My name is Folashade Fapohunda. I am an accountant. I studied accounting in school. I had a job in a hospital as an accountant but COVID-19 cases started increasing and we were at risk. The company closed down and I had to resign. I casually picked up an interest in graphic design and I started looking for opportunities in design. That was when I came across the I4G Coursera program. I enrolled in the Coursera design course and I learned so much about typography and many other things, I never knew about before.

These courses gave me the confidence I needed to start freelancing and so far, I have had over 3 paying design clients. I felt totally empowered. In fact, I still feel empowered. The I4G Coursera program has helped me cement my learning in graphic design for free, courses that were cumulatively worth thousands of dollars were given to me on a platter of gold. I never thought I could be this good at graphic design. I realized that when you open yourself to opportunities, you can always be better. There are so many opportunities and if you don’t get plugged in in the right places (like I4G), you will miss out and never know how much better you can be. I am completely transformed. I4G has transformed me.

I4G is a wonderful platform and I advise you to follow everything they do across every platform because your life will be better. You will be completely transformed in 3 months or 2 months or even 1 month. Take advantage of the network.

Two key indicators of a country's GDP are the economic power of citizens and the percentage of gainfully employed youth. However, 30% of African youth are unemployed. Ingressive For Good (I4G), a non-profit,  is looking to change that with their mission to increase the earning power of African youths through tech training, job placement, and community.

In the last three months, I4G has aided the training of over 20,000 African youths, built a community of over 17,000 youths, provided tech tools and resources for over 10,000, and placed over 100 in jobs.

"The I4G community collectively has the strategy, the network, and most importantly, the passion to actually change Africa". Sean Burrowes, the COO and Cofounder of Ingressive for Good said. "The more our community grows, the less I4G feels like a charitable foundation. It feels more like a Pan-African talent development revolution, powered by Africa's tech-enabled youth".

With collaboration at the heart of Ingressive For Good, is impacting the lives of Africans, one youth at a time. During this pilot phase, I4G partnered with Coursera, Facebook, Datacamp, HNG, SemiColon, Tekedia, Career Buddy, FindWorka, Live Your Dreams, Covenant University, Student Build, Bankole Williams, and so many amazing organizations to reach the Africans in need and provide training, scholarships, job placements.

“Ingressive For Good has not only distributed the most licenses of all of DataCamp’s Giveaway Partners so far, but their learners’ adoption and engagement levels on the platform are some of the highest as well. This exemplifies the enormous impact a nonprofit run by caring and talented people can have on communities big and small, local, and abroad.” Nathaniel Taylor-Leach, Community Partnerships Manager at Datacamp, the leading interactive learning platform for data science and analytics

“Folashade’s success story is one of many young Africans who have been impacted through one or more of the Ingressive For Good programs. Many have gotten access to  courses that were cumulatively worth thousands of dollars for free” Blessing Abeng, Director of Communications at Ingressive for Good

Watch the success stories of the I4G x HNG Internship finalists who received new MacBooks from Ingressive for Good to help them improve their tech skills:

In the last 3 months, I4G has surpassed its pilot goals in tremendous ways. This is the impact so far:

Ingressive for Good impact on Africa youths
Full report here.

To join I4G on this mission to increase the earning power of African youths and eradicate poverty from Africa, send an email to [email protected] and Follow @ingressive4good on social media to stay updated.