Reach for Greatness is a non-profit and non-political organisation with the sole aim of educating young girls in all aspects required to become independent and well rounded individuals. In this e-Interview with Alaba Ayinuola of Business Africa Online, Amina Yusuf, a co-founder speaks on how they are achieving these goals and hopes in attracting and partnering with international NGOs and partners. Excerpt.
Tell us about yourself and Reach for Greatness?
My name is Amina Yusuf. I hail from the Northern part of Nigeria, Kano State precisely and I am a legal practitioner. Reach for Greatness was co-founded by four young female lawyers – Kafayat Animashaun, Tolulope Olaloye, Ibukun Owa, my humble self and our amiable Secretary, Seyi Famakin. Reach for greatness is a non-profit and non-political organisation with the sole aim of educating young girls in all aspects required to become independent and well rounded individuals.
Our goal is to inspire, educate, finance and mentor young girls to become successful in their careers and businesses.
What is it about the girl child and education?
You will agree with me, that in today’s world women cannot be ignored in the economic, political and sociocultural development of a country. This necessitated our desire to reach out to them at their tender ages and assist them to become great women who can bear family, career, political or other societal responsibilities.
How are you funding this initiative?
Right now, the members of the Board of Trustees and executives are funding the organisation and it’s current projects. However, we are open to collaborating with interested individuals and organisations who are desirous of funding our activities to enable us reach more young girls.
How does the organisation measure the impact of its activities?
We provide mentorship for a number of girls and assist other girls with funds for their education. We also visit schools for outreaches and speaking engagements with female students. When these girls are promoted to the next class, we are satisfied with the impact of our projects. Also, assessment forms are given out to schools after each school visitation to measure the impact of our outreach.
What are the challenges and how are you overcoming them?
So far, the major challenge is reaching out to schools where we can identify with the girls and make our impact. Also, funding is another challenge. However, we have been able to use of our networks to overcome this challenge. With respect to funds, we are planning to submit proposals to individuals and companies that are interested in making impact in the lives of these young girls to partner with us as donors.
What inspires you and keeps you going?
Let me not speak for myself alone. The common goals that unite the board of trustees is impacting the life of a girl child. This has helped us to forge ahead even when it is totally not convenient. The smile on their faces after every successful project we have executed melts our heart and give us the courage to do more.
What advice would you give social entrepreneurs who intend to start an initiative or invest in Africa?
The first step is to identify the need, focus and plan.
Secondly, don’t give up. There are definitely many challenges in our country, but your tenacity will help.
Thirdly, collaboration is very essential. Identify people that have interest in the initiative. Also to have a proper structure in place, it is essential to collaborate.
Where do you see Reach for Greatness in 5 years and what steps are you taking in achieving them?
It is our hope that we attract international NGOs and other partners to collaborate with this great initiative and assist in the development of the girl child.
LEAP Africa and DOW Partner to Activate Youth Action for Sustainable Development Across Africa
LEAP Africa, one of Africa’s leading non-profit organization focused on youth leadership development and Dow, a global leader in materials science, are pleased to announce the fourth edition of its Pan-African ‘Youth Day of Service (YDoS)’ campaign, a youth-led social impact campaign with the theme – Youthful and Useful.
Scheduled to be held till August 31, 2023, Youth Day of Service is a month-long campaign that seeks to foster the spirit of service to community and volunteerism among the youth population in Africa with focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This campaign which is in commemoration of the International Youth Day seeks to rally young people, corporate organisations, Governments, the Private and Social sectors across Africa to advocate and renew the spirit of active youth citizenship and collective responsibility.
Speaking at the Pan-African Press Conference and Stakeholders Engagement, Kehinde Ayeni, Executive Director LEAP Africa said: “One of our strategic pillars at LEAP Africa is to raise talents for the actualization of the SDGs. This campaign is a demonstration that LEAP Africa remains committed to youth-led actions for Sustainable Development across Africa. We believe in the power, voices, numbers and agency of young people and that an urgent commitment to creatively engaging with youth, creating platforms such as this and retooling youth with the skills and support to shape SDGs implementation across the continent, is the greatest need. We cannot do this alone, therefore we are fostering partnerships to bring the achievement of the goals closer.”
In her remarks, Mumbi Keega, Public Affairs Lead-Africa, Dow, said, “Dow is committed to fostering positive change and building resilient and sustainable communities in Africa. We believe that this can only be achieved by working together with the African youth, who are vital to promoting social welfare. Through our partnership with LEAP Africa, we are supporting the Youth Day of Service (YDoS) initiative, which empowers young people to use their skills and talents to make a difference in their communities. We are proud to be a part of YDoS and to support the next generation of African leaders who are working to create a more sustainable and equitable future for all.”
Chege Ngugi, Africa Regional Director of ChildFund International in his remarks called for increased investment by governments and other stakeholders in youth development programs. “While many laudable initiatives, such as national youth funds exist, there is still a dire need to do more to ensure all youth, given the huge number, are adequately resourced to achieve their best potential, no matter where they are from. We must move beyond giving the youth a seat at the table to investing in them to use that seat for good. The youth must be enabled to act as equal partners of positive social change.”
Emerging Leaders Foundation-Africa one of the implementing partners for the Youth Day of Service, represented by Caren Wakoli the Founder and Executive Director lauded LEAP Africa for investing in this initiative for the second year in Kenya. Caren noted that ELF-Africa had lined up week-long community activities across nine counties, addressing five different SDGs. She further re-affirmed ELF-Africa’s commitment to championing transformational youth action in Kenya and Africa for a sustainable future. Caren concluded by calling on young people and grassroot organisations across Kenya to join the different Youth Day of Service activities in counties near them, especially the nine counties where ELF-Africa will be working, these are Migori, Bungoma, Narok, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Murang’a, Makueni, and Kilifi.
This year, LEAP Africa will be leveraging the support of strategic partners like ChildFund International, Emerging Leaders Foundation, BellaNaija, Forgotten Bottom Millions, Legit, Zikoko Citizen, W4 Immerse, Dotts Media, African Climate Reality Project, Strategic Youth Network for Development Ghana, Youth Development Organisation Zambia and Global Shapers Community, among others, in delivering the Youth Day of Service.
Miss Career Africa: Empowering Young Female Entrepreneurs in Africa
Miss Career Africa Women (Image: Supplied)
Recognizing the need to empower aspiring young female entrepreneurs in Africa, the Miss Career Africa Organization (MCA) was established. The MCA program aims to uplift young women professionals, entrepreneurs, and students by offering university scholarships, career guidance, entrepreneurship incubation, leadership training, and networking opportunities.
The Miss Career Africa competition is a transformative experience for aspiring young women entrepreneurs from across the continent. With a vision to create a movement of 450,000 young women entrepreneurs and professionals across Africa, MCA aims to empower these trailblazers to become influential leaders in their respective countries.
Each year, 20 exceptional candidates aged between 18 and 24 years are selected from hundreds of applicants based on their projects or businesses and specific criteria. These talented young women then compete for the title of “Miss Career Africa.” The journey to the crown begins with a pre-selection and online voting process. The finalists undergo a rigorous 5-day boot camp, where a team of experts helps them refine their ideas into viable and scalable business models.
The Grand Finale features a distinguished panel of judges from different countries and disciplines who will crown winners in various categories, including Miss STEM, Miss Arts and Talent, Miss Hospitality, Miss Agriculture, Miss Conservation, and Miss Speaker, as well as regional winners representing the Southern, Northern, Central, Eastern, and Western regions. Prizes for the winners include seed capital, a six-month incubation training period, and continuous guidance and follow-up support to help them turn their dreams into reality.
Meet the Visionaries
Hail from Rwanda, Sandrine Munezero is a true innovator. As an entrepreneur, innovator, and business modeling coach, she has dedicated her life to helping the next generation create their own opportunities by harnessing their talents and gifts. Sandrine’s unwavering passion drives the growth of Miss Career Africa across the continent. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from St. Joseph’s College in India and a Bachelor’s degree from Bishop Heber College in Trichy, India.
Passionate about empowering girls and young women, Portia Addae Annin is a force to be reckoned with. Her exceptional motivation and commitment to excellence have led her to serve in various prestigious positions. With a Master’s Degree in Economics from Bangalore University in India and a background in Economics and Business Management from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Portia brings a wealth of expertise to the organization.
OSNON Academy Announces Scholarship Opportunity for the 2023/2024 Academic Year
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