VeryLoudYouth is a social enterprise established in 2013. Our head office is in the District of Columbia, United States. We began our work in after-school groups where students were free to express themselves through writing and reporting ‘loudly’ (hence the name). We have since broadened our mission to include developing skillful young leaders who will increase access to quality education and enrich communities.
Our mission is to expand the social and economic development of talented youth through mentoring and advocacy — starting in Nigeria.
Nigeria, the West African nation of 180 million people is indeed rich in resources and human capital. But nearly 60 percent of youth in the labor force are unemployed.
The irony of Nigeria’s situation is: It is not difficult to find highly educated youth. Many have Masters and PhDs. Despite the high number of graduates however, 12 million youth will not find jobs. Partly to blame (along with corruption) is that Nigerians primarily target jobs considered prestigious — positions in government, engineering, and the like. Unfortunately, the coveted jobs are limited and many young graduates remain unemployed and underemployed.
Increase skill and income potential of youth
Our annual FLY summit brings together adult mentors to engage young participants. The ensuing fellowship positions talented youth (17–25) to develop practical skills, and become mentors themselves.
Improve access to quality primary education
We partner with schools to deliver learning opportunities for primary school students. Our literacy program (Crafty Books) advances the education of younger learners while providing older participants with leadership training and income.
Spur sustained investment in youth development
Advocacy provides the opportunity to change mindsets. Our School Skits program empowers secondary students to develop creative media that describe the needs of their schools and the communities they live in.