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ED’s Note

Dear Friends,

Yes, we’re in the second month of the year, but please, indulge me as I say – Welcome to 2018!

The year has been off to a great start for JAN and we’re uber excited about all that’s to come especially with your support as partners and volunteers. In this edition of our Newsletter, we’re taking a look back at how we wrapped up 2017 and began 2018.

From the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration in partnership with Nirmala Chellarams Center for Entrepreneurship to the Fun Run hosted with Road Warriors Fitness Club and even the trip to South Africa with Team Flourishers for the African Company of the Year Competition, sponsored by FirstBank and South African airways, one thing was certain, we pushed ourselves to deliver and we did. With a total reach of over 120,000 students in over 900 schools in 35 states across the country, 2017 was our biggest year ever! And it is all thanks to your support.

At the African Company of the Year Competition, our JA company, Team Flourishers did nothing short of flourish as they defended their businesses before global executives from Citibank, FedEx, Facebook and Delta Air Lines, as well as local executives from major South African businesses, one of whom expressed interest in importing some of the team’s products into South Africa. This experience left us feeling very satisfied with and proud of our team.

As I stepped off the plane from South Africa, I had to make a quick run to the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN) Leadership Awards Dinner where I was delighted and honored to accept the ‘Leadership in the area of Social Impact Award’ presented by His Excellency Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.  Thank you HBSAN for the recognition and encouragement!

As part of preparations for the JA: ITS TYME African competition, in December, I visited our ITS TYME participants at the Lagos State Vocational Skills Acquisition Centre in Mushin with Sasol, our sponsors for the program, to ginger up the participants for the competition. In January, we paid a courtesy visit to Sasol offices with 20 successful participants from the program, where the Sasol team shared relevant business insights and tips with us. We look forward to the participants competing to be the winning business that represents Nigeria at the ITS TYME Company of the Year competition in Ghana later this year.

We ended 2017 with many success stories from our beneficiaries, some of which we will be sharing via the newsletter every month. This year, we kick off with  Peace Uremgba’s story, one that delighted us at JAN and caused waves at Union Bank!

This year, a major part of our goal at JAN is to enhance the digitization agenda of the nation and so, we’ll be infusing our core programs with some digital modules and working closely with our digital and tech partners to drive digital literacy programs for the Nigerian youth as well as run partnerships that will seek to advocate for investments in STEM education from both private and public sector. We have some exciting news coming up so watch this space!

Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all our JAN Board Members, for their support every day and in every way, to all our volunteers, for their sacrifice towards improving the lives of Nigeria’s youth and to my JAN team who work tirelessly to reach more young people every day. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! Let’s do more in 2018

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