Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative
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Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI)

Our Mission:

To educate, empower, and inspire youth and community development in Nigeria using sound, proven models that get results.

Our Core Values:

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

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

Excellence: We give our best to the task at hand at all times; with dedication and commitment we put our heart and mind in the work to get the best.

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

Teamwork: 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.

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

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

Brief History:

Committed development professionals with expertise in international public health, governance, and corporate social responsibility in Africa and especially in Nigeria created YEDI in 2011 to pilot the Grassroot Soccer (GRS) model, a football-for-development programme, developed more than 10 years ago in Southern Africa to reduce HIV prevalence rates and stigma. The pilot, which targeted 6 sites (5 schools and a church), was an immediate success, prompting YEDI to expand the programme into other high-need areas.  The GRS methodology is based on training local young adults as mentors; empowering them to implement the activity-based and sport-themed health education curricula to young people.

YEDI sees itself as a hub to expand to scale tried and true programmes, initiatives and projects in Nigeria’s most difficult locations: e.g. Lagos slums, insecure, remote Northern states, disadvantaged communities in Akwa Ibom and Ogun States, etc.

Organizational Capacity:

Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) is a non-profit organization committed to educating, empowering and inspiring the development of individuals and communities, especially children and youth, through effective, innovative, and tried-and-tested development approaches that are relevant for the Nigerian context.

YEDI has since gained definitive expertise in implementing programmes, built on the Grassroot Soccer Skillz Curriculum, which focuses on sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, life coping and work readiness skills and community mobilization. With offices in Lagos and Nigeria’s Capital City – Abuja, YEDI also coordinates its Programmes in two additional States – Akwa-Ibom and Ogun, through strategic partnerships with indigenous nonprofits with shared values. YEDI’s personnel consist of 30 full-time staff and over 150 youth-volunteers (trained local mentors also known as Caring Coaches) who facilitate sexuality education and HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention interventions across project sites. YEDI’s evidence-based programmes, led by its coaches, incorporate soccer into dynamic lessons about health and wellness that engage young people and break down cultural barriers. With proven results and a constant focus on research and innovation, YEDI has benefitted over 110,000 young people in Nigeria with quality and youth-friendly health education and skills.


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