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About Sozo Networks

Description

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.

Strategic Vision

To have a world with competent youth leaders

Mission

To nurture formidable leagues of competent youths who are actively transforming their societies through innovative entrepreneurship, civic engagements, and public leadership.

 The Problems

Inadequate youth participation in leadership,  worsening youth unemployment crisis and poor access to tertiary education, in Nigeria.

Our Numbers

100

active youth volunteers nationwide

5000

teenagers reached across 50 communities in 4 Nigerian states

200

non-profit leaders trained on grant writing and organizational leadership.

15

volunteer-led business and non-profit start ups

20

Non-profit organizations supported

5

volunteer-led community service projects per month

Motivation

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.

Our Objectives

  • To provide teenagers in our cities of operation with mentorship, career guidance and practical leadership development experiences every year
  • To stimulate interest in education and excellent academic performance in teenagers attending high schools in our communities of operations
  • To empower low income teenagers in our cities of operation with vocational skills, educational supports and entrepreneurship skills.
  • To train parents in our cities of operation with knowledge and skills needed to create an enabling environment for educational excellence and leadership.
  • To support youth-led development-oriented businesses and non-profit organizations through trainings, consultancy, and professional development opportunities.
  • To create leadership capacity development and volunteering opportunities for youths through the Sozo Leadership Institute.