Junior Shapers Africa (JSA) launched in Accra, Ghana on 21st September 2015 is commemorating seven (7) years of grooming boys and addressing male youth needs in Ghana and beyond.
As the leading non-profit personal development organisation championing the “Raising Boys Right” Advocacy in Ghana through coaching, talent development & Godly counselling sessions to address the silent struggles of African boys, Junior Shapers Africa’s impact has been quite phenomenal over its seven year span.
JSA AT 7! Impact in numbers:
●8230 boys trained, inspired, counselled & mentored in Ghana and beyond.
●93 personal development training sessions held (in-person & virtual)
●7 countries represented so far by African boys from Ghana, Liberia, USA, UK, Thailand, Uganda, and Nigeria
●11 social impact projects (SDG4 & SDG5) executed by JSA and its participants.
JSA Boys Grooming Programs 2022:
This year, several online programs as well as three boys grooming boot camps were held to cater to the needs of boys in different age groups in furtherance of the JSA mission of renewing the mindset of future men about the important role of fathers by grooming boys strategically and innovatively through effective personal development modules and skills training.
The boot camps held were the Junior Gentleman Grooming program for boys in Grade 1-5, The JSA Teen Gentlemen Conference for boys in Grade 6-9, and The Alumni Retreat for past participants of JSA programs, with a total of fifty (50) boys participating in these boot camps. The Junior Gentlemen Grooming program is an ongoing program for a period of one year where the boys will attend a total of four boot camps for different levels of personal development training before graduating in April next year. Training sessions include Spiritual Intelligence (Values), Emotional Intelligence (Self control) Social Intelligence (Etiquette) Social Impact (Volunteerism & Entrepreneurship), Adolescent reproductive health education and #HeforShe empowerment sessions by UNFPA Ghana.
JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Awards:
12 year old Jeremiah Komla Mawunyo Jnr was also adjudged the JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Award Recipient during the flagship Phenomenal Abrantie contest held in March 2022. This contest tests the values, problem solving and innovative mettle of boys. Jeremiah joins a line up of 5 previous winners of this award who have all contributed meaningfully to JSA’s social impact projects. Some of our past projects included raising funds to purchase sanitary towels for less privileged girls in the Central region of Ghana. The next contest is expected to be held in March 2023.
Inauguration of The 1st JSA Alumni Executive Team:
In line with the JSA Vision to raise future Godly, Visionary and Phenomenal fathers creating a safer world for women and children, an alumni community has been formed to maintain connections and champion worthy social causes composed of all past participants of JSA programs. Leading the charge of this alumni body is the JSA Alumni Executive Team inaugurated in August 2022 comprising of:
●Bryan O. Quansah -JSA Alumni President
●Daniel N. Tetteh -Vice President
●Public Relations Officer -Jeremiah K Mawunyo
●Financial Officer -Jermain Antwi
●Assistant Financial Officer – Kuuki T. Gaisie
●Organising Secretary- Nana Kwaku Appiah
●Administrative Secretary – David Amoah
●Executive members: Abeeku G. Gaisie & Jason Acquah
JSA 7th Anniversary Project:
To climax its 7th Anniversary, a fundraising concert and a fundraising fitness event will be held in December 2022 and January 2023 respectively which will be spearheaded by the JSA Alumni Executive team in aid of the beautification and painting of an early childhood education center at Jamestown, Accra. The alumni will also be involved in grooming preschoolers(boys) through values and social etiquette lessons.
Recognition & Awards
2020: Recognised for boy child advocacy by World Day of The Boy Child
2018: Value Added Education Award by Educom Awards
2017: CIMG Special President’s Award Recipient for social impact (Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana)
The founding director of JSA, Mrs. Ethel Adjorlolo Marfo wishes to express sincere gratitude to the JSA Faculty, Facilitators, Volunteers, Parents, Past & Present Participants, Partners & Media organisations throughout the years as we continue to promote personal development training and empowerment of boys to ensure quality leadership in our future homes.
Mrs. Marfo is calling on parents of boys to be highly observant in order to identify early signs of emotional trauma as poor mental health management is fast becoming a leading factor for low productivity in boys and men.