Citi Foun­da­tion of­fers $80,000 for youth em­pow­er­ment

The Punch - - APPOINTMENT & MANAGEMENT - Ozioma Ubabukoh

LEAP Africa, Citibank Nige­ria and the Citi Foun­da­tion have drawn a plan to im­prove the learn­ing out­comes of young peo­ple in Nige­rian sec­ondary schools through the ‘Be the Change’ pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme is part of Citibank and the Citi Foun­da­tion’s ‘Path­ways to Progress’ ini­tia­tive to pre­pare the ur­ban youth to thrive in to­day’s econ­omy.

It stated, “Led by the phil­an­thropic ef­forts of the Citi Foun­da­tion, and strength­ened by the ac­tive in­volve­ment of ded­i­cated Citi vol­un­teers, the ‘Path­ways to Progress’ ini­tia­tive sup­ports pro­grammes that help young peo­ple build an en­tre­pre­neur­ial mind-set, ac­quire lead­er­ship, fi­nan­cial and work­place skills, and be­gin to en­gage in the for­mal econ­omy through a first job,” Citibank said in a state­ment.

“Funded with an $80,000 grant from the Citi Foun­da­tion, the BTC is de­signed to equip youths be­tween 13 and 18 years with the lead­er­ship, life and em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills re­quired to achieve per­sonal ex­cel­lence, build and stretch their ca­reer am­bi­tion and help them tran­si­tion into higher ed­u­ca­tion, paid em­ploy­ment or prof­itable self-em­ploy­ment.

“The BTC aims at reach­ing 450 stu­dents and 15 teach­ers in pub­lic schools in La­gos State from 2018 to 2019.”

The Path­ways to Progress and BTC also sup­port the United Na­tion’s Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goal No. 8, re­duc­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Citibank statis­tics, the un­em­ploy­ment rate for young peo­ple be­tween 16 and 24 years is three times higher than it is for adults, with an es­ti­mated 71 mil­lion youths around the world seek­ing jobs in 2017.

“The needs are even greater among low-in­come youths who en­counter even big­ger hur­dles ac­cess­ing ed­u­ca­tion, skills train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs,” the bank said.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Citi Nige­ria, Akin Da­wodu, stated, “If we are to grow our econ­omy and safe­guard our com­mu­ni­ties, we must in­vest in the devel­op­ment of Nige­ria’s youths dur­ing their for­ma­tive years and en­sure they are on the right eco­nomic path.

“Citi and the Citi Foun­da­tion have lever­aged their global foot­print in de­vel­op­ing tried and tested so­lu­tions to tackle youth un­em­ploy­ment across. Our part­ner­ship with LEAP will en­sure that the stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence tai­lored in­ter­ven­tions and first-class teach­ing, which will im­pact

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