Future Blueprints

Chinenye Sarah Ogoko organized Future Blueprints as a campaign to influence teenagers in Irete, a community in Owerri West, a local government area of Imo State in Nigeria.She also runs the Go Girl Nigeria project, which has also inspired young girls to go beyond the traditional gender limit.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

To inspire young girls to dream beyond the traditional gender limit in Africa.

To teach girls how to discover their dreams and pursue them.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

In April 2014, they launched a campaign - Above the Influence - for Irete youth, to speak out against drug use and educate them on substance abuse and negative peer pressure. There were over 200 attendees and 10 volunteers who took the campaign to their schools and communities. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Imo State Prisons Authority and Peer-educator club of Imo State staff members to address the youth.

In August 2015, they launched another major project for girls and young women only. Chinenye went for a semester-long training on Social Entrepreneurship at Watson University in Boulder, Colorado, US, from where she planned the Go Girl project, coming back for the event when it happened. The aim was to prepare young women and girls in rural parts of Nigeria for career and entrepreneurial success. The project is ongoing and has been very successful since its launch.

Through seminars and discussions held in the suburbs and secondary schools in the target area.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

Using day-to-day girl child experiences to motivate others and citing others who could be seen as ordinary girls that rose to become great people in society.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

It has change the mindset of many girls. Instead of trying to depend on men for everything, they have really started working things out for themselves.

CHALLENGES FACED

Finance and getting people together.

Money was needed to prepare awareness materials, as well as refreshments and food for the young people who attended the programme.

To bring the girls around to thinking in a new way has been a particular challenge because most of them traditionally believe that things should remain the way they are.

LESSONS LEARNT

If you try you can always get something done. A journey of a thousand miles starts in one day.

COUNTRY

Nigeria

CITY

Owerri

FACEBOOK PAGE

https://web.facebook.com/futureblueprints/