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YOUTH INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (YIELD)

YIELD is a model that combines entrepreneurial experience, academic intervention and personal support that helps youths YIELD self-confidence and motivates them to succeed - in school, and in life. YIELD helps students develop business ideas, write business plans, pitch their businesses to funders, and launch their own real businesses.

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In order to reduce the unemployment problem in Nigeria, the Federal Government has revealed that it had made the study of Entrepreneurship compulsory in universities and other institutions of higher learning. Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, stated this while declaring open the 2014 Annual National Entrepreneurship Week. According to him, this will discourage Nigerian graduates from craving for non-existent white-collar jobs. He said this would help deal with the vexed issues of the low employability rating of Nigerian graduates and the general unemployment problems confronting the Youths and the nation in general.
Statistics has it that in 1,500 teenagers drop out of high school each day - often because they don’t find their education relevant and become disengaged. Moreover, of those who do graduate, many are not prepared for the workforce. How do we provide these underserved young people with the resources they need to succeed? 

YIELD was founded to equip low-income youth with skills and confidence to succeed in the world of college and work by providing entrepreneurship training and mentoring. YIELD’s model combines entrepreneurial experience, academic intervention and personal support that helps youths YIELD self-confidence and motivates them to succeed - in school, and in life.  YIELD helps students develop business ideas, write business plans, pitch their businesses to funders, and launch their own real businesses. They shall connect to over 50,000 professional mentors to youth entrepreneurs, and incubated 5000 businesses nationwide. But it’s not just about building business leaders; as YIELD says, “Entrepreneurship is Thinking differently, but college is the goal.”  Ultimately, YIELD helps youths make the critical connection between the classroom and career success.  


 

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Photo of Jason Rissman

The concept of obligatory entrepreneurship education is fascinating. I wonder if that exists elsewhere in the world? Great post Patrick. Lots of food for thought!

Photo of Patrick Anucha

Hi Jason,
Thanks for your comment. It is drive towards sustainability and independency.
We hope to seek a lot of collaboration to drive forward.

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