The Osei-Kusi Foundation(OKF) in partnership with Selfless4Africa have opened applications for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Community Service Awards (CSA) for tertiary students in Ghana. This is the third edition since its launch in 2014.
ABOUT THE AWARDS SCHEME
This is a community service award scheme sponsored by Osei-Kusi Foundation and Selfless 4Africa Inc. It is focused on developing young people in our communities and exposing students to community service.
The participating tertiary institutions are expected to form a team of 3 to 5 students, which must have a team name and a slogan. The scheme will encourage the youth of Ghana to believe in themselves, cultivate the spirit of volunteerism, community service and patriotism. The teams from the various tertiary institutions are expected to choose a deprived community in Ghana, research on it and present a proposal focused on developing young people in that community.
The winning team will have a package GHC 10,000 (GHC 7,000 to implement the community project and GHC 3,000 for participants of the winning team).
The first edition was won by a team from Catholic University College in Sunyani to establish a community bakery for the youth of Nankitiwa community whiles Enactus UG won last years award to implement the Hope For the Future Project which entails renovation of the occupational therapy unit of the Accra psychiatric hospital to engage cured patients in bead making.
The search is on for this year?s bold and innovative team to make an impact in a deprived community in Ghana.
CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATING TERTIARY INSTITUTION
1. Participating tertiary institutions must be based in Ghana.
2. Participants from tertiary institutions must be registered students of that university.
3. Participants must have a passion for community service and volunteerism.
4. Each participating student must attach a photocopy of his/ her student?s ID card.
PROCEDURE FOR PARTICIPATING TERTIARY INSTITUTION
Identify a community in Ghana that needs support and come up with a proposal to tackle some of the problems facing the youth in that community.
Download a community service application form from Osei-Kusi Foundation?s website (www.oseikusifoundation.org).
Complete, scan and email the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: Only shortlisted teams would be invited for a training session and subsequently to present their proposal in a face-to-face presentation using PowerPoint, pictures, and/ or videos. They are to provide reasons why Osei-Kusi Foundation and Selfless4Africa should support their project.
ABOUT OSEI-KUSI FOUNDATION (OKF)
The Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF) is a development and resource organisation helping to transform thousands of young people by providing them with tools, resources and training they need to make a global impact.
OKF was birthed out of the passion that Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi has for the youth. For two decades, he has been involved in mentoring young people many of whom are now corporate executives, business owners and church leaders. OKF was established as a vehicle that will invest in young people and create a new breed for public leadership across all spheres.
The vision of the Foundation is to help young people discover their purpose and maximise their potentials. We aim to become Africa?s foremost youth-focused aid agency.
OKF has a Board of Trustees made up of youth development experts, corporate executives and a legal luminary. The Foundation is currently run by an Executive President, a management team, support staff and volunteers.
ABOUT SELFLESS4AFRICA INC. (S4A)
Selfless4Africa Inc. is a US-based NGO whose focus is to uplift Africa?s poor image and change Africa?s future one life at a time and inspire acts of selflessness in others.
Its vision is to be a catalyst for a peaceful, loving and collaborative world where people of different persuasions are proactive in reducing the plight of the underprivileged, and where all children are able to attain formal primary and secondary school education regardless of their family?s income and status.
Selfless4Africa Inc. believes that while individual acts of selflessness may touch the life of one person or one community, the sum of these individual acts can impact an entire nation. Accordingly, S4A programs are structured to encourage beneficiaries to undertake selfless efforts by volunteering to help another person or community in need.
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