Mathare North Rangers Football Clubs -Rebranded

Mathare North Rangers Football Club is an initiative of Wilsen initiative (Wi) under soccer for hope and development. We use soccer to tackle issues affecting young people from drug abuse, unemployment, peer pressure etc.

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It is now 8 years since we established our community club to support youth pursue and develop their talents into the next level while they learn other fundamental life skills.

We advocate for soccer initiative, education and employment (employability) amongst our players. We envisage a society where young people become peace ambassadors, role model and development champion in our society through the use of their talents and skills.

Part of our rebranding strategy is launching our second T-shirt and new logo. The T-shirt will be available for purchase at Kes 500 and the proceeds received after production cost will go to the clubs kitty to cater for transport, soccer balls and other materials.

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The Making Of Skill-UP Event April 2018

In everything that we do we pick great learning lessons that we share and also archive for an even greater event next time. In case you are planning an event for the youth, for example, during the school holiday targeting at least fifty people below are some of the points you should consider. These are the pathways to the successful Skill-UP event that was held on 14th April 2018 at the GoDown Arts Centre.

10 Points to Consider While Designing Events; #WilseninitiativeDiary

  1. Choose a team, develop action plan and allocate tasks.
  2. Develop a budget and source for funds to support the budget.
  3. Design the theme and purpose (Concept note and why analysis).
  4. Think of the entire brand.
  5. Agree on schedule for follow up meetings.
  6. Contact your external team in good time for their preparation (Facilitators, suppliers etc).
  7. Develop a communication strategy (social media and general communication)
  8. Document the event from start to the end ( meetings, photos, videos, social media posts etc).
  9. Develop a registration system (confirmations, inform and engage).
  10. Evaluate the event (what went well and what needs to be improved)

Branding of SKill-UP design and concept by Wilson Masaka www.wilsenx.blogspot.com 

Pull Up banner

Pull Up banner

Flier – font

Flier – back

e-flier

e-flier

e-flier

e-poster

The source, the sketch and conceptualization process

The Skill-UP logo

The Team, the T-shirts

The t-shirt

Skill-UP Event April 2018

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) 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 our  Skill-Up program which is creatively designed to enable experiential and practical learning while inspiring the audiences to activate themselves in achieving desired dreams. Our philosophy is 1 % idea 99% action and the champion in you.

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 are 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.

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 – Offering 21st century skills training using eight approaches;
21st Century skills

  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.

Skill-UP April 2018 was a success… venue: GoDown Arts Centre Date: 14th April 2018
Sign up with us for master class with your youth group. Write to info@wilsenx.com or wilson.masaka[at]gmail.com

More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30155647@N08/sets/72157667812430478

Our Steering Team 2018

#MeetOurTeam2018 Our steering team 2018, is tasked with the responsibility of running Wilsen Initiative [Plus One Talent and Skill-Up program]. http://www.wilsen-initiative.org

10 key roles of the steering team;

1. Administrations support
2. Resource mobilization
3. Research and Development
4. Partnerships & Spotting opportunities
5. Conducting master sessions (Skill-Up)
6. Publicity
7. Brand ambassadors
8. Strategic direction
9. Organizing events
10. Sustainability – think tank

Your support in achieving the above is much appreciated, contact anyone at the steering team. Minnie Kang’ethe, Wilson Masaka, Jane Ruguru Wanjiku, Danstan Ochieng and Belinda Nyamboki

info@wilsenx.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

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.