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Our Achievements

325

Civic Leaders and social entrepreneurs trained through the Sozo Leadership Institute

6637

teenagers reached across 50 communities in 4 Nigerian states

400, 000

Dollars and more has been raised by our programs alumni

1637

Marginalised teenagers have been mentored and provided with educational supports.

253

Civic leaders and entrepreneurs has graduated from our Volunteer Program so far.

7000

Plus young people reached in 4 years

Vision

A world led by competent young leaders

Mission

To nurture formidable leagues of competent young leaders  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 quality education.

Objectives

  • To empower marginalised teenagers for impactful lives, fulfilling careers and ethical leadership through mentorship, educational supports and leadership development.
  • To support youth-led social entreprises and non-profit organizations through trainings, consultancy, and professional development opportunities.
  • To increase youth employment in the development sector through provision of capacity development programs and volunteering opportunities through which they earn the needed employability skills

Background

To create a sustainable world where peace and justice thrives, all individuals must be equipped with values, relevant skill-set and a heightened awareness (UNESCO 2014). The Sozo Networks was founded in response to the anticipated youth bulge in Africa, to empower youth to combat the critical challenges facing them and pursue the aim of the global action program (GAP) on education for sustainable development – which is to generate and scale up action at all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development.
Sozo Networks promotes the participation of youth in leadership and sustainable development in 4 states in Nigeria by providing safe spaces, opportunities for leadership development, mentorship and non-formal education that helps youth acquire critical knowledge, values, skills and competences that empowers them to contribute to the development of their societies. We work on developing youth and teenage leaders through grassroots mentorship, educational supports, career guidance, vocational trainings, practical leadership development experiences and other innovative and inclusive programs. The Sozo Leadership Institute offers leadership capacity development programs which are world class, experiential and practical. We have trained and graduated nonprofit leaders all across Nigeria and in some African countries who currently leads diverse development projects that are capable of transforming Africa’s socio-economic landscape. The institute offers intensive master classes for emerging civic leaders, certificate courses in civic leadership and grant writing as well as a wide range of consultancy and support services to emerging nonprofits across the continent of Africa.
Our leadership development approach is hinged on creating vibrant youth networks, providing non-formal experiential education, volunteering opportunities and strengthening youth-led initiatives.

PARTNERSHIPS

Below are some of the organizations that has funded or partnered with us:

  • Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, Ibadan. 
  • United States Mission in Nigeria
  • Appalachian State University, Boone NC. U.S.A.
  • International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), Washington D.C
  • Centre For Values in Leadership, Lagos
  • Women and Career, Lagos
  • MAYEIN, Ibadan 
  • Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Lagos
  • Harvest House Christian Centre, Ibadan 
  • University of Ibadan
  • American Corner Ibadan
  • Education Advancement Centre, Ibadan
  • Bluechrome Associates, Abuja, Nigeria. 
  • My period kit, Nigeria
  • Hub 67, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • eCove Space, Abuja, Nigeria