Empowerment: Foundation engages grassroots girls on skills

A youth-focused non-governmental organisation (NGO), Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), in collaboration with Devcoms, on Wednesday, organised a talent exhibition of “Skills for Life (S4L) Project” for young girls in less privileged communities in Lagos.
The  Skills for Life is an employability, literacy and leadership enhancement intervention project for girls aged 16 to 20 years.
The project was specifically designed for the girls living in the communities of Ajegunle and Mushin areas of Lagos State, as well as Molete and Oke-Ado in Oyo State.
Its aim is to enhance livelihood skills of girls through job placements, apprentice schemes and experiential partnership learning.
In her remarks, Ms Tolulope Osoba, YEF Programme Manager, said, “The S4L project, funded by Standard Chartered Bank, is a literacy and empowerment project for young girls, who have been through our programmes, while they were in school.
“The goal of the programme is basically a girl empowerment project, where girls are taught life skills and sports to boost their confidence. We use sports to teach them about menstruation, leadership skills, time management, academic excellence, while they are in school.”
Osoba said that the S4L project engages those in Junior Secondary School 3, while during the long holiday, in August, they went to a place of their intended choice of career and job shadow.
“They understudy the professionals for three to four weeks, for them to be sure that they still want to pursue that career, be it law, engineering or medicine,”.

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