YEDI is launched the “Urban Achievers” program to further the Grassroot Soccer achievements and utilize the potential of the highly-trained youth coaches to contribute to Nigeria’s development. Urban Achievers works closely with private sector employers to identify private sector needs. YEDI has developed a training program for Grassroot Soccer coaches who are motivated to gain economic empowerment, increasing their self-efficacy and ability to contribute to Nigeria’s economy. Urban Achievers links these 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 protest 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.
Figure 1: GRS Coaches during a class
Vision and Goals