THE EXPERIENCE

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Hi!

My name is Gethrude Charles. Recently, I learnt about the opening to participate as a volunteer in the World Wide Web Foundation’s Alliance For Affordable Internet (A4AI) forum at Abuja through Volunteer in Nigeria’s blog. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to have a better perspective of the ICT industry in Nigeria and to network so I registered my interest on the page. When I was contacted by Volunteer in Nigeria that I have been selected along with Shadrach to participate, I waited for Tuesday-11th March-with great anticipation. I have always been interested and have been actively involved in ICT, how it can be improved in Nigeria, its use in our daily lives and how it can be used to boost productivity in different aspects of our lives.
Although Shadrach and I were there as volunteers and our responsibilities were the basics like registering the participants, the friendliness of the organisers from Web Foundation-Miss Emilie Yam and Miss Sonia-made our presence very comfortable as we were treated with respect and were given full access to the entirety of the event.
Participating in the A4AI gave me the opportunity to network and interact with professionals in the sector, many of whom I am still in contact with. The event which was graced with the honorable presence of the Minister of Communications Technology Ms. Omobola Johnson, Mrs Esther Agbarakwe of Devnovate, Ms. Blossom Nnodim- a social media enthusiast, Dr Eugene Juwah-Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Mr Abdullahi Maikano-secretary USPF and so many others was experiential and inspiring. It was amazing to see so many women speak with such authority and audacity that is infectiously inspiring. It brought hope to my spirit as to whether the Nigerian youth can take his place in the society and lead and as to whether the Nigerian females could dare dream to be leaders in their careers without fear.
In a particular segment of the event, participants were subdivided to groups each with a different topic and problem to discuss and resolve, this gave me insight into the vision of ICT in Nigeria and Nigerians as problems faced by the common man in relation to access to good affordable and quality internet were highlighted and possible solutions discussed.
Altogether, the event was enlightening and inspiring to say the least, from its very beginning to the closing statement and I am glad I was given the opportunity to be a part of it.

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Openings at 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

Benefits

• 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:

-Ikeja

-Yaba

-Surulere

-Mushin

(Volunteers will have to choose or rank their preferred locations)

 

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org

Step 2: Leave a comment just below this post indicating your interest

Step 3: Begin preparing your Curriculum Vitae and cover letter

 

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Lagos training opportunities

Here are some free training opportunities we got news on.  SHARE with everyone you know in Lagos. No harm in adding skills!

Immersion with Microsoft

Are you a developer, a student or someone interested in learning how to code? Do you want to be an expert in building top notch web and mobile applications using Microsoft Technologies? Then Immersion with Microsoft is the right place to begin.

Immersion with Microsoft is a combined training and mentorship program where participants get to learn how to build mobile and web applications using Microsoft technologies. In a three-month training program, no less than 20 shortlisted students and early stage developers will be trained by 6 seasoned developers and Microsoft experts.

Starting on the 24th of March 2014, Immersion with Microsoft will have:

  • 2 sessions a week for 3 months with Microsoft trained facilitators
  • 1 week Windows Phone and Windows 8 bootcamp with Microsoft experts from Microsoft Redmond Campus
  • 1 week Windows Azure bootcamp with Microsoft experts from Microsoft Redmond Campus
  • Team formation and app building exercise
  • Final project show and tell
  • Promotion opportunities across Africa for outstanding solutions

The training will involve teaching the basics of programming language paradigm and Microsoft development environment for various technologies including:

  • Windows Application
  • Windows Phone Application
  • ASP.NET (MVC & Web Form)
  • Cloud Technology (Azure Services i.e. PAAS)

Register via this short form HERE.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted with specific details about the program. All the best! For more information, call 234.1.2950555.

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Fashion designing training scholarship

Owambe Clothings (Lagos) wishes to give 20 people 100% scholarship into Owambe fashion institute to learn full options of fashion designing either for a year or six months. According to the CEO, Ola-Abraham Emmanuel, the scholarship is to celebrate a year of the faithfulness of God. Admission form is FREE. Go to No 43 Oremeta street, Ojodu Berger, Lagos, to pick the form free.

The street is in front of Diamond bank at Ojodu Berger bus stop. Offer ends March 22. Call 08165314466.

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If you would like to inform us about a project, event or free training programme anywhere in Nigeria, you can do so here.

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2014 Prep2Grad Symposium

The Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is pleased to announce the 2014 edition of its flagship programme, “Prep2Grad Symposium”. Being the third in the series, the 2014 edition is scheduled to hold on Friday, March 21st 2014 at the Centre for Continuing Education (CES Auditorium), University of Calabar, Calabar.

The Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is a capacity development organization that is committed to inspiring, investing, engaging and facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives.

The “Prep2Grad” Symposiums seeks to inspire and equip young people, engaging them to plan for their graduation from school. The Symposium provides a sounding board for young Nigerians who are at the verge of graduating from Secondary Schools and Universities to learn from their peers who have accomplished successes in their chosen fields of business and their careers.

The theme for the 2014 edition is: “Learning the Ropes” and will be facilitated by:

• Lizzy Ekpenyong- Fabian, CEO, Lizzy’s Beauty Touch
• Ukemeobong Umoh, CEO, UK Sally Resources
• Aniekan Ekah, Blogger/CEO, Wetinhappen.com.ng
• Last Prophet, CEO, Laffhouse Entertainment

If you would like to volunteer your time on this project, kindly follow the steps below.

Step 1: Register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org

Step 2: Leave a comment just below this post indicating your interest

THIS OPENING IS FOR CALABAR RESIDENTS ONLY.

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Out and about: March 2, 2014

              CYFI

Late last month, we received an invitation to the Consul General’s residence at Ikoyi, Lagos, on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the 2013 Carrington Youth Fellowship programme. Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. But that is not the juice.

Last year, we managed volunteer recruitment for the Promenade Youth Initiative, one of the CYFI projects. Their ambitious goal was to empower 1000 youth in 5 public secondary schools in Lagos with the capacity to start up their own businesses and function effectively as leaders within their communities between May and December 2013. We are delighted to disclose that Promenade Youth Initiative won the Best Team Award for the year.

Promenade Youth training

Some of the Promenade volunteers and their tutors after their training

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Co-founders Hezekiah and Akin receiving the award from US Counsellor Ambassador Tom Shannon and the Consul-General Jeffrey Hawkins

 

A big congratulations to everyone who gave his/her time to this great work!

2014 MILEAD Fellowship: Don’t miss the closing date!

Hello fam!

In the spirit of the International Women’s Day and as the closing date (March 14) draws close, we encourage you again to ensure every young woman learns about the 2014 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program.

The program aims to identify, promote and develop young African female change makers (19-25 years) to address issues facing women and girls across Africa.

Get all the details right from the horse’s mouth here: http://www.moremiinitiative.org/milead-fellows/2014-application

Remember to tell us about your progress!

Join our fast growing network of thousands of exceptional youths taking action here: http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org

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Openings for A4AI Forum

Hello fam!

Two volunteers are needed to assist the Web Foundation team on the 1st Alliance For Affordable Internet (A4AI – http://www.a4ai.org) Nigeria Multi-stakeholder Forum, which will take place in Abuja at the Chelsea Hotel – Central Area on Tuesday, 11th March 2014. A4AI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Communication Technology (MCT) in October 2013. The MoU calls on A4AI to support Nigerian stakeholders in contributing inputs towards the development of policy and regulation designed to reduce the cost of Internet services and increase access in Nigeria.

A4AI is a diverse global coalition committed to driving down the cost of Internet access in less developed countries. The Forum will draw together a wide range of key stakeholders, including the Minister of Communication Technology, the Hon. Omobola Johnson; senior officials from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); sectoral Ministries and other government agencies; industry representatives; leading Nigerian academics and researchers; civil society organizations; and members of the media.

The volunteers would be helping with event registration and other logistical tasks throughout the day. They are happy to reimburse for travel costs and there will be breakfast and lunch. Report time: 7:30am
Dress code: STRICTLY CORPORATE

HOW TO SIGN UP
Step 1: Fill the signup form at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org if you haven’t.

*Step 2: Leave a comment with your Blackberry PIN or Whatsapp number. We would be interested in knowing if you are interested in the ICT field.

*We would not approve comments with sensitive information for public viewing but can see it at the back-end.

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For Volunteer in Nigeria

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