The Youth Leadership programme is targeted at young people between the ages of 14 and 35 years old. The key objectives of the programme are providing a platform for the youth to imbibe a deeper understanding of the necessary but rewarding sacrifices and qualities of great leadership and equipping them the relevant tools, skills to become great leaders; opportunities for youth participation in developing the country through sustainable community development programmes; mentorship for the youth and value based leadership.
Our current partners are the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) and LEAP Africa. We have partnered with NLI since 2008 and have been committed to goal of bridging the knowledge gap between NLI Fellows and the young associates of the Future Leaders. In December, 2013, we partnered with LEAP Africa on a Youth Development Programme where staff of FirstBank were trained as trainers on life, leadership and facilitation skills; which they will be expected to cascade to at least 30 young people between the ages of 14 and 35 years old within their network.
Staff volunteers who attended the youth development training programme were exposed to in-depth knowledge, skills and tools of becoming effective leaders with specific instructions on self-discipline, mastering potentials, project planning and management. About 1,000 young people will be further empowered through this initiative as FirstBank staff volunteers will share their knowledge and impart leadership skills to young Nigerians in public Secondary Schools by educating and empowering them using the LEAP Africa training curriculum.