Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative
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Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative

Mission and Values


To educate, empower, and inspire youth and community development in Nigeria using sound, proven models that get results.


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.

YEDI is dedicated to:

Introducing effective and innovative development approaches to Nigeria that have already been tried and tested elsewhere on the continent.

Our motivation: stop re-inventing the wheel and continue to scale up what works so that Nigerian communities and youth get lasting results as efficiently as possible.

YEDI’s spirit is unique, and focused on results. Most NGOs attempt to overcome identified challenges or needs using their own solutions. However, YEDI wants to scale up proven solutions that have been tested elsewhere in Africa, make them context-appropriate for Nigeria’s youth and communities, and expand them. Nigerian youths deserve nothing less than proven benefits from our interventions. YEDI’s evidence-based solutions will empower youth to contribute to Nigeria’s future.

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Committed development professionals with expertise in public health, governance and corporate social responsibility on African continent and especially in Nigeria.

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Established in 2011, Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) is a Nigerian NGO committed to introducing effective, innovative, and most times, tried-and-tested development approaches that are ready for adaptation in the Nigerian setting. Headquartered in Lagos, represented in Nigeria’s Capital City - Abuja and with operations in 2 additional States (Akwa Ibom and Ogun), YEDI focuses on educating, empowering and inspiring the development of individuals and communities especially children and youth.



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