The Edusei foundation founded by Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei and family organized another successful youth workshop in the Washington DC metro area featuring an all women speakers panel of astute professional graduates of top schools in the United States.
The event was attended by over a hundred participants at the Marriott Gateway Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia USA.
In line with the Foundations mission to facilitate youth development in a positive manner to improve their knowledge, behavior and health and empower women for a better future hence the all women top panel.
Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei a medical, practitioner, diplomat and philanthropist opened the workshop with an introductory speech challenging the youth that they need to turn around the negativity of 'pull him down' altitude that has kept Africa down in the past and rather think and act positive to achieve their goals to uplift all for the future .He urged them to use positive attributes of increasing self-esteem , perseverance , positive networking and love for one another to achieve their high set goals. Dr. Edusei passionately appealed to the youth to avoid drugs, smoking or use of alcohol and learn to say no to negative peer pressure.
Patricia Donkor, Attorney J.D. a graduate of George Mason University School of Law set the ball rolling by identifying herself with the upbringing and environment of most of the youth gathered and gave them a thorough insight into the legal profession.
Sandra Ayensu an IT Professional and graduate of University of Maryland pursuing her masters in cyber security spoke about current and emerging technological innovations including google glass and 3D printing.
Dr. Margaret Udahogora PH.D., RD a lecturer and program Director at the University of Maryland who teaches Nutritional Therapy touched on living with a positive mental attitude to enable the youth achieve their desired goals in life. She recounted and shared her own challenges as an immigrant integrating into Western Culture and how she defied all odds to make it.
Stephanie Atiase a Harvard University MBA graduate picked up from there and gave an overview of business programs and innovations which are beneficial to current and prospective college students.
Claudia Serebuor a Pharmacy School candidate and graduate from University of Connecticut capped the day’s program with a presentation on careers in Allied health. She took the youth through the requirements and everything they need to make informed decisions on picking a career of their choice.
The second phase of the workshop was a break out session where the participants formed groups on various academic disciplines including Business, Engineering, Law, Information Technology, Pharmacy and Medicine. The Preceptors were Ms. Adoma Addae, Kwame Ahenkorah Dominic Osei Agyepong, Claudia Serebuor: ? Elvis Hover , Patricia Donkor, Sandra Ayensu , Paul K Ofori, and Stephanie Atiase (Harvard Business School, 2011) . They were on hand to interact with the participants and answer their questions and coached them on various activities.
The Edusei Foundation treated the youth to a buffet of various dishes before the final phase of the workshop.
Certificates of Attendance were issued to the youth by Mrs. Evangeline Edusei a co-founder of the foundation. To conclude she expressed the Foundations profound appreciation to the attendees and extended it to their parents for releasing their children to be part of the workshop.
She reiterated that it is the aim of the Edusei Foundation to use learning centers, workshops, and seminars to improve academic excellence in the sciences, arts, and finance; and provide instruction in civic responsibilities and cultural values.
Work with women and children toward gender equality and empowerment.
The Foundation also provides medical counseling and recreational opportunities to promote healthy life styles. And primarily conduct workshops to counsel youth in career and college selection, life survival and leadership skills, and financial literacy.
You can read more about the activities on their website, www.eduseifoundation.org. The foundation is also available on facebook.com/eduseifoundation