Project #8630

Support 5000 young graduates to be self-employed

by Totally Youth
Vote For Employment For One Of Them - Donate Today
Vote For Employment For One Of Them - Donate Today


 On November 7, 2016, Ghanaians will vote for a new government. By then another set of 350,000 graduates will be released onto the job market. Meanwhile, with the ongoing political campaigns hundreds of thousands of veteran unemployed youth are being drown deeper and deeper into social vices. They are ready to sell their votes to the highest bidder through fraudulent schemes.

The campaign season will see a tremendous rise in youth depression, poverty, teenage pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse and violence. This is due to failed schemes and reckless use of ill gotten monies. Furthermore, some of these unemployed youth are enticed into rioting by unscrupulous politicians and end up locked up, wounded or dead.

Unemployment is the mother of youth poverty and so long as the number of unemployed youth continuous to grow, more youth will turn to violence, rioting, robbery and fraud to provide themselves with the bare necessities of life and then more. This is not acceptable and we, the friends and champions of the youth should find room in our hearts to extend a helping hand to stem this trend.

You and I can substantially save some of these helpless youth, especially during this campaign season. We can do so by donating any amount of money to Support 5,000 Graduates into jobs or businesses. Your donations can be one-off, monthly recurring or yearly recurring.

Due to financial constraints, we currently have only, 10 new set of job-seeking youth looking for jobs in marketing, finance, human resource manage, etc. We also have two transitional incubators – a gingko health drink start-up by Allen and a beads accessories start-up by Rafiatu, which need an estimated total of US$10,000 to really take off. Allen and Rafiatu are very determined and committed and their businesses can recruit thousands of unemployed youth in the very near, due to local demands. If we are unable to raise this amount, Allen and Rafiatu and their potential employees, they will all surely, end up on the jobless youth heap.

I am therefore appealing to all readers of this report to please Vote for Youth Employment with a Donation to this programme today. We know that there are so many things that you can do with your hard earned money, but we sincerely hope that you will find it in your heart to lift vulnerable unemployed youth out of poverty into productive and responsible lives.

We thank our past donors for all their support in the past. We are grateful to our recurrent donors who keep us going. We look forward to new donors to rekindle our fundraising. We are counting on you all.

Thank you for caring about the plight of the youth. God bless.

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.


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

           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

                                God Bless You and Your Family


It has always been maintained that pictures speak louder than words. So let me use pictures to say a big thank you to for contributing directly to our call under this project and indirectly to this project, under our other projects and micro-projects.

It all started in 2011 and from August to December 2011, we were able to raise a total of US$6,582.00 under this project. This project also gave us our first recurrent donors, and some of them are still making monthly donations as themselves or anonymously. With your benevolent donations over the years and your continuing support we have raised a total of US$12,887.25 to date for our other projects, micro-projects and this our mother-project – Support 5000 Young Graduates To Be Self-Employed”. We are grateful to you and GlobalGiving for this achievement.

So what have we achieved together with your on-going donations? The attached pictures tell the general story of our successes as a team.

Starting with a handful of participants with only our ICT Centre and Knowledge Space, our participants grew in number and our programmes expanded to include our Office Space, Fashion Centre, Beauty Centre, Event Space and our Catering Centre. It has been a great journey with numerous challenges and our one-off, recurrent and new donors helped us to meet these challenges, to get us where we are today. Thank you.

Unfortunately, the journey seems to be unending since the number of graduates produced annually, is now over 300,000. Moreover the number of graduates that get into full employment still stands at 5,000 per annum. 90,000 are from tertiary institutions with only a few being business-minded while the majority is without employable skills. Many of the few who try to go into business get very little or no help at all. This re-enforces our concept of “Youth Creating Jobs For Youth” which we have tried and tested with success. The unemployed youth creating jobs for other unemployed youth through our adopted practical approach is the only way to speed up the process of getting more unemployment youth into jobs and self-employment.

Consequently, under this project – “Support 5,000 Young Graduates To Be Self-Employed Self-Employment”, we developed several projects including “Stop Youth Poverty”; “Save Homeless Girls From Poverty”; and “Girls ICT Weekend Club”, in addition to our personalized micro-projects to support individual unemployed youth. We have also introduced our career and business facilitation programmes to facilitate youth careers and businesses by giving them access to our facilities to ensure sustainability in their jobs and businesses. Our approach is holistic and practical and we have helped so many needy and vulnerable youth from 2010 to date and still going because of your benevolence.

When you donate to “Support 5,000 Young Graduates To Be Self-Employed” you are simultaneous donating to all the projects under its umbrella. We need your continuing support on a timely basis, to move us into sustainability, so we can reach our target of supporting 5,000 unemployed graduates into jobs and business. We have been bedeviled by the unfortunate nose-dives and yo-yoing of our cedi. Our budgets do not make sense after a month, since market prices are unpredictable except for their tendency of going up. Timely support is therefore the only way to give maximum support for us to gain self-reliance.

We are therefore requesting for continuing support from both old and new donors who like us believe that youth poverty leads to crime, fraud, riot and social vices which adversely affect families and communities. We are appealing for to existing and new recurrent donors to consider donating the following amounts per month:

# of DONORS                MONTHLY AMOUNT

10                              -           US$ 100

20                               -           US$ 50

25                               -           US$ 40

50                               -           US$ 20

100                             -           US$ 10

We will of course be grateful for any amount that any donor finds convenient. We are appreciative of the general economic situation and we will accept any amount as one-off or recurrent donation. We only plead that such donations should come on time to ensure that we do get to sustainability sooner than later.

Thank you for being with us throughout our journey and for staying or joining us to get nearer to our target of supporting 5,000 unemployed graduates into jobs and self-employed. We are truly grateful.


Some of our Incubator-Alumni
Some of our Incubator-Alumni

We Need Your Support

Currently, our umbrella programme – Support 5000 Young Young Graduates to be Self-Employed, has only one donor – an anonymous recurrent donor, who has set up a standing order to donate on a fixed date every month to the programme. We are eternally grateful to this recurrent donor. Donations to this programme ensure as a minimum, the provision of allowances (transportation and meals), to participants.

Allowances to participants are the most critical items in all our programmes and projects. This is because majority of the beneficiary groups that we serve are poor and needy youth who cannot afford the cost of daily transportation to and from Totally Youth, to access all the support that we can offer. They are also unable to pay for the daily lunch while they are on the premises. Allowances may seem like "small" amounts but without them, we cannot use the "big" amounts to implement our programmes and projects. We have been unable help many candidates, due to this factor.

These two items are daily recurrent costs that we need urgent support for. We are therefore grateful to all our past donors and will appreciate their return to support this programme. We are appealing to all our readers and past donors to join our invaluable anonymous donor. We trust that:

  1. Our recurrent donor will continue to support us until we become self-reliant
  2. Our past donors will consider becoming recurrent donors for as little as US$10 or any amount of their choice
  3. All our donors and readers will help us attract new recurrent and seasonal donors by sharing the plight of needy unemployed youth with them and giving them our programme address on Globalgiving
  4. That anybody reading our reports and programme details will consider becoming a recurrent or seasonal donor.

The number of graduates produced every year is now around 90,000. With only an estimated 10,000 getting into permanent employment, the situation keeps worsening every year. If our programme succeeds, based on our concept of “Youth Creating Jobs For Youth”, we can make a big dent in the unemployment figures. Youth businesses are bound to employ more youth than adults. Peer recruitments will therefore increase, especially at the community level. This is a formula guaranteed to succeed and you will be part of the success story. We need your support. THANK YOU.

               Support Needy Unemployed Youth Into Self-Employment


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Totally Youth

Location: Accra, Greater Accra - Ghana
Project Leader:
Eva Lokko
Accra, NA Ghana
$9,473 raised of $100,000 goal
134 donations
$90,527 to go
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