What We Do
YEDI introduces effective development approaches that have been proven successes elsewhere in Africa. Innovative development projects target Nigeria’s youth and engage them using sports, technology, and skills training.
Areas of Focus:
YEDI harnesses a multi-sectoral ecosystem of government and social services, layering health, education, sport, youth development, economic empowerment, and child protection. YEDI brings deep experience in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH), orphans and vulnerable children & youth (OVCY) programming, combination HIV prevention, malaria prevention education, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, Neglected Tropical Diseases prevention awareness, positive youth development, and community mobilisation.
YEDI also organizes health-and-wellness-centred specialized training for organizations tailored to suit the employees’ peculiar needs and work schedules.
To enhance programme learning, outcomes and impact, YEDI’s flagship programme - ‘Skillz Naija’, is offered via four-pronged training modules stratified by age and gender through in-school and out-of-school approaches:
BASIC SKILLZ - a youth-based and evidence-supported interactive HIV and malaria prevention, and life skills curriculum designed for ages 10 to 13.
ADVANCED SKILLZ - which targets Nigerian adolescents aged 13 to16 using soccer, its language, and metaphors and other physical activities to address key behaviours that drive the spread of HIV/AIDS, other STIs as well as malaria education.
SKILLZ GIRL - an evidence-based intervention for girls aged 13-19, educating them on HIV prevention, sexuality and life skills and empowering them with basic information to make healthy choices about their sexual and reproductive health using the game of soccer and other physical activities which help them to build interpersonal relationships, encourage positive self-image, and develop negotiation and leadership skills.
SKILLZ GUYZ - an adopted curriculum for boys aged 13 to 19, tailored to provide information on HIV prevention, Sexual, Reproductive Health, gender inequality issues, substance abuse, and sexual violence.
To foster increased impact and target more underserved youth and communities, YEDI also innovatively deploys the Skillz Naija Programmes using the Skillz Holiday Camp and Community Outreach approaches:
SKILLZ HOLIDAY CAMP - a 5-day intervention organized during the long holiday, providing a safe space for young people to learn healthy habits, be educated about prevention of HIV/AIDS, and Malaria, an opportunity to acquire soft skills and craft training and life management skills for economic empowerment using football and other physical activities, as well as access to HIV Testing Services.
COMMUNITY OUTREACHES - YEDI also empowers and educates young people and communities by providing them with sexual and reproductive health awareness and life skills through innovative and volunteer-based approaches centred around special events like World Malaria Day (commemorated annually on April 25) and World AIDS Day (annually venerated on December 1). YEDI, in collaboration with private and public sector partners, carries out awareness and biomedical services like HIV Testing Services, Malaria testing, and treatment, referrals, etc. during international commemoration days.
The Urban Achievers Programme: This creates a platform for youths (graduates, undergraduates, skilled and unskilled/unemployed youth volunteers) to acquire skills to live productive lives and increase their employability.
Workplace Wellness Training: This was designed to bolster and promote the health of employees across Nigeria. The innovative training programme is tailored to provide information and raise awareness on the health needs of clients by training private sector workforce. It covers health, wellness, global practices on personal hygiene, etc. for employees using innovative means to deliver the message and encourage behavioural change in the area of personal hygiene, prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases.
The Hello Lagos Project
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 sites namely: Agege, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (Ikeja), Oko Awo (Lagos Island), Ogudu, and Ajegunle (Akere - Ajeronmi-Ifelodun).