ACTIVATING THE POWER OF A YOUNG MIND


“Submitting to a virtuous mentor and spending time with successful people either through their books or personal interactions will get our mind activated.”
The power of the mind! A phrase that sounds really simple but has powerful meaning. Do we know one thing that has no limitations? It is our mind. Simply put, our mind is as wide as an ocean when placed side by side and is the driver of our lives.
The mind of a teen is one of the most powerful things here on earth because we have no bills to pay, no wife to cater to and home to manage; but how can we activate the mind of the young ones and the future generation. The steps for us are:
  1. Reading: It is one of the steps that help you activate your mind but this can be effective if we make it become our habit and this can in turn make us top our classes.
  2. Mentoring: Have someone to hold you accountable. A leader without a servant is not a leader and a servant without a leader is not a servant. Submitting to a virtuous mentor and spending time with successful people either through their books or personal interactions will get our mind activated.
In conclusion the mind is an ocean and it is capable of achieving the impossible if it is activated correctly. Thank you Activate Youth Camp for making us believe in ourselves and exploring the possibilities of our minds.
Erhijivwo Goodluck
AYC 15

Team Ruby, 16

LEGACIES ARE NOT LEFT BY ACCIDENT

“The used key is always bright”
I treasure my relationship with Activate Youth Camp. I admire what they do and support them in every aspect of their endeavour. I will always look upon them, as my partner in progress. A lifestyle that touches the world around us, your footstep should be followed by legacy seekers.  AYC is a place of opportunities to build a better humanity by training the mind. Many have lived without actualising their future, while a few are able to do so to benefit humanity. I am blessed to be familiar with dedicated leaders who are rich in character and committed to making a difference. 
Andrew S. AJEIGBE

AYC 15 Volunteer photographer

DAY SIX- A DAY THAT SAID IT ALL #THEAWAKENING

A DAY THAT SAID IT ALL
We are already used to loving the drilling exercises every morning and Day 6 was no different. After breakfast, the first session was led by Mrs. Ruth Goma of Schools Consult on “Positive Listening”. Dividing the campers into groups, we played the listening game to help increase concentration. She highlighted the benefits of listening to promote and attract good attitude for “where your intellects stops, attitude continues”. The types of listening she highlighted were:

  1. Discriminatory Listening (Picky, haphazard and selective)
  2. Comprehensive Listening (careful listening then writing what you understand)
  3. Informational Listening
  4. Critical or Analytic listening (for scientists)
  5. Therapeutic or Empathy listening (for psychologists, doctors and philosophers).
Daniel Nwaeze, AYC ’15 Blogger
On rounding her session, she took us into an emotional state to build minds to empathy listening, to think big and to learn to help others. The children were moved to tears after listening and sharing bothersome issues with a friend in groups of two and also discovering they had opportunities to help people which they never did but promising to begin to help anyone next to them from today. 
Day 6’s unique session was the exhibition. All the skills class exhibited finished beautiful works on stage and presented on the techniques they used in coming up with their works during the six days of learning. From the fabrics of the Batik class, the T-Shirt designs of the T-Shirt production, the skirts of tailoring class, the caps and sweaters of the Knitting class, the vases and bags of Arts and Craft to the earrings, bangles and necklaces of beads and Ankara classes; they all exhibited beautiful designs. Knitting class presented a decoration and sweater to Mrs. Kikelomo Omooba as appreciation for bringing the vision of Activate Youth Camp to life.
 Jide Oluwase, AYC ’15 Blogger
            Rotimi Ogunyemi, AYC ’15 Blog Editor
The journey of guided learning was facilitated by Jude Obinyan a graphics designer with the topic “Point of View”. He shared stories of his life and asked a question on “How did you get to where you are? He tried to make the children understand perspectives in choosing a career. He introduced his tool kits and a banana using them as explanation. He explained cultures and perspectives of colours. Anything you love is what you’re good at but ask yourself a question: “is this your point of view?” for it is you who will decide your point of view. Make your choice right. He told us to understand colours and learn to love them while he interpreted them.  He praised Nigeria for the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and natural resources especially among the children here in camp.  Mr. Jude made everyone promise God:  “we will never allow anyone change or decide our point of view , and to explore the uniqueness in all of us”.
He rounded up by teaching the trick of the word “HELP” in learning anything we want and doing what we love.
The Day 6 adventures were indoors and fun from the cup games to brain teasers that opened our minds to think outside the box.
Tonight was free of sessions as it was varieties night. First DJ Gospel Beats lit the hall with lovely gospel music for freestyle dances. The dance skills presented their dance which they had learnt within five days. Then each team had one representative for each variety (Comedy, Singing, Drama and Dance).
When all deed has been done, the floor was open for Dance! Dance!! Dance!!! During dance, campers and mentors went around to exchange greetings and contacts of friends for life they had made.
Indeed Day 6 was a full day and it has been a fun learning atmosphere to the Glory of God.

FORWARD- AYC 2016

“I realised my weakness and vowed to Adjust”

Wow, like seriously!! Activate Youth Camp has been a great influence coupled with a huge blessing in my life as a result of meeting with facilitators, interactions with my fellow mentors, and campers.
Actually, I came here as a mentor, but I came to realise my weaknesses and how I can be a better person. Through the teachings and exposure I have received, I have learnt to live right and do things properly.
I have seen things which have convinced me. I have interacted with different people with different personality, but at this juncture, I can say I have met with the right people who have changed my perception about life. Glory be to God!
 Please if you are out there reading this, Activate Youth Camp 2016 is a place you should be, to discover your true self and understand who you really are.
Thank you.
JAIYEOLA OLUWAFEMI,

AYC’15 Mentor

AYC 2015- MYRIADS OF OPPORTUNITIES

“I thank AYC for doing this great thing in my life, for giving me words of enlightenment, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment.”

Activate Youth Camp is a 7 day camp for youths, that’s helping us develop our talents. To be bold, avoiding distractions, acquiring essential life skills and making us realise the importance of setting goals. This has been achieved through interactive and practical sessions.
Activate Youth Camp also availed us the opportunity to meet with prominent people in the society. This people impacted our lives in so many positive ways. The camp has helped me to awaken my hidden potentials, and encourage the lion spirit in me. Right now, I have it in me! You too can do it. To every child out there, don’t allow anybody say ‘you are going nowhere’. Let people around you know that you have it in you, you are a champion. And for you guys out there don’t let anybody discourage you from pursuing your dreams, because you are a champion.
Activate Youth Camp promotes godliness in youths, by teaching and encouraging us to listen to moral teachings and injunctions. It has also helped us to build capacity for the purpose of self-reliance. AYC provided  a platform for professionals to practically take us through various skill sessions of our choice. Amazing quotes like: “I am the architect and builder of my life”, “My background cannot determine my future”, “If you are close to God, God will also be close to you” will never depart from my mouth. 
I thank AYC for doing this great thing in my life, for giving me words of enlightenment, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment.
All thanks to Mrs. Kikelomo Omooba and her wonderful husband for giving us this opportunity. May God continue to bless you.
OLOJO CALEB ADEALANA,

AYC 15 Camper
Team Amber, 14 years

A MENTOR … AND A MENTEE: A STORY OF TRANSFORMATION


I have it in me, I will never allow anyone to tarnish my point of view”
I graduated with the hope and aspiration of rising to fame but to my dismay, challenges almost crumbled my great dream. Glory to God, all the challenges are gone now, but I asked a sincere question: What went wrong? I discovered that my environment and I contributed to a whole lot of things, so I accepted my part of the blame.
Meanwhile, I came back from memory lane when I met with a 14 year old girl, Jemima Adedoja (not her real name) at the Activate Youth Camp 2015. Her story reminded me of the beginning of my predicament as a child.
Jemima, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 student, is my mentee and a member of my team – Amber. She is a very brilliant and good looking girl with a promising future, but lacks the courage to relate and express her mind. In short, she had low self-esteem. I took time out to concentrate on Jemima after series of complaint from her parents and other mentors in the camp.
In my interaction with Jemima, she said “I always keep quiet so that I will not make a mistake. My parents and teachers in school believe I cannot do anything. Most times, people ignore my suggestions and I feel I am worthless”. Of course, you are very brilliant and as a matter of fact, I have never seen a young girl speaking with such dexterity like you, I responded.
Afterwards, in all our team meetings, I ensured Jemima contributed to the team discussions. Guess what? The team started adopting her suggestions without hesitation. At a time, Jemima volunteered to be a lead vocal at one of the camp’s singing competitions. Also, she expressed her interest to write about her experience in the camp, immediately, I encouraged her to go ahead. Amazingly, Jemima wrote an article which the editor considered the most suitable article for the moment. You don’t mean it; Jemima exclaimed when I informed her that the article had gone live!
I have it in me, I will never allow anyone to tarnish my point of view, Jemima expressed with a dauntless smile. I will pursue my passion of becoming a renowned blogger while I study hard to earn a degree in the Arts. I was moved to tears because I never thought 7 days could be enough to change a young girl’s perception about life.
Osho Ademola Joel
Mentor, AYC’15

Editor’s Note: I am looking forward to being introduced to Jemima’s Dad to help her channel her path to being an inspirational and world-class blogger

MY STORY …AS A MENTOR, A CAMPER, AND MENTEE

If this piece doesn’t cause you to stop and ponder, nothing will 
Activate Youth Camp is Plugged in again, this is the third season in a row. Although I was not part of the first two seasons, I was only privileged to have known about Activate Youth Camp through a mentor, a friend who has been so inspiring and dear to my heart. The theme for this season ‘The Awakening’ does not only apply to the campers but also to me as a mentor in particular. This is so because some silent questions I have been seeking answers to have been answered somewhat during the course of lectures and sessions meant for the campers. I call the mentees campers as if am not a part of them also. Funny you would say am I too not in camp?
For these teenagers this period will be a defining moment in their lives. They will look back years from now and say “AYC 2015 marked a new turn in my life”. This camp has offered the opportunity to these teenager’s who have in one way or another been hindered, deprived by the society and some by their families from expressing themselves. They have been given the freedom to think, act, make decisions for themselves, although this will be done with proper tailoring by facilitators and mentors. More so, these seven days have been so fulfilling and inspiring; given that it was like I relived the childhood I really missed. I was quickened to the enormity of the task that has to be done in making better the lives of children who have somewhat been deprived by society. 
AYC is a forum where every child is allowed to air their views without a stint of condensation and are set on the right paths to becoming whom God has destined them to become. Thus Awakening the Sleeping  Giant in
Every Child… I for one as a mentor, sessions meant for the mentees has also enlivened me. This has allowed me to have a rethink about my own life. 
The Journey of Guided learning session with Mr. Timon Oviawe, spurred my having a rethink about my life and where i would love to be in the nearest future. It’s important to state at this point that, this is my first Activate Youth Camp, and if given the opportunity, I will do it again to help build a better world and great leaders of today.
I know I have been activated! My apologies to my mentees for sharing in their experiences.

Robert Auta
Mentor, AYC’15

DAY FIVE- ACTIVATE YOUTH CAMP 2015 #THE AWAKENING

Whatever you think of, whatever you imagine, you can achieve – Nancy Isime

BODILY EXERCISES
Day 5 started with the usual morning drills for all the campers and mentors at about 5:45a.m. This is to help everyone stretch their body and prepare them for the activities of the day.
TALKING THROUGH IT
The six teams on camp had a meeting after their breakfast. During the meeting, the mentors in each team commended the children for their performance at the Dance Night the previous day, and for giving their best in the contests so far. They further encouraged them not to relent in giving nothing but their best in subsequent endeavour. Afterwards, the children were informed of the tasks ahead of them for the day. The tasks were ‘action at home presentation and drama night presentation’. This made it imperative for all the teams to rehearse and prepare themselves.
WORDS OF WISDOM
The general session was facilitated by Timon Oviawe, an I.T Expert. He took the campers through the topic: ‘Be the best you can be’. Before commencement on the topic, he asked them to write their dream aspiration at the top of their note, and what might impede them from getting there. He shared inspirational stories and then urged the campers to write a letter to themselves in their future, congratulating themselves for what they have become in ten years time. It was inspiring to hear what the children wrote when being called out to read their letters. He advised them to value their potentials and build a solid foundation for the future using the 4Ds: Determination; Dedication; Discipline; Diligence.
ADDING VALUE TO SELF
The DAY 5 skills session were indeed educative for participants in all the classes, as the children and mentors continued from where they stopped the previous day. The breakdowns of the activities are highlighted as follows: 
T-shirt Production Class: The participants in this class designed t-shirts by themselves, using ink and mesh
Bead-Making Class: The participants in this class made bracelets with crystal beads, and were also taught the processes involved in making earrings.
Tailoring Class: The participants in this class continued from where they stopped in the previous sessions on simple skirt making. They were able to make skirt for themselves, using brown papers.
Shoe Making Class: The participants in this class added stealth designs to the shoes made in the previous days.
Batik and Adire Class: The participants in this class did something enticing by exploring their acquired skills to make designs for mentors and facilitators.
Dance Class: The participants in the dance class were introduced to Salsa dance in groups. It was so captivating.
Photography Class: The participants in this class were in the hall to view pictures of camp activities taken previously, and their performances were evaluated by the facilitator.
Arts and Crafts Class: The participants in this class completed the previous day’s work and did the finishing using spray.
All very enriching for the participants.
JOURNEY OF GUIDED LEARNING SERIES
The DAY 5 ‘Journey of Guided Learning’ was facilitated by Mrs. Okunnu, a seasoned Lawyer, who challenged the Campers on the importance of discipline and decorum. She explained the idiom “the shortest way is not always the quickest way home” using her life experiences. In rounding up her session she charged everyone to be all they can be without losing focus. She ended it with Lighthouse Family’s hit track; ‘I Wish’. The audience were thrilled! 
ACTION AT HOME
We live in a world that is challenged with numerous problems. Thus, the urgent need to start proffering workable solutions to these problems. With the crop of young adults opportune to be at AYC ’15, the zeal to tackle these problems head-on has been triggered in the campers. The teams moved on to present their call to action on global issues affecting their immediate community. Teams Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald did presentations on ‘Cultism’; Team Jasper presented on ‘Same Sex Marriage’; Team Opal dealt with the issue of ‘Child Neglect’; and Team Amber discussed about ‘Corruption’. This session was indeed thought-provoking for the audience, as mentors also learnt something new.
SPORT/GAMES
The sporting activities were a bit different from the previous ones, as campers and mentors played together as teams. The activities included outdoor games (football, basketball) and indoor games (scrabble, tennis, chess etc.). Indeed, it was a delight!
TIMEOUT WITH ABIOLA SEGUN-WILLIAMS
After stretching muscles, campers and mentors converged in the main camp hall for the final sessions of the day. The session was facilitated by Mrs. Abiola Segun-Williams, an Entertainment Expert. She shed light on issues pertaining to entertainment and drama, especially in Nigeria. She shared stories about her successes, challenges, academics and relationship with God. At the end, she admonished the campers on the essence of building a successful career, and how best to go about it. 
DRAMA NIGHT

The night was agog once again with the drama performance of all the teams. They acted stories on diverse topics that directly affect them. Everyone was delighted to welcome Nancy Isime, a Presenter of Project Fame West Africa. She was thrilled with the children’s Stage performances and did not hesitate to promise them her support in acting, should there be any opportunity anytime soon.. Before leaving the stage, Nancy shared a bit of her story to encourage the campers on the likely challenges they might face on the road to success. The night was brought to an end with group photographs and autograph signing by Nancy for virtually all the campers. It was really a night to remember. 

Another Camper chimes in …

I don’t even want to go back home!
Activate Youth Camp, hmmm, where do I start from. This is my first year here and to be honest, I didn’t want to come. I felt like I had better things to do, but from Monday, 27th – Friday, 31st July, 2015. It has been a whole lot fun. Right now, I don’t even want to go back home, for sure I am coming next year. When I came to AYC, I was very, in fact, extremely shy, but this programme has helped to boost my confidence now.

I can comfortably stand up to volunteer for any impactful activity taking place around me. AYC has also helped me to control my attitude and character to people, how to relate (etiquette), and how to never give up on my dreams.
For sure AYC has activated me to be who I want to be and how I can achieve it. Thanks to Mrs. Kikelomo Omooba for starting up the initiative.
Adekunle Anita

AYC15 Camper

Congratulatory Letter to Self …2025

You cannot beat the dreams and aspirations of #AYC15 Campers when prompted to write a letter to self,  to be delivered in the year 2025. Here goes Victor…
Dear Victor,
I hope all is well with you and your family. I heard that you are now the Chief Accounting Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, well it is a great pleasure.
I am very excited and happy that I have achieved this great success and my ambition which I have been longing for about a decade now.
Yes, one day Obi will surely become a man and now it has come to fulfilment in my life. I give thanks to God most especially for making this day possible and for making me to accomplish my ambition as the Chief Accountant of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Thanks to God Almighty.
Yours sincerely,

Victor.