How USAID is Advancing the Health and Well-Being of Urban Adolescents with the YPE4AH Project
The US Agency for International Development recently awarded $ 15 million to Development Alternative Inc. (DAI) Global to set up the Youth-Powered Ecosystem to Advance Urban Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (YPE4AH) program. The program, which targets low-income urban adolescents aged 15 to 19, seeks to improve their health and well-being by increasing uptake of voluntary family planning and placing family planning in a more holistic context that improves the life skills of young people for healthy living and future planning. The program also fosters a social and political environment conducive to adolescent health and development and increases the readiness of the youth workforce, employment opportunities and entrepreneurship to address the socio-economic determinants of youth. adolescent health.
DAI’s operations on this project involved partnering with local organizations to create and strengthen a network of “youth centers” in the state capitals of Lagos and Kano. The centers, in turn, will provide two million adolescents and boys with safe spaces to learn skills, receive education and counseling that will help them lead healthier lives and activities, and sports that promote self-esteem. self and team building. Nigerian partners on this project include the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative, Women Friendly Initiative, Grassroots Soccer and Yellow Brick Road (YBR), a creative solutions company that has been appointed to oversee the project’s communications and branding in under a five-year contract. .
Speaking on the purpose and nature of the project, Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin said: “In line with the Agency’s Positive Youth Development Policy, USAID has given young people in Nigeria a voice in a project aimed at them. This activity responds to the demand of today’s young people to get involved in building their own future.
The YPE4AH project was officially launched on February 24, 2021 by the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President in charge of administration (Office of the First Lady ) Dr Hajo Sani.