OUR FUTURE

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OUR FUTURE: Tackling unemployment from the younger generation.

Minna, NigeriaMinna, Nigeria
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Our future, is a project that helps to tackle unemployment and social vices in my locality through the younger generation.It is going to engage high school students in some apprenticeship that would grant them some skills to establish and run businesses of their own.

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

what if the younger generation could boost the GDP of our country?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Our future is trying to address the issues of social vices, such as thuggery, fraud, armed robbery, and also the issue of unemployment. Unemployment is caused by lack of jobs, which leads to idleness and virtually social vices.

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

With the commencement of our future, secondary school student would be highly equipped with the skills to set up a business, when the need arises, for instance when they graduate from the university without finding a job, this could help them set up a business and earn a living by being self reliant. This would help a great deal is reducing unemployment and curbing the menace of social vices in my locality.

Awards

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Impact: How does it Work

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

This project is going to be carried out by engaging secondary school students in classes sessions, to teach them the craft of bag making, that is how to make several kinds of fashion bags ranging from souvenir bags, handbags, travel bags,etc. In most cases of similar exercises, they focus mainly on youth, mostly graduate, but this project is different in the aspect of it focusing on high school student.

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

presently in my community, some people do not get admission into universities after secondary schools, either due to lack of sufficient funds by their parents, or maybe because they did not pass their entrance exams. this poses a great danger to the environment as this set of people venture into a lot of vices due to the fact that they are idle. so being thought the craft of bag making right from school days, at least they could keep themselves busy by establishing the business and earning a living for themselves. This would keep them busy for that while, erase the idleness in them, and serve as a source of income for them too. so also after they graduate from university, instead of seeking for employment which is hard to come-by these days, they could simply start up their businesses and fend for themselves.

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

firstly, we are going to start classes session, at least 4 classes per month, for at most 10 students per month, making it about 120 students in a year. this is quite a significant number for a rapid change. at most out of this 120 students in a year, lets assume 50 of them set up their businesses, by the end of the following year, these 50 should be able to employ others under them and also teach others. by 5 to 10 years time, we'll be counting a whole town of self reliant entrepreneurs, reduction in social vices, unemployment, and also a significant increase in the GDP of the nation.
Sustainability

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

my clients are going to pay for the services , which is going to be very insignificant compared to what they'll pay if they are to go and learn the skill out there. initially, after receiving the ashoka seed grants. I'd use it to purchase some constant equipments which do not require renewal often such as the sewing machines, tables, scissors etc. so the fee i'll be charging my client would be used to keep some runnings running for the project.

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

there are several other organizations rendering the same form of services in around, but the their major concern is for the youth section of the population, ranging from the university undergraduates to the graduates. no concern is given to the younger generation. Our future is giving more priority to the younger generation in the society, which is a major selling point for the project, so also the fact that the fees to be charged is very insignificant, is also a selling point for the project, which makes it very different from all other similar existing projects
Team

Founding Story

my founding story has to do with me. after i finished secondary school, i spent almost a year before gaining admission into the university. so i was ahome all through, idle and doing nothing, always having issues with my parent and siblings. this really posed as a great issue in our house. so i thought of, what if i was engaged in something and busy, i wouldn't be ahome all through, let alone having issues ahome, and the same thing happened to my younger brother, so i nursed this idea since then and thought of bringing up a project like this to reduce the occurrence of such issues in the society.

Team

the team comprises of me, as the administrator and facilitator, and the teacher, then the schools I'll be collaborating with as my partners and also the students as my clients. subsequently as the project grows bigger, i intend to incorporate volunteers to increase the number of teachers and administrators. if the project grows bigger than we expect, with enough funds, we could consider employing part-time staffs.
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Comments

Mentor Dida's picture

Hey friend,

Congratulations on doing a great job. Changemaking is a journey filled with struggles which turns into lessons; so make sure that you become persistent. Best of luck.

Here is my feedback, it might sound harsh but the intentions are good.

Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? You talk about the problem but no statistics about how serious this problem is and what the solution is! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution.
What if:
what if the younger generation could boost the GDP of our country (also hint at the solution)..
Problem:
Much work remains to be done about the problem. How many people are having this problem? Why is this happening? Why is this not solved yet? What is the root cause of this problem? Much work needs to be done to understand the problem. Ask people. Talk to 30 people who are having this experience and see what they think.
Solutions:
Much work remains to be done about your solution. This needs more specifics and details about your value proposition and the people affected. You have to learn how to sell the solution, phrase it in such a way that it is very meaningful.
Example:
I like this. Think of how would one person who went through your program explain the experience.

Impact:
This is more of the problem than impact. How do you define success? How are you going to measure that (whether you did it or not)?
Full impact potential:

Think of ways to incorporate this with schools, universities, and other places. Think of partners that you would want to be a part of this journey. you have a vision and mission statement? Why are you doing this? Where would you want to be in 10 years, and why? Find a repeatable and scalable model.

Sustainability:
I like it. Think of also doing some fundraising and expanding. Look for more revenue sources.
Marketplace:
More specifics of who others are and what they do. Analyze them and then show us why your product is better.

Founding story:
Wonderful!
Team:
You need to find more people who believe in you and your vision. The more friends you have helping you the more likely are you to succeed. The team is the most important part of any project, so recruit good people to do this with you.