Youth Employability Skills

Many at times the youth are told that they do not have employability skills, let me share my thoughts on this topic.

What is Employability?
It is the packaging and capacity building of oneself with skills to be productive to him/her and to society. It is about what you can do for yourself today for a better tomorrow in employment or entrepreneurship. It is involves building one’s skills and capacity to identify and tap Income Opportunities but not only jobs. Employability is simply being WORK READY.

Employability skills are skills that make one so reliable, relevant and useful in the daily business processes. These skills are useful in general life, personal development, formal employment and in entrepreneurship. They make one Empowered: “Empowerment is building ones capacity to have options, see options and create options to address challenges” Kelvin Keya

These skills are hardly taught in a classroom set up but harnessed through experience and practice. Some of the skills include Communication skills, Team building/work skills, Problem solving/ Leadership skills, Initiative and Enterprise skills, Planning and Organizational skills, Self -management skills, Learning skills, Technology and related skills, Self -belief /Confidence skills, Change management skills, Financial Literacy skills and Time management skills

Some pathways to employability

1. Active citizenship – Being aware, being involved and contributing to your community development. (For example being a champion of devolution or good governance in the county)

2. Volunteering – Giving yourself, your time, your skills and knowledge to the society without expecting any monetary gains. It can be in your church, to the mama mboga, in an NGO, your county government or in your village. There are exponential opportunities for volunteering for the youth right from their neighborhoods.

3. Internship or Apprenticeship – Serving in an organization in a learning or incubate capacity. Let the youth seek or take up unpaid internships for learning and experience purposes.

4. Risking out or being a GO-GETTER – Until you show up, no one can know that you exist, that you are knowledgeable or gifted. You have a speaking, writing, singing, sports talent etc, just step out and show yourself to the world. Be bold to apply for that job advertisement, give it your best at interview. Start that business!

5. Expose yourself to information – through reading, travelling, engaging in exchange programs, networking forums and keep contact with the networks. Build your net worth such that when someone needs a consultant or a business service they only think of you.

Opportunities for employability in Kenya
1. SME (Small and Micro Enterprises) – Research shows that 80% of jobs will and come from the private sector. It is prudent to focus our energy, time and skills to commercialize our skills in this sector.
2. Agriculture and Agribusiness – It is said that you may need a lawyer, a doctor an engineer once in a year but you need a farmer at least twice in a day if not all the time. This means that we have more opportunities for employability in agriculture yet the farming age is said to be 60 years. Who will provide the food for us youth?

3. White collar jobs – they are continuously dwindling but are available for those with skills that match with market demands.

4. Sports, art and culture – Time has come for us to commercialize and invest in art. We have many examples of those earning a living from art and entertainment like those on the Churchill show.

5. Technology space – We now have online writers, ICT consultants, App developers and technology solution to societal problems. There are amazing and untapped challenges in this space, the E-commerce.

6. Tenders and supplies – Let the youth be encouraged to register companies to engage in business with national and county governments, schools etc. It is doable as a good number of youth who have tried this are making it.

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship

Entrepreneurship is choosing part of your life to live and do things like most people will not and later spend the rest of your life like most people cannot. It is choosing a path less followed.
Intrapreneurship is the ability to exercise entrepreneurship principles in daily approaches or responsibilities. Today most institutions look for and hire entrepreneurs in employees.
An Entrepreneur is any individual, who identifies or sees societal problems and goes ahead to provide solutions to the problems. As they solve the problems they get value for their effort on providing the solutions. Good employees are solution oriented and problem solvers, thus one must build their capacity with entrepreneurial spirit to stand out and be valuable to be hired.

Young people must stop waiting to be spoon fed and step out to challenge themselves to be employable. No work or employability opportunity will come to us while watching soaps on television or while at parties. There is too much work to do when we decide to work.

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Credit: written by Kelvin Keya

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Skill Up & Plus One Talent Boot Camp Training

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) is a non-governmental initiative registered under the societies, that seek to empower young people to use the acquired skills and talent for prosperity. The platforms connect professionals, students, innovators, artist, etc. through building a creative economy using Skill Up and Plus One Talent program.

How many times have you switched your career? Do you know your career choice makes your acquired skills or knowledge relevant or irrelevant?

Some of the things we learn, especially in school doesn’t mean we will use them all. Our knowledge bank is full of savings waiting for the next explorations to become who want. Through informed and proactive approach we shall reach at the level of our unique self with a defined purpose instead of copying what other people are doing without understanding the WHY is our journey.

Many youth has been trapped in the puzzle of not knowing how to discover their full potential through talents and skills acquired, leaving many to succumb into the pressure of life without defining how success looks like. At Wilsen Initiative (WI) we use our experiential program to unlock the youth potential through self discovery, guided by an approach that will promote quality learning and lifelong learning.

Skill-up training boot camp

We conduct master classes in: – Business skills, Soft skills, Digital Marketing, Technical Skills, Web Development and Graphic Design, Team Building, Personal Branding, Painting classes, Financial literacy, Blogging, Photography and Internet Research. Our facilitators are passionate practitioners with good understanding of the market trends as users and innovators.

Skill UP Master Classes & Plus One Talent:- Offering 21st century skills training using eight approaches;

  1. Problem solving
  2. Design Thinking
  3. Participatory learning
  4. Case studies
  5. Interactive learning
  6. Collaboration and teamwork.
  7. Creativity and imagination
  8. Critical thinking.

Skill UP – Boot Camps / Master Classes

We target young people who have finished their secondary, college education ready for the job market and pursuing further education. “Ready To Work”. We also work closely with young people currently in school offering multimedia skills, personal branding and career guidance courses.

Plus One Talent. – Doors Of Expression

We offer painting sessions, games and life-skills training for class 1-8 pupils (6 years – 14 years). The main goal of the program is to develop both the mindset and skill set at an early age that would also form a great value system of how to become better citizens. We tackle topics like leadership, peace building, team work in the most creative ways using music, painting and games. We provoke new value systems (empathy, courage, teamwork etc) starting with inside out approach, this is a platform of expression that will lead to positive self esteem of young people.

We call up well wishers to join us in the journey of transferring skills to the next generations. There are three ways you can be part of the journey.

1. Organize with us a session (Co-hosting) :- Link us with a group that would be ideal for the skillUP or Plus One Talent training.

2. Donate your time and skill in conducting a session ( Master Class Tutor) :- Facilitate some of the mentioned modules as a master trainer.

3. Sponsor a session by paying / donating for space, material and other logistic for a group to be trained.

Meet the Passionate Coach with Golden Heart for Soccer.

Today we want to appreciate coach Omore for his dedication in nurturing soccer talent in the community level also known as grassroots soccer. Many successful soccer stars like Mariga, Wanyama, Oliech just to mention but a few came from a humble beginning, playing soccer in the dusty fields such as Drago in Huruma, Depo in Mathare, Red carpet (used to be in Huruma) and many others. Coaches at the grassroots levels have been instrumental in nurturing our greatest talents and in rare occasions they get to be acknowledged for their efforts or even supported to grow their skills despite facing many challenges in the team and the surrounding environment.

Omore is a true example of a coach with passion and despite his physical challenge he is one of the dedicated coaches that has many teams in our community in Mathare North. He is in charge of Mathare North Rangers teams from the age of 12, 14 and over 16 years, one of his biggest achievement is winning the top prize of the just concluded Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2017/ 2018.

Coach Omore training the under 14 yrs players how to dribble and pass the ball.

Coach Omore training the under 14 yrs players how to dribble and pass the ball.

Coach Omore training the under 14 yrs players how to dribble and pass the ball.

Wilsen Initiative (WI) has been supporting Mathare North Rangers teams and our immediate goal is to have exposure for the coach and the players through playing tournaments and participating in more profession soccer coaching courses and life skills training to perfect their skills. We invite well wishers to help us with soccer shoes, balls, uniforms etc, to help our coach and his team achieve the desired dream.

Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com

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

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.