Skill UP 2019: Employ-ability and Finances

#SkillUP2019 #YOUTHSPACE It was a success! Thanks to all who came and we do hope you learned something remember you need 20% knowledge or information 80% is your behavior while as for ideas you only require 1% and 99% in your ACTION.

Main Topic: Achieving financial freedom as young people (Saving plan, investment, starting a business, partnerships etc.

Main Objective: Introduce to the youth the principle of money and how to create a sustainable financial portfolio or culture through acquired skills, knowledge, business, partnerships etc.

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#sustainability #partnerships #business #leadership #networking #training #coaching #startup

What Next?

We want to partner with many individual professionals and organizations in reaching out many young people who come from marginalized or disadvantaged communities. SKILL UP is about lifelong learning mostly focusing on a daily experiences which some haven’t been captured in the same ways in the confines of a classroom.

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our program. Email wilson.masaka@gmail.com

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7th Edition of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) – Senior Teams

This year’s tournament will run from 2nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019. A total of 15 teams, more than 300 players will be featured during the tournament. The main aim of the tournament is to create safe space through soccer, especially during the festive season.

During the festive season schools are closed and majority of young people idle around spending time in anything they think is necessary without a second thought and to their detriment during this period youth indulge in vices such as crime, drug abuse, endless parties just to mention but a few. The foundation of the tournament is to create a platform where youth can spend their energy and time in playing or watching grassroots soccer where they connect with each other while they get life-skills from their coaches and community leaders. Since inception in 2011 we have had a total of 16 teams participating from within Mathare.

Match day 1: Abuto foundation Vs. Mathare North Youth. Mathare North Youth won 1-0


2nd December 2018. It is a good start, match day 1 Mathare North Youth Vs. Abuto Foundation. Mathare North Youth won 1-0

Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2018 -2019 – Senior Teams
………………….WINNERS………………….

  • 1st Edition: – 2012-2013 :: Metro Wazee
  • 2nd Edition:- 2013-2014 :: Metro Wazee
  • 3rd Edition:- 2014 – 2015 ::  Santos (4A)
  • 4th Edition:- 2015 – 2016 :: 11Brothers F.C
  • 5th Edition: 2016-2017 :: Santos F.C (KIWI)
  • 6th Edition: 2017- 2018 :: Mathare North Rangers F.C

7th Edition: 2018-2019? Who will it be?

The secret of winning;

1. Fair play
2. Teamwork
3. Consistency
4. Game plan
5. Discipline on/off the pitch

What else?

During the festive season schools are closed and the majority of young people idle around spending time in anything they think is necessary without a second thought and to their detriment during this period youth indulge in vices such as crime, drug abuse, endless parties just to mention but a few. The foundation of the tournament is to create a platform (safe spaces) where youth can spend their energy and time in playing or by watching grassroots soccer where they connect with each other while they get life-skills from their coaches and community leaders.

Main goals.

  1. Safe space for youth during the festive season.
  2. Promote peaceful coexisting of people in the community.
  3. Promote soccer talents

Areas you can support us;

  1. Soccer balls.
  2. Uniforms.
  3. Officiating and communication.
  4. Documentary (Video and photography)
  5.  Awards

And many more… Contact wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer for Change / Hope

At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer for Change / Hope, we encourage young-stars to pursue their soccer talents to the best levels that they can despite the hurdles they face daily.

We are dedicated in building bridges and acting as a positive catalyst for the young-stars to pass the hurdles like acquiring soccer balls, soccer shoes and uniforms that would motivate them transit to the next level of professionalism.

We continue to encourage the well wishers to donate time, balls, uniforms, conns or anything that would help young soccer star reach their desired levels. Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com for any contributions or support.

http://www.wilseninitiative.wordpress.com

Second Edition Of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament U12, 2018.

We are grateful to reach a successful final, Metro Youth F.C emerged the winners after defeating David foundation 2-0 in an entertaining match at the Drive-in Primary School. Seventeen teams participated in this year’s edition and approximately 350 soccer players and 17 coaches participated directly.

At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer for Change / Hope, we encourage young-stars to pursue their soccer talents to the best levels that they can despite the hurdles they face daily. We are dedicated in building bridges and acting as a positive catalyst for the young-stars to pass the hurdles like acquiring soccer balls, soccer shoes and uniforms that would motivate them transit to the next level of professionalism.

 

Our goal is to have qualified soccer stars with the right skills on and off the pitch which can attract the next level of opportunities from the grassroots.

Our objectives;

  1. Conduct soccer clinics where the players learn skills for on / off the pitch (soccer skills, employ-ability skills and 21st century skills).
  2. Organize annual soccer tournaments for U12, U14 and senior teams.
  3. Mobilize for soccer shoes and uniforms, among other important gears required to nurture grassroots talent.
  4. Conduct first aid clinics, for grassroots soccer clubs.
  5. We use soccer to drive forward social change.
  6. Networking with other youth-led groups to foster peace and other social activities using soccer.
  7. Use soccer as an agent for change whereby facilitating the teams in local and regional tournaments.
  8. Using soccer as a tool to drive positive social transformation.
  9. (Lifelong Learning) Learning other life-skills through soccer for example leadership and self esteem In case you want to make a contribution our doors are still open.
  10. Mobilize resources for U12, U14 and U16 clubs/ teams.

Our vision is to see all soccer stars in Mathare North to have a soccer shoe that will protect them from injuries inflicted on them due to poor or dangerous pitch that they only have at the grassroots. Resources like soccer shoes, balls and uniforms are the bare basics a team requires but most of the teams at the grassroots struggle to reach the necessary networks or even mobilize for the funds to purchase the material and equipments. On our side, it has been a big challenge to conduct the yearly tournament in a sequential manner due to lack of funds. The first edition of the tournament was conducted in 2016, since then we haven’t been a position to successfully mobilize for the required funds and resource to run a successful tournament.

This year’s tournament was sponsored by Moses Wambia who is one the young leaders in Mathare North. We thank him for the awards (trophy, winners uniforms, runners up uniforms, balls etc.). On the other hand, we thank Alive and Kicking for donating soccer balls to each team that participated.

Lastly, we want to thank all the volunteer referees, all coaches, Banda, Onyi, Mark, Masaka, Wambia and Daddy for their support in making the tournament a success and we hope the senior (7th edition MNFSST-2018 Seniors) will be successful too.

We continue to encourage the well wishers to donate time, balls, uniforms, conns or anything that would help young soccer star reach their desired levels. Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com for any contributions or support.

Dnation box: Here is a list you can choose from ;

  1. Sponsor tournament.
  2. Donate uniforms.
  3. Donate soccer balls and soccer cons.
  4. Training bibs.
  5. Training hours.
  6. Facilitate outdoor trip for the team (exposure visits and friendly matches).
  7. Resource Mobilization. (time and expertise).
  8. Soccer boots / shoes.

WHERE WILL YOUR SON BE DURING THE LONG SCHOOL BREAK?

Every year we organize a soccer tournament that engages the junior and senior team categories in a competitive soccer tournament. The main aim is to keep everyone busy is a meaningful and fun way during the festive season. This year’s theme is creating safe space through soccer, and through this environment, we believe young people will engage in soccer activities as a way building a safer community while avoiding idleness, drug abuse among other vices.

We call upon all the well wishers to come on board and help us run a successful tournament. We require soccer shoes, balls, uniforms and other facilitation costs. Feel free to get in touch with me in case you have any type of support. Imagine if you donate a ball, how many children will get to play it and for how long? There’s nothing that is small!

This is all for now, wish us luck!
wilson.masaka[at]gmail.com

School Holiday Mentorship and ICT Skills Training.

We are honored to work with Mogra Children’s Home during this year’s end of third term school holiday. We will train the children / youth in creative ICT skills and life-skills that will help them become computer literate.

Mogra Children’s Home (MCH) was founded in 2003 and later registered with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development (Children Department) Charitable Children Institution regulations (2005). Initially, the Home was meant to take care of children from Mogra Star Academy. This was after realization that many children attending school were left homeless or with less or unreliable adult supervision when their parents or guardians died, became very ill or was unable to meet their basic needs due to unemployment. More http://www.mograchildrencentre.org/

At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) we embrace partnership as one of our key success areas in meeting the bigger goal of an informed youth who are computer literate equipped with employable skills. This is just the beginning of great things to happen, especially in reaching as many children / youth as possible if we get the required resources.

Below are pictures of ongoing class, November – December 2018.


Course Module in summary;
1. Typing skills
2. Presentation skills
3. Writing skills
4. Internet research
5. Basic picture editing (Photoshop)

The Football Heroes from MYSA, Norway Cup 2018

It is now 19 years since I played in the Norway cup in Norway with the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA). Every year MYSA teams travel to Norway for the biggest youth football and exchange program.

As a beneficiary of the program I’m very proud to come back to the mother organization that opened many avenues for my journey both in football and education. About Norway Cup Norway Cup is the world’s largest football tournament for children and young people aged 10 to 19 years old, with 3v3 soccer for players 6-10 years old played the last weekend of the tournament. In 2016 we reached an all time high with 2199 teams participating in Norway Cup.

Around 6000 games were played over the course of the tournament in 2016. Norway Cup is organized by Bækkelagets Sportklub and it all started in 1972 with 420 teams and 8,400 participants. Source https://norwaycup.no/en/about-norway-cup/ On 18th July 2018 a team of young, talented football stars will represent MYSA / Kenya at the prestigious international tournament in Norway and later they will tour the Netherlands for football clinics and friendly matches. I was honored to be given the opportunity by the MYSA management to conduct a motivational / education session that would prepare the youth on the life changing experience oversees as an alumni of MYSA having travelled as the team captain in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Key highlight of the Session; (Football + Education + Employability)

  1. How to handle peer pressure.
  2. Expectations (Life before, during and after Norway).
  3. Personal branding 4. Group discussions and presentation
  4. Personal journey of alumni 6. Social, economical issues (The people, the culture, food, lifestyle etc)

The Gap: Many of the young football players lack mentors to help them through understanding life during football and life after football whereby combing education and employ-ability skills while they pursue their football talents. As a result a big number have-not been able to achieve their dream careers either because of peer pressure, adequate resource, criminal gangs, drug abuse etc.

The session was conducted under our Skill Up program hosted by Wilsen Initiative (Wi). We train youth on the 21st century skills that would eventually help build a positive brand, choose career pathways and also give back to their community. We advocate for long life learning and quality education, footballer are no exceptions, everyone needs to continue learning to improve their lives and tackle emerging challenges.