We say a big thank you to all who supported us after our last report. This is because we were able to add Michael to our list of successful participants who are now gainfully employed. Due to your timely support, Michael is now working for one of our big foreign Banks. We are grateful for your generousity. Our recurrent donors have been great with their automatic monthly donations.
We are pleased to inform you that we now have with us Deborah for business incubation and Frank and Larbi for career development. They all started last week and we need your support to make their stay here short and productive. At Totally Youth our success is based on the rate at which we process our participants into sustainable jobs or businesses. The longer a participant stays with us the more it costs and undermines our sustainability. With your timey support, we will be able to give them the neccessary skills and opportunities to become responsible and productive citizens in their commuities.
Deborah is a hardworking young women who has been doing ad hoc trading for years to keep herself in school, eat and pay her bills. She now needs urgent support to earn enough money to pay her university fees. She is now in transitional incubation at Totally Youth, to enhance her business skills and ensure a steady income generation, so she can focus on her education. She has some hairdressing and marketing skills, so Totally Youth is giving her full access to its Beauty Centre to ensure that she concentrates on income generation and not the overheads and inputs for her business. She will be mentored and coached to ensure that she generates enough income to go out and make it on her own and still complete her education. She is a determined but needy young woman who have chosen a responsible path to achieve her life goals. She is willing to create jobs for other needy young people even at this stage of her start-up. She will recruit one Totally Youth participant, to help with her start-up while she is in school. This is in line with our concept of youth creating jobs for youth. Deborah is an orphan.
Frank is currently living a hand-to-mouth existence, which is keeping him in constant depression. He has been unemployed for years, with only a few temporary jobs coming his way. To improve his chances of getting a good steady job, he needs to go back to school. This will require money to pay for his fees, transport, meals, etc. This means getting a steady job. Frank has joined TY to help him find a job in order to meet his financial obligations and focus on getting his higher education at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has no where to live in Accra, so Totally Youth is providing him with free accommodtion (free rent, electricity and water) on the premises. Totally Youth will be mentoring and counseling Frank and will build his capacity and give him employable skills. He will go through our transitional internship programme to gain practical office skills including ICT for operations, work ethics and office management. He will be coached in resume and application writing as well as interviewing skills.
Larbi is from a poor, single-mother home. He sleeps under a mosquito net without a bed, under the skies, in an unfinished house. He is a senior high graduate with no work experience, and have been living rough for quite a while in Accra. He found Totally Youth via radio and called for help. He is interested in becoming a security expert and is looking for a job in that area. He eats when he can and has no support from any where, since his mother, who is in his hometown cannot support him in any way. Larbi is now in transitional internship at Totally Youth and will receive all the requisite help under that programme. We have moved him to our free accommodation for safety and to provide him with a nurturing environment to prepare him for the world of work. Our latest alumni - Isaac is lending a helping hand - peer-to-peer support.
All three new participants need help with transport, consumables and meals. With the support we received from a number of benevolent donors, we were able to process Isaac successfully under or transitional interntion programme into a job in record time. We believe that you can extend the same support to Deborah, Larbi and Frank. Youth poverty leads to depression, suicide, drug/alcohol abuse, broken homes, fraud, riots and ather terrible social vices and crime. We need your support to keep unemployed youth including these three off this path. Any donation made to our project – Stop Youth Poverty, will go a long way to help us support them and other participants to reach their potentials and become gainfully employed and to achieve academic success. US$20.00 a month will cover the requisite allowance for one participants. We currently have 10 new participants under our transitional Internship and Incubation programmes, in addition to the three. Please help us fight youth poverty.
Your generous donations make it feasible for us to meet our Mandate and keep our faith in our Vision. With your support we will be able to send many needy unemployed youth into the world of work and business in the shortest possible time, as responsible and productive citizens. Please support them via www.globalgiving.org/projects/stop-youth-poverty
Many of us have been blessed because we are able to put our talents, skills and competencies to good use and we therefore enjoy varying proportions of decent livelihoods. Yes,we earned it but I know that somewhere along the way, we all had a helping helping hand. There are many young women and men who need our "helping hand" to become productive citizens in the Global Village we all now live in. Please lend a helping hand today to needy but committed and consciencious unemployed youth to stop youth poverty.
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.