Many youth empowerment programs exist in Nigeria. Some of them are government owned and some are private owned. The aim of these youth empowerment programs are to empower and develop the Nigeria youth.
In this article I will share with you the top top 20 youth empowerment programs in Nigeria and how you can take advantage of them.
Top 20 Youth Empowerment Programs in Nigeria
The Federal Government introduced this program to reduce youth unemployment in Nigeria. This program is engaged in the massive deployment of 500000 trained graduates.
They are engaged in the development skills among the youths. Each of those who are participating will learn and master skills that will enable him to create work.
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2) Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI)
This youth empowerment programme was established in 2011. The aim of this is to inspire youths of the Nigerian society in such a way as to reduce the rates of HIV and stigma in the lives of youths and young ones.
There is expansion of this program and they are creating more opportunities for youths and target and they target the challenges they are facing.
3) African Youth Empowerment Nigeria (AYEN)
The function of this organization is to help youths develop in a way that will make them functional in the society. Their programs involve seminars, workshops, vocational programs etc.
AYEN renders financial and educational aid to youngsters and they ensure that children are in their classrooms. They utilize cooperative bodies, local donors.
4) Young Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (YEN)
This particular organization offers extensive leadership training and programs. The essence of this program is to help youths enhance their personal attributes.
YEN has offered aid to many youths in many areas and have made them selfdeveloped.
5) Youth Empowering People (YEP)
This particular program has helped to shape the youth mindset especially those of the Niger Delta region and a good number of these youths have been put into meaningful jobs and this has enabled them to reduce rate of poverty and unemployment.
This youth empowerment promotes the acquisition of skills, entrepreneurship and employment.
6) Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin)
The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication Technology and Ministry of Youth Development functions to inspire youths that are entrepreneur in Nigeria.
They encourage enterprise development among youths and enable them to create more jobs.
7) Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P)
This program otherwise known as SURE-P is a scheme that is formed by the Federal Government of Nigeria during the time of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as President of Nigeria.
The essence is to reinvest the Federal Government savings from the removal of fuel subsidy on certain infra structural projects and social safety net programs including direct impact on the citizens of Nigeria. This is one of the pivots of the Transformation Agenda of the Nigerian Federal Government.
8) Youth Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria (YISA)
The essence of this program is to correct, encourage, educate, inspire, train and support young people to take up agriculture as an enterprise and not just a development project.
It is made up of all sets of youths both graduates and non graduates of agricultural discipline. Youths interested in agriculture can join the program.
9) Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS)
The GIS aims at creating an opportunity for 5000 eligible youth graduates to be mobilised as interns in effective and functional private/public sector firms in other to promote building of the manpower requirement so as to drive the Nation’s Transformation Agenda and vision 20:20:20
10) Youth Entrepreneur Support Program (YES-P)
This program is part of BOI’s aim to address the disturbing case of youth employment in Nigeria by promoting the capacity of youths and funding their enterprise ideas.
The YES program focuses at equipping youths with the proper skills and knowledge to be self employed. Those who will participate will be drawn from young aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 years who are filled with innovative ideas and have attained a minimum educational qualification of Ordinary National Diploma (OND).
Applicants are expected to register online for this program and provide accurate answers to the questions involved. Such answers enable determining the applicants for the program.
The trainings which are done in class will be delivered by BOI accredited partner training institutes and this shall take place on a two year basis at selected places across the six geo political zones of Nigeria. The last evaluation and selection of candidates that will qualify for funding will be made afterwards.
11) Diamon- Crest for Youth Education Foundation
The function of this of organization is to enhance and offer quality education for the youth. They also function to promote ideals for national and international unity through education.
They encourage good social relationship among the youth through regular educational activities. Workshops and seminars are provided to promote the efficiency and professionalism among teachers and educators.
They encourage excellence through seasonal academic contests. Youth education provide sponsorship and scholarship. Morals and proper social conduct are encouraged.
Mental health education and reproductive health among the youths are promoted by this organization. The organization also off skill acquisition and vocational education for youths.
12) National Youth Service Corps
The national program is for graduates and it last for a year. The graduates engage in many vocational activities in order to promote their skills.
Different types of skill development programs are available as the graduates render service to various organisations.
13) New Era Foundation
This organization was incorporated on the 17th of January, 2000 with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja. The launching and public presentation was done on the 21st March, 2000.
The conduction of the affairs of the foundation are conducted by men and women with Senator Oluremi Tinubu presiding as the President and Founder. In this foundation, the programs from the beginning are geared towards the wholesome development of the youth within the family circle.
The organization believes that children supported and encouraged by their families do better. Role models, guardians and the community are among those who are part of this process.
They aim on developing the leadership and they deliver a unique value based approach to non formal education. Their programs are made up of provision of youth development centres, organising contests with the mental and physical scope in order to encourage social and academic performance.
14) Youth For Technology Foundation
They bring access to technology and resources to the rural communities. Youths are empowered in this program.
15) Foundation for Skills Development
This organization is engaged in empowering unemployed persons with the technical and vocational skills that will enable them to become self employed.
16) United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria
This organization aims at empowering youths for a positive change for a world that is united. They partner with many youths across many countries including Nigeria and they are a non governmental organization.
17) International Centre For Development Affairs
The aim of this organization is to sustain and lead civil society empowerment through communication and development education.
18) Lagos Digital Village
This digital center offers training for youths on digital enterprises.
19) LEAP Africa
This organization equips,trains and empowers a cadre of youths for effectiveness, accountability and leadership.
20) Movement For Youth Actualisation International
They engage in youth productivity programs and youth liberalisation. They educate and develop the less privileged.
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