Our mission is to support the development of fundamental skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and Math (STEAM) and help prepare youth of African descent for any career path they choose to pursue. To bring youth of African descent together and give them the tools to change their communities and the world. To develop youth of African descent into innovative thinkers and engaged community leaders through education and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The G1LI was founded by Afolake and Tunde Awoyiga. They are both immigrants from Nigeria. Afolake is a Social Worker with experience in Child Welfare and Health Care Social Work with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre. Tunde’s background is in economics and he has worked with various government departments including the Nova Scotia Department of Education and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Afolake and Tunde are both a valued member of their community and they lend their knowledge in various capacities including board membership and School Advisory Councils in their community. They are both passionate about offering opportunities for kids to increase their knowledge, become life-long learners, communicate ideas and be proactive about finding real solutions. G1LI workshops are free and Afolake and Tunde have no funding for the initiative at the moment. Workshops are held monthly with the hope to offer more in the future.