THE NEW MODEL
“It IS COURAGE THAT LEADS.
There's a difference between hunger and intelligence."
PASTOR TOBI ADEGBOYEGA
Adegboyega first introduced the concept of an Economic Development Centre (EDC) over 10 years ago where he housed 2 young people who were both aged 15 years old at the time and has continued to do so over the years. Adegboyega takes on the role of a father and mentor; positions that are usually missing from the lives of many young people globally and not only to those who live with him. He currently houses 20 people and has duplicated this very same template across various areas of London with over 150 young people being housed through the Nation Family. These EDCs are led and managed by sacrificial young men and women, all of which have received and still continue to receive mentorship, guidance and support from Adegboyega. They in turn, pass down the knowledge and lessons they are taught, continuously creating leaders in the most unlikely of young people.
Through this approach, young men who would normally be incarcerated or involved in a range of illegal activities are taught how to change their mindsets and look beyond the barriers that were originally set for them. Young women who were destined for a mediocre lifestyle can learn how to be inspirational power players in a range of industries and mother figures to the next generation after them.
THE EDCs HAVE THE PRIMARY AIM OF CREATING LEADERS AND PROBLEM SOLVERS.
The EDCs have the primary aim of creating leaders and problem solvers. The environment, access and knowledge every young person in each home is exposed to allow new ways of thinking to be born. Thinking that has no barriers. Adegboyega, who leads by example, has housed over 150 people alone over the last 15 years, with up to 15 people living with him at any one time. Aside from those who live with Pastor Tobi Adegboyega, he accommodates tens and tens of people on a day-to-day basis. Adegboyega has practised a life of transparency for over 10 years where he has opened up his home and allowed access to many. Nothing is hidden, and nothing is kept to himself.
The EDCs are all about family. Adegboyega brings together the most unlikely of people from different backgrounds and unifies them through his vision of seeing prosperity amongst young people globally. Without family, there cannot be movement.
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