ROYAL YOUTH NETWORKS
ROYAL YOUTH NETWORKS (RYN) is a non profit, youth centered and faith based non governmental organisation. Established on Sunday August 23rd 2015, RYN is committed to nation building, empowering young people and raising leaders with integrity and purpose.
RYN is a product of over 18 years of sound experience working with youth and teenagers through various platforms. We have a team of committed and passionate youth champions who are determined to see the accomplishment of our vision. Since its inception, RYN has held different youth empowerment and training workshops in various cities across four states in Nigeria. Our various programmes and projects are designed to mentally and physically equip participants with the skills and tools they need to chart a new course and succeed in every of their life’s endeavors.
Through RYN, we hope to share experiences, forge new partnerships and take youth impact to a whole new level. We understand that our contributions to make the world a better place require urgent action and relentless pursuit of purpose. We are committed!
“A continent where young and visionary leaders with courage and integrity consistently demonstrate commitment to service, nation building and sustainable development.”
COURAGE: We treasure and appreciate the boldness and confidence to stand up and be counted in the pursuit of national and continental transformation
INTEGRITY: We exemplify and insist on doing what is right and truthful even when no one is watching
COMMITMENT: We cherish and celebrate every energy passion and loyalty towards the realization of the vision and mission of Royal Youth Networks.
EXCELLENCE: We believe and practice the saying that excellence is not an act but a habit.
SERVICE: We understand, demonstrate and continue to advocate that the essence of our existence is service to humanity.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Uche John Ishiekwene is a professional engineer. He studied Mechanical/Production Engineering at Bachelor’s degree level (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka) and Operations/Production Management at Master’s degree level (University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos). He recently obtained a second Masters’ degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. He is a Youth Development Coach with robust experience and skills in the planning and implementation of programmes and projects for the development and empowerment of young people. He is a social entrepreneur and founder/President of Royal Youth Networks. He is a social entrepreneur and an integrity champion who has consistently demonstrated leadership in several situations, coupled with a commitment to diligence, innovation, accountability and excellence.
Since 1997 when he had the first opportunity to volunteer as a school visitor under the platform of Scripture Union (S.U) Nigeria, he has not ceased to speak to youths and young people about several subjects ranging from the requirement for academic excellence, to the need for moral uprightness, diligence, self-discipline and integrity.
Between 1997 and 2005, he worked concurrently with S.U. and went on to co-found two youth focused organizations: Positive Peer Club/Positive Peer Foundation (PPC/PPF) and The Prime-Movers Foundation International (TPFI). Both organizations had immense impact on many young people across Delta State (Delta State University & environs) and Anambra State (Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka & environs).
He also had a very life transforming encounter with LEAP Africa in 2005. He benefited from LEAP’s Integrity Institute, Youth Leadership Programme and Facilitator’s Training. Much of the structure and building blocks for RYN were laid based on inspiration drawn from LEAP.
During his NYSC programme in 2005/2006 which he served out in Nigeria’s North Eastern state of Yobe, he volunteered as a Peer Educators Trainer (PET) in the Sexual/Reproductive Health Programme jointly implemented by UNICEF and NYSC. He equally set up a chapter of PPC (Positive Peer Club, Yobe chapter) for the school where he trained and groomed over 70 peer educators to serve as change agents to their fellow students as well as their siblings. He also had the privilege of planning and leading a small project in Dapchi, Yobe State through which he trained 10 football coaches on Sexual and Reproductive Health matters, which they had to cascade down to all members of their football teams. The training was initiated by LEAP Africa and funded by NOKIA.
In 2007, he secured funding from his employer (Deux Project Limited) for a week long Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop which took place in Abraka, Delta State. The Workshop was an initiative of PPC/PPF and 16 young people were trained and equipped with relevant skills, tools and little funds to carry out small community projects which they had developed as part of activities during the workshop. Over 120 other youths and children benefited directly from these efforts.
Over the last 10 years, he has continued to demonstrate through various platforms at home, work and in his community the ideals of true leadership which have been exemplified in his willingness to take responsibility, his pursuit for hard work and excellence, his stand for justice and peace, his personal integrity at work and society, his anti-corruption campaigns, and his sundry efforts in the empowerment of others through training, mentoring and small financial assistance.
John is a husband and a father of five. He believes that success in life is about discovering and fulfilling one’s purpose. He is very passionate about building a brighter and better society where everyone, especially young people, can aspire to any heights and become the best that they can be. Through the implementation of projects and programmes initiated by RYN and her partners, he plans to dutifully contribute his part in making the world a better place.