Aug
18

The IMPACT Initiative presents its 3rd Annual STEP UP Summer Program…

August 26th – September 2nd, 2013 proudly boasts the I-Step Up Summer Program, a week of learning, fun, scholarships, and ultimately self-discovery, targeted specifically at senior secondary and university students.

IMPACT’s Step Up Summer Program (I-Step Up) is a 1-week intensive core life skills training program to promote the employability, creativity and competitiveness of youth, thus improving their candidacy for rewarding academic and career opportunities.

Previous speakers include Jimi Tewe, irokoTV’s Jason Njoku, bellaNaija’s Uche Eze, artists: Ebisan and Dami Krane

  • If you’re worried…about improving your chances of finding and excelling at a job in your chosen field, career coaches and career self-assessment tools are on hand to help you.
  • If you’re stressed…about passing those terrifying employment aptitude tests, the sessions on quantitative and verbal skills are designed to put your mind at ease.
  • If you’re passionate…about meeting successful individuals who have overcome similar challenges to the ones you face, then come and network with the dynamic guest speakers, who despite their young ages, are leaders in their fields.
  • If you’re smart…and understand the importance of putting yourself at an advantage over your peers who will spend this week sleeping away their summer holiday, consider this your open invitation.

To register, email impactnigeria@gmail.com or text 0813 738 9958 | 0708 337 5412 | 0813 762 0478 with your Full Name, Address, Phone Number, School /Institution, Level and Course of Study

Testimonial

“My two consecutive summers attending the IMPACT-Step UP Summer Program were unforgettable experiences. Each time, I spent an amazing week learning invaluable skills and lessons from a variety of successful individuals while forging strong relationships with like-minded youth and adults. This program is for everyone, those who know what they want do with their lives and those who don’t have the faintest idea of what direction they want to take their education or careers. I encourage anyone + everyone to sign up for what will surely be an unforgettable week.”

Summer Series Details

Date: Monday, August 26— September 2, 2013

Time: 9:00am—4:30pm daily

Venue: Bridge House College, 1/3 Olagunsoye Oyinlola Street, 2nd Avenue Estate (opp. Dolphin Estate), Ikoyi (Transportation will be provided from the Mainland daily)

Registration Fee: N 7,000 (Program fee includes lunch and course materials)

Interested applicants who cannot afford the course fee should write a 200-word essay on ‘Why I would like to attend the I-Step Up Summer Program’ and send it via email to impactnigeria@gmail.com. Selected applicants will be sponsored.

We look forward to seeing you!

Jul
03

When was the last week that changed your life? We know when the next one will be!

Aug  6th – 13th, the IMPACT Initiative hosts its 2nd iStep-Up Summer Program, a week of learning, fun, networking, scholarships, internships, and ultimately self-development, targeted specifically at senior secondary and university students. This year’s iStep-Up promises to be even bigger and better!

If you’re worried…about improving your chances of finding and excelling at a job in your chosen field, the career coaches and career self-assessment tools are on hand to help you.

If you’re stressed…about passing those terrifying employment aptitude tests, the sessions on quantitative and verbal skills cannot be missed.

If you’re passionate…about meeting successful individuals who have overcome similar challenges to the ones you may face in your academic or future professional life, then come and network with the esteemed guest speakers – leaders in their fields who were not too long ago in your shoes.

If you’re smart…and understand the importance of putting yourself at an advantage over your peers who may spend this one week idling away their summer holiday, consider this is your open invitation.

To register, email impactnigeria@gmail.com or text 0813 738 9958 | 0708 337 5412 | 0706 418 6592 with your Full Name, Address, Phone Number, School /Institution, Level and Course of Study

Summer Series Details

Date: Monday, August 6—Monday, August 13, 2011

• Time: 8:45am—4pm daily

• Venue: British International School, Lekki, Lagos

• Course Fee: N6,000 (Course fee includes lunch and course materials)

 

• Interested applicants who cannot afford the course fee should write a 200-word essay on ‘Why I would like to attend the I-Step-Up Summer School Program’ and send it via email to impactnigeria@gmail.com. Selected applicants will be sponsored.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Feb
10

Community service event

Community service capstone project

So here’s what our first-ever I-Step Up Program looked like…Make sure you don’t miss out on the next one, which promises to be bigger and better…August 2012

  • The IMPACT Step Up (I-Step Up) Program ran from Monday August 1, 2011 to August 6, 2011 at the Bridge House College, with an average daily attendance of 40 participants, who were primarily senior secondary school students, jambites, and university undergraduates. 40% of these participants were female.
  • Students came from a variety of schools, including: American International School, Babcock University, Fountain Heights, Houdegbe North American University, Kings College, LASU, Loyola Jesuit College, Nigerian Turkish International College, Trinity College and UNILAG.
  • Each morning commenced with a short article discussion, based on articles students had been asked to read the night before. Next, was a keynote speaker to formally “open” each day. The keynote speakers for the week were:
    • Tariye Gbadegesin, Vice President in the Investments Group, Africa Finance Corporation – The Search for your Best Self
    • Folabi Esan, Founding Partner, Adlevo Capital – What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • Uche Eze, Founder, Bainstone, (creator of Bella Naija) – Importance of Passion, Focus and Hard Work
    • Kayode Thomas, MD, Bell Oil & Gas – Ingredients of Success
  • The rest of each morning consisted of quantitative and verbal skills classes delivered by B2Consulting. The afternoons were filled with career and personal development talks and panels.
  • Panels during the week:
    • How to Pick a Career was a panel focused on exploring lessons learned by panelists  - management consultant, Gbolahan Fagbure, and entrepreneurs, Edward Odejobi and Kofi Afaedor, in charting their career paths. They shared their pearls of wisdom on how they made key academic and career choices.
    • Demystifying Success was a panel exploring popular vs. alternative career options and de-mystifying the misconception that success has a singular conventional path. IMPACT brought panellists from a variety of professional backgrounds – Linda Bembatoum, Senior Program Advisor at Pro-Natura International, Dayo Osholowu, a sports physician, Kola Oyeneyin, Executive Director of Venia Consulting, and Tokini Peterside, Communiations & Events Manager at Moet Hennessy.
    • Maximizing your Experiences to Compete in Today’s Marketplace was a panel that focused on the importance of academic and career planning for students to achieve their goals and to gain entry to top tertiary and professional institutions. Panelists – Bowale Odumade and Orinola Gbadebo-Smith – engaged participants on the importance of networking, mentorship, internships, etc. for preparing students to compete in today’s job market.
    • Seeing the Bigger Picture was a panel focused on the critical importance of seeing the ‘big picture’ in whatever you do – having a vision and communicating that vision, thinking  beyond individual success to community success and how to make an impact in the world. This panel consisted of change agents Bunmi Otegbade, Charles Bassey-Eyo and Chinwe Odigboegwu.
  • The personal and career development sessions included:
    • Career Coaching by Jimi Tewe
    • Communicating a Vision by Ifeanyi Enokurah
    • Myths and Truths about Work: Tips on How to Survive at Work by Ofilispeaks.com
    • Talent by Design by Sola Adeola
    • How to Write a Winning CV by Chioma Okwudiafor
  • On Saturday August 6, 2011, the students assembled at the New Dawn Baptist Church on Water Corporation Drive (Oniru) for a day of Community Service, in which participants and IMPACT volunteers organized a Soup kitchen event to feed the local community lunch. In all, 10 cartons of indomie were cooked, 300 eggs boiled, and over 350 packs of food were distributed. It was not only a great way for participants to learn in practice the importance of making an impact on your community, but also a chance for them to interact with each other and the IMPACT team in a fun (albeit rainy) setting. Thank you to the church for letting us use their premises and for all their support. Thanks also to Cloud 9 Food Team for their generous sponsorship.
  • 2 academic scholarships of N50,000 were awarded to Patrick Edem (Best Attitude) and Pamela Uju Morgan (Most Improved Student over the course of the program).

The IMPACT Initiative Team thanks all its sponsors and partners:

  • Bridge House College
  • British Council
  • B2Consulting
  • Cloud 9 Food
  • Dr. Nneka Enwonwu
  • Ms. Bowale Odumade
  • New Dawn Baptist Church
  • OfiliSpeaks

We also thank all our dedicated speakers and panelists. Thank you for inspiring minds.

And last but not least, we say a big THANK YOU to our fabulously fantastic volunteer team:

  • Biyi Damola
  • Edward Odejobi
  • Wale Odugbesan
  • Mariam Oke
  • Ruky Okocha
  • Chioma Okwudiafor
  • Okey Ofili
  • Itunu Rewane
  • Ogbemi Rewane
  • Sarah Uku
  • Jimi Williams

Jul
29

When was the last week that changed your life?

We know when the next one will be!

Aug 1st – 6th proudly boasts the I-Step-Up Summer Program, a week of learning, fun, networking, scholarships, internships and ultimately  self-development, targeted specifically at Senior Secondary and University students. With sessions ranging from public speaking to personal branding to “communicating a vision” to career coaching, there’s something in there for everyone!

If you’re worried… about improving your chances of finding and excelling at a job in your chosen field, the career coaches and career self-assessment tools are on hand to help you.

If you’re stressed… about passing those terrifying employment aptitude tests, the sessions on quantitative and verbal skills cannot be missed.

If you’re passionate… about meeting successful individuals who have overcome similar challenges to the ones you face a daily basis, then come and network with the esteemed guest speakers, who despite their young ages, are leaders in their fields.

If you’re smart… and understand the importance of putting yourself at an advantage over your peers who will spend this week sleeping away their summer holiday, consider this as your open invitation.

To register, email impactnigeria@gmail.com or text 0813 738 9958 | 0708 337 5412 | 0706 418 6592 with your Full Name, Address, Phone Number, School / Institution, Level and Course of Study.

Summer School Details

  • Date: Monday, August 1 – Saturday, August 6, 2011
  • Time: 8:45 am – 4 pm daily
  • Venue: Bridge House College, 1/3 Olagunsoye Oyinlola Street, 2nd Avenue Estate (Opposite Dolphin Estate entrance), Ikoyi (*there will be transportation from Falomo*)
  • Course Fee: N6,000 (Course Fee includes lunch and course materials)
  • Interested applicants who cannot afford the course fee should write a 200-word essay on ‘Why I would like to Attend the I-Step-Up Summer School Program’ and send it via email to impactnigeria@gmail.com

We look forward to meeting you!

Jun
29

 

With one exciting idea, you stand the chance to win fantastic prizes, including a trip to the Unilever office in Singapore or London.

 

To give University students the opportunity to express their unique business ideas, be developed by professional business mentors and get a taste of after-school life, Unilever Nigeria has launched the Unilever Nigeria Ideatrophy competition.

How does the competition work?

  • To participate in the competition, University undergraduates need to form a team of three people*.
  • Each team will be required to submit a proposal based on the business challenge proposed by Unilever Nigeria. Visit www.ideatrophynigeria.com to download the challenge brief.
  • Submitted ideas will then be assessed by a panel
  • From the assessment of ideas, six teams will be selected to compete at Zonal Championships that will hold in Lagos, Calabar and Abuja
  • For each Zonal Championship, six different teams will compete
  • From each Zonal Championship, two teams will emerge and move on to compete at the National Championship
  • From the six teams that will compete at the National Championship, only 1 will emerge the overall winner

*All members within the team must:

  • Be University undergraduates
  • Attend the same University
  • Have a minimum of Second Class Lower
  • Not be older than 24 years as at December 31st 2011

To participate in the competition, visit www.ideatrophynigeria.com for more details.

Ensure to read and understand the business brief and competition’s Terms & Conditions

Competition Prizes

Winning Team at National Championship

  • All expense trip to Unilever Global Office (London) or Singapore
  • Brand new ipads and certificates for each team member

1st Runner Up at National Championship

  • Brand new laptops and certificates for each team member

2nd Runner Up at National Championship

  • Brand new Blackberries and certificates for all each team member

Ideatrophy Calendar

  • Deadline for submission of ideas: Thursday, 30 June 2011
  • Zonal Championships: North (Abuja) – 11th July 2011; South (Calabar) – 15th July 2011; West (Lagos) – 21st July 2011
  • Bootcamp (Lagos) – 8th to 10th of August 2011
  • National Competition – 11th August 2011

Jun
28

Unveiling Africa Foundation

Presents

The Second Annual Teenagers’ Essay Contest 2011

Topic: “How would you use media to make a change in your community?”

Unveiling Africa 2011 Essay Contest
Welcome to Unveiling Africa’s 2nd Annual Essay Contest! This year, in line with our Four Nation Building Roles: Academic Excellence, Community Activism, Excellence in Social Interaction and Personal Leadership, we explore how teenagers can effect a change in their communities through one of the most powerful tools readily available to them – media.

Teenagers, for whatever you think you can change about your street, estate, local government, village, or even state, this is your chance to tell us what they are, and propose your media-based plan to make the difference.

Essay Contest Structure
The 2011 Essay Contest takes on a new structure. There are now three stages: the research essay, the impromptu essay and the interview stages.

Essay Contest Plan

Round I: Research Essay (40 points)
Topic: “How would you use media to make a change in your community?”

In Round I, you are required to research and gather information from a variety of sources to explore one or more specific problems in your community, and insightfully describe how you would employ one or more forms of media to solve the specified problem(s).

“Media” includes:
a)      Conventional mediums such as TV, radio, internet, etc.
b)      Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Hi5, etc.
c)      Celebrities such as musicians, rappers, movie stars, etc.
d)      Other forms of media
“Community” includes your street, estate, local government, village, etc.

Word Limit: 450 – 700 words

Round II: Impromptu Essay (30 points)
Topic: To Be Determined

The top 40 contestants (20 in each category) from Round I will be invited to the Impromptu Essay stage where contestants will be assigned a topic to respond to freely. This stage will test the contestant’s reasoning capacity, ability to structure thoughts and convey meaning effectively under pressure in writing. More information coming soon.

Round III: Interview (30 points)
The top 14 contestants (7 in each category) from Round II will be invited to the Interview stage where contestants will be interviewed on their essays, ideas and strengths. This stage will test the contestant’s reasoning capacity, ability to structure thoughts and convey meaning effectively under pressure orally. More information coming soon.

Winning Structure
In each category (JSS & SSS), the top 20 responses from Round I (Research Essay) will be invited to write an impromptu essay in Round II. The best 7 of Round II will advance to Round III for the interviews.

Winning Structure

Winners will be selected based on their cumulative performance on every stage of the Contest. Winning essays will be published and winners will be invited to the UVA Annual Teenagers’ Conference in October where they will be presented with the following prizes:

Prizes for Each Category:
1st Prize:              ₦100, 000 Scholarship + Laptop Computer
2nd Prize:              ₦100, 000 Scholarship
3rd Prize:              ₦75, 000 Scholarship
4th – 7th Prize:        Partner Prizes
Most Creative Idea:     UVA Thinker’s Award
(All winners will receive UVA Winners’ Package)

UVA Winners’ Package includes Unveiling Africa Certificate of Participation, Invitation to networking dinner with The Future Awards Alumni Network and other role model Nigerians.

Teachers of winning students will receive an honorary mention and token at the UVA Independence conference in October 2011. All participating schools will be included in the UVA honorary school roll.

Essay Contest Rules

Contest Registration
All entrants must register for the Essay Contest using the Essay Contest Materials. Download from our website www.unveilingafrica.org and adhere strictly to the instructions therein.

Unfortunately, online registrations are not available this year. However, any entrants wishing to register remotely must contact the Project Manager (details below)

•       Schools and other institutions will get the Essay Contest Materials from UVA Distribution Team or may request one by contacting the Project Manager
•       Individual entrants must also download the Contest Materials and contact the Project Manager
•       To contact the Project Manager, call or SMS [+234 (702) 575-5455, +234 (816) 591-0316, +234 (803)-716-1641] or email botegs@unveilingafrica.org

Essay Grading:
Emphasis for judging responses in the Junior Secondary Category will be placed on the following criteria:
•       Content (creativity and originality)
•       Organization
•       Grammar and spelling

Emphasis for judging responses in the Senior Secondary Category will be placed on the following criteria:
•       Understanding of the issue
•       Supporting Evidence
•       Persuasiveness
•       Quality of Language

Eligibility:
Round I of the competition is open to all persons between the ages of 8 and 19 years as of July 31, 2011, including, but not limited to:
•       students of public and private secondary schools;
•       students of  “A-level” and foundation schools;
•       members of social institutions; and
•       independent individuals.

Eligibility for Rounds II & III will be determined by scores in the previous Round as described above in Winning Structure.

Deadline & Submission of Entries:
The deadline for Round I is June 30, 2011. Essays will be submitted to representative teacher/staff responsible for coordinating the essay competition at each school.

School representatives MUST deliver packaged essay entries to the following address on the due date, no later than 11:59 PM on June 30, 2011

Unveiling Africa Foundation
Attn: UVA 2010 Essay Competition
UVA Project Manager
101B Oshodi Apapa Express Way Oshodi
Lagos, Nigeria

For individual entrants, questions, comments, and alternative arrangements, please call the Project Manager 0702-575-5455, 0816-591-0316, 0803-716-1641

Other Terms and Conditions:
1.      The entry should be original and should not have been published earlier.
2.      Essays submissions maybe handwritten or typed (12 point Times New Roman) and doubled spaced.
3.      Essays should not include your name or any personal identifiers such as school, signature, etc. This is to eliminate bias at the marking stages. Please ensure your name is on the registration form attached to the essay.
4.      All references and materials from other sources should be duly acknowledged.
5.      The entries will be assessed by an independent panel of judges appointed by the Unveiling Africa Programs Department. The Programs Directors will determine the top 3 essays in each category. The decision of the judges shall be final.
6.      Proof of current registration such as a copy of transcript, letter of enrollment showing school enrollment before or by June 30th 2011 may be required.

Jun
13

Jun
07

The IMPACT Initiative Team at the 5th Annual Youth Forum 2010