NiNa Young Women’s Leadership Programme
What is NiNa?
NiNa is a young leadership programme that focuses on creating an entrepreneurial culture and mindset in young women in the Caribbean. The NiNa Programme equips young girls ages 15 to 18 with entrepreneurial tools and fosters an entrepreneurial culture and mind-set to deal with the challenges encountered within their environment.
NiNa seeks to create a cadre of young female leaders in the Caribbean through training in life skills, leadership, self belief and entrepreneurship.
NiNa has several activities under four streams of work –
(1) NiNa School Programme,
(2) NiNa Jude’s Home for Girls Programme and the
(3) NiNa Summer Programme
(4) NiNa Transition Programme
It takes a village…The Transition Programme will provide resource networks, safe physical and psychological spaces, personal healing, growth and development and will facilitate education for young women aging out of state care. The likelihood of these women disappearing, becoming statistics or perpetuating the cycles of abuse and neglect that they were exposed too is high. The aim is to support the transition.
NiNa Vacation Programme – Unveiling the Inner Trail Blazer (UTIT)
Aims and Objectives: to foster confidence, build perseverance, leadership and creativity in each of the participants.
The young women in the NiNa program will enter the world with the advantage of having exposure to entrepreneurial skills and local entrepreneurs, as well as a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing female entrepreneurs today.
The NiNa Entrepreneurship Programme hosts an annual week-long camp during the July vacation for young ladies between the ages of 15 and 18 where are introduced to a well-rounded approach to entrepreneurship and life skills and challenged to pitch an idea to a panel in one week.
Blaize the Trail
Participants will be introduced to the tools and mind-set to see what it takes to be a self- confident woman which can lead to launching a successful business.
On the final day of the camp participants will have 90 seconds to convince a panel of judges that your idea is available and creative solution to an important social problem. The best idea receives a small amount of cash.
What Will Be Taught?
· Personal Branding: Who are You and Why Are You Here?
· Critical Thinking – discover opportunities for unique solutions by digging benefits the surface of significant problems.
· Customer Discovery – test and improve early stage ideas by learning directly from entrepreneurs
· Business Model Management – think strategically about the resources required to launch your idea and how your idea will generate value
· Persuasive Communication – harness the power of the pitch to grab people’s attention in presentation
Participants will Build These Skills
· Team Work
· Critical Think
“Nina creates young women who are resilient, confident, holistic individuals with a strong sense of self, willing to lead, love and serve. We focus on entrepreneurship as an empowerment tool to build skills, courage, persistence, risk taking and an entrepreneurial mind-set. We empower young women who were in the care system to emerge with leadership qualities. We are a self-sustainable programme which can provide training and employment for young ladies in transition out of the care system,” Dardaine-Edwards said.