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Seeing the tweet from my tweep @GanyobiOko sent me down memory lane, I recall experiences of me volunteering long long ago – how time flies… I started volunteering when I was a child- the impact though small was worth it because it was and has always been a win-win. Church, School and NGO’s – including Blogging Ghana have all giving room for me to be part of a process that engaged, exposed me to issues worth addressing, educated, entertained, groomed me and helped grow my colleagues, friends and networks. Reciting memory verses, reading and quoting from the Bible? Joining the junior choir; moving to youth choir when I left Sunday school and being part of the Church choir was amazing. The drama and dance club in primary school; debating and joining the school choir at junior secondary school too offered opportunities to shape my public speaking and skill of self-confidence. I served as class captain for two years and handed over because I had received a higher calling- Assistant Boys Prefect, my leadership and organizational skills were put to test, extra groomed for life and the world of work.
My association with the Curious Minds Ghana – “Children and Youth in Broadcasting” strengthened and built my intellect even more on broad issues of self, community, national and global development, I am indeed grateful to our Coordinator Mr. Kingsley Obeng Kyere and fellow colleagues especially the GEMS team for the positive peer-effect that has transformed and inspired others like myself- in and out of the organization. I owned a copy of Ghana’s Children’s Act 560- given to me by my Auntie, renowned broadcaster Mama Araba Otsuwaa – all I knew in there that made some sense then was who a child is. Listening to “unique curious minds” that aired and keeps airing on Uniiq 95.7 MHz and was wowed by my age-mates and even younger ones talking about rights and marrying them with responsibilities, quoting from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other legal frameworks Ghana had embraced to ensure the best for its future today. My good friend Rudolph Tulasi who was a member, took me to one of their meetings, I enjoyed every bit of the discussions- BIG TALK! It didn’t end there oo… it followed with a BIG WALK! Imagine me in the Uniiq FM studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC), advocating with a team on radio for better conditions for young people in Ghana…
Will tell you more about the “CMExpereince” in another blog post! In short I have transitioned from member, to advocating actively and contributing to policy and analyzing them in Ghana and abroad, to assisting in production, manning the console during live sessions at Obonu and Uniiq FM, collating views across the globe and managing social media platforms, organizing in school chapter sessions, acquiring journalism and basic communication skills on the job, representing the organization at meetings and on other bigger networks- home and away from home, I DIDN’T PAY A PESEWA. All these and many more for VOLUNTEERING, staying committed to the cause and learning from all encounters- both good and bad… oh yes, it hasn’t been all glowing – I just didn’t let the intimidations get me down- we are all partners in the development process, we all have something to offer- no matter how small, it all adds to the “world we want”. If many young people see volunteering as I have- we’d solve many challenges in many sectors of our economy, volunteering to teach will sharpen your skills as a teacher- the community and students benefit too… contributing to growing Ghana’s human resource. In farming- you will contribute to feeding plenty mouths and acquiring skills to start your own agri-business. I am communicating well with you now because of my volunteering background! Note- time spent volunteering is never wasted, why? You touch lives, contribute to development – and improve yours too… don’t worry about cash- it will come in due time. So “No Financial Gain? – No Pain” “The best way to learn on the job is to volunteer- FREE work experience”.
I found myself in Kodwo Brumpon’s car after a call heading for a school in Sakumono…Interesting, I had only heard about this great guy and his initiative in just a day from my very good friend Afiyo. what moved me- his concept was unique and was one i could relate to so much… As I grew i needed someone i could look to for words of encouragement and nurturing- YES I DID! Sad i had very few who gave me little time… what if it was consistent? what if I was empowered earlier to understand that challenges were merely tests to prepare you for higher tasks and more…
Hold-a-hand is a structured (school based) mentoring programme to connect our nation’s young person’s with responsible and caring adults (mentors), who will listen to them, stand by them, inspire and guide them to bring out the best in them.
In an interview with Kodwo Brumpon, I gathered that…
“…We know there are huge numbers of young persons – JHS and SHS students – out there who do not have any positive role models in their lives. They need and they crave such mentors and role models to help them shape their world view positively. They need positive and supportive adults to serve as friends and role models. They need them to tell them about life; they need you to tell them about the whats, the whys and the hows.
And unless we take action – unless we stand up and step up and engage and inspire the young persons of our nation, there are a countless number of them who will never realize their full talent and potential. And to ensure that, we need to surround our children with adults who would make them hungry for the best things in life, touch their hearts and nourish their souls.”
“And so, every week during the school term, hold-a-hand sends adults into schools to engage and provide the younger generation with inspiration, friendship, and any kind of support that would build them up. Each adult spends a maximum on an hour in the classroom.
All we ask of any adult is to spend an hour in a classroom interacting and inspiring the younger generation to aspire for the highest heights. We want adults who go into the classroom to talk about subjects and issues that would help the young ones unearth, attain and fulfill their purpose in life. Their presence and words are what can change a young person’s perception of life. It can make a positive difference in not just the life of a young person, but also our nation. And in the process, they would be building and strengthening youth leadership skills.”
“We believe these adults can also help connect them with resources and structured activities to help build them up. Adult engagement with the young persons can make a real difference in their self-esteem, ability to communicate and decision-making skills.”
The objectives are to expose young persons to as many professions and opportunities as abounds in our society and to build and strengthen their social and leadership skills.
Hold-A-Hand targets public schools… Any public school as long as they grant us permission to come in… Our present catchment areas are Sakumono, Lashibi, Klagoon, Nungua, Teshie and Mateheko; and any school we find along the way… They are usually named after the communities…
We believe the aspirations of the young ones change positively the more they interact with adults from different backgrounds… But more importantly, they see to need to actually strive to find solutions to challenges instead of simply wanting to pursue a certain profession…
Join in from anywhere… get in touch with Hold-a-hand,
org website: hold-a-hand.org
I urge you to support Kodwo and his team in every way possible to sustain this initiative…
Go ahead- take that step- Dream, Engage, Inspire!