GRS Coaches during a training session
IMPROVING YOUTH LIVELIHOODS: Empowering the Next Generation of Urban Young Professionals
In 2013, YEDI launched a program called “Urban Achievers” aimed at engaging, encouraging, and providing necessary skills needed for the job market and support YEDI Coaches to serve as “positive deviants” and leaders in their communities. Urban Achievers is a well-rounded program that creates a platform for graduates, undergraduates, skilled, and unskilled unemployed youth to acquire financial literacy, entrepreneurship, employability, and education skills to achieve success in their lives. YEDI works in partnership with private and public sector partners across Nigeria to identify employment gaps and link Coaches to appropriate opportunities. The program also promotes dialogue between youth and community stakeholders to raise awareness around and address the issue of urban youth unemployment in Nigeria. Urban Achievers links youth who acquire relevant skills with employment opportunities.
This cadre of skilled youth can pursue economic opportunities and serve as role models for peers in their communities.
The program aims at:
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 protests 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. Urban Achievers program is a well-rounded program creating a platform for graduates, undergraduates, skilled and unskilled unemployed youths to acquire skills to achieve success in their lives.
URBAN ACHIEVERS program was launched on the 1st of November, 2013. The courses are offered for free to coaches and are voluntary to attend.
Vision and Goals