Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker

 

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 goals

NiNa seeks to create a cadre of young female leaders in the Caribbean through training in life skills, leadership, self belief and entrepreneurship.

NiNa activities

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

 

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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

·         Communication

·         Team Work

·         Perseverance

·         Creativity

·         Critical Think

·         Resilience


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“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.

Your story is inspiring, your delivery is real
— Barbara Ince, President - Maloney Women's Group
The students who attended the function were so inspired by you they want all their friends to be exposed to your story.
— Cherisse Rawlins - Teacher Moruga Secondary
I must thank you for your presentation, many people were blown away by it.
— Sharon Christopher, Dep CEO First Citizens Bank Limited
It was a pleasure hosting you. Your reading from Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here? - was both thought provoking and insightful, thank you.
— Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - New York
You are an inspiration to us all
— Marlene Charles, YWCA President
I can’t stop telling people about your presentation. You changed my life forever!
— Michele Celestine, Executive Director Heroes Foundation
What an honour and priveledge it was for me and my wife to host you during your stay in Washington DC
— Anthony WJ Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador Extraordinary Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Unveiling was exactly what I needed, thank you.
— Participant at 2017's Unveiling- Looking into the Mirror of Self
Akosua, congratulations and thank you for that fabulous and thoughtful sharing from your book. I did NOTHING for the weekend but read your books. Madam, I found your story telling light and entertaining, true Trini style but DEEP.
— Sandra Ferguson, Agency for Rural Transformation, Grenada W.I
After hearing Ms. Akosua speak, I now know that I am everything and that I have everything to become who I want to be.
— Jenna Marie Bharat, Student- San Juan South Secondary School
Madam Akosua was awe inspiring. Excellent motivational skills. For me as a new retiree her words encourage me to “give back to the village”
— Anthea Doyle
Inspirational for both year groups. Forms 3 and 5. They were at the edge of their seats. prodding them to plan and even when things do not go as planned... to never give up when faced with life’s challenges
— San Juan South Secondary School
She is complete, sincere and true to herself. Akosua relates to you on what is common in all of us, our humanity.
— Odella Jowaheer