Key achievement

Hosts of the Kick Against Malaria Football Tournament

Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative

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Established in 2011, YEDI (Youth Empowerment Development Initiative) is a non-profit organisation focused on adolescent health development. Using an innovative sport for development curriculum (Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ Curriculum), YEDI equip disadvantaged adolescents with comprehensive knowledge on sexual and reproductive health, malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention and access to support and treatment services. 


The YEDI model trains young adult mentors as community change agents to implement age appropriate and gender-sensitive curricula, combining football metaphors and activities with high impact health information to engage young people and break down cultural barriers. 


YEDI’s in-school and out-of-school outreaches operate as safe spaces for young people aged 10-24 years to access engaging sport-based activities, as well as health and social services across the adolescent continuum of care. YEDI harnesses a multi-sectoral ecosystem of government and social services, layering health, education, sport, youth development, economic empowerment, and child protection. 


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