- The members of the Board of Trustees, The Rose of Sharon Foundation
- Our Esteemed speakers and facilitators
- All participants
- Gentlemen of the press
- Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Rose of Sharon Foundation, it is my pleasure and honour to welcome you to the third edition of our Youth Empowerment Program and the second run this year.
YEP is the Foundation’s career development and capacity building programme for graduates and undergraduates, job seekers, working class and self-employed youths of Rose of Sharon Foundation. It is tailor-made to address specific career needs of the participants. The aim is to equip them with knowledge and life changing skills they need for self-reliance to support their families and become a useful part of the society.
The first edition held on the 22nd April 2017, at the Rose of Sharon Glorious Ministry International hall at Ogunlana Drive Surulere where we had 115 participants in attendance. The modules presented during the program focused on:
- Learning employability skills required for employment such as preparing for interviews
- Do’s and Don’ts of CV writing
- How to compete in the market place
- Common mistakes at interview panels and
- How to change jobs
Based on the feedback we received from our beneficiaries who wanted to be upskilled in entrepreneurship skills as an alternative to paid employment, we held the second edition on the 24th March 2018, with 194 participants in attendance. The participants were trained in five vocational skill areas such as:
- Wig Making
- Fancy Slippers Making (Male and Female)
- Shea Butter processing for export
- Perfumery and
- Soap Production
The last two programs that we conducted was restricted to the beneficiaries of the Rose of Sharon Foundation alone.
However, in our bid to “reach out and touch” more lives, we decided to make this program an open one for both our beneficiaries and the general public. As at yesterday, a total of 441 participants had registered online to attend the Youth Empowerment program and others have also registered onsite today.
The theme for today’s program is “Young Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century: Bridging the Knowledge Gap”.
This topic is very pertinent in this day and age because of the dearth of knowledge abounding among young entrepreneurs.
It is imperative that before you embark on any venture, you need to get the requisite information and knowledge. You must understand the dynamics of the industry to avoid falling into land mines.
Even the bible tells us that “my people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge”. Therefore, make sure that you are armed with as much information as possible to enable you navigate through your area of interest or challenging terrains.
Today we are privileged to have seasoned professionals who have carved a niche for themselves in their various endeavours. These ones have volunteered their time, energy and skills to impact your lives by sharing their wealth of knowledge and experiences with you.
I thank all our facilitators in the persons of,
- Ambassador Utchay Odims A life coach
- Mrs Chioma Chukwuka An award winning Actor and movie producer
- Mr Jude Oguta A Digital Media Consultant
- Mr Conrad Adigwe MD/ CEO Sophia ERP Limited
- Mr Adewumi Oni A Finance Management Consultant
- Yussuf Billiamin Moore MD/CEO Moore Money
They will be sharing on how to:
- Leverage Technology for global competitiveness
- Thrive in the Agricultural sector
- Develop your Financial Management skills
- Succeed in the Entertainment & Fashion industry and
- Bring your business to light using online digital marketing
We appreciate their coming and this program would not have been convened if they had not made themselves available.
May God bless them mightily in Jesus name.
I want every one of you to give your full attention to all that you will be learning here today and that you give it all the seriousness it requires. The facilitators are here because of you and they have left their busy schedules to be a blessing to you. The only way you can show your gratitude is by listening attentively to all the information they will be passing across to you. The information you are getting free of charge here is what others pay a lot of money for. Therefore, it is imperative that you make the best use of it. Even though this is November, take it that Christmas came early with this gift of mine.
I thank the Management of Yaba College of Technology for their continuous support of our Foundation, they are indeed our partner in progress.
I appreciate all the administrative staff of the Foundation who have worked tirelessly to ensure that today’s program is a success. I commend them for their dedication to the cause of our beneficiaries and indeed the youth of our nation. May God reward you abundantly in Jesus name.
Once again, I welcome you all to today’s session.
God bless you.