YEDI, a non-profit organization with a local board and all Nigerian staff, was founded in 2011. YEDI has reached over 127,000 young people across four states and in over 500 schools and community sites, with evidence-based programs designed to build young people’s assets, facilitate their access to health services, and promote their adherence to healthy behaviors. YEDI currently employs 30 full-time staff and over 240 volunteer youth peer mentors (Coaches) who carry out interventions at project sites. YEDI has offices and project sites in Lagos and Abuja and implements additional activities in Akwa-Ibom and Ogun States through strategic partnerships with, and technical assistance to, indigenous CBOs with shared values.
The YEDI model trains young adult mentors as community change agents to implement age-appropriate and gender-sensitive curricula that combine soccer metaphors and activities with high impact health information that engage youth and break down cultural barriers. YEDI brings deep experience in adolescent sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, testing, and linkage to care, gender-based violence prevention, malaria prevention, positive youth development, and community mobilization.