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About Us

Osei Kusi / About Us

Our Mission Statement

To become Africa’s leading foundation that empowers millions of young people with the tools, resources and training they need to maximize their potentials.

Who We Are

We are an award­-winning foundation that is helping to transform the lives of millions of young people by providing them with the tools, resources and training they need to make a global impact.

Our Story

OKF was birthed from the passion Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi has for the youth. For over two decades, he has been involved in mentoring the youth, many of whom are now corporate executives, business owners and leaders in various fields of endeavour. The OKF was therefore established as a vehicle with the desire to invest in young people and create a new breed for public leadership across all spheres. It was registered as a Foundation in 2009 and opened its offices on November 30, 2011.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become Africa’s foremost youth-focused Foundation that helps millions of young people to discover their purpose and maximize their potentials.

What We Do

OKF’s work can be categorised into three broad areas:

1. LEADERSHIP & ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership programmes, Entrepreneurship coaching, and publication of personal development books.
2. LASTING SMILES: Educational scholarships for the blind and deaf, Rural outreaches, Prisoners’ support services, and Support for orphans and widows.
3. VOLUNTEERISM: The OKF organises the National Youth Volunteerism & Patriotism Awards (NYVPA) in Ghana, and the Leadership Award for Girls in High Schools, and is an operating agency of the Head of State Award scheme (Duke of Edinburgh’s Award).

Our Core Values

What defines us

Wealth Creation

As a wise person once put it, ‘You cannot help the poor by being one of them’. We challenge ourselves to practice principles of entrepreneurship and wealth creation in order to generate funding for our humanitarian endeavours, thereby ensuring our efforts are sustainable.

Excellence

We assertively reject mediocrity, instead embracing uniqueness, innovation and leadership. We exceed expectations, and seek to reflect the highest international standards in everything we do in an effort to be outstanding as individuals—and as an organisation.

Accountability

Integrity is the be-all and end-all of OKF; forming the key foundation of all we represent and seek to achieve. We are transparent and accountable to ourselves, our partners, the government and other stakeholders. By upholding honesty, responsibility and integrity, we seek to inspire others to do the same.

Learning

We believe in the power of knowledge, and so we are constantly learning to find new and better ways of carrying out our work in order to maximise the use of our resources for the effective achievement of our goals.

Thankfulness

We consciously look out for the good in ourselves, our organisation and the people around us. We count our blessings, no matter how few they may appear to be, and continuously appreciate everyone who helps us to advance our vision.

Humanitarianism

We empathise; we feel the pain of others, especially that of the youth population. Our work is driven by our burden to help those in desperate need for support.

We have developed initiatives in Education, Volunteerism and Leadership