Influence | Identity | Impact

Core Value - Empowering Through Influence

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 Empowerment is known to be a process of becoming stronger and more confident in one's journey.   Young people are faced with a reality of uncertainty about our future. At COIF, we are reminded that we can have our dreams fulfilled when we believe in our inner strength. Brene Bro beautifully puts it this way: "imperfections are not i...
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VOTE FOR INFLUENCE, not for affluence!

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Oh, great sun, the mighty sun of the Universe That shines over our nation day in and day out It is a great reminder of how our nation was born I can only imagine the road we traveled to get here And I cannot help asking; how did it happen? After fifty-two great solemn years of independence It is appalling that we are still dancing in the cold rains...
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Peace Building Talks & Ramadan Iftar Between Three Selected Conflict Communities

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 During the month of Ramadan, Coaches Of Influence Foundation (COIF) had the unique opportunity of partnering with International Trade Center (ITC) to facilitate Peace Building Cookout sessions & Ramadan Iftar funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.  The initiative was geared on bringing together six conflict communities...
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Career Day

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 February 26th, 2021 must have been a memorable day for the students of Kombo Kerewan Upper and Senior Secondary School in Lamin, The Gambia as they received their first ever career day event delivered by Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF).The event was coordinated by Mariego Sanyang – a COIF 2nd year mentee & youth leader who also hap...
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‘Giving’ – The Bridge That Connects Humanity

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Gwendolyn Brooks, an American Author, Poet and Teacher once said; "we are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond". At Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF), one of our core values is 'empowerment' thus, we are committed to educating young people and women to carefully recognize factors that creat...
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The Power of Commitment in Leadership

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I have been a participant of the Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF's) iMentor Mentorship Program for two years now.  From the first day I enrolled into the program, I have been observing the trend in leadership and the manner in which the Mission, Vision and Core Values are conveyed in every interaction and situation. I am inclined to...
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NAVIGATING MENTORSHIP DURING LOCKDOWN

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 One of the most challenging moments for the entire world this year has been the recurring lockdown due to the "corona virus" pandemic. Not only has the situation caused regression in families and communities, it has also negatively impacted the day-to-day operations of organizations, businesses, companies, major corporations and governments.&...
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Leadership Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

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 "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~ Martin Luther King Jr. ~ When I think of leadership, the first image that registers in my mind is 'principle'.  I strongly believe that leadership is a lifetime journey which begins with guiding ...
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A closer look at Ethics

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"The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life." ~ Albert Einstein ~ When I look around me, I see that Ethics is one thing that many desire to incorporate in their lives and apply in their rel...
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COVID 19: The Grim Reality In The Gambia

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Just like many parts of the world, The Smiling Coast of West Africa – The Gambia is currently faced with the grim reality of COVID 19 virus.  As of Friday August 7, 2020, more than one thousand (1,000) people in the Gambia have been infected with the corona virus and at least nineteen (19) people have died according to the Ministry of Hea...
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Appropriate Ethical Behavior – An Essential Tool for Africa’s Youth

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 Ethics is a very powerful, yet one of the most under-utilized tools in the African leader's tool kit.  Ethics originates from the Greek word "ethos" which denotes "custom or character".  Generally, ethics describes and prescribes moral requirement and behaviors, which suggest that there are acceptable and unaccep...
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ETHICS – What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?

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Often, we hear the word ethics but many of us may not even know the real meaning of it.  We hear the word being used frequently by teachers, leaders, professionals, coaches, mentors, the young and the aged, but I wonder if we know what ethics really is, and why it matters.  Above all, I wonder if we truly understand how to apply...
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TRESOR WOMEN WARRIORS LAUNCHING - KWINELLA

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A historic landmark was laid on February 29th, 2020 when the Founder and President of Tresor Women Warriors (TWW) - Aji Kumba Daffeh-Kah, launched its headquarters at Kiang Kwinella - a Village in the Lower River Regions of The Gambia. TWW is an organization with a unique mission to uplift women to "gain financial independence and self-confidence" ...
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Book Study for 2.0 Mentees

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 In 2019, twenty youth were given the opportunity to participate in the first mentorship program offered by Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF).They graduated following a nine months mentorship journey and eighteen of them are participants of the 2.0 program. One of the main areas of focus for the 2.0 group is centered on leadership & p...
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COIF Mentoring Kick-off - Orientation

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 At Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF), the year 2019 closed out with a big bang with a meet & Greet session held on December 22nd 2019.  This session brought together the selected candidates of the 1.0 mentorship program and 2.0 mentorship team to kick-off the 2020 program. The full day session kicked off with an overview of...
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Mentorship 2020 - Meet and Greet Session

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 Our 'Meet & Greet' session was a great success. The youths are ready to receive influence that will transform their lives and their generation. Mentorship 1.0 and 2.0 will begin in January 2020 at COIF – home of mentorship, coaching and influence. We are Coaches of Influence Foundation.  We exist to Influence Identity!
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Mentorship 1.0 Graduation – Class of 2019

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October 26th 2019 was a historic day for the Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF) family as we graduated the first cohort of youth mentees in The Gambia.The nine months long program concluded few weeks before the graduation. The mentorship journey for them began in February 2019 following the Economic Personal Intellectual & Cultural (E....
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MENTORSHIP PROGRAM – 2019

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 During our Economic, Personal, Intellectual & Cultural (E.P.I.C) Empowerment 2019 Youth forum in The Gambia, our founder, Dr. Margaret Ellis announced a unique opportunity to mentor twenty young Gambians in 2019. And because Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF) was birthed out of a vision to "be an anchor through which youth and women w...
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E.P.I.C Empowerment 2019 Youth Forum

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On January 12th 2019, Coaches of Influence Foundation (COIF) hosted its first annual Economic, Personal, Intellectual, & Cultural (E.P.I.C) Empowerment Youth Forum in The Gambia.  The theme of the forum, "Preparing for the Baton", was crafted out of a vision to equip the participants with skills, knowledge and attitudes need...
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Restoring Lost Dignity - 2018 Women's Conference

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When an organization is birthed out of a desire to "become the voice that will advocate for positive influence", all its activities must be geared in that direction.That's exactly what happened on June 22nd 2018 when COIF hosted its first women's conference in The Gambia. The theme of the conference "Restoring Lost Dignity" drew an audience size of...
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