Monday, August 11, 2014

Disadvantaged Young People.

Working with young people and women in the past years has been memorable. It has been a humbling experience. Nostalgically, I remember when I would take some time off work to visit schools in the neighbourhood, just to speak with young people, motivate them and support their academic pursuit. It wasn’t a pleasant ride most of the times, but it was worth it, an awesome experience, interacting with young minds.  

The motivation to get closer to the youth was borne out of the passion to make a difference and help improve on their academic performance. The WAEC result has not been fairer since 2008. It’s been deteriorating, poor. So, in 2008, we came up with a mentoring scheme, tagged: youth mentoring youth. And, here on Facebook, I had it shared on my wall, requesting for volunteer youth mentors….amazingly, we had good responses from people willing to ‘mentor a child’ (thank you forever, we love you).  Consequently, same year, we paired some High School students with young professionals and matured adult for a 6-month mentoring program. A work in progress, it was…it is. J And, despite the work schedules and ‘peculiarity’ of Lagos, we had mentors visiting young people’s home, school, showing some care, rendering help, encouragement where needed. It was overwhelming, thoughtful…And, these were people we met via social platforms. Yeah! Undoubtedly, behind those FB status updates and profiles, emails are some amazing people with great heart, absolutely. This, I learnt. Supporting the education programs (WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB) of over 100 disadvantaged young people, Registering street kids in private schools etc. has not been without this collaborative support and funding received. #Gracias.

There have been days and months and years when more than 90% of my Facebook posts and status update got to do with request for support for the disadvantaged children. Hey! I have not rescinded, but re-strategizing!!! For the need to help cannot be overemphasised...

I guess my interaction this afternoon with a 14year old boy and victim of a failed marriage inspired this post. John (not real name) has spent more than 11 years without a parent. He lives in the rural community and attends our summer digital literacy program. An intelligent boy, he is. But, he’s really got some tragic tales to share. The underlining fact is that we have sponsored the education programs, supported, and mentored more young people from failed marriages than none. They need help, prayers, support.

Once again, Special shouts out to e v e r y child sponsor, mentor and friends of Street2School Initiative. You have been amazingly terrific. J Thank you for everything, God bless you more. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Commonwealth Youth Workers Awards: Please Nominate..

Dear Sir/Ma,

We humbly request you to nominate Tosin Taiwo for the CYW awards.
To do this, fill the submission form: click here: click

Completed form should be emailed to: 

Let's do this for the benefit of more young people!  Really, we wouldn't have been able to do all we do without your immense support. Thank you, always..

Trillion Thanks! 

SSI team

Next Project, October!

Next Project: 

G.I.S 2014

we need partners, funders, sponsors.

Please contact us for more details, if you are willing to support or fund this project or any of our back to school projects, please. Thank you! 

It's all about young people -impacting lives, meaningfully!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Just a quick one, please. 

The link below is a navigation to our New Website. ***It's a work in progress, though*** We hope to share with you some more exciting updates of our works on this platform, too. Special admiration to Temi Adeoye, a volunteer web designer. Thank you, Tope.

Zillion thanks to everyone for being there, thank you for everything.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Recent Beneficiaries: The 2014 GCE.

Dear Sir/Ma,

The 2014 General Certificate Examination (GCE) Registration Exercise Ended, Yesterday With 14 Successful Candidates. (11 Women; 3 Men). While the Remaining Fund Has Been Used to Enrol One of them For Tutorial Classes Till September. The Candidate, Mary Who Was Referred To Us Has A Passion To Be An Educator -Teacher. She Stopped Schooling in SS 2, Last Year And, Has Not Been Able to Further Her Education Due to Lack Of Funding. She Is Improving Greatly..

Huge Thanks to Mr. "Anonymous" for Paying the Bills for 15 Students.

HaPpY nEw MoNtH

We love you, all.

"Every Child Can Learn. Every Child Deserves A Chance"

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hearty Cheers..

Dear Esteemed Friend,

It's a pleasant day over here, and importantly, we hope you are doing pleasantly! Thank you, always. May God bless you richly for all you do. 

It's the end of an academic session, already and all sponsored kids are through with the term program. THANK YOU to every CHILD Sponsor. You are Class Acts. Thank you for Basit, for Tope, Bose, Promise, Sadiq, John, Johnson, Mubarak, Rasaq etc. Thank you.. 

It's been some 60 days into our Digital Literacy Class and #womenINVEST, and, our resource centre is still filled with young minds, coming to acquire some skills and to learn. We are persuaded to do all we do because we realise that in every one lies greatness to be explored. For every child could learn and be great, regardless of the circumstance. We are here, rekindling hope.. {Find photographs attached.}

So, from our e-centre in the rural area, we send a very hearty cheers and thank you message to YOU all for all you do. And, in no particular order, we say, 

Thank you United Parcel Service -UPS; Thank you, Don McBurney; Thank you, Mrs. Taiye Faloju, Thank you, Mr. Tunde Majiyagbe, Thank you,  Mrs. Tolulope Ochonogor; Thank you, Mr. Obazee Efosa; Thank you, Mr. Adura Shopeju; Thank you, Mr. Teslim Osagie; Thank you, Dr. Mrs. Titi Akinlade; Thank you, Mr. Olayemmy Olaleye, Thank you, Mr. Adebusoye and every e v e r y Child Sponsor. You are amazingly terrific. We appreciate you, always. Thank you!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela


SSI Team 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Youth Engagement Project in Rural Area

Ongoing Youth Engagement Project: Huge appreciation to A Ray of Hope, UK for the donated items (Projector gadgets, Printer). Thank YOU! Together, we make the difference...

It's the Presentation Week! And, Every Child Got Something to Talk About...Using the Computer System. #MSPowerPoint#RuralCommunity #DigitalLiteracy #25Students.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Digital Literacy in Rural Community..#Girls #Education #Empowerment

"#GirlEducation #Empowerment....It's not enough to tweet about it, but ACT"

Special admiration to you our friends for everything. Thank you for making it possible for us to impacting more lives. Huge thanks to everyone involved. Photograph attached shows participants at the on-going digital training session for young people and women. It's been lot of hardwork. Funfilling, too.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

...mail to our friends...

Trust YOU are keeping well. Thanks for all you do.

Today, our continuous appreciation goes to everyone of you reading this mail. Thanks for staying in touch and thank you for impacting lives of young people through us. It's been awesome having you as friend, sponsor, donor and youth mentor!  You have been amazing! For example, today, we remember vividly some 2 years back, when a friend, showed up to mentor and sponsor the education programs of some 2 girls. And, till date, he still mentors, and consistently pay them a monthly stipend of 10,000 each! 

To all Child Sponsors and Donors, thank you for rekindling hope of these young people. It means so much to all of us. Thank you, greatly! To our Amiable Volunteer Mentors, you are priceless. Thanks for your time and knowledge shared. 

Donation Received
Interestingly, this week, we received the donations of Projector, Printer and Projection Screen from  A Ray of Hope, UK, for our youth resource centre!! (Find Photo, Attached). Thank you hugely, Don McBurney for your support. Zillion thanks, always. :)

Ongoing Projects?
  1. GCE Registration: This weekend, we registered the 13th student for the 2014 GCE examination. We have 2 more slots to give out before the deadline. HUGE Thanks to our anonymous donor, Mr. S.A!!!!!!! :p
  2. DigitalLiteracy/womenINVEST Project: For some four weeks now, our NEW resource centre has been a hub for computer training/skill acquisition for both adult and young people in the rural community. We have both morning and afternoon session every weekday. These two sessions are facilitated by an Intern and a paid staff...and, we are running out of computers and chairs for the children's use!!!! lol. 
Forthcoming Projects?
  1. Primary Education Sponsorship: Paying first term school bills of all sponsored kids. -SEPTEMBER
  2. BagSwap: Donation of educational items to needy children in undeserved schools in rural communities! We would appreciate donations of school bags, sandals, whiteboards, stationeries, notebooks et. -OCTOBER!
  3. Project25: Mentoring initiative for high school girls. NOVEMBER
PS: Please let us know if you've got some refurbished computers, desk, chairs for our resource centre...:). Thank you.

"Investing in education is one of the most important things we can do, not only for our children, but for the benefit of our whole community"