Reducing the high unemployment rate amongst African youths through volunteerism

Lagos, NigeriaLagos, Nigeria
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Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

-80% of Nigerian graduates are unemployed.
-This is closely related to poor quality education and lack of skills. is provides a platform that bridges the gap between the unemployed and companies.
-Through volunteerism, internship, mentorship and training.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if most graduates and undergraduates have the skills and knowledge needed for the work place before hand?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem of unemployment. The problem of unemployability. The problem of ignorance about what to expect after school The challenge companies face having to retrain fresh employees.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Encouraging the benefits of volunteerism and internship amongst African youth. Placing them with companies that need short term employees, in exchange for improved skills, practical learning and working experience. Thereby making them retainable and referable.


None yet
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

It solves the following problems; This project will make a difference by reducing the current unemployment rate amongst African youth, and equipping them with better knowledge and adequate skills for the work force. On the other hand, companies will save time and money; no need to retrain fresh employees. The primary activities include; Creating awareness for youths to sign up on the website and participate in our programs, creating awareness for companies to see as a data base for youth willing to volunteer and work.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We do not currently have any impacts as the project is still on the idea stage and the web site is yet to be launched. The projected future impact is to reduce unemployment in Nigeria 20% over the next 5 years.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Social media campaigns. Announcements in churches and youth groups. Taking advantage of the religious institutions' youth network. Announcements in schools and student bodies. An up and running website.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We plan to ensure that the following listed sources of funds and more are sustained long term; Advertising on the website, by companies seeking interns and volunteers. Eventual subscription by the corporate bodies for resumes of volunteers and interns. Data sales to research institutions. Maintaining a cordial relationship with beneficiaries and business partners.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

AISEC. They offer only foreign volunteer programes and are restricted to students and undergraduates. and other job sites. They are restricted to employment and do not offer volunteer positions. is differentiated from the above because, we plan to offer both free local and foreign volunteer/internship opportunities, on the job training and job placement for all.

Founding Story

The founders of the initiative over the years have developed a disdain for the entitlement mentality prevalent amongst many of today's youth, who want to live the easy breezy life without any skill acquisition. Many of them have turned to crime to sustain themselves or have grown older without any means of income thereby becoming a liability to themselves and others. According to the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics, every year, over 200,000 graduates pass out of higher institutions without many of them getting reasonable jobs even years after graduation. This is because of the poor standard of education prevalent in African public schools.


Ada Onyejike- Ananaba - founder. Over 15 years experience in youth development. Olutunde Fadairo - co founder and project manager with 10 years experience is project management, communications and creative writing. Ibe Ananaba - co founder with over 20 years experience in graphic design and advertising Ogom Anwunobi - Field officer, with over 5 years experience in youth mobilization and development. Chris Iheneme - Admin officer, with 6 years experience in administration. All full time, all college graduates.
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Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Co founder and Project manager

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I have worked in project management, human resources, creative writing and communications.
I have been a business planner for over 2 years helping start ups and small businesses to expand their businesses.
Industries include; Non profit sector, fast food, fashion and construction.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Girl Child Art Foundation -

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