Youth Leadership Development

Peer Mentoring | Leadership Development | Civic Engagement | Conducive Learning Environment | Community Development

Program Areas:

Leadership
Development

Value Orientation and Character Development

Social and Life Skills
Development

Peer
Mentoring

College
Scholarships

Summer ICT
Program

Civic
Engagement

Internship
Opportunities

Volunteering
Opportunities

Community Development Projects

Educational
Outreaches

School Renovation and Upgrades

The Need

Identifying and intentionally grooming young leaders and agents of change, is the crux of our mission. A lot of young people particularly from less privileged backgrounds are at risk of poorer life outcomes due to low self-esteem, lack of opportunities, knowledge, skills and guidance, and so on.

We recognize that personal development is an essential part of their growth and self-improvement, and programs that will develop their capabilities and potential, are vital to enable them realize their dreams and aspirations and fully maximize their potential.

What We Do

Identifying and intentionally grooming young leaders and agents of change, is the crux of our mission. A lot of young people particularly from less privileged backgrounds are at risk of poorer life outcomes due to low self-esteem, lack of opportunities, knowledge, skills and guidance, and so on.

We recognize that personal development is an essential part of their growth and self-improvement, and programs that will develop their capabilities and potential, are vital to enable them realize their dreams and aspirations and fully maximize their potential.

Our Unique Leadership and Mentoring Entails

Peer Mentoring Activities

We provide support and mentoring for participants and in addition, our unique peer mentoring model equips youth with the skills to mentor, transfer knowledge to their peers and serve as role models in their schools and environs.

Change Champions Project

As part of our #YouthLeadChange Drive, the young Change Champions along with their Mentees are mandated to carry out community development projects and kick start initiatives that positively impact their schools and the community.
The resultant effect of the planning and execution of these projects has been improved team work and enhanced skills development for the young participants.

Schools Educational Outreaches

As part of the program, we identify specific challenges such as poor academic performance, peer pressure and other factors limiting the performance of students in schools we adopt and organize special intervention programs to address them.

Renovation and School Upgrades

We also embark on renovation projects and upgrades within adopted schools to improve the quality of education, enhance learning outcomes and academic performance of underserved students by providing learning infrastructure and a safe, conducive and fully equipped learning environment.

Young Leaders Club

After graduation, the Change Champions become members of S.M.I.L.E's Young Leaders Club, a network of young leaders. Through this platform we foster relationships among the alumni, provide a safe space where they continuously discuss issues affecting them, learn, share ideas and collaborate on social impact projects.

Educational Support and College Scholarship Program

Sadly, after the free Government primary and high school education, many promising students from low-income families are at risk of dropping out of school and will never realize their dream of achieving a college education unless aid comes in the form of scholarship opportunities. We therefore provide college scholarships for deserving and promising indigent students.

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Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E) is a youth leadership development and mentoring non-profit organization established in Lagos. Nigeria in 2011 (S.M.I.L.E) and in Maryland, United States of America in 2017 (S.M.I.L.E Initiative)

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