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Handover Report, by Founding Executive Council

CHANGE AMBASSADORS NETWORK

(CAN)

Handover Report

BY Executive Council

(26TH Dec. 2013 to 26th Dec. 2019)

Submitted

this day 26th December, 2019

Members

Amb. Adeyemi Olalemi – President

Amb. Ruth Ogboji – Vice President

Amb. Taiwo Alao – Secretary

Amb. Yetunde Musari – Treasurer

Amb. Paul Isodhe – Public Relations Officer

Amb. Emmanuel Ojajuni – Asst. Public Relations Officer

Amb. Dolapo Olaonipekun – Welfare Secretary

Amb. Tinuola Popoola – 2008 Representative

Amb. Rasheedat Animashaun – 2015 Representative

To God be the glory for a successful transition today the 26th Day of December 2019.

This Executive Council assumed office on 26th Day of December 2013 as the founding executives of the organisation. It has been a remarkable experience for every member of the council to serve the organisation and to lay a solid foundation for sustainable growth.

Background

Change Ambassadors Network, CAN, was founded on the 8th September, 2013 at a meeting attended by vibrant and progressive old students of comprehensive High School, Alapere (CHSA). The meeting was attended by alumni from the class of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The name Change Ambassadors Network was adopted as a distinguishing and branded name of the CHSA alumni group following a successful merger of different Alumni sets and because of the new vision by the Alumni group to make positive change and impact in the society.

Our Achievements

In the last six years, we have pursued the vision of CAN with total dedication and selfless service. Today, it is a statement of fact that The Council has united many Alumni from 1984 till date and has galvanized them to make greater impact by giving back to the school and students.

Our maiden program in October 2013 was Back to Base Empowerment in the school. Students with good academic rating were presented with awards and prizes. The empowerment program is being done annually to encourage students to pursue academic excellence. The empowerment program has seen academic performance of students in our alma mater rise from 58.5% in 2014 to 88.5% in 2017.

In January 2018, CAN, under the leadership of this council, empowered over 1,000 students of Comprehensive Senior High School Alapere, and Community Senior High School, Alapere on Google Digitial Skills.

In the last two years, CAN has donated 50 Uniforms and 5 pairs of 3- Seater Desks and Chairs to CHSA students who lack good uniforms and furniture respectively. The Uniforms, Desks and Chairs were funded by MercyGiving Charity (Formerly Inspire A Change). This was possible following our strategic partnership with other organization with similar goals.

Donation of laptops, printers, Interactive notice boards, Jamb sponsorship for students are some of the interventions we have done in Comprehensive High School, Alapere.

The council has been very committed to students’ empowerment; we also ensure improve Human Capacity Development of our Alumni to drive great change. Vocational Training on Ankara bag Making, Shoemaking, Beadmaking, Facebook Boost Your Business Training are some of the capacity building programs we have executed for Alumni Members.

We also took members welfare seriously as we have supported members with job information, gifts during key events like weddings and burials, as well as cash donation where necessary.

Our reunion event which holds biennially since 2013, has continually grew to be the biggest and most organized CHSA alumni reunions.

Committed to transition and seeing that CAN progress by giving people opportunity to lead, the Executive council inaugurated a constitutional drafting committee (CDC) in 2015 barely two years in office. The CDC was headed by Amb Davies Kelvin. The draft was not ratified by majority of members due to grey areas in the document. The draft was later reviewed by a Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) headed by Seyi Awopeju in 2019. It was ratified by members at a general meeting on September 1st, 2019.

The executive council runs an inclusive and open administration which saw alumni from different sets serve in one committee or the other.

CAN was built by extraordinary determination and commitment of members, hence the executive council has continually rewards and recognize outstanding members for their selfless service to the alumni group.

List of Programs and Initiatives Executed in Our Six years tenure

  • Back to Base Empowerment 2013 – Oct. 30 2013
  • Reunion 2013 – Limitless – December 26, 2013
  • CAN Impact Empowerment- Training of Ankara Bags and Shoemaking – April 2014
  • Back to Base Empowerment 2014 and Award Presentation – November 2014
  • Back to Base Empowerment 2015 and Award Presentation – June 2015
  • Digital Marketing and Online Opportunities Training  for students – August 2015
  • Reunion 2015 – Redefinition – December 26, 2015
  • Back to Base Empowerment 2016 and Award Presentation, Donation of Notice Board – High Flyer – November 2016
  • Back to Base Empowerment 2017 and Award Presentation  – November 2017
  • Reunion 2017 – December 26, 2017
  • Google Digital Skills Training for Students of Comprehensive Senior High School Alapere, and Community Senior High School, Alapere – January 2018
  • Facebook Grow Your Business Training for Alumni Members in partnership with Digivate360 – February 2018
  • Presentation of Free Uniforms to 20 CHSA students, The Free Uniforms was funded by MercyGiving  Charity (Formerly Inspire A Change) – January 2018
  • Beach Hangout (Atican Beach Resort) – December 26, 2018
  • Presentation of Free Uniforms to 30 CHSA students, The Free Uniforms was funded by MercyGiving Charity (Formerly Inspire A Change) – January 2019
  • Presentation of 5 pairs of 3- Seater Desk and Chairs to CHSA. The Desk and Chairs was funded by MercyGiving Charity (Formerly Inspire A Change) – May 2019
  • Back To Base Empowerment 2019 in partnership with MercyGiving Charity. Motivational Talks, Awards of Excellence,  JAMB Sponsorship – November 2019
  • Novelty Football Match Between the Alumni All Stars and CHSA Students to shun Cultism and Hooliganism in the school – December 6, 2019
  • CHSA Alumni Grand Reunion – December 26, 2019

Report From Office Of The General Secretary

By Alao Taiwo E.

Monday 23rd December, 2019.

Change Ambassador Network (CAN) is an organisation set up by the ex- students of Comprehensive High School Alapere, Ketu, Lagos to empower students, alumni and youths.The name Change Ambassadors Network was founded to brand and distinguish this great alumni body from every others that has sprung up from the school.

I was nominated and inducted as general secretary of CAN on 26thDecember, 2013.

Since 2013 till date, i have handled and drafted minutes and agenda for all meetings.

As a member of the executive council i had also oversee projects executed by the organisation.

Some of the projects include: Seven (7) Back to Base empowerment program in the school which holds annually to train and inspire students of CHSA towards Academic and Career Excellence. The program also ensures some motivating measures reaches the best graduating students to inspire others to work hard.

Specifically, on 30th October 2013, at our maiden empowerment, we made history. We accomplished the mission of impacting, changing and gave hundreds of students of Alma Mater a new hope for the future. Atleast 200 students were awarded for their hard work in achieving success.

One of the key highlight of the Back to Base 2019 was the Guinness Book of Records holder for Marathon reading and an alumnus of CHSA, Bayode Treasures attending to speak and inspire students.

Challenges

  1. One of the major challenges I encountered is lack of funds in printing minutes of the meetings as clear communicating is key to successful as a secretary.
  2. Managing the workload is also a big challenge, due to the fact that I needed to communicate and follow up on other offices and committees.
  3. Time management is another major challenge for me. I typically manage not only my own time, but the Association (CAN) schedules.

Recommendations

My recommendations to the person taking this position as follows:

-Organizational abilities

-Clear, friendly and professional communication skills

-A personable phone manner

-Initiative and drive

-IT literacy

-Honesty and discretion

-Efficient time-management skills

-A flair for championing a team ethic

-The ability to cope with pressure, deadlines and multitasking

-Project management skills.

-Be accountable for every funds

-Dedication towards your appointed duties.

-Be  smart, creative and innovative.

-Respect your teammates and believe in team work.

– Having an Assistant General Secretary would be a nice idea.

Report From Office Of The Treasurer

By Musari Yetunde

To-Change Ambassadors Network  (CAN)

Date: 18th December, 2019

I was nominated and inducted as treasurer in the CAN Executive Council on December 2013.

I have oversee the financial aspect of CAN meetings, projects, exigencies and reunions are well

It has been our practice in CAN to have a well drafted budget for each activities and funds used appropriately for the purpose it was meant for. 

So many ideas on how to generate funds were introduced by the executive council from time to time. Awarding contracts to members policy was also initiated in other to minimize cost and to also empower our members financially.

Funds are well monitored by my office, recorded and forwarded to members to ensure accountability and transparency.

It is our tradition not to spend all donations but reserve 15-20% of total donation in CAN account. This initiative has helped a lot as CAN rely on donations as there was no provision for annual dues during our tenure.

From 2013 till date there has never been any allegation of embezzlement, fraud or mismanagement of funds because we have been very committed to transparency and accountability which is why we achieved more with less.

Lack of funds is our major challenge but with the help of my co-Excos and some dedicated members the situations were managed successfully.

Of note are 2015 reunion where 60% of reunion budget were funded by the President and in 2017 reunion, three Executives members gave loan to CAN after personal donations to ensure a successful reunion. Larger percentage of that loan have not been paid. CAN remain indebted to them financially going by activities of previous years but all of us in the executive council have agreed to a debt relief for CAN to show our love and passion for the organisation.

My recommendations to the person taking this position are

-Transparency.

-Be accountable for every funds

-Dedication towards your appointed duties.

-Listening to instructions and act accordingly.

-Always ready to deliver your duties at any point in time.

-Be  smart, creative and innovative.

-Respect your teammates and believe in team work.

-Embrace your challenges and always welcome ideas.

-Be selfless and energetic.

Report From Office Of The Public Relations Officer

By Paul-M.O Isodhe

Wednesday 25th December, 2019.

Change Ambassador Network (CAN) is an organisation set up by vibrant and progressive alumni of Comprehensive High School Alapere, Ketu, Lagos with the aim to touch lives positively by impacting and creating opportunities to help both the current students and alumni of Comprehensive and Community High School, Alapere Ketu, Lagos and the society as a whole.

On the 26th December, 2013 I and my assistant OJAJUNI EMMANUEL ABIODUN were inducted and sworn into the office as Public Relations Officer. Since 2013 till date, we have handled and managed information and announcement that come in and go out of CAN desk. During our tenure as the P.R.O. we have witness and executed several projects and programmes to empower, educate, motivate, brand, elevate and entertainment both the current students and the alumni of Comprehensive and Community High School, Alapere.

Challenges

One of the major challenges we encountered is lack of cooperation amongst members of the organization. Communication which is the job of the P.R.O. was also inadequate for members as the challenges for disseminating information to our Alumni scattered across the globe is enormous.

Managing the workload is also a big challenge, due to the fact that we needed to communicate and follow up on other offices and executive members.

Time management is another major challenge for us. We typically manage not only our own time, but the Association (CAN) schedules and in most cases, we used more time for ourselves and our personal audits than we give to our office in CAN.

Recommendations

My recommendations to the person taking this position as follows:

-Ability to work hand in hand with other executive members

-Clear, friendly and professional communication skills

-A personable phone manner

-Initiative and drive

-Ability to endure

-Honesty and discretion

-Efficient time-management skills

-A flair for championing a team ethic

-The ability to cope with pressure, deadlines and multitasking

-Project management skills.

-Be accountable for every information failed to disbursed

-Dedication towards your appointed duties.

-Be  smart, creative and innovative.

-Respect your members, co-executives and believe in team work.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

1.     Transparency and Accountability: This is critical to the remarkable success we have achieved and the rise in donors and sponsorship. We expect the next leadership will continue with this tradition and improve on it.

2.     Ideas and Innovation: We have witnessed situations where people admit to attending meeting because they want to see the ‘brains’ behind CAN; We have also received countless requests by non alumni to join CAN, this is mind-blowing. Ideas and innovation rule the world; it is the key ingredient that has given us an edge of over other old students groups.

3.     Effective Social Media Management: We did a lot here; we hope the new leadership can improve.

4.     Society Club: Creation of CAN Society Club in Comprehensive Community High School Alapere and Community High School Alapere to bridge the gap between alumni and students.

5.     Members Welfare: This organisation can do more in empowering members socio-economically, through jobs, Human Development Programmes etc.

6.     Avoid Distractions: We faced many of it; we advise that the new leadership focus on the core goals of the organisation which is empowerment unity and progress.

7.     Other By-products of CHSA need CAN: Spread the empowerment and interventions to the Junior schools as well as Community Senior School.

8.     Make Reunion Bigger and Cheaper: The strategy is getting more hands on deck as in the case of 2019 reunion. This Executive Council hopes someday, CAN will have her Alumni reunion in a 5 or 7-star Hotel as doing reunion in Schools or open field has never been our tradition

Signed

Adeyemi Olalemi

Head of Executive Council/President

Change Ambassadors Network – CAN

(2013 – 2019)

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