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STREET PROJECT FOUNDATION HOLDS SECOND EDITION OF CREATIVE YOUTH BOOT CAMP

Written by Temitope Olayinka – 2016 Street Project Ambassador

On Monday, April 24 2017, About 100 Youths were inducted into the Creative Youth Boot Camp during a ceremony held at the Onikan Youth Centre Lagos. The class of 2017 is the second set to be inducted into the Creative Youth Boot Camp.

The Street Project Creative Youth Boot Camp began same time last year and has been supported by the United States Consulate and Lagos State Government amongst others. The Participants after completing the program are given Internship opportunities with mentors in their chosen field.

The Street Project Creative Youth Boot camp is a three-week non-residential boot camp, designed to educate, train, motivate and enable young people from low income backgrounds gifted in the performing arts learn how to turn their talents into an enterprise.

According to Mrs. Rita Ezenwa-Okoro the Founder and Lead visionary of Street Project Foundation,

“The boot camp was created to enable Youths move from Job seekers to Job creators…Like in other developed nations, performing arts is an industry that creates wealth and is capable of reducing the number of unemployed youth in the country”. She also shared several success stories of the Street Project Ambassadors who graduated from the programme in previous years.

2000 Applications were received out of which 103 young people were selected after series of auditions.

In her Welcome address the Lead Visionary gave the inductees words of encouragement among which she shared a quote “A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but because of its persistence” Encouraging them to forge ahead against all odds.

After the Founder’s opening remark, the 2016 Street Project Ambassadors shared their stories;

“My Skills were sharpened both physically and mentally. What I have learnt from my internship would be able to sustain me once I graduate from the University” Chibuikem Chris-Oparah one of the 2016 Street Project Ambassadors said this whilst sharing his testimony.

“Before Street Project, I was struggling with my art and didn’t realize I imitate my role model in my field, Street Project taught me to create an Identity for myself” Mayowa Lamusa another Street Project Ambassador testified.

“Don’t be intimidated by someone else’s talent, what makes you unique is yourself and what makes me unique is Myself” Zipporah Coleman 2016 Street Project Ambassador advice to the new inductees.

“It is alright for you not to know why you are here but open your mind to the possibilities of the things you might get” Deborah Chibueze, 2016 Street Project Ambassador sharing her experience with the new Inductees.

The ceremony, which started with the National Anthem, a slideshow of pictures and videos from the 2016 Creative Youth Boot Camp gave a clue on the performance classes and background of the 2016 Street Project Ambassadors. This was followed by a welcome address by the Founder/Lead Visionary Rita Ezenwa-Okoro, A speech by the Deputy Public Affairs Officer United States Consulate, Mr. Frank Sellin who expressed his happiness on the 2nd Edition of the Creative Youth Boot Camp. The Honorable Commissioner, Lagos state Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment Hon. Babatunde Durosimi-Etti was represented by Dr.Yakub Olajide Basorun the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment. He assured the 2017 Creative Youth Boot Camp inductees of the opportunity to apply for a loan that will sustain their business under the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. Also speaking at the event was Mr. Anjorin Odun representing the Honourable Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf.

The induction proper took place when the inductees recited their creed whilst being led by the Director of Operations, Street Project Foundation, Eduvielawhe Ogoro.

The event gracefully came to an end with sessions of group photographs of the newly inducted Creative Youth Boot Campers, the Street Project Team and the dignitaries present.

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Street Project Foundation joins the All Stars Project INC. U.S.A Alliance

Street Project Foundation, a Social enterprise established in Lagos, Nigeria in 2008 working with young people from low-income backgrounds, using performing arts as a tool for socio-economic development has joined the All Stars Project Alliance in New York, USA. All Stars Project was established in 1981 to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. All Stars Project is spread across six cities in the United States; New York, Newark, Bridgeport, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco Bay Area.

Rita Ezenwa-Okoro, the founder and Lead Visionary of Street Project Foundation stated “This alliance is a welcome development for the organization and we look forward to the opportunities, resources and increased impact that it will provide both organizations.”

Street Project Foundation has been responsible for ongoing projects   such  as; Creative Youth Boot Camp, Reflection Series, Project Raw and so much more.

For more details about Street Project Foundation and All Stars Project , visit www.streetproject.org.ng, www.allstars.org. #dowhatulove

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LAGOS STATE COMMISSIONER ENDORSES STREET PROJECT CREATIVE YOUTH BOOTCAMP

The honourable Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment at the Induction Ceremony of the Street Project Foundation Creative Youth Boot Camp held on Monday 25, 2016 endorsed the program fully. He stated, “ We will also explore more areas of opportunity with Street Project Foundation and see how the ministry can create an enabling environment to make sure the program is sustained.”

Also at the ceremony was the Public Affairs Officer, Department of State, United States of America, Mrs. Dehab Ghebreab. In her speech to the inductees she mentioned that it was critical for society to have youth that are interested in the art, who can convey messages that are important.

Street Project Foundation was one of the 30 organisations selected and awarded grants by the U.S Consulate out of 300 organisations that applied.

The Founder & Lead Visionary of Street Project, Mrs. Rita Ezenwa-Okoro who also is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow, stated that the goal of the Boot Camp is to train 100 talented young people from low-income backgrounds and the most outstanding will be placed on internships for mentoring purposes. What drives the organization is the belief that young people can make a sustainable living doing what they love.

Inductees with dignatries Left to right; Abiola Salami,Member of Faculty, Eduvie Ogoro-Street Project Operations Director, Dehab Ghebreab-Public Affairs Officer, U.S Department of State, Mr

Rita also added “This initiative could only be made possible by the passionate commitment and selflessness of the Street Project Team, Eduvielawhe Ogoro our Operations Director and Chidi Ikwagwu our Talent Scout who work tirelessly to make sure that the vision of the foundation materializes.