TOTALLY YOUTH WELCOMES 2013 PARTICIPANTS
This year, Totally Youth has received over 100 phone calls from unemployed youth mostly in and around Accra, and the calls are still coming in. We have counseled and mentored over 30 of them on career choices, business development and lifestyle. We have also registered some of them in our Incubation Programme: Mami - Beautician, Emmanuel – Export Business, Richmond - Writer and our Placement Programme: Alex – journalist, Emmanuel – Trainee Teacher, Ben – Marketing, Frank –Electrician. And 10 more participants are on the waiting list for registration at the end of February 2013.
Once again, inability of participants to pay their daily return bus fare and lunch, has made it impossible for us to help most of the over 100 young people we have spoken to. Since they cannot get to our premises, they are unable to participate in our capacity building and facilitation Programmes. Furthermore, a sizeable subset cannot use our e-services (email and Skype), due to financial constraint and/or lack of access to a computer and the Internet. The mobile phone has proven useful in this situation since we can initiate the call and save them money, but it limits them to counseling and mentoring only. We are therefore looking at the feasibility of creating a radio and television programme so we can reach more unemployed youth with our capacity building programmes. We will keep you updated on our Radio and TV Project as it unfolds. We will appreciate your support and advice on this project.
On Saturday, 16 February 2013, Totally Youth organized a Girls In ICT Club workshop as its contribution to get more girls taking ICT courses and entering ICT careers and businesses. 26 girls were introduced to ICT careers and business prospects. They also had hands-on computer and Internet exercises. This workshop was done free of charge to the participants and we hope that it will encourage more girls to opt for ICT paths since there are more job openings across sectors and higher salaries. This could ensure less unemployment among girl graduates. We will not have been able to organize this workshop without your support. So together, we are now tackling youth unemployment from both ends, especially for girls.
Thank you so much for your continuing support and I hope very much that you will be joined by others this year to continue this laudable work. From our experience to date, we have no doubt whatsoever that unemployment leads directly to youth poverty, depression, homelessness, drug/alcohol abuse, public riot/violence, unwanted pregnancies and crime. Getting even one young person gainfully employed is therefore a big deal. And together, we have done more than that. THANK YOU.