Youth Care Projects (YCP) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established to address the health
and development needs of Nigerian youths in a holistic but sustainable manner.
Established in June 1998, YCP has its corporate headquarters in Lagos but runs and maintains projects
Youth Development Centre in partnership with other stakeholders. Currently, YCP has established such centres in
various local government areas of Ondo, Kwara and Ekiti State respectively, with a vision to expanding to other
states of the federation.
YCP was founded out of the urgent need to empower young people and ensure their active involvement and
participation in addressing and dealing with their own development challenges, issues and
YCP’s goals and objectives are in line with the overall national strategic policy framework for youth
development. As a result, YCP believes that the fate of any nation lies in the strength and
aspirations of her youth, and as such they should be given the opportunity to realize these aspirations and
attain their full potentials to be able to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and political life of
However, young people today are facing a world that is far different from that of their
Over the past few decades, our communities have undergone tremendous changes and transformation that have
affected every area of life including the political, social, health, cultural, environmental and economic spheres
and have impacted negatively on the society, and being part of that society, young people are greatly influenced by
these changes. For instance the influence of western education and culture has lead to a gradual break down of our
traditional norms and values for guiding young people into healthy, responsible adulthood.
On the other hand, the role of the extended family system, which provided support for children’s
upbringing in the past, is fast disappearing as communities are loosing their men and women who serve as role
models to migration. The effect is that the communities are qualitatively different in terms of social
characteristics and this changing community profile raises a major issue - the capacity of those remaining within
communities to engage young people and adequately serve as change agents.
Other factors such as extreme poverty and economic pressure on families are also affecting young people
negatively. Many parents in their bid to earn decent living have abandoned their young ones either to their own
fate or at the mercy house helps and schools that are fast becoming breeding ground for violence and vices of all
sorts. The outcome is an increase in all forms of crime, drug-abuse, cultism, area boys and girls syndrome, moral
bankruptcy and the emerging culture of teenage prostitution and homosexuality with their attendant health problems;
unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortion, STIs and HIV/AIDS.
YCP therefore emerged as a conscious response to these disturbing realities of young people in Nigeria. It
strives to improve young people’s health, facilitate their balanced development and build their capacity to lead
responsible and productive lives in an increasingly frustrating and hostile environment.
Our vision is to assist young people to identify and constructively deal with all threats- social,
economical, political and cultural- to their development and full self-Realisation.
Our mission is to raise a generation of healthy, responsible, gender balanced and critically conscious
young people who can hold their own in the face of threatening realities.
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