Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative
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My friend with HIV is 
still my friend

Over 24,000 graduates in more than 150 schools, coached by over 250 trained youth leaders, have improved ability to reduce risks, handle peer pressure, and prevent HIV and malaria through increased education about health concerns in their communities.

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Our coaches

Our coaches are Nigeria's motivated, empowered youth who are excited to foster change for a stronger Nigeria.

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The Kick against Malaria
and HIV/AIDS Tournament

YEDI hosted a kick-off tournament in Akwa Ibom in partnership with ACM and ECEWS in December 2013. Amidst exciting football matches, 87 people were tested for HIV and malaria, and demonstrations on malaria prevention helped prevent disease.

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YEDI facilitates access to HIV
and malaria testing and treatment

Not only does YEDI promote youth empowerment in at-risk areas of Nigeria. YEDI also facilitates access to HIV and malaria testing and treatment at all of its community events, where Nigerians learn that those with HIV/AIDS should not be stigmatized. Our Lagos AID Walk, now an annual tradition, has only grown since 2011 in support of those with HIV/AIDS and seeking testing and teratment.

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Novartis Partners With YEDI

 to Push Back Malaria With 'TATU'

Malaria is a prevailing health issue in Nigeria. With an estimated 100 million malaria cases per year, 97% of Nigerians are at risk of being infected. Over 300,000 deaths each year are due to malaria and about 11% maternal mortality in Nigeria is due to malaria.



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In commemoration of World Malaria Day on April 25, 2014, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) in joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC). and Novartis have partnered with the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) to organize the ‘Kick against Malaria Football Tournament’.

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In line with global efforts to control and eliminate malaria, YEDI through the generous sponsorship of ExxonMobil and Novartis, organized the second edition of the ‘Kick against Malaria Tournament’. The tournament was successfully hosted along with several other activities such as; community mobilization, free health care services, malaria testing and treatment, and distribution of free Insecticide Treated Nets, at the Kudirat Abiola Freedom Square (Evans Square) in Ebute-Metta on May 1, 2014.

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As YEDI emphasizes the progress of its fight against malaria in Nigeria through its GrassrootSoccer program, we are pleased to announce the 2014 'Creative Kids Fight Malaria' Contest, sponsored by ExxonMobil.
We are looking for creative and inspirational drawings and stories to help spread knowledge on malaria.



Novartis has provided YEDI with 280 ‘One World Futbols’ for our program implementation in Nigeria. The balls arrived our office in Yaba and everyone here is excited about using these nearly indestructible balls to continue to prevent the spread of malaria using football as an effective educational and engagement tool.

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Countdown to the 2014 SKILLZ Holiday Camp Program

The Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) is a local, Nigerian-run NGO that empowers and educates youth and inspiring communities using proven models or ideas modified for the Nigerian context.

YEDI was founded in 2011 to pilot the first West Africa Grassroot Soccer model, which was developed more than 10 years ago in Southern Africa to reduce HIV incidence rates and stigma. Nigerian youths wanted results in their communities using development through sport; the pilot was an immediate success. YEDI is expanding its programmes to increase opportunities for youth and target additional challenges they face.

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YEDI’s committed development professionals capitalize on proven programs rather than experiment. YEDI generates results through tried and tested approaches that work.

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                                 Skillz Naija Practice In Session 

Urban achievers
Pursuing Productive Livelihoods in Nigeria

Globally, research has shown that a young person will be three times more likely to be unemployed than an average adult and predict that if not urgently dealt with, economic protest will worsen. In Nigeria, “Youth unemployment” is one of the biggest economic problems. Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative has developed a program “Urban Achievers” intended to engage, encourage and provide necessary skills needed for the job market.

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Our Skills Curriculum Adapted to Company Employees

Grassroot Soccer in Nigeria: Over 20,000 graduates in more than 400 schools, coached by over 250 trained youth leaders, have improved ability to reduce risks, handle peer pressure, and prevent HIV and malaria through increased education about health concerns in their communities. (LINK TO RESULTS PAGE)

YEDI worked with local partners, its program participants, and its coaches, who drive the GRS program in Lagos, to identify additional models to meet other prevalent needs of youth in Lagos.

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August 12, 2014