Monday, March 31, 2014

Youth and Volunteerism.

Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

“Volunteerism transcends all cultural, linguistic and geographical boundaries. By giving their time, and skills without expectation of material reward, volunteers themselves are uplifted by a singular
sense of purpose” – Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon (5th Dec. 2012)

Volunteerism proves that in every straining, there is a training; in every training, there is a learning and in every learning, there is an earning. – Stacy Mauceri

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room on earth – Muhammad Ali

Benefits of volunteering
ü  Connecting you to others

Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens you ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interest, neighbourhood resources and fun and filling activities.

ü  Advancing your career

If you are considering a new line of career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you are not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace such as team work, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management and organisation.

Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provides extensive training. It could help you build up on skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community.
When it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements.

ü  Find the right opportunity

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available. The key is to find a volunteer position that you would enjoy and are capable of doing. It is important to make sure your commitment matches the organisation missing/ needs. 

Few questions:
·         How much time are you willing to commit?
·         How much responsibility are you ready to take on?
·         What skills can you bring a volunteer job?
·         What causes are important to you?

Don’t limit your search to just an organisation check out other available alternative. The more satisfaction you have as a volunteer, the better your contributions and the more likely you will continue.

ü  Getting the most out of it

You are donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. It’s important you enjoy and benefit from your volunteer position is a good fit and communicate with the people you are working with in the volunteer organisation.

Ask questions – if you have any questions, be sure to speak up. If there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.

Make sure you know what is expected – make sure you are comfortable with organisation, know what is expected and understand the time commitment.

I don’t know what your destiny will be; but one thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve – Albert  Schweitzer

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Openings with PYI

Promenade Youth Initiative (PYI) is looking to recruit high performing volunteers to support the managing team in its 2014 goal of empowering 2000 youth in 10 public secondary schools in Lagos. These are outstanding opportunities for  young individuals passionate about making a difference to volunteer and contribute to an impactful social change project in Nigeria. Promenade Youth Initiative was one of the 2013 youth engagement projects of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI), launched by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos because of its huge potential of having a positive impact on the Nigerian society.

1. Volunteer Administrator
     Role profile
Under the guidance of the “Administrative Director”, this individual will contribute to the planning,
execution and management of PYI’s youth empowerment activities. Specific responsibilities include:
Project management
• Support the planning and execution of training activities
• Support the development of proposals and letters to individuals and partners
Stakeholder management/Partner collaboration
• Attend meetings and build relationship with government and private partners
Volunteer management
• Support the recruitment of volunteers as facilitators
• Support the coordination of volunteers during trainings in schools
Perform other duties as needed
Profile of ideal candidate:
• A first degree holder in any discipline:
o Waiting to be mobilized for the one year compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) OR currently serving but has flexible schedules
o Must be willing to commit to at least 25 hours of work per week including weekends – could be more during peak periods
• Strong organizational and communication skills
• Strong project management skills with capacity to manage activities from scratch through execution
• Ability to work on-the-go
• Self-driven and capable of working with limited or no supervision
• Must reside in Lagos, with preference for someone living in ‘Ikeja-Egbeda-Agege’ axis
• Monthly stipend including transportation and communication
• Opportunity to contribute to social change in the country
Duration: 3 months subject to renewal

2. Volunteer social media manager
    Role profile
Under the guidance of the “Administrative Director”, this individual will contribute to the development and implementation of PYI’s social media activities.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Development and implementation of PYI’s social media strategy
• Day-to-day management of all social media platforms
• Constant generation of media contents
• Designing, creating and managing campaigns and/or social media events to create inbound traffic and awareness for PYI
Perform other duties as needed
Profile of ideal candidate:
• Sees working with PYI as a way to fulfil social commitments and contribute to national change
• Possesses in-depth knowledge and technical understanding of social media platforms and their respective audiences
• Excellent communication skills including writing and storytelling
• Strong project management skills with capacity to manage activities from scratch through execution
• Ability to work on-the-go
• Self-driven and capable of working with limited or no supervision
• Preference for someone residing in Lagos

3. Volunteer web designer and manager
    Role profile
Under the guidance of the “Administrative Director”, this individual will contribute to the revitalization and promotion of PYI’s online presence.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Designing, maintaining and updating website and its contents
• Integrating all PYI’s social media platforms to the website and developing the voice for all aspects of PYI’s online presence
• Writing and editing for the web including proofreading all web content
• Assure web-based information is archived for future needs and reference
• Track and report on all site metrics
• Oversee freelancers, including writers for PYI
Perform other duties as needed
Profile of ideal candidate:
• Sees working with PYI as a way to fulfil social commitments and contribute to national change
• Possesses in-depth knowledge and technical understanding of graphics design, website development and management
• Ability to operate the WordPress Content Management System
• Excellent communication skills including writing and storytelling
• Strong project management skills with capacity to manage activities from scratch through execution
• Ability to work on-the-go
• Self-driven and capable of working with limited or no supervision
• Programming capabilities would be an advantage
• Strong preference for someone residing in Lagos

4. Volunteer training facilitators
They need volunteers (young professionals) who are passionate about teaching Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Social change.
Profile of Volunteers
Volunteers must be:
- Passionate about teaching Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Social Change
- Available for 6 Wednesdays between May and June 2014
- Available for 2 Saturdays in April for training - Age between 21 – 35
Volunteers may fall into any of these 3 categories:
- Working class professionals who can spare 3 hours every Wednesday for 6 weeks between May and June
-Entrepreneurs who manage/run their own businesses and have flexible schedules
- Students who run their own businesses or have run a business in the last two years
- Previous facilitation experience will be an added advantage
- Previous experience working with youth will also be desirable
Volunteers will:
-Get weekly transportation stipend
- Be awarded a certificate of volunteering from Promenade Youth Initiative
- Be hosted to a closing dinner/lunch
- Get the opportunity to meet and network with young professionals passionate about social change in Nigeria
- Be part of a network of change agents making a difference in Nigeria

Locations for facilitators:
(Volunteers will have to choose or rank their preferred locations)

To apply send your RESUME/CV in addition to cover letter of not more than one page should be sent to

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Personal Development Strategy (series 1)

Wherever you are in life right now, your habits brought you this place, whether good or bad.
Do you know that what you do daily determines what you become permanently? Your daily habits are creating your future. 

Our habits really do influence us more powerfully than we know. Even the habit of being disciplined and planning your day can make an extra ordinary impact on one's level of success.

I've observed some very successful men and women. There are certain things I've watched them do in order to reach the level of success they enjoy now. Success didn't just fall on them automatically. They had a part to play.
Many times that part has involved years of just doing the same things over and over: reading,studying,showing up,giving,developing a lifestyle,discipline,exercising leadership skills and reaching out to others. The list varies, depending on their particular calling in life. Some people stand back and look with envy at the success of their peers and say things like, "I'd love to have a successful business like that". Or they wonder, "why is he so successful?" There usually are reasons. Often we want the success of others but we don't want to pay the price they paid to get there.

The bottom line is: discipline yourself to do the right thing long enough,and eventually the right thing will happen to you. Often people get tired to doing the right things and they give up but as for you NEVER GIVE UP. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

PUSH PROJECT......celebrating excellence through volunteering

PUSH PROJECT is a T.E.N platform  where success story of people who have volunteered their time and energy to serve humanity, gain experience and build their capacity which in turn have taken them to a higher place are published to motivate young ones who might not have the understanding of what volunteering is all about.

 Adekunbi Adeoye, founder of SESEWA support services, a company which focuses on providing internship and volunteer platforms for undergraduates and fresh graduates.
My first job was at the age of 15, I had just finished secondary school and I disturbed my mum about the idea of getting a job, she allowed me. In between these years, I did everything from working in marketing roles, events management, etc.
My first formal internship was with Kenna and Associates and for the first time. Alongside other places such as MTN Nigeria, SMART Marketing, etc I had a more real contact with the professional environment, what was expected of me, in terms of timing, work ethics etc. I took my first entry test and interview; it felt so real though I just in my 300 level. The opportunity has soon become the pointer to what I now do for a living.
For me, that’s the power of an internship. Our lives are filled with so many possibilities and it’s when we open our minds to try out these possibilities that we are able to navigate through.
Sometimes an internship can help you answer the question of; what you cannot do.
What I achieved during the process of interning?
One of my most valuable lessons was that the business environment was competitive, it’s like a market place everybody buys from, you will compete with several companies for clients and in the end, it is your ability to attain and retain your customers that keep you in business.
I also learnt I could start out my internship business at that time, and that I didn’t need to wait as far as I was past 18 years. For the first time, my school work was real to me in terms of practice, closing the deals, looking through the law reports was closer to home now. I became better prepared for practice even though I am not practising law presently.
Where I am now (present stage it has taken you)?
I am a big product of internships- every single one of them has added up, even when some all you could learn was-‘how not to run a business’; I find a deep fulfillment in helping people increasing their network and net worth through internship placements. I also find the fulfillment that small and medium businesses can afford to recruit not from the bottom of the ladder but from a pool of vibrant and engaging variety.
       You can build yourself and mostly get hands on experience; you can understand what an employer is looking for and prepare yourself along the line. Most mistakes you make at these stages are almost permissible because you can learn and relearn.

Friday, October 11, 2013

How We Try To Prove Katy Perry Wrong At Work

When the Katy Perry song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” comes on the radio chanting, “TGIF, TGIF, TGIF,” I feel like an anthropologist studying a foreign species. “TGIF” is short for “Thank God it’s Friday,” and based on the fact that it’s a No. 1 single and has sold more than 3,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone, it resonates. Why? Because for most people, work sucks.

 That may seem like a bold statement, but while we all go to work “with the Internet in our pants,” as Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costello, so aptly said, the basic structure of work hasn’t changed since the Industrial Revolution. Most clock in to a top-down hierarchy, where they’re expected to do as they’re told, conform, play politics, not let their personal lives interfere, and subordinate their happiness to the whims of their superiors. If I worked in that environment, I’d be chanting “TGIF,” too.

Over the past six years at companies, we’ve experimented with what it means to “go to work.” Here are some observations and examples of what works for us — resulting in higher profits, more opportunity, and dramatically reduced turnover. I hope it helps uncover what might work for you.

Underlying Philosophy: We are focused on finding people at the intersection of a needed skill set, a shared passion, and a common ethos. Once on board, we focus on helping them find happiness. Yes, you read that correctly. While this might sound pretty “granola,” we believe the only sustainable way to an organization’s long-term health (and profitability) is through a focus on individual happiness. We want all members of our community to love their work, the “office,” and the people around them.