Raising New Generation Leaders
LEAP is passionate about developing a new generation of young global leaders who will drive change in Nigeria and Africa. At LEAP we equip youth with appropriate set of tools and skills for leadership development.
We aim to encourage youth participation at all governmental levels and enhance leadership capacities. Over 25, 000 youth have benefitted from our youth programmes in Nigeria. Subsequently, many of LEAP's beneficiaries have initiated about 1, 000 high-impact community development projects most of which have become social enterprises.
Our influence and impact extends to six African countries including Burundi, Ghana and Rwanda. These new generations of leaders are well equipped to reposition Nigeria as a country with dynamic and responsible human resource and ensure that Africa realizes its full potential.
- Employability Programme: This programme is geared towards improving the employability of disadvantaged people between the ages of 16 and 35. It equips beneficiaries with life, employability, personal development and basic ICT skills. It is funded by Microsoft and the United States Government with the support of the International Youth Foundation..
- Integrity Institute: This programme is focused on empowering Nigerian youth to take a stand on the issue of corruption by examining their contributions to corruption through their actions or inactions. It is funded by the UK Government’s Global Opportunities Fund.
- Leadership, Ethics and Civics Programme: LEAP has successfully introduced its LEC curriculum into select secondary schools across Nigeria. The programme is geared towards training secondary school teachers who in turn deliver the curriculum to Senior Secondary 1 (SS1) students over a one-year period. It is funded by Nokia and supported by the International Youth Foundation.
- Social Innovator Programme and Awards: Formerly known as the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards(ANYLA), the SIPA recognizes talented and outstanding young social innovators between ages 18 - 29 years whose initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria. However, the Social Innovators Programme and Awards (SIPA) has evolved from the ANYLA into a year-long social innovators programme for youth innovators which includes training, funding, advocacy and network support required to strengthen their existing initiatives and enhance their sustainability and impact through LEAP’s partnership with the International Youth Foundation/YouthActionNet global program.
- Youth Development Training Programme: This programme is a training of trainers (ToT) workshop for individuals with focus or interest in youth training and development. The workshop enhances life, leadership and facilitation skills of trainers and empowers them to educate and equip young people with leadership skills across Nigeria.
- Youth Leadership Programme: Launched in 2004, this programme equips young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 30 with life and leadership skills. It also provides them with small grants to commence leadership projects to improve the lives of others in their communities.
LEAP has worked with several international organizations to develop the leadership capacities of youth across Nigeria. It has also worked with indigenous companies to meets their corporate social responsibilities to their host communities through targeted training geared towards youth development. LEAP creates modules that equips and empower youth with personal and professional skills to excel and become well rounded individuals. Some of the training which has been offered includes customized version of the Leadership, Ethics and Civics Programme and others are new programmes such as the Values and Leadership Skills Programme.
Values and Leadership Skills Programme: The progamme re-orients individual’s values, ethics and patriotism to foster Nigeria’s socio-political progress while it equips the target beneficiaries, youth within 18 – 30 years range with life and leadership skills to act responsibly, model ethical behaviors and contribute towards community development.
A true-to-form servant leader – Austin who participated in LEAP’s Values and Leadership Skills Programme, and his team of 11 volunteers developed and executed a plan to educate and empower public school students in Uyo through SCHOOL2SKILL. SCHOOL2SKILL is an initiative designed to empower students of senior secondary schools with ICT skills, enlighten them on civic responsibility, provide them with career mentoring relationships, and re-align their value system. Austin also worked to ensure the initiative received full support from key organizations in the communities it impacted.