Teens empowerment Salvage Initiative – TESI

  • TESI ground in Lagos with buildings and fence has been demolished by LSDPC and we are eager for a replacement because this great work must have an administrative ground in Lagos.

  • Today, TESI has teenagers who dropped out of school because of financial challenges.

  • TESI Center in Delta State has been procured, the architectural and structural drawings are ready.

  • Kindly donate generously to enable us to send back these teenagers to school and also develop the centers to be able to empower many more teenagers with skills and give them lifeline accordingly.

  • Account Detail; Teens Empowerment & Salvage Initiative (TESI, Access Bank, Account Number 0015455121. God bless you.


Teens Empowerment & Salvage Initiative (TESI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which was established in 2003 to equip teenagers (age 13 – 21) from disadvantaged homes, the physically challenged and teenagers from internally displaced camps (IDPs) to identify and develop their innate abilities, providing them with support to acquire basic quality education and an enabling environment for vocational, ICT, IT, entrepreneurial and efficient leadership skills. 


Touching lives, building people & making the world a better place by grooming teenagers into skilled, motivated, bold, and impactful young adults.

Mission Statement

A foremost NGO that works with young physically challenged and teenagers from disadvantaged parentage to identify & develop their innate abilities, providing them opportunities for basic education (through scholarships and other financial supports), vocational, entrepreneurial, and efficient leadership training.

Our Goal

Support the basic education (university or tertiary level) of these set of teenagers and sending back to school those who have dropped out already;

Equip as many teenagers as possible with essential skills in addition to building their self-esteem;

Cultivate the spirit of patriotism in our teens to become nation builders, and  

Ultimately build the Teens’ development center named Teens International Grooming Ground (TIGG), for more concerted programs in a friendly environment that caters to the unique needs of the physically challenged and the limitations occasioned by poverty. This arena shall also be a resource center to generate revenue for TESI activities and beyond (Long-term goal). 

Core Values

Passion – We are driven to pursue our vision and mission with vigor so as to achieve maximum impact.

Integrity – We are defined by our commitment to delivering on our core purpose at all times which reflects in our drive to provide opportunities to those that we serve while upholding ethics, fairness, sincerity, morality, and truthfulness at all times.

Collaboration – We recognize that our resources are limited compared to our vision but our impact becomes much greater when we partner with others who share our vision of creating a better world.

How We Operate/Modus Operandi

  • Summer Camps

  • Skills Acquisition/Counseling/Career Talk

  • Mentoring systems

  • Role Model Talks

  • Job Orientation centers

  • Reading and Writing Promotions & Competitions

  • Entrepreneurship

  • State/Site Excursions

  • Moral Instruction

  • Scholarships 

  • Brain & Character Competitions

  • Interactive Sessions

  • Health/Sports and Exercises

  • Youth Magazine – Yes Teens Can (YTC)

  • Awards – Role Models etc.


Participants’ Stories

My encounter with Teens Empowerment and Salvage initiative has not just been educating and interesting, it has nurtured and nourished me with the pre-requisite ingredients needed for 21st-century purposeful youth participation in societal development, which cannot be learned within the four walls of the classroom.

The thematic focus of the organization is: SOWING THE SEED FOR A GREATER POSTERITY. Without being economical with the truth, this aphorism has been consistently manifested in the last decade. I am an eloquent testimony of this fruitful organization.

I have been able to live above my peculiarity (blindness). This is courtesy of Teens Empowerment & Salvage Initiative for successfully instilling the virtues of vision, courage, doggedness, resilience, concentration, integrity, honesty, and hard work, through my encounter with seasoned life coaches and Nigerians who have made a mark in their various fields of endeavours, despite political, social and economic ill-wind.

At this juncture, I make bold to say that if the novelty and nobility inherent in this organization are imitated, our great nation would attain its pristine status. In the immortal words of George, “men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience”. My capacity for experience would be valueless if invaluable things are not done by it!! 

Ibrahim Lawal


I was part of the fellowship and it was amazingly fantastic.

At TESI, I learned something very crucial(That ‘my parental lineage does not determine my destiny’.) I took that quote to heart and it works like magic. Despite my background and my parents being religious and trying very hard not to educate a girl child. Did not stop me from being the person I have become today. TESI has cultivated my mind to think positively and always have the mindset of ‘I CAN’.

I was opportune for an annual scholarship during my time in TESI for participating in almost all the activities being displayed.

Thank you TESI for empowering and derive the potential in me.

Today I am a graduate with 2nd class upper division in bachelor of science.



 I am Jennifer Jude a senior TESite.

I am the CEO of MunachimsBeads, a jewelry company that started as a result of one of our workshops in the first TESI outing. I took interest in beading at that workshop and started to make beads. Going back to Uni @ 200 level was interesting for me because I had something I knew would generate lots of income for me. I am proud to say that I used proceeds from my bead to support my final year project. I have taught schools, individuals, and made headway in life with beading.

Today beading is one of my main sources of income. I have refined my designs and structured my bead business too.

Also, through one of our campings at King’s College, I was able to meet with Alhaji Aliko Dangote who was one of the sponsors of my Library project (my primary CDS)  in Makurdi in 2008 during my NYSC. I’m glad I came in contact with Teen Empowerment and Salvage Initiative TESI, which helped cultivate the seed of greatness in me.

Without the seed…we are going nowhere ???

You can check out my designs on Instagram: @MunachimsBeads

Facebook: Beadbracelets

Thank you mummy NASA for the opportunity you created for me.


It is an honour and utmost blessing to be a TESIte. When I heard about Teens Empowerment and Savage Initiative (TESI) summer camp in 2013, I saw it as an option to get away from the troubles at home but today, I will say I made one of the best decisions in my life.

At TESI, I was empowered through different skills acquisition programs such as Baking, Artwork, Computer training programs, etc. My mind was also propelled to the right path through constant admonition from our lovely mum (Mum Nasa) and other notable men and women from different sectors. 

People such as Prof Pat Utomi, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Cosmos Maduka, Aunty Nike amongst others.  TESI offered me the feeling of winning a scholarship.

At TESI I won two different scholarships. A scholarship to study advanced Web development at New Horizon Nigeria and another which covers my university education.

 Also, I experienced what it means to live with different persons from different backgrounds thereby imbibing in me  Tolerance, love, Care, and selfless service to others.

 I will forever remain grateful to  God Almighty for intertwining my destiny with that of TESI.

 ~Hassan Mustapha


Board of Trustees

Prof. Pat Utomi

Chinasa Ugoala

Jeff Jidechukwu Jude

Jennifer Munachimso Jude

Alhaji Shuaibu Idris


Emmanuel Odoemena is a prolific and erudite Business Development Personnel who is out to help organizations be the best they can. A great visionary and co-founder of Success Researchers and Crusaders Squad; he is also an Associate Editor of the Wisdom for Life magazine, which has about 53,000 readerships. Recently, he was one of the facilitators in the National Summit on Rural development &Transformation at FCT Abuja. He is a student member of NIPM and a student of Lagos Business School. 

Currently, Emmanuel is the radio host of SME Business Platform on Inspiration FM and an associate partner of SME Business Platform, a multi-media company that provides education and inspiration to aspirants.

Amaka Ifejika practices pharmacy with Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos. She graduated from the University of Jos and has a passion for the well-being of teenagers. She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

Udochi Ekwubiri had a first degree from the University of Port Harcourt before proceeding to qualify as a Nurse/Midwife from Abia State University Teaching Hospital. She belongs to Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and does interior décor as a passion. 

Mrs. F Otiti-Giwa holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She is an Associate member of Nigeria Institute of Architects (ANIA). She was the president of Soroptimist International (Victoria Island/Ikoyi Chapters). 

Tunde Abaobe is a graduate of Quantity Surveying from Obafemi Awolowo University and currently works in the e-payment industry as part of the Project Management & Business Development Team. His interest includes knowledge sharing, reading, and influencing the lives of teenagers.

Mr. Emmanuel Okoro is a graduate of English language with many years of experience in the Finance industry. He loves working with teenagers. 

Mudashiru Oladare Moses has a lot of experience as a volunteer youth worker, having worked in several NGO’s like the Nigerian Red Cross, British Red Cross., Action Health Incorporated, etc; he is a trained actor and artistic director. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Abdulazeez Nuhu is a graduate of Agricultural (Animal Science) from the University of Maiduguri. He is a senior TESITE.

TESI Patrons 

Prof Pat Utomi

Pastor Paul Adefarasin

Mr. Sam Onukwue

Alhaji Shuaibu Idris

Mr. John Momoh

Dr. Reuben Abati

Mr. Braimoh Adewuyewu

Alhaji M.M. Ibrahim

Mr. Paul Lawal

Dr. Erastus Akingbola

Mrs. Violet Agbogo

Mr. Fela Durotoye

Dr. Cosmas Maduka

Mrs. Comfort Ukpong

Mr. Tim Akano

Mr. Emmanuel George

Barr. Chuks Igbinedion

Grand Patron

Alhaji Aliko Dangote