Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
Winner, Kafka International Youth Icon Award, September 2014, Lahore, Pakistan
Slum Ambassador for Youth and Children in Uganda, March 2014
Finalist, Young Achievers Award- Leadership and Social Enterprise, December 2013, Kampala Uganda
Winner, Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award- Conviction, October 2013, Louisville Kentucky, USA
Tell us about your partnerships
The Establishment of Bwaise Youth Employement Centre (BYEC) was supported by the US Mission in Uganda with a one-year grant of $ 87,000 USD
The Barclays bank Uganda has donated training materials and has agreed to provide start up kits to over 350 youth.
Work Aid Uk has agreed to donate training equipments including sewing and knitting machines
Y-Save, Barclays bank Uganda and Finca Micro finance have facilitated financial literacy trainings
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Some youth fail to accomplish the trainings because of personal or family challenges or maybe they found a job or they migrated to another area.
Some training equipments are expensive like the Photography and Video Editing (Video and Digital cameras,)
Materials used in practical examinations were not budgeted for
Internship places are had to find for all the youth
The number was so big, we had to create three sessions in a day (Morning, afternoon, evening) and this was so constraining for one trainer
Maintenance of damaged equipments was often because of they were used by the big number of students.
Over 1300 youth had applied but we could not enroll of them at the same time because the space was not enough.
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
Bwaise Youth Employment Centre enrolls 600-800 youth year on a 3 months hands-on vocational skills training in - Computer Graphics art and Design, Hair Dressing Beauty and Cosmetology, Catering and Food services, Electrical Installation, Tailoring and Fashion Design, Photography and Video Editing, Art and Local Craft among others.
As part of the program, the youth are equipped with entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, soft and hard skills at the job for career and professional development. The youth take on one month internships at the end of the trainings to get exposed to the working environments. The best youth are provided start-up materials or cash to set up and sustain their own businesses as a means to get out of poverty.
We also connect our trainees to the Banks and government to provide start up funds and materials to help them start their own businesses
In addition, the project provides IT training to the youth on how to strategically use ICT (including Internet, social media, Web 2.0 and mobile technology) to market, expand and sustain their business ventures.
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship, Financing.
Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?
Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women.
Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Lack of youth empowerment