Dear FRIENDS of the YOUTH,
Unfortunately, the number of unemployed young graduates now stands at 75,000 this year as per official figures released by government (http://gebssghana.org). Totally Youth therefore needs to speed up its resource mobilization to take in more participants, especially since government is targeting only 100 young graduates a year, for support into self-employment. With 70,000 graduates being produced every year, the plight of unemployed graduates is dire indeed.
Our goal is therefore to raise at least US$80,000 this year, to be able to reach our target of supporting 5000 young graduates into businesses and jobs through our six integrated programmes of Club, Capacity Building, Internship, Incubation, Seminars and Annual Conference. We are therefore starting our 2012 fundraising through local sponsorships via local activities as well as global donations through Global Giving.
We urgently need in-kind or in-cash donations for 10 laptops (US$770 each, total US$7,700), one screen printing machine (US$5,000), newspaper printing machine, (US$3,500) and one ticket printing machine (US$15,000), to support participant businesses in event management, graphic design, screen printing and ticket printing. This will initially provide permanent jobs for 20 young graduates and provide resources for capacity building, skills development and contract implementation for unlimited number of participants.
All the same, 2012 started off with some excitement for Totally Youth. Our rehabilitation works are almost at an end; we have taken on 7 more graduates in our incubation programme, we received our money from Global Giving (THANK YOU to all our GENEROUS DONORS and GLOBAL GIVING), and we had a visit from Ms. Britt Lake of Global Giving. She met several Totallians (Totally Youth participants), who briefed her on TY activities and their own work and participation at TY. Ms. Lake also met two of our Executive Council Executives and was shown around the premises. She had a brief chat with participants in our ICT Centre and met our playwright incubator. She briefed us on Global Giving activities and helped us with our site.
We have already had a capacity building session for our club members, interns and incubators on work ethics, attitude to work and management. It was participatory with practical exercises and was successful. We also made a presentation at a seminar for future women leaders in tertiary institutions for over 200 participants on management, attitude, leadership style, self-assertiveness and other topics.
We have been able to provide our 7 newest incubators with shared office space, furniture, secretarial support, WiFi Internet, and laptops. They receive regular mentoring and counseling and their businesses are on the move. Our new additions are in businesses including magazine production, website development, graphic design, e-music, e-ticketing and event management.
One of our young Event Managers has finally completed the planning and preparatory phase of his first event which is a 13-episode television talent-hunt programme for final-year high school music students. We are so excited that his TV programme has to date received partnerships from a TV broadcasting station, Cultural Commission and the Cancer Society. He was recently invited to be part of the organizing team for World Cancer Day. We are now expecting a partnership from the youth council. His programme is planned for June 2012 (US$10,000 needed for sustainability).
Our young Radio Producer has completed his paper work and is in the process of finalizing the budget for his first radio programme, to facilitate resource mobilization, recording and broadcast (US$7,150 needed for production and broadcast for 13 episodes). Our playwright has completed his first script, synopsis, programme layout and budget for his first video production. He is now scouting for young talents for audition to help bring more young graduates into jobs and business (US$15,000 needed for casting and production). Our PR/marketing intern is now coordinating resource mobilization here at TY and has attended his first job interview since joining us. One club member has gotten a job and is now an alumni.
Most of what we will be doing this 1st quarter will be facilitated by your generous donations last year. We hope very much that you will continue to support us throughout 2012, to reach our goal of supporting 5000 young graduates into jobs and self-employment.
THANK YOU and have a GREAT and HAPPY NEW YEAR. ...Eva Lokko, CEO