Since our last report, we have been making some infrastructure changes to provide better space to enable participants to stage events including exhibitions, fora, rehearsals ae well as social events on our premises. We are pleased to inform you that the Event Space fitting is expected to be completed by the first week of next month. Our mini-Catering Centre will be starting on 1 December 2011 to provide affordable and nutritious meals to participants and personnel.
We the support of a pro-bono website designer – Mr. Opher Segev, we will soon have a Totally Youth website – www.totallyyouth.org, which could be live as early as December 2011. This will help us to showcase more prominently, our participants, sponsors and programmes. By courtesy of MultiChoice Ghana, Totally Youth is now giving participants access to educational digital television (History, National Geographic, BBC Knowledge, Learn, Discovery, etc), as part of our capacity building and mentoring programmes.
This year, we have completed three of our Stepping Stones to Employment Seminars to tertiary institutions this year and have had three radio shows on youth unemployment (Choice FM, Joy FM and Citi FM). We plan to get copies of these shows to upload on YouTube. We have also participated in four events relating to youth unemployment and leadership.
Producer/Writer: Moses wants to be a writer/producer and is now in the process of editing a script for his first television drama. Totally Youth has been working with him to appreciate what video production entails. He has gone through the process of developing and understanding his programme ideas, production planning and budgeting. He has completed his budget and synopsis and will be auditioning actors and actresses for his television drama – Reality of Life at the Totally Youth Event Space. Moses will be writing his proposal for sponsorship and co-production in a couple of weeks to enable him to produce his drama - Reality of Life, as a television show which will later be reproduced on DVD for sale. He will also be supported by TY to produce a realistic business plan to gain access to a loan to set up his own production house.
Fashion Designer: Gita is interested in fashion design and is now going through her evaluation process at TY. Last week, she completed her first dress through guidance and confidence building this week. Totally Youth provides her with sewing and neatening machines as well as relevant accessories and materials, at its Fashion Centre. The next step for her will be the production of a mixture of TY and her own designs for the fashion market. Once these clothes are sold, she will start earning an allowance which will help her save towards opening a boutique with her own designs. Gita will also be assisted to draw up a realistic business plan to help her acquire a loan. This will ensure that her business takes off at the right time and that it is sustainable.
e-Music: Selase and his partner Reginald will be starting with TY this week. Their interest is in e-music. They will provide musicians, especially young and upcoming musicians, with a platform to upload their music onto the Internet to facilitate online purchasing worldwide. They will need access to the Internet 24/7 which TY will provide. TY will also be supporting them to appreciate business management and operations and give them the requisite facilities and work space to start and test their business idea. Once the website starts generating income, they will receive allowances that will help them save towards their business. TY will assist them in preparing a realistic business plan to source loans to help them launch their e-music website fully and sustainably.
Radio Producer: Augustine is currently completing his proposal for sponsorship and co-production. Sponsorships and co-production will provide him with an allowance. His radio programme is now well fleshed out and invitations to selected interviewees in industry will be going out in a couple of weeks. His first programme idea – Product Balance, will initially provide jobs for at least five young graduates in radio production. It will help consumers to appreciate the quality of local and imported goods. It will also be an advocacy platform to encourage industry to improve on the safety and quality of their products to stay competitive. TY will give Augustine the necessary assistance to develop a business plan to acquire a loan to set up his production company.
Social Writer: Nketia has written his first book dedicated to eradicating the stigmatization of people with HIV/Aids. The book is currently in the stage of editing for publication. He is also in writing the synopsis and script for the story – The Last Cry, to be produced as a television drama which portrays how misconceptions about AIDS can destroy families even today, if not dealt with effectively. TY will be helping him source support from the AIDs Commission. He is also in the process of producing a business plan so that he can obtain a loan from appropriate financial institutions to supporting his writing and publishing. Meanwhile he will receive requisite support form TY to prepare his proposals for sponsorship and co-production of his television drama series (13 episodes). Sponsorships and co-production will provide him with an allowance.
Events Manager: Nana is now ready to start auditioning high school students nationwide, for his Ghana High School Music Awards (GHSMA) on 23 December 2011. He has completed his proposal for sponsorship and partnerships, invitation letters to the Ghana Education Service, high schools, judges and media houses. With guidance and directions from Totally Youth, the GHSMA has gained support from Ghana Television for co-production. Sponsorships and co-production will provide him with an allowance. The GHSMA is a 13-episode television reality show, which will take place annually. It will provide self-employment for at least 10 young high school graduates in events management. It will also produce at least four new young talents a year for the music industry. Nana is still boarding and lodging at Totally Youth to save him the costs of utilities and rent. He will be supported to complete a business plan which will help him approach financial institutions for a business loan.
Radio Presenter: Summ’s radio shows are still on air. He has completed proposals for sponsorships to help him earn some money since he does not yet receive any salary or allowance from the radio station his programmes are aired on. Sponsorships and co-production will provide him with an allowance. Totally Youth is working with him to negotiate a contract with his radio station to ensure that he gets regular income. He has now completed achievement-oriented resumes/curriculum vitae and accompanying applications to look for other avenues of work. Totally Youth still provides accommodation and a bike to Summ to save him the costs of rent and utilities. He prepares his weekly shows at the TY ICT Centre on a daily basis. You can listen to Summ on Vibe FM 91.9, Accra, Ghana every Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 12 midnight, which will soon be on YouTube and other social networks.
Estate Manager: Ezekiel has been groomed in office and estate management. He is now getting requests from rent and lease seekers and is earning some income. He will soon be leaving us to set up his business proper, after completing a business plan to allow him source for a loan. When he leaves, we will continue to monitor and counsel him to ensure that his business becomes sustainable. His business will is capable of initially providing casual jobs to at least 10 other young people in the area of cleaning, clearing, landscaping, moving and laundry.
You will be happy to know that Totally Youth provides Wi-Fi Internet, laptops, office space, tools and equipment to all its participants. This gives them a real-time business environment in which to fully put their business ideas into practice and gain the necessary experience and competence in running a business or performing real business functions. Mentoring and counselling are given on a daily basis on-schedule or on-demand.
We are so excited that all these young people will soon be self-employed with the prospect of employing more young people. Totally Youth is putting young graduates into self-employment one graduate at a time. We give our young graduates and entrepreneurs a safe, caring and nurturing environment to boost their confidence and their determination to succeed. And with your continued support and generosity we know we will be able to support our target of 5,000 unemployed graduates.
We are therefore humbly appealing to all our friends and supporters to consider making regular donations to help us reach our target of US$100,000.00 to effectively support our unemployed young graduates. Your donations will also make Totally Youth self-sufficient by 2014 so it can continue supporting unemployed graduates into self-employment and help reduce youth unemployment. We will soon be receiving your earlier donations through GlobalGiving which will help us take on more participants in our six integrated programmes:
- Totally Youth Club
- Capacity Building Programme
- Internship Programme
- Incubation Programme
- Stepping Stones to Employment Seminars
- Annual youth Employment Conference
Thank you so much dear donors, for being true Friends of the Youth. Given the current global economic constraints, you are truly heros. Thanks to GlobalGivjng for their continuing support and facilitation.