Crystal Lens means clarity of vision. The organization was borne out of a strong desire to help young people from vulnerable communities in Lagos, Nigeria to look beyond existing limitations; clearly see the potentials that God deposited in them, and be equipped for the future. As a registered nonprofit organization in Nigeria, Crystal Lens focuses on education and workforce development, with a vision to ensure that all young people in Nigeria, have the opportunity and resources to attain academic, career and life success. We specifically provide career development and training, while connecting young people from low-income communities to opportunities needed to acquire 21st-century skills and gain hands-on work experiences.
Nigeria has over 200 million people, with about 50% below the age of 18. Unfortunately, the country has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, and many of those who are able to go to school, still find it extremely difficult to get sustainable employment. Hence, the extreme rate of poverty, with about half of its population living on less than $2 per day. Interestingly, despite the increasing rate of job seekers, many employers struggle to find individuals with the right skills and experiences needed to fill vacant positions. Therefore, it is important to bridge the gap between school and work, so that young people from low-income communities can build the career that they love, find gainful employment, and rise above poverty. That is our goal at Crystal Lens!
The founder of Crystal Lens, Sarah Anene has a Master's Degree in Organizational Development from Eastern University and is a graduate of the UrbanPromise International USPEL program. Her prior education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from Lagos State University in Nigeria. She also has an additional Masters’ Degree in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management from the University of Lagos. Her experience in the corporate world exposed her to the inadequacies of the school system and this led her to begin career development projects to equip young people with the skills that they need to succeed in the 21st-century workplace. She has previously worked with several youth development organizations in Nigeria all while mentoring several young persons in their journey toward finding their God-given purpose and building a career that is in line with their passion and strength.
Work Based Learning
- Weekly career development classes and technical skill workshops
- Practical experiences like summer jobs and student-led community development and entrepreneurship projects
- Educational tours and other field trips
- Events like the annual speech competition
Girls Empowerment Program
- Knowledge sharing via circle meetings
- Girls Book club
- Individual counselling sessions
Crystal Lens Alumni Network
- A virtual group where participants get resources, training and support to transition to post-secondary education and career
- A career mentoring project which connects students to professionals in the United States
- The Work Experience Fellowship - A one-year internship where participants get work experience, undergo academic tutoring and earn a monthly stipend and grant towards university tuition