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  • Organisation

    The Yes We Can Sustainable Youth Initiative or YWC is an informal group of young Nigerians who have been in existence for over 10 years but recently got registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission to strengthen the vision and mandate of the organisation. The aims of the group the following:

    1. To advocate for the rights of young people
    2. To strengthen their capacity for self-sustenance in tackling with unemployment in Nigeria
    3. To promote trans-formative leadership for youths
    4. To engender the Spirit of Patriotism, hard work, honesty and diligence amongst youths in Nigeria
    5. To promote civic responsibility amongst Nigerian youths
    6. To reach out to younger generation with knowledge that will secure their future
    7. To mobilise the youths for the development of the society

    This platform has been supported by university professors and an inspirational speaker in Enugu, who brought active and focused young men and women together to be the trustees of the organisation.

    They strongly believe that an intervention as simple as creating a little space where youths can come and unbundle their anxieties, talk and express their fears and worries, is a great tool at a time like this in Nigeria. They have tried it in the past and realised that there is always a sense of fulfilment, a lifting of burden, a connection of ideas, when youths come together in a platform.

    • Organisation

      The Yes We Can Sustainable Youth Initiative or YWC is an informal group of young Nigerians who have been in existence for over 10 years but recently got registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission to strengthen the vision and mandate of the organisation. The aims of the group the following:

      1. To advocate for the rights of young people
      2. To strengthen their capacity for self-sustenance in tackling with unemployment in Nigeria
      3. To promote trans-formative leadership for youths
      4. To engender the Spirit of Patriotism, hard work, honesty and diligence amongst youths in Nigeria
      5. To promote civic responsibility amongst Nigerian youths
      6. To reach out to younger generation with knowledge that will secure their future
      7. To mobilise the youths for the development of the society

      This platform has been supported by university professors and an inspirational speaker in Enugu, who brought active and focused young men and women together to be the trustees of the organisation.

      They strongly believe that an intervention as simple as creating a little space where youths can come and unbundle their anxieties, talk and express their fears and worries, is a great tool at a time like this in Nigeria. They have tried it in the past and realised that there is always a sense of fulfilment, a lifting of burden, a connection of ideas, when youths come together in a platform.

    • Project

      The majority of Nigerian youths have been pushed beyond the limit by frustration from bad government, failed social system and irresponsible leaders. Some of these frustration is manifested in many ways such as- the recent increase in drug abuse all over the country leading to ban on the use of Codein in the country; suicidal journey to Europe through the Sahara desert, persistent increase in armed groups led by youths- an avenue to vent their anger against the government.

      The Yes we can Youth Initiative# is aware of the enormous problem facing Nigerian youths; and know that a lot of them are seeking for direction, someone to listen to them, someone to amplify their voices. But more importantly, they are looking for a safe space where they can open up on these issues confidently and freely without being judged, a space where they can channel their youthful energy into something more positive. This is the situation My Safe Space responds to.

      The project is all about bringing young people together in a safe space where they are free to express their thoughts, share their fears and worries; their experiences and success stories; and inspire each other. This space creates an opportunity for youths to explore their potentials in the areas of arts and sports. It is all about inner self-empowerment, discovering exciting ways to look at life and deal with issues without dwelling on challenges of life.

      Some of the issues that the platform targets are:
      Unemployment as it affects them
      Their sexuality and sexual abuse
      Unresponsive government to issues affecting youths
      Conflicts at home, schools and neighbourhood

      This space allows them to discuss these issues, express their thoughts and proffer solutions on how to deal with it.  The outcome of this engagement is documented and used as an inspiration book to guide Nigerian youth, advocate for better policies for the youths and for upscale of the project in other states. To channel their energy to something more positive, the project divides them into 3 groups and support them to engage in activities designated for their selected group:

      • Reading and/writing group: they select a set of inspirational books and share what they learnt with others on the next #my space# gathering
      • Dancing: a professional is hired to support this group. Dancing is a way of expressing freedom and a great way to deal with negative energy, potentially even opening career opportunities.
      • Advocacy group: developing campaign strategies and messages to push out outcomes of the conversations coming from the platform to policy makers.

      This project supports 100 unemployed youths from poor slums.

  • Project

    The majority of Nigerian youths have been pushed beyond the limit by frustration from bad government, failed social system and irresponsible leaders. Some of these frustration is manifested in many ways such as- the recent increase in drug abuse all over the country leading to ban on the use of Codein in the country; suicidal journey to Europe through the Sahara desert, persistent increase in armed groups led by youths- an avenue to vent their anger against the government.

    The Yes we can Youth Initiative# is aware of the enormous problem facing Nigerian youths; and know that a lot of them are seeking for direction, someone to listen to them, someone to amplify their voices. But more importantly, they are looking for a safe space where they can open up on these issues confidently and freely without being judged, a space where they can channel their youthful energy into something more positive. This is the situation My Safe Space responds to.

    The project is all about bringing young people together in a safe space where they are free to express their thoughts, share their fears and worries; their experiences and success stories; and inspire each other. This space creates an opportunity for youths to explore their potentials in the areas of arts and sports. It is all about inner self-empowerment, discovering exciting ways to look at life and deal with issues without dwelling on challenges of life.

    Some of the issues that the platform targets are:
    Unemployment as it affects them
    Their sexuality and sexual abuse
    Unresponsive government to issues affecting youths
    Conflicts at home, schools and neighbourhood

    This space allows them to discuss these issues, express their thoughts and proffer solutions on how to deal with it.  The outcome of this engagement is documented and used as an inspiration book to guide Nigerian youth, advocate for better policies for the youths and for upscale of the project in other states. To channel their energy to something more positive, the project divides them into 3 groups and support them to engage in activities designated for their selected group:

    • Reading and/writing group: they select a set of inspirational books and share what they learnt with others on the next #my space# gathering
    • Dancing: a professional is hired to support this group. Dancing is a way of expressing freedom and a great way to deal with negative energy, potentially even opening career opportunities.
    • Advocacy group: developing campaign strategies and messages to push out outcomes of the conversations coming from the platform to policy makers.

    This project supports 100 unemployed youths from poor slums.

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