Updated Jul 13, 2020

Girls Leadership and entrepreneurship network (GLEN): Inspiring leadership through design.

https://wwwgirlchildart.org

Adaobi Onyejike-ananaba

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GLEN is a leadership development program that identifies opportunities for girls in African communities willing to develop their leadership skills, contribute to global issues while enhancing girl’s bodily integrity, autonomy, rights and health.

GLEN programs teach leadership, supply chain, Social media marketing, general marketing, e-commerce, and finance in an intensive hands-on Booth camp program. We want to take advantage of the early years of girls lives to foster self sufficiency and establish 21st century skills including empathy.
GLEN programs teach leadership, supply chain, Social media marketing, general marketing, e-commerce, and finance in an intensive hands-on Booth camp program. We want to take advantage of the early years of girls lives to foster self sufficiency and establish 21st century skills including empathy.
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We are on a target to impact 300 young women directly by 2023, whose reach extend to over 20,000 households. We are exploring tools and building a sustainable framework to enable us strategically scale the network of young female leaders in Africa.

Focus Areas:

Gender-based Violence, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Gender-based Violence, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, Education, Soft or Life Skills and Youth Engagement and ContributionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Nigeria

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Country Implemented In
15,000
Customers
4
Employees
$65,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

In Africa, we realised that many girls were not as fortunate to have access to learning life skills, 21st century skills and passion based learning. Many are exposed to rape and other GBV. We felt Something had to change and the biggest impact we could make was to intervene early when their choices could still be positively influenced and shaped. This compelled us to create a platform to reach developing girls early and inspire them to be successful leaders in today’s business world.

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Solution

Creativity is crucial to solving problems and creative solutions are in high demand. GLEN runs various learning programs that equips girls with skills required to succeed and protect themselves from Gender based violence and discrimination. Some of the programs are; -GLEN Studios: visual arts, performing arts, music e.g. theatre, printmaking, textile design, photography. -School outreach- Introduction to leadership -Livelihood inspired projects- Girl Led business booth camps

Target Beneficiaries

Girls and young women 8- 24yrs, Persons living with Disability, Positive person(HIV), other Vulnerable groups Adult in form of guardians, parents, community leaders and families

Mission and Vision

GLEN’s mission is to provide a supportive environment that educate and inspire underserved girls in Africa using creativity. GLEN enables girl CEO’s to identify, align, plan and improve the quality of their products and services. The GLEN Program is designed to help girls start their first serious business and also shape their perceptions of themselves as empowered individuals capable of anything! Girls CAN always!!

Competitive Advantage

Why we are different is because we unleash the I CAN’ spirit in young women and girls from an early age using our design thinking framework and apply well structured youth friendly approaches. We are motivated by the belief that young people especially girls can make a positive impact on society, create successful business ideas and also run it.

Planned Goals and Milestones

The next plan for our innovation is to transition to scale our business model as social enterprise, be able to fund capacity building training for our key team members, beneficiaries, strengthen our network of young girl entrepreneurs and create a sustainable ecosystem of solutions that empowers young women economically hence improving the quality of their businesses.
Funding Goal200,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted350
New Implemented CountriesNigeria
Recruit4 management, 5 board, 85 volunteers,
New FeatureDesign thinking framework

The Team Behind the Innovation

Ada Onyejike the founder is skilled in livelihood income generation and gender-based planning, MSc in Management of Development, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science, Netherlands. Gerard L.F. Choiun is a member of GCAF Board, a professor at College of William & Mary, Lyon G. Tyler, USA. He has been a firm supporter of our innovation from over the past 13yrs when he was working in Nigeria. Ogom Anwunobi-Okonji is a microfinance professional and also an alumni of the innovation.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria