The implementation of the YoungDrive Academy program in Kamuli is up and running. Together with the project leaders we have been out on the field to visit and support the coaches on their first meeting with their youth groups. The first session of the program focus on inspiration, dreams, strengths, entrepreneurship and team building.
The notion of YoungDrive Academy is to “Dream Big and start small” and the youth are definitely dreaming big! They are dreaming about becoming a member of the parliament, artist, successful businesswomen and businessman, nurse, lawyer, policeman, tailor, teacher and farmer. Moreover they dreaming about buying a house, be able to give their children good education, take driver’s license, driving their own car and go to Sweden or America someday.
Let´s do it again! – YoungDrive is back in Kamuli, Uganda, this year as well.
Josefina Lönn - 1 mars, 2015
After carrying out a successful pilot project last year (2014) in Kamuli, Uganda YoungDrive Academy and Plan International decided that it’s time to get to business and train the future entrepreneurs of Kamuli!
We started off with an intense and fun project leader training resulting in six new YoungDrive Academy project leaders ready to put their new skills into action during the next step of the project – the coach training. A full loaded and exciting week where we trained 27 persons from different communities in Kamuli region to become YoungDrive Academy coaches. The main focus of the training was coaching skills and how to be a good and inspiring coach. We also got through the different topics of YoungDrive Academy program, such as business idea, marketing, sales, financial literacy and team building.
Now the coaches are ready to try out their new role and implement the YoungDrive Academy program to their youth groups so they gain more entrepreneur- and business skills and experience and can start their own businesses in Kamuli!
Implementation, field visits and dreams
Frida Öijerholm - 4 augusti, 2014
The implementation of the YoungDrive Academy program here in Uganda is in full swing and I have been out on the field to visit and support the coaches in their first experience of coaching the youths in the program. The first session of the program focus on inspiration, dreams and entrepreneurship.
Youths here dream about becoming doctors, engineers, successful businesswomen and businessman, pilots, buying a house, take drivers license, driving their own car and to be able to give their kids good education. So it is not so far of what youths in Sweden dream of, to get successful in life, to start and run a successful business or to get a good job.
One of the groups that I visited had made a welcome and good bye song for our visit that they greeted us with on our arrival. There is no lack of creativity when it comes to music here! Singing and dancing is a important part of the culture. Check out the video below!
Some of the youth groups already have business projects going on, many within the agriculture area, one group I visited grows passionfruit and another was doing ventilated bricks. Others do handicrafts and producing things from banana fiber. This is great because then they can work on getting their business to be more profitable and successful and for the groups and persons that doesn’t have any ideas yet that is what we will work on next week!
YoungDrive Academy in Uganda, Coach training
Frida Öijerholm - 29 juli, 2014
YoungDrive Academy is now working in Uganda as a partner to Plan International in the project “A working Future” in Kamuli distirict in eastern Uganda.
We started of with a full loaded week with where we trained 22 persons from different communities in Kamuli region to become YoungDrive Academy coaches. It was an intense week with a lots of new ideas, laughter, business opportunities showing up and new skills developed.
We were working on coaching skills and how to be a good coach and going through all the different areas of the YoungDrive Academy program, such as business idea, team building, marketing, sales and financial literacy etc.
The next step for the coaches is now to try out their new roll and their new found skills and implement the YoungDrive Academy program to their youths in their communities and villages. The youths in the villages are organized into different saving groups which they meet up in every week to save some money together. By saving each group have creates their own saving fund and can take small loans from that fund to do invest in a business idea for example. Each coach have a number of youth saving groups that they work with and now they will take the youths in their youth groups through YoungDrive Academy Program so they can gain more entrepreneur- and business skills and experience.
A shining new blog!
Stefan Falkboman - 24 juli, 2014
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Sweden have a long tradition of entrepreneurship with numerous of well known international enterprises. The country features a well developed innovation staircase starting in kindergarten up to university and on. UngDrive is one of these concepts that has proven to work even internationally. The international version YoungDrive is now growing with the help of young entrepreneurs out to change the world.
What is it?
YoungDrive Academy is a practical training in how to start and run a business, targeting youth in developing countries. The concept is developed by young entrepreneurs and based on practical experiences of starting and running a business. Short theoretical introductions are followed by practical exercises and actual implementation were the youth set up their own businesses with the support from trained YoungDrive Coaches.
It's more fun!
100% would recommend YoungDrive to a friend. Based on participant survey in YoungDrive Botswana Project.
It's more useful!
100% found YoungDrive more useful than other afternoon activities. Based on participant survey in YoungDrive Botswana Project.
"YoungDrive taught me how I start a business as - you start small grow bigger, that's how you start your future. THANK YOU!"
"YoungDrive should be broad in the country of Botswana and reach more youth out there, and help them too."
"I want to run my own business and give back to my community!"
"I wish the classes were at least twice a week because I was learning a lot so it was boring when you imagine that the next class is next week."
"I enjoyed selling my products at the mall and interacting with my customers of different opinions, and making profit."
"I have learned what you need in order to start your business and how you increase the little money you have."
Swedish UngDrive® is the back bone of YoungDrive™ and supports the international projects with the core concept. For example our coaching philosophy "Can you sell?" and "Dream big, start small". If you're more interested in UngDrive® go to www.ungdrive.se (in Swedish).
Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Sida supported the YoungDrive Academy project in Botswana 2012-2013 and enabled the first YoungDrive Project outside of Sweden.
Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. Plan work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is a key partner i the YoungDrive Academy project in Uganda.
YoungDrive Academy/UngDrive has been one of the European Commission’s prioritized projects for stimulating entrepreneurship among young people in Sweden. The European Commission represents the interests of the EU as a whole.
The Business Place
The Business Place is a national network of business information and referral centers. It offers a accessible walk-in environment where entrepreneurs can go to access support relating to small businesses. One of the key partners for the YoungDrive Academy project in Botswana.
REWA Education Centre
REWA is an educational institution which provides a variety of professional educational services, so that students of all abilities, backgrounds and learning profiles are well equipped to meet the challenges of education, work and life. One of the key partners for YoungDrive Academy Botswana.