February 10, 2011

First RYPE Youth Forum @ Calabar

Aside consolidating on the basic entrepreneurial skills, goal setting, self awareness and leadership, which is the first goal in the action plan of RYPE Initiative, the main aim of the forum was to harness maximally the potentials, passion and strength of young people towards attaining socio-economic benefits for themselves, communities etc. It was to serve as a medium where young secondary school leavers can get application forms and become part of the one year RYPE program.
The forum tagged “Positioning Myself for Success After School“, which held on the 5thof February, 2011 at the Youth Development Centre of the Shepherd’s Porch, Calabar, Cross River State, brought together over 30 young secondary school leavers.
The one-day practical training program exposed the participants to a number of activities, which centered on creativity, leadership, teamwork, and goal setting. The facilitators included Esther Eshiet, Managing Partner at Verge Development Solution, which she co-founded; Toluleke Obadimu, Youth Development Consultant and Olawunmi Owolabi, the youngest Lecturer in the University of Calabar from the Department of Geology; They dealt on topics ranging from Creativity, Goal-Setting to Leadership respectively. The participants were taught to make right choices in life, set goals, think more creative, prepare themselves for success after school and position themselves for effective leadership, which will help in the development of the participants, their communities and Nigeria as a whole.
Another highlight of the program was Ekpe Ita, the Chief Administrator of the website, , who spoke to them about the secrets to passing JAMB and Post-JAMB examinations with ease. Last Prophet also lightened the atmosphere with his humorous and laudable comedies.
The Forum concluded with a final group exercise that enabled the participants share ideas on various issues in the State and the Country. Each group had representatives who spoke on their behalf and prizes were given to two outstanding Team representatives.
The Participants were at the end asked to individually state how they felt, what they have learnt and why the program should continue. We got such comments as, “This forum went beyond my expectation. Please we need such programs regularlyIt was fantastic; “I have learnt a lot today all from the participants.
The program sparked a lot of highlights in their minds and they left with the desire to set SMART goals for themselves, put more effort to work harder and develop their leadership and team work skills.
Application forms were further distributed to all the participants to enroll for the Leadership and Entrepreneurship training which will culminate in an internship program. This internship program is aimed at attaching the participants to professionals in various skills of interest to learn and volunteer for a period of 3 to 4 months.  It would also foster and promote a Mentor-mentee relationship between the aspiring leaders/entrepreneurs and the already established ones.
Supported by Ashoka’s Youth Venture

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