April 23, 2011

RYPE takes another Leap!

"The day I heard of RYPE, I thought it was just an ordinary seminar but before I knew it I found my self in GLADDEM Digital Company. I have started snapping pictures, sitting on computer, editing pictures, doing invitation cards, ID cards, calendars, and many things I could not believe in my life. I am happy and always thanking them especially sister Grace Ihejiamaizu, I am grateful may God bless you, amen."     Ishaq Aiye Gbajeje, RYPE Trainee/Intern 2011
These are the exact words we received from one of participants just yesterday and five weeks into his internship program with GLADDEM Digital Company. What other fulfillment can you get other than to see that your seeds are bearing fruits? Determine to make a difference today. Be the change you want to see.
The one week training that brought together 15 secondary school graduates in Calabar was a leap into the dream and vision of the young and passionate volunteers who initiated the program. The important thing is that "we did not just tell them, we also showed them how to make a difference in this world".

The training which spanned from the 18th through 26th March 2011 left indelible marks on the lives of the young people. It was an intensive learning experience but it an exciting time for the participants as they learnt and drew experience from young professional who trained them in the areas of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Career choice, volunteering, ethics and etiquette, personal development, self-awareness, presentation skills and time management.
Trainers and speakers included:
Mr. Cornel Agwu- A public speaker and Consultant with the Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Calabar
Mr Jonah Benjamin- A Human Resource Consultant and staff of AfriHUB Nigeria Ltd (Calabar)
Ms. Grace Ihejiamaizu
Mr. Philip and a host of others who were really inspiring.

We could not do all of this without rounding it up with a "dinner/graduation ceremony". This took place on 19th March at the Apples Fried Chicken. On this special day, awards were given, certificates presented and most importantly, the trainess were divided in two groups of similar skills (Photography/Video Editing and Fashion Designing/Textile), and finally handed over to the two companies to serve as interns and volunteers.

Our special thanks goes to all who made this possible, the passionate RYPE Volunteers and Trainers. Many thanks to Ashoka's Youth Venture for supporting the initiative and Apples Fried Chicken for supporting us tremendously.

Participants with trainees and mentors...showcasing their certificates.


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