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Kids and Teens Can Solve Society’s Problems Digitally!

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Because we live in a fast-changing world, with advancements in science and technology, machines and artificial intelligence are fast replacing conventional jobs. The future is digital and for anyone to meet up with its standard; they must have certain digital skills.

iKapture Center for Development in collaboration with AIESEC Nigeria and Opportunity Desk hosted the 2022 Digital Skill Up Summer Boot camp (DSB 22) from August 1 to 29, 2022. The boot camp was a 4-week intensive and immersive tech program designed for kids and teenagers to gain digital skills, leadership, and life skills that will them address problems in society.

Participants learned how to code and use app builders to create their own apps and other digital courses.

Learning Outcome from DSB 22

The participants were successfully trained on the following 10 skills: Intro to Cyber Security, Soft skills (Time management, Public Speaking and Team Building), Graphics Design, Mobile app development, Copywriting, SEO, Amazon book publishing, Leadership skills, Drone Technology, Whiteboard Animation, Web design/development (HTML, CSSS, JavaScript).

During the project week, they also learned presentation skills and teamwork.

Participants’ Feedback/Testimonials

The kids and their parents were very excited and overjoyed about the outcome and what they were able to do, their parents were even happier as they watched their ward(s) during the presentation. Here are a few testimonials:

  • “I am overjoyed about how much my son was able to learn and I look forward to registering him next year” – Mrs. Helen

  • “I am very impressed with my child’s performance. I have gotten him a laptop as a present to help him practice all that was being taught” – Mr. Eze

  • “The value gotten was more than the cost price of the program, and I’m willing to pay more next time, knowing my child would certainly get more value” – Mrs. Favour.

Another parent said that he was really impressed at the attention given to the children and said he is sure it’s one of the reasons they were able to learn so much in a space of three weeks.

There is a critical need to produce a generation of thinkers and problem solvers with the necessary digital skills to achieve their goals. The best time to learn those skills is now and iKapture Center for Development is committed to bridging the gap between societal demands and young people by equipping them with the skills and values to tackle today’s challenges and be ready for tomorrow’s aspirations.

Interested in enrolling your ward for our 3-Month Digital Leadership? Contact us at [email protected] or call us on 08134624760 or 08090970206.

The 11th edition: Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship program 2021

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With the invent of artificial intelligence, search engine optimization, and data-driven marketing it has become necessary that young people adapt to the latest innovations.

In a bid to fill this need, Ikapture Center for Development hosts an all-year-round Youth Leadership and Development (YLEAD) Fellowship program.

The Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Development (YLEAD) Fellowship is a capacity-building program designed to educate and engage young people into becoming tech-savvy entrepreneurs and leaders and also equip them with the latest innovations to help them thrive in this age of ever-changing technology.

As with last year, it held virtually allowing for participation globally and across Nigeria with the theme ‘Emerge’.  

Recruitments began in September and promotions were made across all of Ikapture’s social media handles. By the end of the recruitment process, a total of 20 participants across Nigeria and Africa were selected…

The virtual program provided an enabling environment for these young minds to learn from experienced leaders, share ideas with successful digital entrepreneurs and changemakers. The first day of the event began with a Keynote Address titled Emerging as a 21st Century Youth: The Role of Leadership and Personal Development and was given by Mrs. Ekpoanwan Nsa Ayi, Founder of HarryField Montessori. With an attendance of over 30 participants from Zoom and Facebook Live Stream. In the course of the program, participants underwent a 2-week thorough and intensive training sessions on self-awareness, vision boarding, goal setting, critical thinking, and ethics to mention but a few.

These sessions yielded a positive impact as manifested in the feedback we received.

I want to say a big thank you to the iKapture team. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this program. I enjoyed every bit of the sessions especially the panel session with Mr. Daniel Chinagozi and Miss Elizabeth Ita. – John Fredrick. YLEAD Class of 2021

I will like to thank iKapture for this wonderful program that they put together, for the past few weeks while I was a part of this training, we have been taught many topics and skills, and some of these include time management, web design, critical thinking stimulation, and Robotics and Drone making and they were the highlight for me. Thanks to this program and the facilitators, my passion for computer and software have once again been re-ignited. – Nnamdi Okorie. YLEAD Class of 2021

From the past few weeks, I have learned a lot from the program, the facilitators, and even my co-participants. Every session meant something and struck something in me, especially the session on Ethics and Values. I learned to balance my ethics and values with other people’s ethics and value. I learned the importance of setting smart goals to be a 21st Century Youth. – Priscilla Williams. YLEAD Class of 2021

Overall, the virtual fellowship gave these young people a sense of clarity and direction. Graduands were presented with certificates for their outstanding performance.

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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT; A FIRST STEP TO SUCCESS

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Have you ever sat wondering what next to do? Have you ever wondered why you keep lagging when friends are putting their skills to good use? Have you ever wondered how to set and make reasonable goals?

Personal development is the process of self-improvement, which focuses on building up your awareness, knowledge, and skills, as well as an overall sense of identity. To develop

ourselves we need such skills as critical thinking, team building, communication skills, emotional intelligence, and many others.

Benefits of personal development

Working on your personal development is not only essential for your self-improvement but can also help you thrive professionally.

Here are five key benefits of personal development:

 You’ll figure out your passion

When you begin the journey of personal development, you’ll get to know the real you, your abilities, what your values are, what you believe in, and your aspirations.

You’ll be able to make clear goals

By figuring out more about yourself, you’ll be able to set clear and well-informed goals.

And not only will you realize what you do want to do, but you’ll also be able to rule out paths that you find unsuitable.

 You’ll be motivated

With clear and achievable targets, you’ll be more motivated to fulfill them – especially if you have a personal development plan to track your progress.

Note: This is a written account of self-improvement, which also covers the goals you aspire to fulfill – whether they’re career-based, personal, or academic.

You’ll get a better work-life balance

By carrying out your learning and development, you’ll not only be improving your morale, confidence, and knowledge, you could also be improving your career prospects – either to gain a promotion or change in career choice.

 You’ll improve your career prospects

Most employers want fast learners and problem-solvers, when you commit to personal development it is these skills that would help you thrive at work.

 Some personal development skills include:

Communication: Communication includes your ability to speak, write and listen. With these skills, you can understand what others are saying and feeling and also convey your ideas and feelings. Good communicators can speak clearly and confidently, using a tone that is positive and appropriate for the situation. 

Organization: Organization skills include the orderliness of your workspace and your ability to plan, schedule, and prioritize. Good organization can help save time, prevent miscommunications and improve efficiency.

Problem-solving: Problem-solving is the capability to handle challenging or surprising situations. 

Self-confidence: Self-confidence is the belief in your abilities, actions, and decisions. If you have confidence in yourself, you might be more likely to pursue ambitious goals, try new things, and believe you can succeed.

Adaptability: People who handle change well often get along with a variety of personalities and blend with any environment. They don’t get easily ruffled up in difficult situations.

Integrity: People tend to trust those who are honest and stand by their values. Having integrity can lead to a good reputation and opportunities for advancement.

Leadership: is the ability to guide people. Good leaders can motivate others and help them reach a shared goal. They bolster confidence and increase morale.

How to improve your personal development skills:

Improving your personal development skills involves:

 Overcome your fears: Fear can prevent you from growing and progressing. If you are afraid of taking risks, for instance, find a mentor who can help you make good decisions and build your confidence. Grow and learn by trying things you might not be comfortable doing. If you are shy, try starting a conversation or introducing yourself to new people at a reception or workshop.

Read: Reading can expand your knowledge and vocabulary and keep you informed. It can also motivate you and improve your critical thinking skills. Try setting a goal to read at least one educational or motivational article a day.

 Learn something new: Learn a new skill or topic, whether you do it yourself or sign up for a class. You might, for instance, take courses to learn another language, a new software program, or how to write creatively, entrepreneurship, or social media marketing.

Ask for feedback: Approach a family member, friend, colleague, or manager and ask them to give you feedback on a recent project or accomplishment. Use their positive comments as well as their constructive criticism to find ways to improve.

 Observe others: Watch and learn from the people who inspire you, they could be people around you such as a supervisor, family member, or public figure. Identify the qualities you admire in them, and try to replicate those in yourself.

 Network: By interacting with many types of people, you can learn new ideas and understand how to communicate and work with different personality types. You can also meet people and develop relationships that might help you in the future. Attend conferences and events on topics that interest you.

Meditate: Meditating is a great way to gain clarity, awareness and to reduce stress and anxiety. Meditation can help you focus on your self-development and goals in a healthy, positive and calm way.

Get a mentor: You can get further help for improvement by speaking with a mentor. This individual could be a manager, professor, someone you admire, or a professional personal growth mentor.

Find this helpful? For further reading, learn how to improve your emotional intelligence

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