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Euro-Africa Youth Summit 2012: A Changemaker’s tale

14 Jul

Grace with Global Changemakers from Paris, Kenya, South Africa at EU Day!

Grace Ihejiamaizu, 21, is a Sociologist, Social Entrepreneur and founder of RYPE Initiative, an afterschool youth development project that is helping young people gain real skills to become leaders and entrepreneurs. She is one of the three Global Changemakers who were selected to represent Nigeria at the British Council ‘Euro-Africa Youth Summit (EAYS) 2012’ in Brussels, Belgium from 22nd-27th June 2012. Read her ‘story’ of how she got selected, the highlights of the event, incredible experiences and lessons she has learnt and want to inspire you with.

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Introducing Youth LEAD

3 Oct

As part of RYPE Initiative‘s objective to empower young people, we are proud to introduce Youth-LEAD 2011, the first of its kind in Calabar. Proudly supported by Young African Women Leader’s Forum, we are giving away N50,000 to aid the establishment of small lucrative business. If you know any young people (secondary school graduates) who might benefit, send them to

Its still the same RYPE mission of educating, inspiring, engaging and empowering young people.

First RYPE Youth Forum

10 Feb

Aside consolidating on the basic entrepreneurial skills, goal setting, self awareness and leadership, which is the first goal in the action plan of RYPE Initiative, the main aim of the forum was to harness maximally the potentials, passion and strength of young people towards attaining socio-economic benefits for themselves, communities etc. It was to serve as a medium where young secondary school leavers can get application forms and become part of the one year RYPE program.

The forum tagged “Positioning Myself for Success After School“, which held on the 5th of February, 2011 at the Youth Development Centre of the Shepherd’s Porch, Calabar, Cross River State, brought together over 30 young secondary school leavers. Continue reading