“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward. Young Women Leaders in the Fund’s Young Women Mentorship Program launched out on their own demonstrating impeccable leadership skills and social concern. Having been inspired by their mentors with technical support from the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund over a period of six months, the young women are in turn inspiring girls to aspire to leadership and active citizenship.

On Friday May 12, 2017, the mentees organized an advocacy program for senior secondary students of Government Secondary School Jabi (GSS Jabi) – a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The mentees talked the young girls through the following topics: Leadership, Civic Responsibility and Politics. The sessions were insightful and interactive with the students asking key questions and offering insights as well. Emphasis was on the fact that governance affects every area of a girl’s life; hence girls are urged to register and collect their Voters’ Card as soon as they turn 18, vote and plan to run for office in the future.

The advocacy visit was attended by the school’s Vice Principal, academic staff and representatives from the Secondary School Education Board and CEO of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund who reiterated that girls too can lead and be all they want to be.

The mentees then selected 20 girls whom they will mentor on leadership. IEC materials capturing key points of the issues discussed were distributed to the students.