YEDI is committed to introducing effective, innovative, and most times, tried-and-tested development approaches that are ready for adaptation in the Nigerian setting. YEDI was founded 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 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.
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AREAS OF FOCUS
YEDI’s committed development professionals capitalize on proven programs rather than experiment. YEDI generates results through tried and tested approaches that work. YEDI constantly seeks ways to expand its programmes to target more youth and additional challenges they face. Specifically, YEDI’s focus includes: Malaria Education, Sexual & Reproductive Health, HIV Prevention, Adolescent Health, Skills Training. YEDI also organizes health-and-wellness-centered specialized training for organizations tailored to suit the employees’ peculiar needs and work schedules.
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 developed a program “Urban Achievers” aimed at engaging, encouraging and providing necessary skills needed for the job market.
Over 110,000 graduates in more than 500 schools, coached by over 500 trained youth leaders, have improved ability to reduce risks, handle peer pressure, prevent HIV & malaria & other endemic diseases & learn about Sexual and Reproductive Health through increased education about health concerns in their communities. Participants also access free malaria testing & treatment, HIV Counselling & Testing (HCT) & referrals where necessary.