LoneStar Cell/MTN to Empower 700 Youth

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Students of the BWI at the official launch of the 21 Days Y'ello Care program held in Kakata, Margibi County

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lone Star Cell MTN, Uche Ofodile, said the company is prepared to build the capacities of young people in technology, entrepreneurship and career development.

Mrs. Ofodile made the assertion over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County during the official kick-off of Lonestar ell MTN’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care under the theme “Creating a Brighter Future.”

The 21 Days Y’ello care, which started in 2007 is an annual initiative of employees of Lone Star Cell/MTN intended to give back to society through capacity-building, entrepreneurship, infrastructure community empowerment, among others.

This year’s program seeks to empower over 700 young people, in both senior high school and university in Montserrado and Margibi counties.

“We want to make sure that young people are very confident in the language of technology. We will also be hosting a career day at the university of Liberia campus with all gear to ensure that young people are empowered,” Mrs. Ofodile said.

According to her, the 21 days initiative is all around Africa and the company remains pride of the impacts in the various communities and countries.

“In the past, we have worked on projects that have huge impacts on the communities for thousands of individuals, including infrastructures and construction. We are passionate about this program,” Mrs. Ofodile.

This year, she said “We have decided to engage into something different, with focus on youth empowerment. We are very excited to be partnering with the Monrovia Consolidated School System (BWI) and Booker Washington Institute (BWI).”

BWI principal Tarnue (2nd from left) and Lonestar Cell MTN CEO Ofodile (center), along with others on stage during the official launch of the 21 Days Y’ello Care in Kakata, Margibi County over the weekend

According to her, the 21 days y’ello Care seeks to empower young people to ensure that many of them are prepared to work after high school or university.

“We want to show them what the tools are, thereby ensuring that young people are prepared mentally, physically and other means possible to help them get job very soon,” she said.

Atty. Harris Tarnue, Principal of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), said he was excited to see Lone Star Cell/MTN engaging into strengthening the capacity of young people, especially career development and entrepreneurship.

“Usually, people ask us about the impact of the training we do, and the impact is measured only by the numbers of our graduates that able to find job if they want jobs. How many of them go to college if they want to and how many will be ready to start their own business if they want to,” Atty. Tarnue.

According to Mr. Tarnue, the impact of the training in various skills or areas is felt in the private sector in terms of partnership.

He said the training of young people in technology and career development will help to inspire students at the BWI and other institutions in country to go beyond the normal training.

Mr. Tarnue added “We will be looking forward to see all the gurus in technology from Lone Star Cell/MTN. We are also overwhelmed this morning to be a pride host of 21days of Y’ello Care.”

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