Lead­ing Youth En­trepreneur­ship

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The School of Lead­er­ship (SoL) was launched in 2003, of­fer­ing a man­date of change in so­ci­ety. Shireen Naqvi, CEO, is a con­sul­tant to lo­cal and multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions, NGOs and ed­u­ca­tional re­source cen­ters across Pak­istan. She has con­ducted a va­ri­ety of man­age­ment and de­vel­op­ment pro­grams cov­er­ing ar­eas of or­ga­ni­za­tional de­vel­op­ment and cul­ture change for higher and more mean­ing­ful per­for­mance. par­tic­i­pants from key multi­na­tional and na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. All the work­shops are tar­geted to equip par­tic­i­pants with skills of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, man­age­ment and ne­go­ti­a­tion, in­creas­ing the com­pany’s sales, cus­tomer re­la­tions and emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. Torque claims to turn over any­thing un­der the um­brella of creativ­ity and in­no­va­tion.

Be­ing ex­posed to di­verse cul­tures through ex­ten­sive travel and var­ied ex­pe­ri­ences, SoL be­lieves in the value of di­ver­sity and the ex­is­tence of Most ven­ture into the so­cial sec­tor to start their own NGO or join an ex­ist­ing one. They sub­mit their pro­ject re­ports in Oc­to­ber; there­after they re­ceive their “Cer­tifi­cate of Im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

She says that 70% of the 300

Team SoL has the priv­i­lege of work­ing with var­i­ous so­cial, pub­lic, cor­po­rate and ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions. Fol­low­ing is an in­dica­tive list: The Agha Khan HR Coun­cil The Bri­tish Coun­cil Na­tional In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (NIM) Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion Karachi Traf­fic Po­lice Pak­istan Navy; Air War Col­lege Karachi Univer­sity; In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Man­age­ment (CBM); In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (IBA); Bahria Univer­sity; Mehran Univer­sity; SZ­ABIST; PAF KIET; KASBIT; & other schools and higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons of Pak­istan(CP&SP) CONCERN (NGO) Skill De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil In­sti­tute of Char­tered and Man­age­ment Ac­coun­tants of Pak­istan (ICMAP) As­so­ci­a­tion of Char­tered Cer­ti­fied Ac­coun­tants (ACCA) In­sti­tute of Bankers, Pak­istan (IBP) And sev­eral cor­po­rate sec­tor, lo­cal and multi­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions

The School of Lead­er­ship aims to en­cour­age youth to­wards stim­u­lat­ing en­deav­our to el­e­vate their lives. Guided by a team of ded­i­cated peo­ple, Ex­traCorp is a premier or­ga­ni­za­tion that guides phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­lenged youth to set up, own, man­age and lead a con­glom­er­ate of en­ter­prises to eco­nom­i­cally em­power them­selves.

The School of Lead­er­ship has hosted Dr Ed­ward de Bono and TiECon for as­pir­ing en­trepreneurs.

As a sec­ondary step, SoL has tar­geted en­ter­prises through a pro­ject called ‘Torque’ in­volv­ing a group of young train­ers who pro­vide cor­po­rate so­lu­tions. They hold in-house ses­sions for or­ga­ni­za­tions by go­ing through an anal­y­sis of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, iden­ti­fy­ing train­ing needs and cus­tomiz­ing a pro­gram in align­ment with the par­tic­u­lar vi­sions and val­ues of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

On the other hand, ‘Pub­lic Turn­shops’ as they call them, at­tract di­verse im­mense po­ten­tial in ev­ery in­di­vid­ual. To ad­dress this cause, through the plat­form of SoL, the Young Leader’s Con­fer­ence, an an­nual res­i­den­tial rig­or­ous train­ing pro­gram takes place for

• youth be­tween 18 and 24 from Pak­istan and abroad.

Ex­plain­ing YLC, Shireen Naqvi said, “In par­tic­u­lar, the 300 youth that at­tend our an­nual Young Lead­ers’ Con­fer­ence in July, are in­vited to do a pro­ject af­ter the con­fer­ence to test their learn­ing. par­tic­i­pants who at­tend, take up this course of ac­tion. Af­ter they have tried their acu­men at such projects, they be­come more con­fi­dent about their skills and are bet­ter able to ap­ply them in their ca­reers. In this way SoL of­fers space, fa­cil­i­ties and coach­ing to youth who de­sire to ini­ti­ate their busi­nesses. Be­sides, all train­ing is geared to peo­ple to dis­cover what they want to do in life and equip them with tools and tech­niques of em­pow­er­ment, con­fi­dence and re­silience.

In con­tin­u­a­tion of its lead­er­ship train­ing, SoL has launched a Lead­er­ship Se­ries which is a mo­bile train­ing ser­vice that pro­vides short mod­u­lar pro­grams in-house in higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, to de­velop youth lead­er­ship. SoL’s Train the young Trainer is a strong ini­tia­tive en­abling young change agents to be­come cat­a­lysts of de­vel­op­ment by be­com­ing youth fa­cil­i­ta­tors. SoL is cer­tainly chalk­ing new def­i­ni­tions for youth en­trepreneur­ship

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