Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative
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SKILLZ GIRL: Changing The Game and Creating Safe Spaces for Girls

A girls-targeted intervention, Skillz Girl combines an activities-based HIV prevention and life skills curriculum with fair play soccer and peer-led community outreach activities. Led by GRS’ community role models, Skillz Coaches, and enhanced by the unique culture developed within Skillz programs, this girl-centered initiative creates a safe space for adolescent girls  (between ages 12 and 19) to play non-competitive soccer, take action in their community, and have vital conversations about HIV and AIDS, learn about Sexual and Reproductive Health and become gane changers in their community.

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An HIV-free Generation is Possible

YEDI uses sports and other physical activities to teach young people how to prevent themselves and others from HIV and what to do when someone close to them is affected.   

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MALARIA AWARENESS

It has been recognized that sport has the power to promote development and peace. It has been proved that the systematic and coherent use of sport can make an important contribution to public health, universal education, etc. YEDI organizes Malaria testing football tournaments using the Grassroot Soccer Sport-for-development program, to mobilize raise awareness about Malaria

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About The Annual Skillz Holiday Camp 

The 5-day youth-targeted Holiday Camps holds every long holiday - a period where youths are most vulnerable, have a lot of idle time and are exposed to negative peer pressure that increases the likelihood of them engaging in risky activities - at different locations in disadvantaged communities in Lagos, Ogun and Akwa Ibom States using the Grassroot Soccer curriculum (GRS) that combines football drills, games & other physical activities, health education curriculum delivery, discussions, & biomedical interventions, such as HIV testing & treatment. 

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FOR THE GIRL-CHILD

We believe that given the right knowledge and education on sexual and reproductive health, as well as life management skills, the incidence of HIV can be reduced and adolescent girls can make significant contribution to the growth and development of their communities

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE!

The success of the 2016 annual Skillz Holiday Camp wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of our principal funders – ExxonMobil, M.A.C AIDS Fund and African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), well-meaning organisations, Ministries and agencies of Government, good-spirited individuals, and our team of dedicated Volunteers (#CaringCoaches). In four weeks, a total of 5424 young people across 3 states were empowered with skills to live healthier, avoid risky behaviours, contribute meaningfully to nation-building, and become change agents in their communities. We are grateful for your donation and support; together, we are shaping the future of Nigerians, one child at a time.

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Get Involved in YEDIshc2017

Since 2013, we have organized Holiday Camps for young people in disadvantaged communities across 3 states in Nigeria, providing them with a fun, character & skills building experience, lasting friendships and a holiday they will never forget! This year, we will be engaging 4000 participants during the long holiday period. The camp runs for 8 hours per day for five days, with 2 health and wellness activities delivered each day and rounded off with fair-play soccer. The participants are provided with 2 healthy meals (breakfast & Lunch) with plenty of water to ensure they stay energized and hydrated throughout the day. 

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Our Core Values

Integrity: We act with honesty, uprightness, transparency, and without compromising the truth; we strive for 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 organisations 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.

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ALL THERE'S TO KNOW ABOUT THE SKILLS HOLIDAY CAMPS

Dear Parents/Guardians: If you’re looking for a fulfilling, engaging and safe holiday program for your children/wards this holiday, then this is something you won’t want them to miss...The 5-day Holiday Camps will hold in Lagos, Ogun, & Akwa Ibom, during this long holiday, a period where youths are most vulnerable, have a lot of idle time and are exposed to negative peer pressure that increases the likelihood of them engaging in risky activities. The camps cwill use the Grassroot Soccer (GRS) curriculum that combines football drills, games and other physical activities, health education curriculum delivery, discussions, and biomedical interventions, such as HIV testing and treatment. For more...

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YEDI'S SURVEY ON CHILD ABUSE

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Despite global efforts to address abuse, organizations implementing HIV prevention programs still lack the capacity to identify and linkthose affectedto services. Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) conducted a survey in Nigeria to assess disclosure of abuse, types of abuse experienced, and referrals to support services in a sport-based HIV prevention program.

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YEDI facilitates access to HIV
and Malaria testing and treatment

Not only does YEDI promote youth empowerment in at-risk areas of Nigeria, it also facilitates access to HIV and Malaria testing and treatment at all of its community events, where Nigerians learn that those with HIV/AIDS should not be stigmatized. Our Lagos AIDS Walk, now an annual tradition, has only grown since 2011 in support of those with HIV/AIDS and seeking testing and treatment.

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You Too Can Be A Part of Our Success Story

Our work at YEDI would not be possible without strategic alliances, networks, and support from well-meaning foundations, organizations, corporations, governments and individuals who provide key financial assistance to us to carry out interventions. Since inception, our programmes have reached over 100,000 young people in Nigeria, equipping them with information to live healthy and make informed decisions in life, become change agents in their communities, increased Knowledge about HIV/AIDS and malaria, sexual and reproductive health, and life-management skills. They were also provided with free HIV testing and counselling, free malaria testing and treatment, and free insecticidal-treated bed nets.

Our Skillz Girl program - a girls-only intervention - creates a safe space for young girls to have vital conversations about HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, life skills, and personal development. Girls enjoy physical activity through the introduction of non-competitive soccer training. The unique culture and team environment of the programme provides an ideal platform for the girls to serve as role models in their community and confidently lead productive lives.

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Long-lasting insecticide treated bednets (LLIN) are an effective method of malaria control but several studies have shown that school-age children use LLINs less frequently than other population groups. YEDI has developed an in-school curriculum (Basic Skillz and Advanced Skillz), using football to teach young people how to prevent themselves from malaria, including the importance of using LLIN. With your generous donation, more school children will be aware!

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A recent report by UNAIDS shows more than 2.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The epidemic is fuelled by multiple factors including poverty, lack of awareness, early sexual debut, gender inequality, stigma and discrimination, etc. YEDI uses sports and other physical activities to teach young people how to prevent themselves and others from HIV and what to do when someone close to them is affected. We believe that with the right knowledge and education on HIV prevention and care given to young people, the incidence of HIV can be reduced. 

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School holidays are high-risk periods for youth, as they often have little or no supervision and few opportunities for structured activities. A research found that unprotected sex, smoking and indulgence in alcohol, etc. increase among young people during this period. YEDI uses the “Skillz Holiday” programs which combines football drills, games and other physical activities, health education, vital discussions and biomedical interventions, etc. in a safe, fun and interactive environment. Join us in making the holiday season meaningful for young people in disadvantaged communities in Nigeria.

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