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 29, 2015

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU. PLEASE DONATE A SMILE FOR 2016

Faces of Totally Youth Alumni
Faces of Totally Youth Alumni

2015, like any other year, has had its ups and downs. In a few days we will enter the year 2016, a new year that we hope will bring us all many peaceful and happy days. The entire Totally Youth Team wishes you and all your loved ones a belated Merry Christmas and the Happiest-Ever New Year. May all your good wishes come true.

In 2015, we operationalized two new projects to help us focus on the needs of nee ourdy alumni – Career Facilitation and Business Facilitation. This year, these two projects helped seven participants directly with several other people benefiting indirectly through the cost-savings made by these participants. These projects involves among other things, the free accommodation, free utilities and free facilities that Totally Youth extends to alumni. This additional support ensures that they save enough towards their independence (enough to pay their own rent and utilities, when they leave TY). This was made possible by your donations throughout the year. The current batch of Facilitation participants will be leaving TY in the first quarter of 2016, ready to face the world with confidence and determination, thanks to all the support you provided. We will then bring on board the next batch of needy alumni. We strongly believe that through these two projects, we will be able to build a pool of career and business alumni, who are professionally and financially stable enough to become staunch supporters of Totally Youth in due course.

Support 5000 Young Graduates is the umbrella programme for all our projects and mocro-projects and has helped support our individual and group projects. It has brought us our highest individual donations of up to US$1,000 and has the highest number of one-off and recurrent donors! We are very grateful indeed, because these statistics prove to us that we are doing something useful and worthwhile for needy unemployed youth. We trust that you will continue to partner with us throughout 2016. Meanwhile, to help us end 2015 on a successful note, we will be grateful if you can use this festive holiday season to Donate A Smile to one needy unemployed youth as the most precious New Year Gift. This will surely guarantee a job or business start-up for one unemployed youth and take her/him out of poverty. Whether you are an old or new donor, please consider becoming a recurrent donor during this festive holiday season, in the spirit of good cheer and goodwill. You can do this by donating any amount of your choice or any of the amounts below on a monthly basis at www.globalgiving.org/projects/totallyyouth:

           US$ 100 | US$ 50 | US$ 40 | US$ 20 | US$ 10 | YOUR CHOICE

And we will definitely continue to be grateful for all one-off donations in any amount. We will as usual keep you posted on our activities and joint achievements. Thank you for all that you have done in 2015. We look forward to a Great New Year together in 2016

    WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY
                                God Bless You and Your Family

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Dec 21, 2015

YOUR DONATIONS YIELD REAL INCOMES AND SMILES

YOUR DONATIONS YIELD REAL INCOMES AND SMILES

With the introduction of our Career and Business Facilitation Programmes, our Transitional Internship and Incubation Programmes have reached a new level. This is mainly due to the support we received from our recurrent, old and new donors and we are very grateful.

Our last report requested for support for Larbi, Deborah and Frank. We are happy to announce that we were able to build the capacity of Larbi, Deborah and Frank as well as Isaac, Enoch and Hannah. Furthermore, we were able to place Isaac, Larbi, Hannah and Enoch within record time. This proves that with adequate and timely funding, we can put smiles on the faces on depressed unemployed youth and more importantly, give them sustainable incomes. Unfortunately, we lost our office laptops, mobile phones and iPad to a burglary, so I cannot share any pictures with you this time. We will do so in our next report.

Frank, Isaac and Larbi heard about Totally Youth from a presentation made by the CEO on different radio programme. Hannah learned about us from her neighbour who advised her to contact us for a job, while Enoch was introduced to us by Hannah. Enoch and Hannah live in the Greater Accra Region where Totally Youth is located, Frank is from the Volta Region and Isaac and Larbi are from the Ashanti Region. We therefore had to accommodate Isaac, Larbi and Frank during their capacity building segment. When Isaac and Larbi were placed, we had to transfer them to our Career Facilitation Programme, which allowed them to continue to live on our premises free of any charges. This will enable them earn enough to move out and manage on their own. Hannah lives in, where she works and Enoch is living temporary with some friends.

These are beautiful and heart-warming real-life stories, which can be repeated for the million other vulnerable unemployed youth still out there. It was not easy helping these six unemployed youth and we actually lost Deborah, because she needed more help for her business incubation than we could provide, with our scarce funding. With your support, we can help a lot more young people like her. Frank still lives at Totally Youth and has taken up part-time school to improve his grades. This will make it easier for us to place him, early next year..

You have helped put smiles on the faces and income in the pockets of four young desperate people. Please join us once again to repeat this humanitarian act that produces responsible citizens and reduces poverty and crime. If this is ypur first time reading one of our reports, please join us to put a smile on the face of a needy but worthy youth. With Christmas and New Year just round the corner, you can extend your goodwill and good cheer to at least one deserving unemployed youth. It will be the Best Gift Ever for that young person and you will be glad you did. Please give it a try at www.globalgiving.org/projects/stop-youth-poverty. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

                          MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Dec 16, 2015

PLEASE HELP THIS PROJECT TO STAY VIABLE

Totally Youth
Totally Youth's ICT Centre

A good project can only be successful through the support of benevolent donors, and this project has had its share and we are very grateful indeed. At the same time, one can only give so much and no more, based on several legitimate reasons. Unfortunately however, the vulnerable young women in our project - Save Vulnerable Girls, have no viable options to choose from. Their plight remains the same every day. They are exploited on a daily basis and they suffer from sexual, physical and mental abuse on a regular basis. Their dreams of making enough money for themselves and their families, fade with each sundown and their fears of what torture awaits them, rise with each sunrise. They have no hope of breaking out of this vicious cycle by themselves. If we cannot raise enough funds to help them effectively, we would have succeeded only in dashing the little hope they have found. We therefore trust that you will consider donating some of your hard-earned money towards this humanitarian cause. Please help give one poor, vulnerable young woman a sustainable income to cover food, clothing and shelter today.

We at Totally Youth are now at a point where we may have to close down this critical intervention if we fail to raise the needed funds to make the project viable. Furthermore, our project manager is no longer willing to work on pro-bono basis. As clearly indicated on the project's web page on GlobalGiving, we have not been able to raise most of the funds to cover critical items including recurrent items for the personal use of the participants. Closing down this project would mean keeping 120 young women in abject poverty every year. Since some of these participants have children (some have 1 to 3 children), the affected number per year could reach 180 or more, Rehabilitations made to some of our facilities to support the project would also then be wasted.

We already have in place fully functioning ICT, Catering, Fashion and Beauty Centers as well as our Knowledge Space ready, to support the capacity building and hands-on training of these vulnerable young women. Once trained, we will place them in the hospitality industry as well as safe households. We desperately need your support, especially with the recurrent items that go directly to the participants to make it possible for them to effectively participate in the programme to gain employable skills. They deserve this project which will place them and transform them into confident, healthy young women who will be responsible and productive citizens. Your support will take 120 vulnerable young women and their dependents off the streets into secure environments. You will help them provide for themselves, the basic necessities of life, i.e.: food, clothing and shelter, as a minimum.

Right now they are waiting with high hopes for the project to help them become productive citizens. Meanwhile, we are looking up to you, dear benevolent donor, to find a little more room in your hearts to help these young women. These vulnerable women, who have been dragged by poverty into prostitution, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, single parenthood, homelessness, etc.

If we at Totally Youth have failed miserably to present their plight successfully, please do not let our weak “elevator pitch”, deprive them of this opportunity to get out of abject poverty. Without additional assistance, Totally Youth will not be able to do it on its own. Please lend a helping hand to these young women who have been deprived of dignity, hope and purpose of life. Give them something positive to look forward to in life.

Your support during this festive month of December will be a double blessing to these suffering young women, because they will have access to food, clothing and shelter for six weeks as well as gain employable skills. And once we have placed them, they will become responsible, income-earning citizens who can fend for themselves and their dependents. If our project receives more donations and/or gets more donors than other projects during this end-of-year fundraising, we would get rewards from GlobalGiving, which could give us a GlobalGiving Superstar Status. This will make us more visible on the GlobalGiving platform.

We are determined to go on with this project with your help because of its potential high impact for poverty reduction, especially for women. We have been working diligently to keep the project alive and just as a good omen, we just this week found a pro-bono project manager. She will be starting with us in two weeks, which is a blessing indeed.
We are therefore appealing for urgent support for the Kayayei and the other vulnerable young women we have identified.Please help us this project to stay viable.

You are only a few clicks away from giving at least one vulnerable young woman a lifeline and the Best Christmas Ever. Please donate any amount of your choice today at www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-homeless-girls. Thank you.

DO HAVE YOURSELF A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and MAY YOUR NEW YEAR BE THE HAPPIEST EVER.
GOD BLESS

Totally Youth Facilities Poster
Totally Youth Facilities Poster
 
   

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