Youth Empowerment in Nigeria: Top Youth Empowerment programs in Nigeria

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Are you young and seeking programs to develop yourself from being an average citizen of Nigeria to one of the change-makers and trend-setters in the nations?

Youths are the vibrant change makers and movers of nations, and for Nigeria, the more than half of the 200 million population of the most popular African nation, there has been a uprise in the number of youths interested in learning skills either for professional reasons, soft reasons or beyond this – and values about life, entrepreneurship, education and relationship as a means to make more for themselves as individuals in the community as to develop into responsible citizens of the nation.

Importance Youth Empowerment is Important in Nigeria

  1. The average Nigerian Youths needs entrepreneurial skills to survive in the world  not even in the business world alone as the educational system itself doesn’t provide much theoretical endeavors.It provides a space for self-development in individuals
  2. It supports entrepreneurial prowesses in youths through educating them more than school ever would on the business world.
  3. Provisions and facilities for personal development are made thus building a better infrastructural sphere for the nation.
  4. It reduces dependence of youths on government, parents and helps build a better economy.
  5. It serves as a means of Job Creation for youths as more people get to learn how they can become entrepreneurs and business owners themselves, it creates a job market.
  6. Some programs provide Small and Large scale businesses with mentoring, grants and loans which is really helpful in organizational development.
  7. It creates avenues for the development of potentials within youths.
  8. It enables the acquisition of new skills and development of already learned skills.
  9. It equips the youth for the task ahead.

Youth Empowerment Programs in Nigeria

The following are the lists of the youth empowerment programmes in Nigeria that helps youths develop themselves


NPower is an initiative of the Nigerian Federal Government under the administratorship of President Muhammadu Buhari, it was created as a means to reduce unemployment of youths in Nigeria. 

This program was implemented in the administration of President Mummadu Buhari in 2016. The organization provides a facility where Nigerians can access skills development and acquisition, recently it launched the TraderMoni initiative as part of its programs, which grants loans to small business owners and the elderly in the nation.

They usually empower youths within the age range of 18-35 years who must’ve all undertaken various tests and examinations by the board.

Youth Empowerment Nigeria (YEN)

YEN is a non-profit project established to address the gaps of diversity, empower youths in numerous areas of life, capacity building, youth involvement in service projects, civic engagement, philanthropy and decision-making of their communities. All YEN projects reflect a commitment to investing in the lives of Youth and are driven by individual initiative, teamwork and youth-adult partnerships. YEN bridges youths and community resources through several distinct approaches;

  • Encouraging skill acquisition
  • Encouraging service-learning
  • Community projects and social action
  • Philanthropy
  • Youth-led research
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Engaging youth as volunteers
  • Youth Employment Program

Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria (AYEEN) from AYE

AYEEN is on a mission to empower young entrepreneur in Africa.

The initiative founded  Mr. Summy Smart Francis with executives ranging from Ibada Ahmed to one of Africa’s best PR officers Cynthia provides Empowerment and fundings for smart business ideas, mentoring, training and equipments for entrepreneurs, also showcases Nigerian Entrepreneurs on the platform.

LEAP Africa

LEAP Africa is a youth-focused leadership development nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, empower and equip a new cadre of leaders with skills and tools for personal, organization and community transformation. 

Since being founded in 2002, over two decades ago, LEAP has partnered with names like AIR FRANCE/KLM, Airtel, Bank of Industry, Citi Foundation, Chellarams Foundation, CocaCola Foundation, First Bank of Nigeria, JP Morgan, Lafarge, Nokia/International Youth Foundation, Microsoft, Sahara Foundation, Sterling bank, the United States Government and the World Bank in a means to achieve its visions.

Its interventions for youth, bridges gaps in effective leadership, education, employability, entrepreneurship and awakens civic participation in citizens to demand good governance or creatively address social issues.

Women’s Techonology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)

W.TEC is a non-governmental organization based in Nigeria working towards the economic and social empowerment of females through the usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The notice of a down-right usage of ICT to store, share, organise and process information hereby denying them of income-generating opportunities and the chance to network with others sparked up W.TEC.

The programs offers technology literacy, technology-based projects, mentoring and work placement and is also concerned with how women in African women can develop skills and use ICTs for activism, learning, awareness-raising and advocacy for a better quality of life.

With programs like SHE CAN – WITH ICT, Staying Safe Online in their belt, W.TEC is well achieving her missions

The objectives of the organizations are for Nigerian women to develop financial independence by: training for ICT-specific jobs, like computer engineer, programmer, system analysts, hardware and network specialists, designers; developing technology skills that can be used for other ICT-reliant jobs or self-employment.

Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI)

YEDI is a local, Nigerian-run NGO that empowers and educates youth and inspiring communities using proven models or ideas modified for the Nigerian context.

Established in 2011, YEDI aims to inspire youths in Nigeria as such to reduce the rates of HIV and it’s unecessary stigma in the lives of youths and young ones.

YEDI however doesn’t relent after the mass education on HIV, it’s also taken a step further to creating opportunities for youths as well as other projects on the issues faced in the nation and beyond.

Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin)

This organization, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication Technology as well as the Ministry of Youth and Social Development (MYSD) acts to encourage entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria by helping them develop their business, also providing them with necessary skills to create more and better jobs in a means to reduce the unemployment rate of youths in the nation.

Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P)

This scheme was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the administration of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the former President of Nigeria.

Its essence was to reinvest the Federal Government savings from the fuel subsidy removal (made some year back in the nation) on vital infrastructure projects and social safety net programs including a direct impact on the citizens of Nigeria.

The main aims of this program include providing job opportunities for unemployed graduates by organizing internship programmes and managing a database of youth in the country to allow for proper implementation of the programme.

Youth Entrepreneur Support Program (YESP)

YES-P is part of the Bank of Industry ( BIO)’s means to address one of the main social problem of the Nigeria economy – Mass unemployment of youths – by promoting funding their business ideas from youths and helping them develop their capability and capacities.

The initiative focuses mainly on equipping youths with the skills and knowledge to be self-employed and entrepreneurial.

However, to qualify as a part of this programme, one must be between the range of 18-35 years and must possess a minimum educational qualification of at least Ordinary National Diploma (OND).

Youth Empowering People (YEP)

With focus more on youths in the Niger Delta areas, YEP has helped reduce the issues of mass unemployment and poverty through enlightening the youths of the community on how to solve their own problems and depend less on the government for solutions to environmental, social and economic problems faced in the environment.

This project has helped in controlling the crises in Niger Delta by engaging idle youths in meaningful jobs.

National Youth Service Corps

Initiated in  22 May 1973, founded by Adebayo Adedimeji this national program is for graduates of tertiary institutions and it lasts usually for a year.

The NYSC is a scheme set up by the Nigerian government to involve Nigerian graduates in nation building and the development of the country.
Participants in this program are transferred to an uncertain location or state where they are to ‘serve their fatherland’.

During this one-year period, partakers are open to learning many vocational and human activities in order to promote their skills and build up their capacity.

Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS)

Since great performance during internship is a good head-start in the business world, GIS is making good use of this fact.

The scheme is working towards creating an opportunity for 5000 youth graduates to to become interns in private/public sector organization in other to promote building of the manpower requirement as well as so as to drive the Nation’s Transformation Agenda.

Youth Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria (YISA)

Are you an agric person? – If yes, this is surely for you

This program aims to motivate young adults to get involved in the agricultural sector and make good use of the profitable market it has.

Anyone interested in agriculture of its economies of scale can sure join the program.

Vision 2020

The “Vision 2020: Youth Empowerment and Restoration Initiative” is a youth and national development initiative of Lonadek Nigeria Limited.

To empower youths and prepare them for a fulfilling and rewarding career ahead. To add value to the Nigerian economy through the “catch-them-young” strategy of reaching out to the grassroots for promising students who can drive Nigeria into a position of dominance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by year 2020 and beyond.

Diamon Crest for Youth Education Foundation

Diamon Crest for Youth Education Foundation aims to enhance and offer quality education for youths and learners in the nation.

Also goes way out to promote ideals for national and international unity through educating their participants on the importance of these.

Their program provides sponsorship and scholarship for outstanding and needing students, also, mental health education and reproductive health among the youths are part of the teachings made herein.

Also it, offers skill acquisition and vocational education for youths.

Other prominent youth empowering programs in the nation include:

New Era Foundation
Youth for Technology Foundation
Foundation for Skills Development
United Nation of Youth Network Nigeria
International Centre for Development Affairs
Movement for Youth Actualization International
African Youth Empowerment Nigeria (AYEN)


  1. Is there any valuable training or scholarship for a polytechnic drop out cos of school fees

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