PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS
Message from the Executive Director
It is with a deep sense of reverence and gratitude to God Almighty that l presents the report of the
activities of Youth Care Projects (YCP) for the year 2004 as well as the financial report for the
We have in the period under review made tangible progress in building and consolidating our organizational
structures as well as in developing progressive programmes for young people in and out of school and churches at
both rural and urban communities to build their self-esteem, improve their life skills and their understanding of
relationships and sexuality, in addition to the programmes that prevent HIV/AIDs/STIs, unwanted pregnancy and
unsafe abortion. In the excitement of these noteworthy efforts, it is very easy to forget or loose sight of the
need to use the opportunity such as this to reflect soberly on the overall project, take stock of the past, review
the present and project into future with a view to identifying fresh challenges and indeed planning
new strategies for improving our organizational capacity to increase youth
involvement in programmes that affect their sexual and reproductive health rights.
In almost seven (7) years of her emergence, Youth Care Projects comfortably be said that to have come a
long way as a youth focused community based non-governmental and non-profit organization. Since her inception in
1998, building youth leadership has been at the core of YCP’s mission.
With a few committed and dedicated staff and volunteers, YCP operated from a small one room office
apartment in the heart of Mushin, in Lagos State, from where it later moved to the Executive Director’s home where
she provided YCP with an office space that also contained the resources/information and counseling
Today at the risk of sounding immodest, YCP through her bold vision and hard work has continued to expand
both in structure and programmes. YCP is now occupying a comfortable office
space as her headquarters equipped with all modern office facilities in Ikeja, Lagos State, in addition to two
branch offices in Ondo State both in South West of Nigeria. Like the biblical parable, YCP has grown like
mustard seed, having many branches and bearing numerous fruits.
YCP successfully started and has continued to work and perform creditably well in the area of programming
for one of the vulnerable and most difficult groups to reach with sexual and reproductive health information and
Through hard work and creative programming, YCP enjoys and maintains tremendous support both financially
and morally from the leadership of the Redeemed Christian Church of god (RCCG) in Lagos State. This support has
lead to the training of 500 Youth Peer Health Educators and 140 Pastors, Counselors, Deacons, Deaconesses and youth
leaders in five (5) parishes of the church in Lagos State on adolescent sexual and reproductive health
During the period under review, YCP continued to make progress towards
the realization of her goals. YCP partnership – building effort was rewarded when she entered into
collaborative project with Akoko North West Local Government to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive
health rights under aegis of the Center for Adolescent Information and development (CEFAID) in the
CEFAID was conceived as a strategy or intervention for meeting the needs of
young people in the Local Government area for information, education, guidance and counseling and services with
regards to their sexual and reproductive health and rights in addition to empowering and increasing young people’s
self – esteem and capacity to solve their own problems and improve their own and other people’s
While YCP’s advantage in this partnership lies in her reach, in – depth knowledge of the situation of
young people, especially those in difficult settings and her ability to respond in practical ways to young people’s
pressing needs; Akoko North West Local Government provides the supportive environment by giving its fullest
political commitment and by helping to mobilize resources including financial, material and logistic support to YCP
to implement the project.
This strategic partnership between YCP and Akoko North West Local Government for us represents a major
break through for young people not only in Akoko North West Local Government area but for young people in other
parts of the country.
This is the first time in the annals of this nation that Local Government has decided to go beyond the
rhetoric issues affecting young people to translate them into concrete reality by showing the political will to
commit resources to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people. Before now, the role of governments
never went beyond legislation, enactment of laws and bills and honouring invitations to adolescent sexual and
reproductive health and rights programmes.
Today, CEFAID project represents a landmark victory for youths of Akoko North
West Local Government after many years of sustained advocacy spearheaded by YCP and supported by young people
YCP has so far reached 5,000 young people with sexual and reproductive health information through various
workshops, conferences, seminars, educational sessions and film shows. 21,000 IEC promotional materials were also
distributed during the period under review.
It is for this reasons that we are proud of Akoko North West L. G. and the Executive Chairman, Chief L. M.
Komolafe for blazing the trial in this unique partnership. The Partnership that works. As our record has shown, it
is through adopting new and innovative strategic approaches and building effective partnership that the seemingly
impossible can be achieved.