Skill-UP Boot Camp Training

The cost of learning new skills at the institution is still high, leaving many young people from disadvantaged background to wonder where to start. Many are left out either because of cost or they can’t meet the selection criteria. At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) we offer quality short trainings that wouldn’t be a means to an end, but start up journey that will ignite a new beginning in self learning using available resources, especially the internet.

“ Passion and talent isn’t enough, you need to continually sharpen your skills.” Wilson Masaka, Founder Wilsen Initiative

Skill-up training boot camp
Who Can Participate?

  • Creative entrepreneurs who want to hit the ground running after college.
  • Youth groups who want to be able to represent their personal brand in a more better and professional ways.
  • Schools that want to engage their students in creative approach and thinking using computers and painting sessions.
  • Self-starters pursuing a career in the creative industry (Musicians, comedians, painters etc.).

What We Offer

We offer short courses in Photography, Social Media Marketing, Content Creation, Blogging, Basic Graphic Design, Business model canvas, Soft skills, Branding, Creative Writing, Financial literacy, Painting sessions and Internet Research.

How Much and Number of people?

  • We train a minimum of 10 people to a maximum of 30 people in a session.
  • Minimum session: 3 days for the module offered.
  • Any customized session: A time frame and charges will be given.
  • Each session : Kes 300 per person

When & Where?

Sessions will take place at the client’s premise or at an arranged location with the client. The client is responsible for space, training materials, internet connectivity, computers and other logistics for the participants.

Contact us on:-
info@wilsenx.com or
wilson.masaka@gmail.com

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Walking the Dream, Turning a Moment into a Concept

We take the opportunity to learn more about our founder and his journey in founding Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) which started from a moment where there was a need to engage further into soccer activities especially during the festive holiday. Below is the one on one interview during the finals of the 6th edition of MNFSS Tournament which ended on 1st January 2018;

Mr. Wilson Masaka addressing the players and the officials before the kick-off . He encouraged fair play and unity of purpose.

Mr. Wilson Masaka addressing the players and the officials before the kick-off . He encouraged fair play and unity of purpose.

Tell us about yourself

“My name is Wilson Masaka, I have a lot of aka’s which cut across many experiences in my journey both as a coach, community leader, IT expert and former soccer player. Some call me Gambino, Gambrez, Wilsen, Maja and the list continues. I’m a web designer / developer and photographer, when I’m not doing all this I love serving my community in different aspects especially activities to do with grassroots soccer. I have a blog which is http://www.wilsenx.blogspot.com where you can find more about me.”

What inspired you to start Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament?

“The idea of the tournament came about after noticing that during the festive season, especially between November to December there wasn’t any soccer tournament in our neighborhood, most of us either participated or went to watch other tournaments outside our neighborhood. This called for the quick action to start a local tournament to address the need whilst to promote the local talent and avoid indulging in unnecessary activities. The first edition was in 2012 with only 8 teams participate in a resource constrained environment.”

What is the main goal of the tournament?

“The main aim of the tournament is to bridge the gap during the festive season where many young people are vulnerable to either over indulging or starting new behavior that would cut short their dreams. Through the tournament we seek to promote competitive play, build new networks, foster peace and unity amongst people of diverse backgrounds and encouraging everlasting friendship. The indirect impact is felt at the community level who come to support the youngsters grow further in an environment that support soccer.”

Who is the tournament sponsor?

“Currently we don’t have any sponsorship, we rely on the goodwill of our teams by paying a minimal registration fee that can help with logistics and prize for the winner and the 1st runners up. On the administration, communication and other logistic we work with volunteers. I work as volunteer taking the lead role as the tournament coordinator.”

What type of support would you like to have?

“ We would like to have sponsorship for kits for participating teams, first aid kit, balls, funds for officiating, publicity, especially video, awards during the finals, awarding best players and top scorers etc. Football clinics especially for the grassroots soccer players and coaches.”

What was special about the 6th edition of the MNFS Soccer Tournament?

“The 6th edition had 16 teams participating and all the matches were well attended by both referees, players and spectators. The tournament came just after a hotly contest political environment and many were skeptical of its success and in some instance we had to make the fixtures considering the political environment experienced. It was the most covered on social media and a good photo-documentary of the best moments.”

How is the tournament designed (concept)?

“We have two levels of the tournament; namely the senior level, which is an open age (anyone can play) and the junior level (U12 and U14). For the senior levels, there is a registration fee and for the junior level no registration fee is required. We aren’t able to run the U12 and U14 consecutively because the model fully depends on sponsorship of the activities from a donor or any well wisher/s. All the tournament is played during the holiday especially Easter holiday and Christmas to New years eve.”

In conclusion

“We continue to be part of the journey as a team in realizing our vision of a society of self-confident young people who inspire positive change using their talents and skills for prosperity and soccer is one of our vehicles.”

Feel free to contact us on info@wilsenx.com or you can contact Wilson directly on wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Interview by;
Lawrence Jato

6th Edition of MNFS Soccer Tournament 2017 / 2018

1st January 2018 marked the finals of the annual Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) which started on 17th December 2017 featuring senior level teams. Mathare North Rangers F.C Jnr were crowned the winners after defeating Santos-4A 1-0 in an interesting encounter that attracted more than 250 spectators at the Drive-in primary school.

The 6th edition was the most successful tournament despite the limited resources and other challenges as noted. All the teams played competitive soccer from the group stages which featured four groups, each having four teams, only the top two qualified for the quarter finals.

The tournament is quite open when it comes to how many players can be registered in a particular team. The open team list policy provides an opportunity for many players to be featured during the tournament provided they don’t play for any of the other teams in the current tournament. Only four substitutes are allowed in a match, this is to avoid the coach playing a second team after the first half break. This means a team can have a different set of players per game, the idea is to open up the space for many grassroots soccer players and those that are playing top league to play together during the off season tournament.

The main objective of the tournament;

  1. To encourage peaceful co-existing of people from different diverse background through soccer.
  2. To promote soccer talent in the community where young people participate in meaningful activities away from different vices like drug abuse and crime.
  3. Create awareness about playing safe and importance of education and sports.
  4. Striving for transformation of different realities / stimulating positive change in the society through soccer.
  5. Using soccer as a vehicle in reaching out to our community to do good for a prosperous society.

Challenges

We lack adequate resources to run the tournament, especially on cost for the logistics, marking the field, awards, officiating, balls, first aid kit, etc. All the teams pay a minimal registration fee (senior level), required to come with a ball, uniforms and first aid kit.

Only two matches were affected by intimidating the referees, but it was later resolved. One match was rescheduled with only one ‘walkover’ given and time keeping still remains a big challenge for most of the teams.

Unfortunately, in this edition weren’t able to run a tournament for U12 and U14 due to lack of resources. As per our desire, we have always envisaged to support the U12 and U14 tournament whereby providing the balls, first aid, refreshments, awards, logistics and officiating.

Santos-4A Vs. Mathare North Rangers Fc. Jnr during the finals. MNRangers F.C won 1-0

Santos-4A Vs. Mathare North Rangers Fc. Jnr during the finals. MNRangers F.C won 1-0

The success and impact;

No major injuries reported and the weather was favorable for play. Below is a summary of the tournament success and impact.

General Statistics
Number of teams participated – 16 teams
Number of referees participated- 6 referees
Total of goals scored- 67 goals
Number of days played- 14 days
Average spectators per day -100 people
Approximated number of players participated. Total of the 16 teams -320 players
Total number of matches played – 32 matches
Approximated number of spectators during the finals – 300+ people
Total number of coaches -16 coaches

We look forward to a greater 7th edition in 2018/2019.

We invite you to partner with us or even support us to run a successful tournament. You can choose from uniforms, awards, balls, fund our logistics, support our documentaries, especially videos, create awareness on issues affecting the youth etc. Get in touch with wilson.masak@gmail.com or info@wilsenx.com

For more photos like this page www.facebook.com/MathareNorthSoccer

General Background

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) seeks to Inspire, Connect and Educate (ICE) youth through the use of sports and talent management as a vehicle in reaching out the youth in informal communities of Mathare and its environ. We are committed role models and change makers who inspire and aspire to educate our peers to use their talents and skills in acquiring meaningful employment, education or self-employment venture.

Our mission is to develop positive young change-makers in informal settlements in Kenya.
Our vision is to have a society of self-confident young people who inspire positive change using their talents and skills for prosperity.

Sports For Change

Since inception we have been in the forefront in Mathare slums promoting soccer activities either in conducting soccer clinics, life-skills training and donation of training kits to community grassroots clubs in Mathare North. Our biggest success has been running an annual soccer tournament for teams of between 12 years and 14 years during the Christmas holiday. On the other hand mobilizing for training resources through our network of friends from Kenya, Germany, Canada and Netherlands in different respective years. ‘

The Need

During the tournament time in December to January schools are closed and in the informal settlements like Mathare it’s normal routine to find kids roaming the streets engaged in nothing meaningful. This situation poses a great risk to the kids indulging in drug abuse or criminal activities. Our intervention over the last five editions has helped the kids realize their full potentials while also finding a meaningful environment to engage in soccer and life-skills training that helps them grow into responsible citizens.

Our Learning to Learn Philosophy (L2L)

Defining the 4W’s and H as used in our learning to learn at Wilsen Initiative (Wi);

  1. Why should I learn the skill or technology.
  2. What do I need to read or do which is a must know.
  3. When can I use the skills for personal growth or other impact.
  4. Who else might be interested in the particular skill for networking, partnership or employment.
  5. How can I develop a product using the skills acquired.

The gaps we seek to address;

  1. How how can we ensure that youth stay relevant and maintain their values in this world of technological disruption?
  2. How can we create an ecosystem of informed users?
  3. How can young people be engaged through the use of their mobile phone as a platform for learning and positive content production?
  4. How can we the reach unskilled youth through the use of simple tools and technology?
  5. How we intend to help the youth bridge the digital gap.

We organize boot camps that enable interaction between young people and expert groups discover different ways of learning in narrowing the emerging gaps is the society either caused by technological disruption or how we engage as people while also encouraging being positive producers of content than just being a sponge that consume any information.

Our goals are;

  1. To demystify how we learn, learn to learn.
  2. To create a knowledge sharing platform with experts.
  3. To learn beyond the class room.
  4. To promote lifelong learning.

Read more on www.wilsen-initiative.org

Maji Mazuri Bootcamp On Personal Branding and Entrepreneurship

It was a great privilege to have worked with the Maji Mazuri youth group on the three sessions which majorly focused on personal branding and entrepreneurship. Our mission at Wilsen Initiative (Wi) is to create a collaborative culture of learning that inspire the youth to explore more about themselves in shaping a brighter future. We urge the the youth to learn more about personal branding and entrepreneurship which is paramount in the success of their careers.

“Youths are in need of comprehensive training that challenge them to do more and think more on solutions to tackle emerging trends and needs.” Founder Wi, Wilson Masaka

As an entrepreneur one get a chance to learn how to be financially literate, become a problem-solver, value driven, progressive learner, team player just to mention but a few. This is a road many of us are afraid to start even though it isn’t cut for everyone, we all have a chance of learning a thing or two which will be beneficial to our chosen profession.

Session notes at Maji Mazuri;

  • Day 1: Personal branding and introduction of business model canvas.
  • Day 2: 5 P’s of marketing (People, Price, Place, Product and Promotion) and group business model canvas.
  • Day 3: Fundraising for your business and pricing strategies.
Giving lectures on personal branding at Maji Mazuri

Giving lectures on personal branding at Maji Mazuri

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Connect with the Wi. experience The boot-camps are ideal for youth groups who are aspiring entrepreneurs and artists in any of the following fields; SME, photography, graphic design, music, blogging, social media, dance, creative writing, visual arts and short documentary videos. We help young people to jump start their learning curve to the right direction using the Wilsen experience of inspiration, connectivity and education.

Our Team: We are a team of individuals with multiple experience in the creative sector with many years of experience spanning from 10+ years, loving what we do and are ready to create a community around the same career and beyond.

What we offer, • Business model canvas • Internet tools • Visual Arts • Blogging • Photography • Content creation • Creative writing • DIY tools • Brand identity • Graphic and web design Venue: Option One: We come to you. Option Two: We organize for the venue.

Our goals;

  • Demystify how we learn, learn to learn
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  • Knowledge sharing with experts
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  • Learning beyond the class room

Big Ending, Great Beginning 2017 – Mathare North Soccer Tournament

#HappyNewYear It was a great closure for 2016 and a great opener for 2017. On 1st January 2017 we played the finals of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) 5th edition organized by @Wilsen initiative and youth in the community championing soccer activities. There was a total of 14 teams playing in a league match format and the top four teams went through to quarter finals. Santos F.C vs. Metro Youth reached the finals of 2016 – 2017 where Santos F.C won 1-0 .

The aim of the tournament is to bring the community together especially during festive season where high rate of crime, drug and alcohol abuse are reported. We create this platform so that youth may be free from drugs, crime and alcohol abuse but exploit their soccer talents towards the new season. Generally we put our energies into positive causes that will eventual foster peaceful coexisting of people of different backgrounds, tribes, values etc.

Sports isn’t an exception when it comes to peace building. We want to thanks all the teams, our loyal community fans, coaches, young organizers etc for making the tournament a success. Thanks to Wilsen Initiative and The Pollination Project for the support.

 

Plus One Talent: Art expression; My country, My future

We had a great event with a total of 35 young people between 12 to 16 years all represented. The majority of the youth came from Mathare North and Mukuru in South B. The event took place at the GoDown on 11th December 2016. Our main theme was My country, My future. We aim at creating a positive dialogue that will promote the values that will foster peacefully coexisting of people.

We had the following activities;

  • Games – Games are an important tool to use in fostering interest and interaction amongst the participants. The youth got a chance to introduce new games to the rest of the team. Our main objective was to have fun and bond together in readiness for the day activities.
  • Group challenge – We formed five groups of six participants and the challenge was to build the tallest tower using the resources provided. This challenge helps the participant to listen more, work in teams, and work on time management among other soft skills.
  • Brainstorming – This process helps get divergent views on a specific topic. Our main topic was what makes Kenya great? And also looking at what we should change as Kenyans? The two sides of a coin tapping into the young people’s mind and activating their voice through painting and discussion.
  • Painting – Appreciate art as one of the greatest mediums of expression. Art in school isn’t that strong like it used to be back in the 1990’s we want to bring this important aspect of expression and learning to young people as a way of unlocking their potential through critical thinking, creativity and innovation which might not the primary goal in most of the schools administering the 8-4-4 system.

Last we had a break out session with refreshments before the closing session. In a special way I want to thank Kate Syprine (Co-founder Wilsen Initiative), Janet Nawire, Andrew guest tutor, Edwin our videographer, GoDown Art Centre, Dorwaf restaurant and the Pollination Project for making the day a success. These are questions that we seek to address using the Wilsen Initiative Model (Wi) as expressed through our mission and vision.

Our mission is to develop positive young change-makers in informal settlements in Kenya.

Our vision is to have a society of self-confident young people who inspires positive change using their talents and skills for prosperity.

How might we?

  1. How might we connect the stakeholders to address the needs and the gaps in the society
  2. How we develop a more sustainable vision of success.
  3. How might we internalize in people the motivation to develop  a more  sustainable vision of success.
  4. How might we encourage the pro-activity and attitude towards making change
  5. How might we make children positive agents of change in Kenya
  6. How might overcome the “sheep factor” towards skills develop in achieving personal genuine potentials.
  7. How might we define Kenya’s success?
  8. How might we have short term gains that will leads into long term solutions?

More photos at http://bit.ly/2gR6ZN3

Expected Impact

We work with renowned artist and community youth leaders in facilitating these workshops. The participants get a chance to evoke new ways of thinking through artistic expression, work together and dialogue through meaningful conversations. We envisage a community of positive role models who are responsible to the community whereby engaging in activities that promote great values (Peace, love, unity, hard work, teamwork, empathy etc.) for a better tomorrow.  After art and craft was abolished in the 8-4-4 system the interest of many young people participating in artistic projects has gone below the expected levels because some think it isn’t a career option.