This is an organization with a humble mission: empower our youth to succeed with education. Hmm, it does not sound so impressive when stated so simply, right? Alright, let's try again. In their own words,
PIN addresses the gap between Nigeria's disadvantaged youth and economic opportunities by providing demand-driven ICT, entrepreneurship and life skills training.
Duly impressed? Well then, let's move on to the exciting part: how they are doing this successfully!
PIN offers at least 4 primary programs
serving as vehicles for executing on this basic mission, but 2 in particular are most deserving our our attention and support.
Ajegunle.org - love the name of course, but again in their own words,
Unemployment is a major issue in Nigeria. Each year, tens of thousands of students graduate from university but only 10% of them are gainfully employed 2 years after graduation. Disadvantaged communities account for a majority of these unemployed youth, many of whom are involved in criminal activities (including cyber crime) and whose negative impact on the society is high.
PIN addresses this gap by providing demand-driven Information and Communication Technologies, entrepreneurship and life skills training through the Ajegunle.org project. As part of the Ajegunle.org training methodology, our graduates are connected to internships and small businesses which result in full-time engagement that improves their livelihoods and allows them to serve as role models to other youth.
TENT - give yourself a free cookie if you successfully guess what this stands for!
Imagine what bringing together the cream of today's young Nigerian code-spinners and ICT gurus-in-the-making (to discuss the technical, business and leadership requirements of ICT and innovation) will do to the Nigerian economy - and the businesses that these young (wo)men build. PIN envisages a gathering of the best selected based on effort (so far) and promise (for the future) where they will showcase their products, meet with potential investors and learn how to: improve their skills; create wealth from their skills; set out on a journey that ensures personal development, corporate growth, national relevance and global participation.
TENT (Techie. Entrepreneurial. Nigerian. Talented) is PIN's response to this huge need, based on our team's experience with national and global best practices spanning a period of over 10 years and over 30 countries. TENT is not only an event, summit, forum or conference but a PLATFORM that showcases, connects, adds value and inspires. The platform fills an existing gap for a place where budding Nigerian technopreneurs can showcase their work, connect with resources, add value to market and inspire innovation.
Undoubtedly, this is the kind of grass-roots support that we need more of. Every success story here is a multiplier that keeps on giving. We need to support this project however way we can!
So, consider my dismay when I found they are fundraising on Global Giving right now
, and they are a LOOONNNG way from reaching their funding goal.
NaijaPikin, Change starts with me. We can do better, please support the project, donations starts at an affordable $ 10.00. Remember, this one will actually count! And if you can't donate, the least you can do is share with everyone you know, and raise awareness. We can all invest 3 clicks in our future!