Our interventions span across life skills training, career development and academic support for secondary school students; entrepreneurial and business management training for tertiary education students, NYSC members, existing business owners and individuals in the corporate world; work readiness and employability training.
The SOSF Bridge program exposes youth in state secondary schools through workshops deployed by trained school teachers/trainers and opportunities through partners and mentors to build them on;
a. Life Skills:
These competencies (communication, problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, self-management, confidence building, citizenship development) are developed through interactive workshops with the aim of enhancing participants’ future university experience and long-term career/business prospects.
B. Academic Skills:
Through Interactive workshops they are trained on revision techniques, literacy, numeracy, Time management and Exam prep. They are also given access to study guides and learning resources. For states with low numeracy and literacy levels, emphasis are made on the Academic skills component of the Bridge program.
C. Technical, Vocational and Enterprise Skills
Through interactive workshops they are trained on skills needed to start an enterprise (business ideation, financial management, etc.) The technical and vocational skills training is deployed through partners. At the end of the program, participants would be given the opportunity to pitch for startup capital for the technical/ vocational skills they have learnt.
I. Career Awareness & Preparation:
My Career and My Education Workshop: A series of three workshops as detailed above to enable participants map out their future educational, entrepreneurial and career paths. Each student is
expected to keep a personal development planner throughout the duration of the project, and set goals and milestones (with the support of the series of life skills workshops
One-on-One Mentoring: Career mentor(s) are assigned based on participants’ career interests to guide them and interact with their parents/guardians to clarify misconceptions about careers. This increases the participants’ aspirations, provides them with on-going first-hand information on their future career paths and changing industry dynamics from professionals in their industries/sectors of interest.
III. Career Mentoring Open Day: Comprising of the following activities:
Career Showcase: Students showcase sketches and write-ups of their career choices. This exercise helps them to undertake preliminary research to get them started.
Career Mentor Sessions: Students meet with mentors for
one-on-one discussions. Parents/guardians in attendance can also join.
Creative Corner Showcase: Students showcase all the products they designed e.g. beads, clothes, hand-made handbags & liquid soaps, etc.
Social Change Project Showcase: Students present their social change projects.
IV. Career Resources: A Day in the Life of a Professional:
This is a video recording of a processionals daily routine using the necessary tools/equipment or resources to carry out task as it relates to the profession example A Day in the Life of a Surgeon requires the surgeon to record his daily activity explaining tools needed to achieve his task as a surgeon etc. This career resource provide virtual guidance to students who aspire to take such career path.
Career Insight Opportunities: Students are taken on a day long insight day to organizations across a range of industries e.g. media, law, music, fashion, healthcare, engineering, finance, accounting, catering, ICT etc.
This provides – First-hand knowledge on the workplace or the dynamics of the work environment. ii. insight for our entrepreneurial students seeking to understand how markets and industries work. Volunteer trainers or program staff supervise all visits. We work with over 50 career insight organizations.
SS3 Next Steps:
This is a session run for all project alumni who are in their final year prior to graduation to;
I. Provide a refresher on the employability skills learnt
II. Revisit and finalize student pathways be it applications to tertiary institutions,
alternative apprenticeship schemes or setting up enterprises
III. Explore financial management and income generation ideas especially as many of the students come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds and would therefore need to find feasible and responsible ways to raise personal finances to fund school, work or business
IV. Explore available opportunities, initiatives or activities to pursue upon graduation.
Skills for Change Project:
A social change project is organized at the end of the project cycle to allow participants apply the skills they have learnt in presenting a solution to the challenge. The Skills for Change project provides a platform for participants to apply and demonstrate the newly acquired skills learnt through a social change project whereby each student is required to identify a social problem, proffer an innovative solution and present a plan of action to implement this solution.
These are showcased during the career mentoring open day, subjected to the scrutiny of judging panel and the most innovative ideas are awarded.
After the completion of the Bridge program, alumni (ex-students) who are referred to as ambassadors are given further opportunities called ‘SOSF CONNECT’, where ambassadors (alumni) are continuously supported to sustain action plans or start new initiatives.
The SOS Headstart is the entrepreneurship focused programme. The program is an integrated business start-up and scale intervention incorporating training, mentoring, funding, networking and advisory services. xxxxxx
HEADSTART FOR INDUSTRIALPRENEUR
The headstart for industrialpreneur is focused on industries such as mining, agriculture, trade, food, manufacturing, transport and storage, health, tourism and hospitality, telecom and information services and professional services and education, with high value economic activities and need for innovation to create new markets for job creation, value addition and capture driven by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
For a start, we are focused on the agricultural industry which we call Headstart for Agropreneurs.
Initiatives and Challenges is SOSF’s strategic and innovative intervention for her programs to ensure sustainability of same. It is responsible for drawing a delicate balance between the programmes and institutionalization through data and advocacy while working with the relevant stakeholders (partners) to embed and institutionalize SOSF programmatic interventions.
The SOSF Initiatives & Challenges hinges on these;
Interventions deployed as standalone activities or conceptualized and led by partners with similar mandates
• Capacity Development and Training
• Curriculum Design & Development
Online activities to drive innovation, design thinking, continual learning and implementation of acquired skills and knowledge.