Sozo Networks is a four-year-old Nigerian NGO with a history of increasing the participation of the youth in leadership development and tackling unemployment in the country. This is done through a two-pronged strategy that engages over 100 youths volunteers in empowering more than 5, 000 low-income teenagers across 4 States, preparing them for life, leadership, employment, and entrepreneurship, through grassroots mentorship, educational supports, career guidance, vocational training, practical leadership development experiences and other innovative and inclusive programs while providing these youths with professional development through her leadership institute. The Sozo Leadership Institute’s leadership capacity development programs are some of the best offered by a grass root organization.
Inadequate youth participation in leadership, worsening youth unemployment crisis and poor access to tertiary education, in Nigeria.
active youth volunteers nationwide
teenagers reached across 50 communities in 4 Nigerian states
non-profit leaders trained on grant writing and organizational leadership.
volunteer-led business and non-profit start ups
Non-profit organizations supported
volunteer-led community service projects per month
The youths constitute Africa’s only hope for a real future” thus the future of Africa rests upon the shoulders of the currently educationally disadvantaged youths, teenagers and children growing up in our communities, who are being faced with overwhelming educational and life challenges and lacks the proper value system and orientation needed to grow up to be leaders.
Ensuring proper mentorship, access to quality education and leadership development for low-income teenagers and youths today would in few years translate to increase in number of jobs through entrepreneurship, improved employability, a change in the narrative of Nigeria has a country being led by corrupt civic and public management leaders, as well as a reduction in the rate of violence and terrorism in Nigeria.
These impacts would bring about peace, not just in terms of peace education but in the production of meaningfully engaged citizens, our communities and the country at large would be more sustainable and there would be industrial growth, because the emerging breed of leaders would have been empowered through quality education to not just survive but to lead changes and proffer solutions to the major and minor problems affecting their communities and the nation at large.