Youth Development and Empowerment Initiative (YEDI) is an adolescent health organisation that educates, empowers, and inspires youth and community development in Nigeria using sound, proven models that get results.

Founded in 2011, YEDI has benefitted over 450,000 young people in schools and community sites in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Akwa-Ibom, Ogun, and Rivers States with evidence-based programmes designed to build young people’s assets, facilitate their access to health services, and promote their adherence to healthy behaviours.

The YEDI model trains young adult mentors aged 10-35 as community change agents to implement age-appropriate and gender-sensitive curricula that combine football metaphors and activities with high impact health information that engage youth and break down cultural barriers. YEDI runs these programmes through fixed and outreach sites, which operate as safe spaces for young people aged 10-24 years old to access engaging sport-based activities as well as health and social services across the adolescent continuum of care.


Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an adolescent health organization that
leverages the power of soccer to equip young people with the life-saving
information, services, and mentorship they need to live healthier lives. As an
implementing partner of GRS, YEDI Coaches are trained as community change
agents who engage youth through SKILLZ: GRS’s evidence-based curricula that
combine soccer metaphors and activities with critical health information on topics
including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); HIV prevention,
testing, and linkage to care; and gender-based violence.

Our Core Values


We act with honesty, uprightness, transparency, and without compromising the truth; we strive for a high moral character in all our actions.


We always evolve new creative ideas that can add value to life and change the world.


We value cooperation, using our individual skills and providing constructive feedback to get everyone on the same page. We work collaboratively with people and organizations in order to achieve a goal.


We take ownership and go the extra mile, placing others before self.


We give our best to the task at hand at all times. With dedication and commitment, we put our heart and mind into the work to get the best.


We create and ensure a safe and trouble-free space and experience for everyone.


We believe in fairness, objectivity and mutual respect; we have no room for discrimination.

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