Leadership Gambia Diaspora mentorship program launched

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Leadership Gambia, a leadership development and success coaching institute that goes beyond the traditional leadership training by incorporating holistic life and career success skills last Monday launched its Diaspora mentorship programme at Jokkolabs.

The 6-months mentorship program for 25 Gambians will be conducted in partnership with Youth Empowerment Project, YMCA and International Trade Centre.

Speaking at the launching held at YMCA’s Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio, Jainaba Ceesay of Leadership Gambia explained that the institute is designed to shape aspiring and existing leaders to ignite the leadership potential and optimize success in area(s) that are of key interest to them.

She added that it is also designed and tailored to fit the individual participants and utilize innovative concepts utilized by the world’s most successful leaders and organizations. “Leadership Gambia is committed to helping shape the emerging leadership, supporting youth development and young entrepreneurs that are the backbone of the nation and will lead the Gambia into its future”, she stated.

Gheran Senghore, YEP Communication Consultant explained that YEP addresses the economic root causes of irregular migration by supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship.

The Gambia, he said, remains on the list of least developed countries, adding that, it has a small economy that relies primarily on agriculture, tourism, and remittances.

“While about 60% of the population is under the age of 25 years, there are high levels of youth unemployment and underemployment”, he highlighted.

Poverty and lack of job opportunities, he stated, are among the major driver, forcing an increasing number of young people in search of greener pasture in the West, saying to turn the migration movement, more jobs and opportunities need to be created at home.

 “YEP aims to contribute to the inclusiveness of the society and reduce migration pressure by improving the employability of youth, especially potential and returning migrants”, Mr Senghore said.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb