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Our Programs

SAFE CONFERENCE: #BeforeIturn18

A highly inclusive leadership and career development conference that has been empowering thousands of teenagers for the past 4 years with life and leadership skills needed to begin to develop a purpose-driven career path and begin to practice leadership before they turn 18.

 

Since inception in 2014, this project has hosted about 3, 500 teenagers, providing them with the right education and orientation needed not just to survive but also proffer solutions to challenges facing them. Past participants have demonstrated reorientation, excellent academic performances, purposeful career pursuit and leadership, they have after the conference shown a keen interest in community development and entrepreneurship.

Previous speakers include: Modupe Lanre-Akinsiun (HR Manager, AstraZeneca, West Africa and John Maxwell Institute certified leadership coach), Adepeju Jaiyeoba (Founder at Mother’s delivery kit ventures and one of JCI top 10 most outstanding young persons in the world), Adeyinka Adebayo, (Author and Regional Manager, Fidelity Bank Limited), Olumide Adeleye (President, TWIM Academy), Femi Aladesanmi (Life coach & Senior Pastor, Global Harvest Church, Head Quarters, Ibadan) High Chief, Senator Lekan Balogun (Otun Olubadan of Ibadan.) Mrs. Achenyo Idachaba -Obaro (Chief Executive Officer of Miti Meth and a popular TED speaker), Mr. Ayodele Odeogbolu (Award-winning Teacher, Varkey Institute Global Teachers Award top 50 finalists.) and a host of others.

SAFE ACADEMY

10 weeks intensive leadership academy that equips 100 selected teenagers yearly, with life skills, one on one mentorship, educational supports, career profiling and vocational skills-with a deliberate focus on ICT. This weekly mentorship platform focuses on helping the teenagers to acquire the top 10 skills required for future jobs.

At the end of the Academy, we empower and supervise the teenagers to initiate or contribute to the development of their immediate communities and schools in their own little way. We have been successful with 130 teenagers in the past 3 years. 60% of past participants either volunteers, runs a small business or are employed in small firms, while they await admission and as they study in tertiary institutions. 95% of participants have given testimonies of reorientation, life skills, demonstrated leadership and to have learned at least a new vocation.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTS

We conduct fundraising to sponsor indigent teenagers for major examinations and to provide adequate academic assistants. In 3 years, we have paid for senior secondary school certificate examinations for over 30 teenagers and through our local partners have provided free after school examination preparation classes and camps for the teenagers attending the SAFE Academy.

PARENT TRAININGS

We create forums for parents of teenagers from low-income communities to interact and receive trainings on best practices in creating enabling environments for leadership and educational excellence. Most trainings are done in local languages and we have empowered more than 100 low income parents so far. Parents have shared testimonies of how the trainings has affected their homes and how they have practiced what they learnt and the great results they have seen in their children.

COMPETITIONS

Our yearly competitions include the SAFE Leadership Challenge: A social entrepreneurship pitching competition for teenagers and the Academic Commendation Program that rewards the best 3 students from every class in senior secondary schools in Ibadan.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

We offer a 6 months volunteer program that connects older youths and professionals to teenagers for mentorship. Volunteers are monthly trained towards personal development and organization management. In the past 3 years, more than 60 youths have volunteered in our programs, more than 70% of them have demonstrated improved competence, empathy and professional development, evidenced by better jobs, increased volunteerism, business startups and educational advancements.