The Junior Camp Ghana Program is a career mentoring series in high schools in Ghana which was created out of the impact Barcamp Ho and Barcamp Tema in 2012 made on the lives of some students from Keta Senior High School. This program is being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. Junior Camp Ghana’s theme is “Living Tomorrow’s Career Today”. In 2014, the program expanded to cover junior high schools.
The Junior Camp Program (JCG) allows industries and persons to share their stories, experiences and knowledge with students in second cycle institutions i.e. Senior High Schools (SHS). The program also connects students with mentors who provide their wisdom about their areas of expertise, management, leadership skills, career success factors, industry insights, communication skills. Through the program students are inspired to match similar career goals, concentration, career fields etc. All events are free at no cost to the students to ensure that they derive maximum benefits from the program. Even though, Junior Camp Ghana is centered around Career Guidance and Counselling, we encourage mentees to come out with ideas to solve problems within and without their school communities.
Team Lead: Nathaniel Alpha + Members: Pedel Oppong, Francis Yao Kumadoh, Priscilla Esinam Yevu, Kofi Kafui Kornu, Eunice Mintah Young
Benefits to students
Students get the opportunity to gain knowledge and perspectives of an organization and culture while getting constructive feedback on professional and personal development.
• Access to a support system during critical stages of their academic career development
• An insider’s perspective on navigating their career
• Clearer understanding and enhancement of academic and career plans
• Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
• Direct access to powerful resources within a prospective profession
• Identification of skill gaps
• Greater knowledge of career success factors
• The foundation of a lasting network
Some of the those who have mentored at Junior Camp events include Eunice Ogbogu (Construction magnate), Gameli Adzaho (Teacher), Eyram Tawia (Software Entrepreneur), Wilson Seyram Ameamu (Technologist), Seyram Freddy Ahiabor (Technologist), Arnold Parker (Banker), Adwoa Agyemang (Brand consultant), Rabi Salifu (Waste Management Professional), John Armah (Startup Consultant), Nehemiah Attigah (Software Engineer), amongst many others.
As at August 216, the program has now seen the organization of 30 events, covering 9 out of 10 regions in Ghana. Over 9000 students have been impacted by the program. Out of Junior Camp Ketasco, an event organizing group was formed by some of the students to organize an Inter Schools Drumming Contest in 2014. Junior Camp Augusco also produced a savings group and another mentee also decided to form a software development group on campus. 2 students impacted via Junior Camp Ketasco participated in the Youth Impact Workshop in 2014. Our program was a partner of the Robotics Inspired Science Education competition in Ghana, providing logistical support, volunteers and social media engagement in Tamale, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Accra. We were also a partner for the National Science and Maths Quiz in 2016.
We have partnered on Junior Camp Yamoransa as part of the Yale Alumni Service Corps Ghana 2016 trip, a Junior Camp at Apam SHS with Rural Heights, and a Junior Camp at Ashesi University with the Mefiri Ghana. We have partnered on 3 Junior Camps in Accra with Ahaspora Young Professionals, for which some of the high school students are in a mentorship program.
Through a grant won by GhanaThink member Thelma Boamah, we implement an internship program for senior high school students in Ghana in 2015. 10 students have been trained and will receive paid internships with companies based in Accra. The Junior Camp Internship Program will help students build upon their skills, build practical experience and gain soft skills necessary for career progression.
Our major partner is Webster University, Ghana campus. events have been supported in the past by Google, MTN, the MPWR show, amongst others. See pictures of past events on our Facebook page Junior Camp Ghana, and our Google+ page +Junior Camp Ghana. You can check us on Twitter at Twitter account @JuniorCampGhana. Our contact email is juniorcamp at ghanathink.org