YEDI SKILLZ Holiday Camps: equipping adolescents with skills and knowledge to lead healthier lives
In Nigeria, discriminatory beliefs, practices and stereotypes about adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), HIV, malaria, gender-based violence, and sexual abuse are prevalent in disadvantaged communities. This situation engenders inaccurate information, unhealthy lifestyles and destructive behaviours that threaten the successful transition of adolescents to adulthood. This situation is worsened by ill-equipped parents, often living in abject poverty and illiteracy, who typically lack requisite knowledge and understanding of adolescent parent-child communication on ASRH, and life-coping skills development, therefore resorting to defensiveness and denial of the need for such support for their adolescents. To address these gaps, there is a need for targeted interventions at adolescents within these communities to provide them with comprehensive and accurate information on their life and health skills, while correcting other stereotypes and misconceptions that affect the ability of adolescents to make positive life decisions}}
The SKILLZ Holiday Camp is designed to reach vulnerable adolescents from disadvantaged communities during the school holidays – a high-risk period for young people in these communities, as they often have little supervision and few opportunities for structured activities. The SHC is structured as a weeklong, intensive non-residential community-based socio-behavioural health camp to provide a positive life and health to adolescents (aged 10 – 19) equipping them with the requisite life-coping information and skills training on SRH, HIV and malaria prevention and to support them as they transition into adulthood. The camp’s learning model leverages a football-based curriculum, structured by age and gender, which builds young people’s health and life skills knowledge assets, facilitate their access to health and social services, and support their adherence to treatment and positive protective behaviours. Participants also have access to HIV testing services, counselling, referrals as well as acquire some skills for economic empowerment. The SKILLZ Holiday Camp complements YEDI’s yearlong in-school interventions.
The SHC through its unique adolescent programming fused with informal interactive sessions anchored on football metaphors, fun activities, coaching and experiential learning will seek to achieve the following:
CAMP STRUCTURE AND ACTIVITIES
2020 CAMP LOCATIONS
Lagos / Abuja / Akwa Ibom / Ogun State
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HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT...
Through this Camp, each sponsor will have an opportunity to: increase its contribution to the health and development of underserved adolescents in vulnerable conditions; build its image as a socially responsible company committed to the SDGs; promote its social initiatives through traditional and social media, including YEDI’s website and publications; and increase its visibility as a social development partner.YEDI is committed to recognizing all support received in implementing this project and will provide a program report and financial narrative for all funds received towards the camps.