Union Bank and JAN partner to empower over 300 girls


As part of Junior Achievement Nigeria’s vision to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy and in line with Union Bank’s Sustainable Development Impact Strategy, the Bank, in partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria, is set to implement the annual Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement and Development (LEAD) Camp for Girls.

The LEAD camp which begins on July 25, 2022 is a week-long program designed to empower young girls to be successful leaders in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal – gender equality.

This year’s 21st anniversary edition marks the 8th year of partnership with the Bank and is the first time the camp will be held in hybrid mode.

300 girls will participate in activities such as leadership workshops, empowerment/panel sessions covering: financial literacy, entrepreneurship, technology, creative arts and entertainment, and developmental sessions such as coding , understanding sexual abuse and personal hygiene with women leaders from the private and public sectors in Nigeria and project group mentors.

Speaking about this year’s edition, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Nigeria, Foluso Gbadamosi said:

“The LEAD Junior Achievement Nigeria camp is a transformative experience for girls. To have top women from different organizations impacting our girls is not only inspiring, but reassuring and a clear indication that young girls can aspire to be all they were created to be.

Whatever career path they choose to pursue, they can succeed with the right guidance, mindset, skills and networks – that’s what this program offers.

We appreciate Union Bank for their continued support in partnering with us for LEAD Camp and look forward to more years of inspiring girls and enabling them to thrive.

Also commenting on the Bank’s continued partnership with JAN’s Brand and Marketing Director, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem said:

“Union Bank is delighted to extend its longstanding partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria for their LEAD Camp.

As a bank, we are committed to fostering the success of the communities we serve and this partnership reinforces our commitment to promoting gender equality and our goal to support girls.

We are proud to see the impact of the program on young girls across the country and we salute the efforts of the JAN team who work tirelessly to impact them.

Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) is part of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAWW), the world’s largest and fastest growing non-profit economic education organization with a network of 120 countries.

Since its inception in 1999, JAN has reached more than one million students in over 20,000 classrooms in all 36 states and the FCT through more than 5,000 volunteers.

As part of a global network, JAN can leverage resources and expertise to deliver localized, cutting-edge experiential programs based on JAWW’s three pillars of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, to young people school and unschooled, ages 5 to 27, free.

Founded in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc is one of Nigeria’s oldest and most respected financial institutions. The Bank is a trusted and recognizable brand, with an extensive network of over 300 branches across Nigeria.

The Bank currently offers a variety of personal and corporate banking services, including current account, savings and deposit, funds transfer, foreign exchange domiciliation, loans, overdrafts, leasing of equipment and trade finance.

The Bank also offers its customers convenient electronic banking channels and products, including online banking, mobile banking, debit cards, ATMs and point-of-sale systems.

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