The sixth edition of the annual summer holiday camps organized by Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI), a nonprofit focused on adolescent health has kicked off in Lagos, Abuja, Akwa Ibom and Ogun.
Tagged ‘SKILLZ Holiday Camps’, the youth-focused, health-themed camp will engage the energy, mind and creativity of 4,000 adolescents across select communities through fun, sports and educational activities to support their transition into healthy adults.
According to YEDI’s Executive Director, Oje Ivagba, the SKILLZ Camps, organized since 2013, offers adolescents in disadvantaged communities a fun-filled learning immersion on health and life skills during the summer holiday.
“The summer holidays are high-risk periods for youth, as they often have little supervision and few opportunities for structured learning activities. To accelerate the reach of our programs in building healthy youth and communities, YEDI has consistently convened this week-long, intensive, non-residential community-based behavioural change health camps, to offer adolescents the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and Malaria prevention and life coping skill”.
He also noted that participants would have access to voluntary HIV testing and counselling services.
On her part, YEDI’s Head of Programs, Tomisin Ojo noted that the SKILLZ Holiday Camps complement YEDI’s year-long in-school and out-of-school interventions and facilitates linkages to specialized health support for at-risk adolescents.
She added that the participants would also be empowered with soft skills and craft training for economic empowerment.
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