Looking to make a genuine difference in Nigeria’s vulnerable young population and in communities across Africa, Jayden Robinson Youth Foundation (JRYF) has rolled out plans to empower African youths and help reduce the gap of graduate unemployment through youth sports development.
At the launch of the Foundation on Friday, September 4, 2020 in Owerri, capital of Imo State, the non-profit organization stated that they have embarked on this journey with a view to inculcate in young people core abilities essential for youth development.
JRYF founder, Jayden Robinson, said the Foundation is setting up a one-stop sports academy, JR Sports Academy, in Abueke, Ihitte Uboma, Imo State that will see young athletes trained in football, athletics and table-tennis.
“We want to put great efforts into youth sports development. Across Africa today, we have talented youths with exceptional skills but they lack the platform and opportunities to go from obscurity to prominence and self-worth and from being economic and social burden to great economic contributors.
“JR Sports Academy will create opportunities, give them access to quality trainings and expose them to top competitions and offer trials abroad, so that they can achieve full potential.”
Robinson said the Sports Academy will ride on the Foundation’s Inform, Mentor and Empower (IME) African Youth Model, which will serve as the backbone for the Foundation’s projects.
“To help these young ones, we developed the IME African Youth Model that will serve as the base of all our channel projects for the empowerment of the youths, understanding that information isn’t just power but both power and profit; that mentoring revolves around round-the-clock training, motivation, counselling, direction, coaching, support, goal setting and chasing success; and that empowering our African youngsters is an indelible legacy for human capital development and a sure indicator for a prosperous society.”
For starters, to recruit beneficiaries to the football team, there will be a secondary school football tournament in December involving eight schools and the best talents from this competition will be selected into the academy.
“We have partnered with expert trainers and professional sport coaches to develop specialized learning modules for us that our trainees will be mentored on to help build their capacity to function in different areas of sports.”