Nov 10, 2015

IMPACTING COMMUNITIES, CHANGING LIVES

Free medical check-up for Itam market Women
Free medical check-up for Itam market Women

Located in the coastal southern part of Nigeria and known as the Nation's "Land of Promise", Akwa Ibom State produced 422 young change agents from 14 public secondaryschools across the State,who have been equipped by the Youth Development Training Programme to drive positive change in their communities.

Today, 2,560 students of Ikpe Annang Comprehensive School in Akwa Ibom State have access to a sick bay facility within the school premises which provides first aid treatments. This was made possible by the youth beneficiaries of the YDTP in Ikpe Annang School who partnered with the Local Government Primary Health Care department to provide a nurse, drug supllies and equipment to the sick bay.

In another community; Asuna-Etinan in Akwa Ibom State, the YDTP beneficiaries of Community Secondary School Asunan-Etinan in partnership with the Nigerian Red Cross Society pioneered the trainining of 400 members of the Asuna-Etinan dsitrcit on administering first aid treatments and institiuted the first Red Cross support club in the area.

These young leaders who have graduated from the programme have left an indelible mark in their communities, implementing 13 change projects and impacting the lives of over 6,596 people on Akwa Ibom state.

Many more communities in Akwa Ibom state have benefited from the impact of the Youth Development Training Programme. The effort and dedication of these 422 change agents on the lives of over 6,596 people lend credence to the fact that a small group of young people can be empowered to change the world.

First Aid Demonstration by Red Cross Staff
First Aid Demonstration by Red Cross Staff
Clean Up Exercise at Ikpe Annang Market
Clean Up Exercise at Ikpe Annang Market
Aug 11, 2015

RECREATING AFRICA ONE CHANGE PROJECT AT A TIME

YDTP students and trainer at the public tap
YDTP students and trainer at the public tap

Access to clean water is a necessity for people to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But for the people of Agboju community in Lagos State, access to clean water has been elusive.  A single dug water well serviced the residents, traders at the Agboju market and schools within the community. Due to frequent and ill-managed use, the water well had become contaminated, thus posing health risks to the community.

Kuje Senior Secondary School Agboju was one of the schools introduced to the YDTP programme in the 2014/2015 school year. Through engaging classroom discussions, the students learnt life and leadership skills. They were impacted on how leadership is about taking action and proffering innovative solutions to problems within their community.  

With this knowledge, these students decided to end the absence of viable clean water in Agboju community. To do this, the students identified a water channel within the community and mapped out a central location for the construction of a public tap. They partnered with the Lagos State Water Corporation to use the identified water channel to supply water to the proposed public tap. On July 6th, 2015 with the support of the Agboju community and Lagos State Water Corporation, a public tap was set up and currently provides over 150 people with clean water daily, free of any charges or costs.

The Agboju water project is just one of several change projects implemented by student beneficiaries of the YDTP programme in 2015. Other projects implemented by the student beneficiaries include; A Zebra crossing project at a central business district in Agidingbi Ikeja to provide safe means of crossing for pedestrians, free eye tests and glasses for market traders at Olaleye market, Somolu Lagos amongst others.

In June 2015, 360 students graduated from the YDTP programme and joined the stream of young, dynamic youth who have been equipped to take on leadership roles in their communities and gain mastery of their lives in a competitive world. The graduating beneficiaries are students from Agidingbi Senior Grammar School Ikeja, Government Technical College Agidingbi, Igbobi Junior High School, Government Technical College Ikorodu and Government Technical College, Epe.

Through the YDTP programme, LEAP is training our young people to be leaders NOW! by equipping them with the skills to take responsibility for the growth and development of their communities as well as themselves.

Join LEAP Africa in raising young, dynamic and innovative young leaders till we recreate the Africa we have imagined.

Donate today.

Lawal (YDTP trainer) drinking from the tap
Lawal (YDTP trainer) drinking from the tap
Safe environment - Zebra crossing project
Safe environment - Zebra crossing project
Signage for Agidingbi-students with Road officials
Signage for Agidingbi-students with Road officials
May 14, 2015

Teenagers investing in their future with Edufundfunds

Graduating students with Ukwori Ejibe and Omololu
Graduating students with Ukwori Ejibe and Omololu

On a cool Friday afternoon in February 2015, it was a remarkable day for twenty four students (24) of Agidingbi Senior Grammar School, Ikeja Lagos who graduated after taking LEAP’s 12 month leadership course – Youth Development Training Programme within the school. Even more remarkable is the three community development change projects - Soup Kitchen, Health Fair and Edufunfunds – Dream Starters Savings Club - implemented by these groups of students.

Out of the three, Edufunfunds stood out as the most unique idea presented by the teenagers because financial literacy is not taught as a curriculum in most Nigerian public secondary schools which translates to poor development of a savings culture and entrepreneurship skills amongst teenagers.

Edufunfunds is a poverty and unemployment reduction strategy that will provide a self-sustaining platform to empower future world leaders with its target being public school students. 

These projects are some of the several initiatives run by the YDTP trainees across six states in Nigeria. Some schools are still delivering the YDTP curriculum in several states and intend to come up community development projects as their peers in the programme.

YDTP has transformed the once passive students into responsible and impact seeking teenagers who have set clear goals and are ready to commence their journey with a positive outlook. The students are being enlightened on leadership, project cycle management, fundraising, budgeting and writing proposals to compliment their conventional syllabus.

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.