An emerging youth advocacy and empowerment organization, Charis Black Projects, is set to train, support, and provide internship opportunities to over 140 unemployed Nigerian youths on a free digital skills training.
Th training launched in April 2021 projected being carried out in partnership with seven organizations in the marketing and advertising industry, including Loose Media Limited, Savofns Limited, QikDigital, Pandora Agency, Twenties Tribe, Skyfire Digital and Kolibri Limited.
The first project was a free virtual digital skills training for more than 140 youths in the country, covering skills such as social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, data analytics, media buying, digital PR, graphics design and WordPress web development.
Partnering 19 digital marketing experts who facilitated the training through personalized sessions, the organization was able to train 148 selected youths out of over 500 that registered for the first series of training.
Many would agree that the kind of partnership leveraged is a major move for Charis Black Projects on its mission to empower African youths to achieve economic and financial freedom, through periodic digital skills training, mentored learning from industry experts, entrepreneurial support, internship, and job opportunities.
When asked why she decided to embark on such a daring mission, founder, Charis Black Projects, Goodness Nwachukwu, said: “Youth empowerment is the key to drive economic growth and transformation in Africa today. Africa is brimming with millions of untapped talents and resources due to poor governance, corruption, poor education, lack of skills and lack of opportunities to youths who are hungry to make a difference. We can change the narrative by coming together to help one another and by partnering for good,”
Going further to reiterate the importance of youth empowerment and engagement in Nigeria, a leader at one of the partner organizations pointed out key reasons for partnering with the organization.
“To sustain an economy, you need to invest in developing a skilled labour force and Charis Black Projects is doing just that. The team is preparing not only Nigeria, but also Africa and the rest of the world for bigger opportunities. We look forward to doing more with them,” head, business development and marketing at Savofns, Tomori Uriel, stated.
Charis Black Projects is a step towards the right direction for many youths, a reason to dream and hope again as confirmed by many of the trained youths who partook of the first edition.
“I want to say a big thank you to the organizers of this project. I joined the data analytics class and I must say, these past days have been very productive. The most amazing thing is that everything in the class was well explained. I’m glad I got this opportunity!” a participant, Rosemary Kalu, said of the April project.
“I learnt how to register a domain name and host a website on WordPress, I also learnt how to research keywords which helps in getting your content in front of your target audience. Such an educating class!” a WordPress development trainee, Samuel Balogun, also testified of his project experience.
The organization has begun preparations to select more youths from different parts of Africa to benefit from its advocacy and empowerment programs. Charis Black Projects can be accessed via https://www.charisblackprojects.com/.