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SKILLZ Holiday Camps SEASON 8 (August 2020)

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YEDI SKILLZ Holiday Camps: equipping adolescents with skills and knowledge to lead healthier lives

THE CHALLENGE                                                                               

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 INTERVENTION

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.

OBJECTIVES OF THE SKILLZ HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

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:

  • Improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health knowledge and behaviours
  • Proffer solutions to health-related concerns and challenges affecting adolescents through safe spaces
  • Engender youth self-actualization through heightened self-confidence, positive self-esteem and sense of responsibility
  • Promote a culture of health-seeking behaviours and uptake of testing services to reduce the spread of diseases
  • Contribute to the safer communities through recognition and elimination of sexual abuse, stigmatization and gender-based violence in communities
  • Empower adolescents to make informed decisions, serve as game changers in inspiring peers

CAMP STRUCTURE AND ACTIVITIES

  • Duration:                      Non-residential 5-day camps (8:00am – 4:00pm daily)
  • Camp Sites:                  Safe spaces within target communities, school pitches, sports fields, etc.
  • Camp Coordinators:       YEDI Master Coaches – supported by SKILLZ Coaches
  • Camp Capacity:             Each camp convenes between 100-250 adolescents
  • Camp Types:                 Mixed or gender-specific (depending on sponsor’s choice)
  • Camp Graduation:         Certificates are issued to all participants who complete the camps - which culminate with a “World Cup” styled tournament open to parents and community members
  • Safety on Camp:           Red Cross representatives are present on the campsite
  • Counselling/Testing:       ASRH Counsellors lead one-on-one sessions with adolescents at risk

2020 CAMP LOCATIONS

Lagos / Abuja / Akwa Ibom / Ogun State

Watch this space for more details.

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HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT...

  1. As a Participant: If you fall within the age brackets (11-19), then obtain a form, look for a location near you and register.
  2. As a Volunteer: We are constantly seeking ways to impact young people in Nigeria. We, therefore, look for exceptional, dedicated and conscientious individuals who are passionate about positively impacting the lives of children to build a generation greater than ours and meaningfully contribute to nation-building.  
  3. As a Corporate Partner or Sponsor: As we target 3000 participants this year, we would like to request that you join in our effort to impact lives by sponsoring the camps in cash or kind. It takes about N6,000 (six thousand naira; about 16 US Dollars) for a young, disadvantaged child, who would have no access to any summer coaching) to participate in the camp for 5 days, with breakfast, launch, and writing materials). For cash donations, click below:
Amount: NGN

 

SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS

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.

 

 


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