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    Stanbic IBTC Bank partners CYCDI to launch InnoCreativa Youth Hub Initiative to tackle youth unemployment and boost economic growth

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    The Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI) is partnering Stanbic IBTC Bank to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth through the development of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in youth for productive employment and decent work in Nigeria.

    The project “InnoCreativa Youth Hub (ICYH)” was launched specifically to engage undergraduates in tertiary institutions and members of National Youth Service Corps towards the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.

    The ICYH will explore creative and innovative capacities of young people through the development of knowledge, skill and attitude that are relevant to employability; these includes teambuilding, communication, leadership and responsiveness. It will also develop talents, creativity and innovation, which involve identification of problem, accessing possible solutions, sticking to a chosen course of action that create values for economy growth.

    The project begins with enrollment of members for InnoCreativa Youth Forum (ICYF) at tertiary institutions.  The objective of the ICFY is to promote innovation, creativity and engagement in arts, science and technology. The forum allows student engagements, capacity building, and teamwork in non-formal learning.

    The forum further provides platform for members to work on different ideas, access information on innovations & inventions, discuss possible ways to create values and attend Creative Enterprise Development Programmes. These would serve as springboards for new ideas and innovation and thus helping the society and economy to face future challenges and meet rising targets of the increasing population.

    On Monday, June 11, a call for Submission for InnoCreativa 2030 (IC2030) will open to interested candidates with project ideas channeled towards reduction of unemployment, value creation and promotion of entrepreneurship.  

    This will be followed by the launch of Techy Girls Initiative, Creative Enterprise Development and IC2030 Lab. Selected entrants will be camped at IC2030 Lab for training, mentorship, networking and special programs developed to birth new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, changemakers, innovators and inventors.  

    The 2018 IC2030 will round up in November with Global Youth Conference, the event will bring together a wide range of students from higher institutions, youth organisations, public and private sectors to deliberate on the challenges and possibilities in partnership working towards economic growth.

    The event highlights include Documentary movie, Talk show, Idea Showcase and Pitching, Action Plans towards achieving SDGs and IC2030 Awards                  

    The outcome documents is expected to be submitted to various stakeholders for further discussion and implementation in their various establishments with a view to promote decent work and economic growth at all level.

    At ICYH, we believe young people are more than just a prospective workforce; but potential craftsmen and women, entrepreneurs, artists, writers and business leaders; that will cause paradigm shift in the current economic problems ravaging Nigeria and the continent of Africa.

    One of CYCDI’s project; Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) recently won the United Nations SDG Awards in Innovator Category in Bonn, Germany in March 2018 at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development organized by United Nations SDG Action Campaign.

    Currently, the CYCDI is partnering the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to commemorate the 2018 edition of its annual ‘Vision of the Child’ to raise drug prevention awareness amongst youths and vulnerable adults. The event is also to spurn creativities and the rich intellectual resources of the targeted group.