The Hello Lagos project came into existence in 2002 with a mission to bridge the gap by providing a “safe, accessible and confidential centre for young people” in Lagos State for health and personal development, sexual and reproductive health, after-school coaching, and other relevant youth-friendly services. The Hello Lagos is the Adolescent/Youth Sexual Reproductive Health unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and funded and supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In October 2015, Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) was engaged by the Lagos State Government Ministry of Health in partnership with UNFPA to implement and support the provision of Youth Friendly Services at the HELLO LAGOS Youth Friendly Centres (YFCs) namely: Agege, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (Ikeja) and Oko Awo.
Two years after, this engagement has seen noteworthy impact at the initial 3 centres: increased utilization of the services available at the centres by Out of School Youth (OSY) and In-school Youth (ISY); increased host communities’ awareness about the YFCs and ensuring community ownership by constantly organizing stakeholders meeting, road shows and community events, engaging with community stakeholders like local government officials, youth leaders, community and traditional leaders; as well as activation of two additional Youth Friendly Centres at Ogudu and Ajegunle communities of Lagos.
So far, YEDI has carried out various activities to provide youth-targeted and youth-friendly information and services including Group Health Talks, Boys/Girls corner, Counseling, treatment of small ailments, school visits, peer tutoring, computer training, and skills acquisition, amongst others, benefitting over 60,000 young adolescents with direct services and information.