many local businesses – small and big. Recruitment has been frozen in the public serctor and many private businesses have cut down their workforce while others were forced to shut down. Consequently, with the annual graduation rate going above 90,000 a year, the number of unemployed youth is at its highest this year.

And your guess is right. Totally Youth now have more requests for support than it can handle due to our limited funds. We have therefore had to deny too many candidates support, this year. This has been very hard for us. We know their plight and it always seems heartless, when we have to say no to needy candidates.

But with all these difficulties and hopelessly, we are very grateful to all our donors for the support they have been able to provide. This has made it possible to help several unemployed youth through mentoring, counseling and capacity building to increase their prospects of getting jobs. Isaac, Larbi, Enoch, Hannah and Frank are now all fully employed. Isaac, Larbi and Frank have now moved to our Career Facilitation Programme and will be with us until May 2016, when we hope they will have saved enough to move out on their own. We will then be able to take on more of the needy candidates who also need accommodation.

With your support, we have been able to take on board two new incubators – Allen and Derick. Allen has patented a health drink from the gingko leave and wants to start a beverage business. We are currently helping him to obtain his final certification from the Ghana Food and Drugs Board, so he can bring in his first consignments to start his business. He will as usual start on our premises and we continue to give him requisite mentoring and coaching as well as capacity building to ensure his success. Allen will be recruiting four interns once he starts, thereby taking five youth off the unemployment list. We are supporting Derick to start his own restaurant, which will employ 13 unemployed youth as interns also under our incubation programme with all the requisite mentoring, coaching and training.

We are therefore looking up to our donors to support Allen with US$4,000 and Derick with US$11,000 to ensure that they achieve their dreams as well as the dreams of 17 other unemployed youth. We will be grateful indeed if we could get recurrent donors so that we can avoid price increases that eat into our funds. Recurrent donations will also help us plan more effectively and ensure that we can help more participants at any given time.

We are counting on your usual kind considerations to help us support them. Just imagine that they are your daughters, sons, siblings, peers, etc, and I trust that you will find it in your hearts to help out even more than you have done so far. I believe sincerely that poverty is only a matter of missed opportunities. Together, we can ensure that our unemployed youth get all the opportunities they need to become responsible and productive citizens.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. HAVE A GREAT EASTER.


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Mar 21, 2016

STRONG PARTNERSHIPS CAN STOP YOUTH POVERTY

Allen - Health Drink Production Start-Up
Allen - Health Drink Production Start-Up

It is so uplifting to be able to give you successful real-life stories, which are linked directly to you - our donors. We are very grateful to our new donors in the UK who have just given us £100 and we say welcome on board and please do stay with us on our journey to stop youth poverty. We, as always, are thankful to GlobalGiving for giving us this platform to share our humanitarian activities with you.

Working together with you as partners, we are happy to inform you that Frank has now been accepted for a job and is waiting for his appointment letter, which is due this coming Monday, 21 March 2016. Furthermore, we have taken on board, Allen and Derick, under our Incubation programme.

Allen has gained a patent for two health drinks and is now looking for support to start a beverage production business. His products have passed all the necessary scientific and food tests. We are currently helping him to produce and package one of his beverages for the final certificate from the Ghana Food and Drugs division. We continue to mentor and coach him and have helped him with his business development. He has free access to a shared-office space, laptop, Internet and secretarial support, at our premises. Allen now needs US$4,000 to bring in his first consignment to start his business. If he receives this amount, Allen will be able to employ four (4) unemployed youth in the course of the year - namely, an Administrative Officer, Finance Officer, Marketing Officer and Sales Officer, in line with our concept of “Youth Creating Jobs for Youth”. We believe that with your continuing support, Allen will soon start earning a decent salary from his business start-up and be able to support himself and his aging parents. The same will be true for his four employees.

Derick wants to start a restaurant and has acquired a few chairs, a television set and some table lamps. He has free access to our Catering Centre and Event Space, to start his restaurant. Derick has some experience in the restaurant business and we are mentoring and coaching him on all the aspects of running a restaurant. He will have to employ a minimum of 13 unemployed youth who will start as interns (cooks, waiters waitresses, cleaners, etc.) to start his restaurant. Derick needs US$11,000 to acquire additional items such as awnings, tablecloth, fans, etc. With your donations, Derick’s dream will surely come true. Furthermore, a minimum of 13 unemployed youth will now have jobs.

Both Derick and Allen fall under our project – “Stop Youth Poverty” and our concept of “Youth Creating Jobs for Youth”. Please help Allen and Derick achieve their dreams and also give jobs to 17 unemployed youth in Ghana. They need all the support they can get through your benevolence and continuous support. Together, we can make this happen.          

Thank you for all that you have done and the continuing support you will providing from now on. God bless

Derick - Restaurant Start-Up
Derick - Restaurant Start-Up
Mar 14, 2016

THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, YET

Kayayei - Homeless Girls In Waiting
Kayayei - Homeless Girls In Waiting

“Seeing, is believing” “Out of sight, out of mind”. These two sayings came to mind when I got ready to write this report. This made me realize that Totally Youth could easily become guilty of both perceptions where our vulnerable girls are concerned. When we first met the Kayayei – homeless girls, our hearts went out to them. We could not believe that girls as young as 8 years, can be sleeping in the open in their numbers, like a huge, open can of sardines. We were shocked and their plight pushed us into immediate action. We walked the markets and the lorry parks and met with seven (7) different types of Kayayei - those who were:

  1. Trafficked in truckloads by wicked, ruthless men who promised them jobs
  2. Taken from their homes by relatives who promised them schooling
  3. Forced to run away from abusive parents and husbands
  4. Forced to run away from forced or early marriages or from witch hunters
  5. Forced to seek greener pastures in the big cities by parents and husbands
  6. Left with no option, but to come down for temporary menial jobs to help pay their school fees
  7. Born into this terrible kifestyle, by single mother Kayayei

We believed their stories, because we saw the state they were in. We therefore sat down and developed a holistic programme that will:

  1. Give them a safe haven
  2. Ensure they are in good health
  3. Ensure mentoring and counseling
  4. Build their capacity
  5. Give them employable skills
  6. Place them in jobs
  7. Help them start their own businesses

Through our community work, we also came across another set of disadvantaged girls who only differ from the Kayayei, because they live in extended family homes with parent(s) or relatives, who cannot look after them. However, like the Kayayei, they sleep in the open, have no health insurance, are often raped, are either dropouts or illiterates, are unemployed, mostly single mothers and have no future. We therefore decided to bring this group of under-privileged girls under this same programme as the Kayayei. So yes, “seeing is believing”.

But since we started fundraising, our efforts have not yielded the expected results. Out of the US$24,560 required to support 120 girls a year, we have so far raised US$990 through Global Giving. We have to date been able to help only one local vulnerable girl – Hannah, who has been placed as a house-help. This surely puts us in the spectrum of “out of sight, out of mind” in the view of the many girls we interviewed and explained the project to. It is as if we have forgotten their plight, and this makes us very sad and dismayed. This programme can build a foundation for “youth creating jobs for youth” to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged girls. This programme will have a domino effect that will see disadvantaged girls supporting each other, to bring an end to poverty among girls/women. This programme must be implemented for the sake of these girls.

Thankfully, there is light at the end of the tunnel, yet! In the course of last month, we met an ex-Kayayo who had worked her way painfully through school through intermittent work as a house-help, selling little items and/or undertaking a variety of menial jobs. It was a hard life with numerous days of little or no food, but she completed her schooling and now helps other vulnerable girls. She has proven the concept of youth creating jobs for youth. She is however not out of the woods yet and is living from hand to mouth, which makes her support to her peers, unsustainable. She will be joining our Business Facilitation programme early April 2016. She will be our Project Manager and Ambassador for our Give Vulnerable Girls Employable Skills. With her on board, we can rejuvenate our programme and with your support, we will be able to help our two groups of girls.

We have not forgotten our girls. They are still in our minds and I trust that you have them in your mind too. Please help us through Global Giving, to help them. Together, we can lay the foundation for “Youth Creating Jobs For Youth” for our girls. You can donate through Global giving USA as well as Global Giving UK. We know we can count on you to give 120 vulnerable girls employable skills and gainful occupations, every year. Thank You and God bless.

Vulnerable Local Girls In Waiting
Vulnerable Local Girls In Waiting
 
   

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