Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) in collaboration with Beyond Regular and MTN are organizing a one-day breakfast mentorship and networking event for young people in the Niger Delta holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday, 28th May 2022. The event will feature 40 career mentors and 320 young professionals who will have the chance to ask several questions regarding career and personal growth.
The Niger Delta has witnessed high levels of conflict and youth restiveness and as such, the region records some of the highest rates of unemployment in the country. PIND understands the connection between a lack of economic opportunities and violence. In 2017, PIND received a pilot grant from Ford Foundation to initiate the Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathways (NDYEP) project to actively target youth in three states in the region, namely Abia, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers States, and addressed identified systemic constraints through evidence-driven and demand-led approach. NDYEP worked to strengthen coordination and learning among key actors in the employment ecosystem to ensure the development of an enabling environment for focused skills development that would reduce unemployment.
Between 2018 and 2021, 4,355 youths were trained and equipped with in-demand vocational skills in four growing sectors (ICT, building construction, agriculture and finished leather). 2,033 of the successful participants were linked to immediate waged employment or supported to commence innovative enterprises of their own. PIND has also organized vocational skills training to address youth unemployment challenges in Delta State through the Delta Youth Employment project (DYEP). 631 youths graduated from the DYEP program in March 2022 with 161 of them linked to immediate waged employment while 273 have started small-scale businesses. PIND recently launched the scale-up phase of the NDYEP project, and awarded grants to 11 implementing partners to train additional 1,000 youth participants in various technical vocational skills for at least 6 months, starting in May 2022.
YP Port Harcourt, which will hold at the Arena event center, will provide PIND the opportunity to solicit the support of the private sector in a bid to further scale up the impact of the NDYEP project as well as introduce the young professionals in attendance to various ways they can leverage PIND’s online job and opportunities hub, Niger Delta Link (NDLink), to advance their respective careers.
PIND Foundation is a Nigerian non-profit organization funded by Chevron Corporation and other strategic partners to promote equitable economic development and peace through partnerships in the Niger Delta. PIND’s overarching strategy is built on the belief that no single organization alone can solve the complex and interconnected challenges in the Niger Delta region. This strategy is what led to the collaboration with Beyond Regular and MTN for YP Port Harcourt.