Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) is a non-profit NGO working to improve knowledge, behaviors and skills for young people in sexual reproductive health, HIV awareness and prevention, personal and team leadership.
Their goal is to reach young people in partnership with schools and community groups while making use of sport to deliver much of their work. Thus improving physical fitness, supports good mental health and builds teamwork skills.
Since inception in 1995, the Foundation has used the peer-education approach in training young people including adolescents on life skills and has worked in Akure, Ado-Ekiti, Igbokoda, Ibadan, Kano, Lagos, Owerri, Port-Harcourt and Abuja to date. With this, various partners have funded the Foundation till date, including UNICEF, Ministries of Education, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo States, Johns Hopkins University, NACA, Catholic Relief Services, Coca-Cola, Women Win and Standard Chartered.
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the New World Project also partnered with YEF to build a 5-room classroom block, 10 toilets, library and water facilities to both the school and the community at the First Baptist Primary School, Ijaiye, Oja-Ale, Abeokuta in Ogun state. The project which has extensive community engagement has been completed and handed over to the Ogun State government.
Intending to empower young people through programming and mobilization in their areas of intervention with a strategic partnership, YEF hopes to see a proactive youth population with skills for positive change. They have been able to make an impact by doing the following:
- HIV counselling and testing services have reached 200,000 youth clients from 2006 to 2010 nationwide
- 20 African ladies trained on digital storytelling in 2015 with capacity for community mobilization, monitoring and reporting.
- 300 young people placed in pilot vocational training, job placements and apprenticeships 2016-2019.
- 2,000 young environmental advocates from 2010 to 2015 with skills for community mobilization and service-learning
- Over 70,000 young persons reached through financial literacy skills across selected grassroots communities in Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Imo, Rivers, Ogun, Ondo, Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Kwara etc from 2010 to 2019
- 100,000 young girls reached through life skills, child rights, gender based violence (gbv) preventions 2010-till date
- A minimum of 2.5million IEC and SBCC materials distributed from 2006 to 2015, and lots more.
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