Sozo Networks is a Nigerian non-profit founded in 2014 with track records of increasing the participation of young and emerging leaders in community leadership and reducing unemployment in the country. We nurture a growing network of young community development actors, youth workers, activists and social entrepreneurs who are addressing critical needs across the country. 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.
Our flagship project uses a two-pronged strategy that engages youth volunteers in empowering thousands of low-income and vulnerable teenagers across 5 States in Nigeria, preparing them for life, leadership, career, and entrepreneurship before they turn 18. 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 our leadership institute.
To have a world with competent youth leaders
To nurture formidable leagues of competent youths who are actively transforming their societies through innovative entrepreneurship, civic engagements, and public leadership.
Inadequate youth participation in leadership, worsening youth unemployment crisis and poor access to quality education.
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
Below are some of the organizations that has funded or partnered with us: