What We Do


Programme Strategies: Our programme strategies includes but are not limited to:

  • Community Mobilisation
  • Capacity Building
  • Information Sharing
  • Advocacy
  • Research

Our Thematic Areas

Leadership Initiative for Youth Empowerment (LIFE) implements her programmes in 5 thematic areas:

1. Democracy and Governance

A genuinely inclusive society needs to ensure that its youth participate in all its affairs. However, in many African countries, youth have either remained marginalized or not played a role in the political process. This is largely due to institutional and policy constraints of the state and society. Despite this unfavorable context, youth continue to negotiate their way to political participation. In support of these efforts, LIFE focuses on providing young people with the necessary skills and competencies required to motivate their peers to meaningfully participate in governance and democratic issues.

2. Economic Empowerment

In many countries in the Global South, including Nigeria, chronic unaddressed poverty, disproportionate development is giving rise to normalized daily violence and
low-level armed conflict in densely populated slums. A sizeable majority of the people coping with these conditions are young people aged 15-30. The sociocultural context
in which young people find themselves presents unique barriers to the economic success of young women and men, but also some significant advantages. Enormous untapped potential exists for the empowerment of youths and LIFE believes that they can be empowered to tap into this potential.

3. Human Rights

Human rights are about everyone, and they are very important for children and young people. But children and young people are also entitled to special additional protections, as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. One of the main human rights protections for children is that the best interests of the child must be a primary consideration in all decisions and actions concerning children. However, various violations including, but not limited to child sexual exploitation and gender based violence continue unabated. LIFE therefore prioritizes this area and invests in programmes to prevent child sexual exploitation and gender base violence.

4. Leadership Development

LIFE strongly believes that Strong and ethical leadership, characterized by consistent standards of integrity, can catalyze efforts to fight corruption, build accountable and transparent systems, advocate for reform, promote respect for human rights, and strengthen the rule of law. Therefore, LIFE focuses on this thematic area to empower young people and their communities for effective leadership.

5. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Over half of the world’s population is below 25 years of age. Young people experience specific problems regarding sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and sexuality. These problems differ from the issues that adults have, or that may have existed among previous generations.Therefore it is crucial that young people receive adequate information about these issues because it has a high impact on their future and present lives. This information needs to be freely available to everyone. LIFE therefore prioritizes Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for young people, and actively implements it as part of her programme for her beneficiaries.





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