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YEDI BECOMES NETWORK MEMBER OF STREETFOOTBALLWORLD

“In recognition of its leading work in the field of social change through football,” YEDI has officially been admitted into the streetfootballworld network. Streetfootballworld drives a global network of charitable community organisations that rally behind one common goal: changing the world through football. With headquarters in Berlin, Germany, the network has grown to over 84 organisations in 59 countries of the world. Streetfootballworld exists for one reason only: to harness the power of football for good by using it as a tool to drive social change. As an organisation that utilises football to push overarching goals of improving youth and communities and aiding health, YEDI is happy and proud to be a part of this global network.

THE 2015 SKILLZ FOOTBALL HOLIDAY CAMP

Every year, YEDI organises a special football Holiday Camp to meaningfully engage children during the period. This year’s edition begins in August in Lagos and Akwa-Ibom and later in Ogun State. The Skillz Holiday Camp is a unique intervention program that provides a safe and meaningful experience for children who would otherwise have little to do during the holiday.  The objectives of the program are to provide a safe space for boys and girls to come play football, have fun, learn healthy habits, team-building skills, personal development and important life skills and educate all participants about prevention of endemic diseases such as Malaria and HIV. 

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When YEDI & Special Olympics Nigeria Kicked Against Malaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the sponsorship of ExxonMobil and support of Coca-Cola, YEDI partnered Special Olympics Nigeria to reach over 2500 people at Akoka Community in Lagos with the Kick Against Malaria Football Tournament, Season 3! 

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YEDI’S NEW SKILLZ COACHES RECOUNT TRAINING EXPERIENCE

 

 

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WORLD MALARIA DAY 2015: EXXONMOBIL Partners YEDI To Organize Kick Against Malaria Football Tournament

 

 

 

 

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YEDI TRAINS 14 SKILLZ COACHES FOR NEXT TERM’S INTERVENTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LEARNING IN THE NAME OF FUN: More Students Graduate From SKILLZ NAIJA Programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My friend with HIV is 
still my friend

Over 40,000 graduates in more than 400 schools, coached by over 300 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 in preventing the disease. Another one was done in 2014 in comemoration of World Malaria Day, and the one for 2015 is slated for April 25 in Akwa Ibom and May 1 in Lagos.

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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, it 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 treatment.

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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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The ‘KICK AGAINST MALARIA

FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT’

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 partnered with the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) to organize the ‘Kick Against Malaria Football Tournament’. 

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HOW YEDI KICKED BACK MALARIA

WITH EXXONMOBIL AND NOVARTIS

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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CREATIVE KIDS FIGHT MALARIA 2.0

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 SUPPLIES 280 ‘ONE WORLD FUTBOLS’ TO SUPPORT YEDI

 

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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ONE WORLD FUTBOL: KICK-STARTING THE DREAMS OF A POTENTIAL FOOTBALL LEGEND

This is Michael Aderemi. He goes to Behrman Junior High School in Mushin, Lagos, where he lives with his parents. He is 12 years old and he loves to play football.

“My Camp Coach Bobby, taught us many things about malaria, especially about using the bed net to protect myself from mosquito bite, and the importance of taking malaria pills in case I do get ill with malaria.”

YEDI HOSTS ‘KICK OUT HIV/AIDS TOURNAMENT’ IN LAGOS & AKWA IBOM

In commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014, themed “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation”; GrassrootSoccer Nigeria, a Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative organized a football Tournament/Community Event in Ejigbo, Lagos and Eket, Akwa Ibom on December 6, 2014.

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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 sports; the pilot was an immediate success. YEDI is expanding its programs 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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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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Skillz+
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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