Econet on Saturday 10 June launched a youth program called Elevate. The aim of the program is to help the youth (aged 16 – 34) make their dreams come true by providing funding, mentorship and access to the corporate world.
The things that the program is providing are some of the things that if lacking will get people’s dreams to be just another item in storage collecting dust. A lot of us have big dreams but sometimes we just don’t have the money to make them happen or the guidance of how to go about it all. Elevate seeks to solve those problems for the youth.
I registered for the program by following these simple steps:
- Dial *771#
- Enter 1 to Register
- Then redial *771#
- Enter 2 to Confirm Registration
- Enter the code that was sent to you when you registered
After confirming registration, a PIN will be sent to you via SMS. I haven’t seen the use of the PIN as when you dial *771# after being registered, it opens the menu directly without needing to login so I wonder what it’ll be used for.
Once you’re registered, you’ll be eligible to win any of the prizes that they will be giving out in the competition. To increase your chances, you can open the Elevate menu by dialing *771# and select option 1 to elevate a friend by entering their number. The friend will then get an SMS telling them that they’ve been invited to the Youth Club.
One thing you’ll probably have to do is tell your friend what they need to do otherwise the SMS won’t make sense to them as it doesn’t have instructions. Your friend will then have to dial *771# and enter 2 to confirm registration as they already got a code in the SMS when you invited them. After they enter the code and finish registration, they too will be in the promotion.
I think Elevate is trying to solve some real problems for the youth so I am eager to see where it will all go and how big it’ll become. I also don’t know if it’s fair because it might just be biased to the people who can invite more people. So you might have a really great idea but not able to get more points because you’ve got very few people to invite so your chances of winning will be really low. They haven’t made it clear whether the mentorship and networking opportunity will only be won through the promotion or there’s something more. This leaves me wondering, is it just another grand challenge or a real opportunity for great dreams to come true.