We see a world with a critical mass of Transformational Youth Leaders making a sustainable living doing what they love.
To facilitate opportunities for youth employment, enterprise development and cross-cultural dialogue using creative arts as a tool.
Street Project is a social enterprise conceived as an intervention to myriads of youths living under the poverty line. Youth restlessness, lack of direction and opportunities to develop their skills are limitations to their development and empowerment, hence the need to harness their talents.
Founded by Rita Ezenwa-Okoro – The Lead Visionary of Street Project Foundation, a Communications Consultant, Development Expert, Business Coach and Trainer. Her community development journey started during a compulsory service year in Lagos, where she served as Vice-President of a special community development youth group called one-house Music Unit.
After the completion of her service year, the passion to give back to the community kept burning and led to the establishment of STREET PROJECT in 2006 however, operations started in full force in 2008 and since then together with volunteers from all works of life, projects have been executed consistently that have impacted numerous lives. Street Project Foundation was then registered fully as a non-governmental organisation in 2014.
Some of Street Project’s achievements include:
- 43 female creatives trained and placed on internships from May – August 2019, through the Digital Amazons program launched the same year.
- Tour of Stage Play, One with the Sound – Journey of a Thousand Miles, by the Talent Hub in 2018.
- Established Street Project Talent Hub in 2018. An all-female theatre ensemble, using performing arts to advocate for girl child and women empowerment.
- Engaged 200 young talents in a Creative Youth Boot Camp and placed 60% of them on internships and mentoring programs from 2016 – 2017.
- Trained of 25 youths on Content Development, Social Media Marketing and Creative Problem Solving through the Reflection Series initiative in 2015.
- Trained 50 young talents in music, dance and comedy. Talents were shortlisted from almost 200 youths discovered on the street through random video recording in selected areas of Lagos State in 2014
- After the talent-hunt competition called Project Raw in 2010 and 2011, 6 winners emerged and have been mentored by veterans in their field of interest. Today, many of the participants, winners and non-winners alike, are using their talents as a source of livelihood and using their earnings to pay for their education in higher institutions. One of the winners has become an on-air personality on radio, another is in a dance academy, another is a stand-up comedian and this was made possible through Street Project’s Mentoring Program.
- Installed borehole and treated water in the Lagos Branch of So-said Charity home for the destitute and vulnerable in society in 2012. This charity home accommodates close to two hundred (200) mentally ill women and their children. It is both a rehabilitation centre and shelter. Before Street Project’s intervention, the lack of consistent water supply led many of the mentally ill women to drink from the swamp, when unattended. The home was also an uncompleted building without proper sanitation. After the borehole was installed in December 2012, the development in the home has been rapid. Now sanitation has been restored-therefore reducing health hazards.
- Awarded Scholarships for three youths in Citadel of Grace Orphanage for one full-term.
- Offered 6months Piano training for 24 orphans in Precious Pearls Orphanage Egbeda.
- Established Street Project Ambassadors in 2012 – an Alumni Pool of young people who have benefited from our programs.
A total of over one thousand youths have benefited from Street Project’s philanthropic and capacity building efforts.
Street Project Foundation has an active talent community of over 200 young people and it serves as a safe space for continuous learning and sharing opportunities.