100 ‘change agents’ emerge from Creative Youth Boot Camp

ads

<

p style="text-align: justify;">No fewer than 100 young Nigerians have graduated as creative agents from the Street Project Foundation’s Creative Youth Boot Camp.

<

p style="text-align: justify;">The boot camp with the theme, ‘Art for Social Transformation’ commenced in November 2019 and ended in March 2021.

<

p style="text-align: justify;">The programme, which was fully funded by VOICE, was designed to expose the vulnerable youths in disadvantaged communities to creative arts and its ‘powerful usage for social transformation’.

<

p style="text-align: justify;">The founder and lead visionary of SPF, Rita Ezenwa-Okoro, stated that the objective of the project was to primarily prepare the youths for opportunities in the job market and to build their capacity to advocate for social issues affecting them. She also noted that creative art tools were used to develop the participants’ soft skills, such as critical thinking, public speaking, communication skills, team building and confidence.

<

p style="text-align: justify;">Upon conclusion of the project, 60 per cent of the creative youths were accelerated through mentorships, internships, scholarships, fellowships, business loans and grants. Meanwhile, 12 per cent of the creative youths are persons living with disabilities.

<

p style="text-align: justify;">Some of the youths that got financial assistance were Blessing Idoko, a PLWD, who was granted a N1m COVID-19 SME funding by the Central Bank of Nigeria to accelerate her bakery business, while Uzoamaka Asiegbu secured a $1000 grant from Pollination Project California USA, that enabled her to build the capacity of 30 PLWDs and subsequently secured employment as a programme and inclusion analyst at the United Nations, Abuja office.

See also  The Brandy & Whitney Houston adaptation of “Cinderella” is coming to Disney+ “Celebrate Black Stories” Collection

<

p style="text-align: justify;">Copyright PUNCH.

<

p style="text-align: justify;">All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

<

p style="text-align: justify;">Contact: theeditor@punchng.com
The post 100 ‘change agents’ emerge from Creative Youth Boot Camp appeared first on Punch Newspapers.

ads

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply