JCI Nigeria continues to partner organisations, corporate bodies on youth empowerment

The President of Junior Chamber International, JCI Nigeria, Adetola Juyitan, has expressed the commitment of the organisation to continue to partner youth-based organisations as well as corporate bodies including foreign missions to push the limit of youth empowerment and development.

Juyitan made this known while giving account of the stewardship of Junior Chamber International, JCI Nigeria in the last six months during a media parley recently held in Lagos.

While charging the youth to rise to the occasion by getting themselves engaged productively, Juyitan stated that the organisation was ready and determined to help nurture their innovative skills and talents into rewarding ventures through its numerous programmes.

Speaking on this year’s theme tagged ‘Act As One’, Juyitan noted that JCI Nigeria, as an organisation, has designed programmes tailored towards enhancing capacity of the youth particularly on leadership and entrepreneurial skills urging the youth to take advantage  of the opportunities.

Providing background on some of the programmes carried out by the present leadership team, the President stated that the organisation has been involved in recognising the enormous role of the youth who had distinguished themselves in different spheres of human endeavour through innovative ideas and solutions by designing initiative for that purpose.

“Today, we have an initiative or a program titled ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ (TOYP) in Nigeria  that we carry out every year to encourage people to submit nomination for anyone that they feel strongly have carried out great projects wherever they are. Though they may not have been noticed by government but they are making waves in their little way.

“It is interesting to know that a lot of people that we know today such as Linda Ikeji, Rotimi Amaechi were noticed, identified and rewarded by JCI through this particular program. We had recognised the impact they were making even before the world got to know much about them. TOYP is a platform that gives young people the opportunity to be seen while also opening doors of opportunities for them globally.  Since we started the program in Nigeria, some of the winners have gone ahead to win at the global stage. Two years ago, we had two people win at the world stage and last year, we had one person. We recently won 6 awards at a global meet in Mauritius,” he added.

She stressed that JCI would continue to seek support from well-meaning individuals and organisations to deliver on such responsibility, adding that it remains open to partnership and alliance that are geared towards making life better for the youth.

“JCI is an organisation that unites all sectors of the society. In all that we do, we do our best to involve the government, those in the business community. We try to cover that area in the course of the year. We have been able to sign up several partnerships. Some are still in the offing, some we have started mining the rewards and benefit. Of course, we have carried out several projects and programmes in the course of the year. We have been involved in courtesy visits to traditional rulers, bank directors, multinational firms, heads of diplomatic missions all in a bid to seek support and partnership and other benefits for our youth,” she said.

JCI Nigeria, an affiliate of Junior Chamber International which was founded 62 years ago, is a non-governmental organisation that is committed to taking action and creating impact in the society. It has over 100 local organisations (both City and Collegiate Chapters) and over 5,000 active citizens’ membership base.


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