Our PY4H initiative (Partnering with Youths for Health) strengthens the role of youths in improving health and development of disadvantaged rural/urban slum communities. PY4H entails partnerships between CHESIDS and youth volunteers that respond to the aspirations of the local community; Involve a local contribution of land, supervision, operation and management; be maintained and operated by the local community; Improve basic social conditions in the community; Benefit a large number of people through high impact, quickly implementable activities; be completed under 6 months, will not require additional external funds to maintain; have visible benefits for the community and be self-sustaining; promote constructive inter-ethnic relations, so crucial in a country with conflicts fueled by ethnic and religious intolerance.
The PY4H initiative deploys a structured approach to identify, equip, mentor, assist and fund young people to implement development projects in targeted communities.Through PY4H, CHESIDS builds and nurtures a pipeline of young social change agents.
Launched in mid-2016, the first solicitation resulted in the receipt of over a hundred applications from young people wishing to make an impact in communities located in Nigeria's North Central states. Shortlisted candidates typically benefit from a three day workshop where they are equipped for field work. The successful youths receive financial and technical assistance support from CHESIDS to pursue their vision for social change in their chosen urban slum or rural community.
Direct beneficiaries of the initiative are young people aged 15 -35years who have an established relationship with underserved urban slum or rural communities and willing to lead a social change that has the potential to improve the health of community members in Nigeria. Indirect beneficiaries of the initiative are women, children and youths in under-served urban slum/rural communities
It is a unique initiative because: