My name is Denzel Takudzwa, a 2022-2023 student at Uncommon.org and that’s a picture from the recent Uncommon 5 Year Celebration.
Can you guess which person I am??
Today, I took over the Uncommon.org mailing list. My goal was to share my story with all of our supporters – so I’m happy to share it here on our blog as well.
Ok so growing up, I’ve always been overly passionate for everything art and technology. And I always dreamed and prayed for an opportunity where I could express myself in that space.
In my head, I kept saying, “When I’m 19, I’m going to apply for a scholarship and go to the UK to study Graphic Design and Software Development.”
But of course that didn’t happen. Life’s not that easy, lol.
When it all seemed as if I had to give up on my dream and choose a different path in life, I met Beaven, a 2021 Uncommon Bootcamp Cohort alumnus, who introduced me to Uncommon.org.
And I’ll be honest, it sounded too good to be true. But, I signed up for it anyway… And I got accepted.
I packed my stuff and hit the road from Kwekwe, a small city in the Midlands of Zimbabwe. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I was enrolled in the bootcamp at the Mufakose Hub, and the experience there has just been phenomenal!
I’d never thought it possible, that all that I’d dreamed about doing after high school, could be done.
I didn’t even have to go to the UK for it. And better yet, I didn’t have to pay!
Thanks to the team at Uncommon, I received my first job offer just 3 months into the bootcamp. At the age of 20.
And things have only looked up ever since!
While I still hope to graduate with Uncommon, I also can’t wait to get started at my first job!
I chose to take this opportunity because I can see the potential for growth at the company I’m joining. I want to see how far I can go, how far I can push myself. I want to increase my creativity and efficiency.
I wasn’t really planning on starting to work this soon but I just told myself, “why not?”
I’m not working to earn, I’m working to learn.
But…it’s great to get paid while I’m doing it!
For all that Uncommon has done for my life so far, I can only be grateful. For their provision, drive, motivation, and commitment to bettering our lives, I am determined to learn as much as I can so I can give back to the students that will follow in my footsteps.
So thank you Uncommon.
And thank YOU reader, for giving me an opportunity and being a part of my uncommon journey.
When Briget applied to join Uncommon, she was young and recently married with a child of her own.
She supported her family by selling notebooks and ice-pops on the side of the road not far from the local primary and secondary schools.
We were inspired by her entrepreneurial spirit. When asked how she’d support her family if she were to join our full-time Bootcamp, she replied that she had already agreed with her husband that he would take over their stall so she could pursue her education.
After completing our crash courses, Briget chose to specialize in Digital Marketing and she wasmatched with a Mentor working for a fin-tech startup in Israel.
Upon graduating from Uncommon, we hired Briget as a junior Digital Marketing instructor where she taught our next group of students, developed her leadership skills and further explored the world of Digital Marketing.
After finishing our Resume and Interview Prep workshop, Briget began applying for jobs. With multiple offers, Briget was able to negotiate the deal that was best for her and her family.
We couldn’t be more proud!
Our goal is to impact 5,000+ lives in 2023.
In communities where our target demographic is surviving on just $3 per day, access to technology education & employment has the potential for significant positive change.
For the last 4 weeks, we have been piloting a partnership with Tofara Online, a Digital Marketing and Innovation Consulting Trust founded by one of our program Mentors, Tofara Chokera.
Eleven of our Uncommon students/instructors received 8hrs of group training and 2hrs of one on one mentorship where they learned how to earn money with the digital skills they’ve gained through our Bootcamps. In a depressed job market like Zimbabwe’s – unfortunately acquiring tech skills alone doesn’t necessarily guarantee employment, so teaching our students how to be entrepreneurs and monetize their skills is crucial.
Through our partnership, we were able to provide our beneficiaries with this awesome opportunity for just $25 per person. Today, we’re launching a campaign to raise $3,000 to allow all of our Uncommon students and staff members to get this training. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, please consider donating below.