The Empower Project aims to empower out-of-school youth aged 18 to 25, by providing access to employable skills that will enable the youth to generate income, gain access to basic needs and improve their living standards overall. Through the Empower Project, youth will receive training in computer hardware and software repairs, mobile repairs, as well as entrepreneurial skills to ensure sustainable growth and development.
- Providing 25 – 30 youth in the Ellenda community with technical skills in computer literacy & repairs, mobile phone repairs, software installation and assembling of computer parts.
- Setting up a Youth Resource Center for the training of youth and offering repairs and other services, to continuously generate income for themselves and sustain the center.
- Youth Group registered with Mobile money – MTN, VODAFONE, and TIGO; Youth Group members have received accounts for Vodafone, MTN and TIGO and SIMS for MTN and TIGO and Monthly
- Strengthening the community and institutional capacities & structures and empower the youth to be able to engage duty bearers, advocate for themselves as well as access SRH services.
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS PHASE ONE
- All 30 (18 male and 12 female) participants initially trained in mobile phone repairs, computer software and hardware.
- All 30 students have graduated and have been awarded certificates in computer studies and mobile phone repairs.
- 6 best Students have been selected out of the 30 students and further trained and have provided TOT to their 28 (13 females, 15 males) of their peers in mobile phone repairs and computer software and hardware repairs and have successfully completed their TOT programme.
- All 58 youth have graduated and received their certificates
- One resource center set up and 20 trained youth engaging in repairs and maintenance services, mobile money transfer and sale of phone cards, airtime and other products to 1038 community members.
- 101 (42 females and 59 males) stakeholders comprising of community leaders, parents, traditional and religious leaders have been sensitized shown ownership of the project and are continuously providing assistance and support for the youth.
- 4 engagement and collaborative meetings with key stakeholders and youth group reaching 101 stakeholders which resulted in 11 of the youth trained being linked with opportunities outside Ellenda and Tikobo No.1. (8 linked with jobs, 2 supported for further training in Higher Technical Institute, 1 supported to set up a business in the capital city)
- 30 Youth group members registered as an association and 20 currently engaging in group activities and operating the Youth center.
- Youth members engaged in SRH outreaches and organized sports and other events reaching about 700 of their peers with information on their health, career opportunities, rights issues among others
- Youth at the center generating income for themselves to cater for their needs- Youth working at the center have generated income for themselves from mobile phone repairs, computer software and hardware services and GHC 6350 from other income generating activities
- Ellenda youth resource have reached over 500 customers within Ellenda community and Tikobo commercial town. Out of this number, the centre can boast of at least 100 loyal and retainable customers.
- All 58 participants have been given adequate training on business management, cooperative business, group dynamics and entrepreneurship skills which has resulted in best group business management practices.
Ben, participating male student: “I am very impressed and short of words to express the transformation that the programme has brought into my life. I was nobody, I was wandering with no course of direction to my life. However, thanks to Pro-Link and Empower who have brought out the light in me. I have now started my own small-scale computer accessories business. I am so happy and pray that Prolink and Empower continue to touch the lives of many other young ones like myself from other neighbouring communities who need this kind of support”.
“I was wandering with no course of direction to my life.
However, Pro-Link and Empower have brought out the light in me.”
Eunice, participating female student: “Although I am in school, I must confess that it is the Empower program that motivated me to discover my interest and capabilities in other areas. During the training I realized that I was much interested in entrepreneurial activities and got the confidence that I can do my own business. My parents do not have the money to elevate me to the top of my dreams. However, with my small savings from the project especially the savings from the sales of products, I have enrolled myself in a Polytechnique. I know it is not easy but with regular advice from the facilitators (trainers) and the project coordinator, I am more confident that with hard work and perseverance I can overcome all hedges. One statement I will never let go in my life is the usual statement from the coordinator …
“We should never see our current status as our final destination”
April 2016- August 2018
Western Region, Ellenda Community