The Springboard Road Show, an annual nationwide career development initiative, has launched a new magazine to commemorate its 10th anniversary.
Titled, “Dare to Dream- a decade of transforming lives through the Springboard Road Show”, the magazine highlights key achievements of the programme and make projection for brighter future for the youth in the country.
The 66-page book published by the Springboard Road Show Foundation also recounts the beginning of the initiative in 2007 and discusses many obstacles it scaled to become a leading programme with the objective of building skilled but disciplined leaders.
Spearheaded by Rev. Albert Ocran and Mrs Comfort Ocran, the programme has over adecade impacted the lives of over 120, 000 youths across the country.
The theme for the anniversary is ,“A decade of transforming lives,” which is intended to showcase the success stories of some of the alumni of the roadshow.
Launching the magazine in Accra on Tuesday, the Senior Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church, Dr. Mensah Otabil challenged the youth to impact their generation positively with hard work, discipline and character.
According to him, it takes people of strong courage to face challenges of the future to explore and change them into opportunities for the betterment of the citizenry.
He said the country needed such people to wrestle the economy from collapse and position it for growth and success.
Dr. Otabil, however, noted that the challenges confronting the nation were not different from that experienced elsewhere but explained that due to dedication and strong commitment some countries had achieved massive economic growth.
He observed the tough economic conditions in the country which he attributed to the monopoly enjoyed by government over key sectors of the country and therefore urged government to extensively privatise the economy by giving the private sector the chance to help manage some sectors including health, procurement and education.
“I am looking forward to a day that business entities will take over considerable part of the economy from the government and manage it with diligence and hard work,” he said.
The Executive Director of Springboard Road Show, Rev. Ocran said the programme had positioned itself to offer extensive training and career development courses for the youth across the country.
He said the Road Show anticipated increasing its membership to over a million in the next five years while providing the country with quality leaders through a comprehensive programme.
Rev. Ocran said the Road Show had designed a concise 52 chapter curriculum which include career guidance, development, leadership and business plan for its 75 clubs in the country to facilitate the growth of its members.
According to him, the world was full of opportunities but sometimes, indecisiveness coupled with the lack of good counselling, got in the way and ruins people’s dreams.
The Road Show, he said was therefore introduced to bridge the gap between people’s dreams and the materialisation of such dreams adding that “changing your life for the better is about picking the right destination and taking one step at a time to get there”.
By Charles Amankwa