BREAKING TRADITIONAL BOUNDARIES
Youth Care Projects (YCP) is pleased to present the report of her activities in Ondo East Local Government
Area of Ondo state for the past one year (October 2010 – November 2011) as well as the financial report for the
Let me start by giving thanks to the Almighty God who gave us the vision and for bestowing on us the
strength and power to implement this vision.
I would also like to gratefully acknowledge the tireless effort of everyone who has worked so hard to make
the Ondo project a reality. The success so far achieved represents a collaborative effort of all the stakeholders,
namely; the Government at both the state and local levels, the local communities and YCP, who came together to
promote and support an expanded and multi-sectoral response to issues of health and development of young people in
With the launch and commencement of activities at the Youth Development Centre, I can say boldly without
fear of contradiction that YCP through its innovative strategy of involving both the community and the government
is already breaking traditional boundaries in youth programming in Nigeria and probably in the entire sub-Saharan
We realized early that the magnitude of the challenges facing our youth, who are indeed the life force of
our communities, can effectively be tackled and resolved through sustainable and firm commitment of every
stakeholder. Here, technical, financial, regulatory, programmatic and eventual ownership and sustainability must be
factored into programme design, planning, implementation and monitoring phases.
So, from the inception, we had assumed that direct partnership between the project, the local communities
and the two levels of government can be a starting point in the formulation of a more effective strategy in the
planning, implementation and monitoring processes. This is YCP model.
The obvious benefit of such broad-based participation of all stakeholders are numerous as it ensures
policy commitment, operational efficiency, complimentarity non duplication of roles, prudential financial spending
which also ensures proper allocation of funds, and above all the potential for maximizing programme service
delivery impact to the people.
In our strategy, local communities are the focal point of our intervention and this highlights the
importance of partnership with them. The communities are fundamental not only to programme sustainability,
management and ownership, but also in joint resource contribution and input to the project particularly in the
donation of community land for the project site.
YCP’s strength in the partnership lies not just in raising funds, it understands the condition of young
people particularly the hard to reach youths and those living under very difficult circumstances and settings, and
has the ability to respond in many practical ways to young people’s pressing needs.
For progarmmes such as this to be successful, it is essential that enabling environment based on
appropriate policies and political commitment be established. The government has the regulatory authority. Ondo
State Government and Ondo East local Government provided supportive environment by giving their fullest political
commitment and by helping to mobilize its own share of resources which include human, financial and material
resources in addition to logistic support based on stakeholders agreed formula for contributing resources to the
As I have always pointed out, governments until now have not gone beyond mere rehetorics and speech making
and sometimes honoring invitations when it comes to youth events and programmes.
However, the admirable and courageous efforts of Ondo State Government and Ondo East L. G. A in embracing
this strategic and unique partnership aimed at empowering our young people, is worthy of emulation. For us at YCP
and the development community, it represents a major breakthrough in youth programming. For by so doing, the
government is providing hope for the future. May I use this opportunity to express the determination of YCP to
ensure that these positive efforts and gains already made can and must be accelerated and expanded to other Local
Government Area of the state for the benefit of the present and future generation of Ondo State in Particular and
the nation as a whole.
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