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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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.

Vizazi Booster Training Of Trainer (TOT)

It was a great honor to be invited by Vizazi at the Booster Training of Trainers where our founder Mr. Wilson Masaka shared his knowledge and skills in facilitation and training. Remember not everyone with knowledge can TEACH. Teaching and facilitation are skills that are found with people with passion, time, right attitude, long life learners, experience, training qualification, values etc.

Vizazi is an international expert centre for interventions operating in the field of high quality counseling, training and supervision. More about Vizazi https://www.vizazi.org/

Topic of the day: Facilitation and Training skills.

  • Content Vs. Context
  • ASK Model.

Facilitators Teaching Vs. Facilitation

  • Facilitators might not be subject area experts like a teacher. They do have special training in group dynamics using processes such as conflict resolution, strategic planning and team building.
  • A facilitator can quickly determine what the group knows so the group can proceed to build on that knowledge.
  • The facilitator also helps the group evaluate what group members learned from their activities.

Teachers / Trainers

  • In charge of the learning environment (primary source of knowledge in a session).
  • Responsible for creating lesson plans that direct the course of study students follow.
  • Clear and concise objectives delineate what the student learns on any given day.
  • Measuring how much information the student learns.
    Facilitation is a method of teaching, meaning a teacher can become a facilitator depending with the content (subject, objective etc.)

11 Qualities Of a Great Teacher / Trainer

  1. An engaging personality (attitude) and teaching style.
  2. Good planner: clear objectives for lessons
  3. Effective discipline skills (Time management, reliable & accountability).
  4. Good classroom management skills.
  5. High expectations (Quality standard).
  6. Knowledge of curriculum and standards (Trends, learner and innovator).
  7. Knowledge of subject matter
  8. Passion in teaching.
  9. Strong rapport with students and other trainers [everyone].
  10. Effective follow up system
  11. Skilled in the subject area.

14 Most Effective Training Techniques

  1. Quizzes and games.
  2. Small group discussions.
  3. Case studies (reviews)
  4. Q & A sessions
  5. Question cards.
  6. Role-playing.
  7. Participant control. (Group leader, self direct, moderator and facilitation).
  8. Brainstorming session (No wrong or right – Post it).
  9. Demonstrations.
  10. illustration (white board, flip chart, smart screen).
  11. Coaching (focused on individual need)
  12. Use of multimedia ( Video, Pictures, text, sound, online reference etc).
  13. Group research & presentation (‘homework’ or in class)
  14. Individual research & presentation – ‘homework’ or in class assignment.

Note: We used the 21st Century skills to achieve our training goal namely;

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Critical thinking and Problem solving

Some of the pictures as captured!

Lectures

Lectures

Lectures

Lectures

Presentation

Presentation

Presentation

Presentation

Group assignment

Group assignment

Group assignment

Group assignment

The Venue

The venue

Group assignment

Group assignment

Group assignment

Group assignment

Imagination - What Do You See?

Imagination – What Do You See?

Group assignment

Group assignment

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

Experiencing the VISION MAGIC

Experiencing the VISION MAGIC…. from Wilsen Initiative diary #YouthGroups #Youth101 Wi. experience…
10 points To Ensure Teams Success

  1.  Do your search in finding the vision match in your team.
  2. Exploit your strength grow your weak links.
  3. Consult and brainstorm widely.
  4. Plan and communicate effectively.
  5. Accountability
  6. Maximize on your shared values
  7. Recruit based on complementing career paths.
  8. Don’t compete but rather compliment each other.
  9. Praise in public, correct in private.
  10. Build a working culture ( systems, procedure, standard operation etc.)
Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Steering team 2018 from left to right:  Danstan Ochieng, Belinda Nyamboki, Cynthia Kihu, Jane Ruguru Wanjiku, Minnie Kang'ethe and Wilson Masaka

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Steering team 2018 from left to right: Danstan Ochieng, Belinda Nyamboki, Cynthia Kihu, Jane Ruguru Wanjiku, Minnie Kang’ethe and Wilson Masaka

Skill UP Photograph 101 At CMETrust in Mathare

It was a great pleasure to receive an invitation from CMETrust to train their youth (16 to 19 years) in Story telling and the fundamentals of making great photos while also thinking of captions that could help tell the story. Canada-Mathare Education Trust believes every child should be able to go to school. They also believe that education empowers people to change their communities for the better. Below are important notes shared today by our founder Mr. Wilson Masaka, who started his photography and blogging journey in 2009 while on an assignment in Zanzibar. Check out his blog at www.wilsenx.blogspot.com

Pre and Post Production: Making Great Photos Basic 101

  1. Know your camera (Mobile phone, DSLR, Brand Canon, Nikon, Lens etc.).
  2. Think of the moment or story line before the shoot (Pre-production).
  3. Be present and embrace the moments.
  4. Don’t stick to script too much, some great moments aren’t planned.
  5. Shoot as many shots as possible then select later.
  6. Understand the theme of the event, do’s and don’t.
  7. Take the right gear with you, for example, there are many types of lenses for different purpose
  8. Learn the basics from shutter speed, Aperture, ISO, Light, Composition, Rule of third, Golden hour and style.
  9. Build a portfolio on our way up, dedicate time for pro-bono work.
  10. Never sop learning and learn from your mistakes. Editing is a skill you must master in the post-production.

Some photos as captured;

Are you a youth group with a desire to Skill UP? Get in touch with us for a session in photography, creative entrepreneurship, social media marketing, blogging, graphic design, web development and personal branding (life skills) write to wilson.masaka[at]gmail.com or info@wilsenx.com