LCIO recognizes young people as resources to be developed, rather than problems to be solved, on this premise, we adopt appropriate youth development framework to advance the well-being of youth in Nigeria. We incorporate skills development, opportunities and genuine relationships into our programs to help our youth reach their full potential. Our programmes include:
PHAT LIFE PROGRAM (PREVENTING HARMFUL ATTITUDES AMONG TEENS)
PHAT Life is an out of school program for young people between the age of 13 and 17 and young adults between the age of 18 and 33. PHAT Life program is designed to address various components of youth development as well as prevention and early intervention services. The components addressed by this program include: mental health, emotional well-being, physical health and wellness.
Participants spend a period of 2-5 years in this program, in a safe and consistent space that are youth friendly and youth driven, this design makes PHAT Life unique. This program provides young people with an atmosphere to grow and develop in a healthy way. Furthermore, it is an environment where youth are celebrated and a place they feel a sense of belonging. In addition, daily they are given opportunities to express their creativity by participating in diverse programmes and activities.
Participants in this program are trained on: Anger and Emotional Management, Planning and Decision Making, Consequential Thinking and Personal Responsibility, Positive attitudes and beliefs about prevention behaviors, Healthy relationships and safer sex decision making.
They also have the opportunity to participate in monthly professional trainings focusing on leadership development, work readiness, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and much more. The professional training is structured to address Career Exploration, The 5 Stages of Team Development, Financial Literacy, Conflict Resolution, Entrepreneurship & Business Planning, Goal Setting, Resume Building, Communication Skills – Public Speaking, and De-escalation & Safety, Evidence Based Prevention Education- Facilitation and STEM/computer literacy /ICT
Behavioural Health and Wellness Program (BHW)
BHW addresses the needs of young people through prevention and early intervention training. BHW deals with substance use prevention, suicide prevention, depression prevention, healthy relationship, risky sexual relationship and other behavioural challenges of adolescence. The goal of these interventions is to decrease risky behaviours and alternatively encourage development of intentions to practice healthy behaviours. Through this program, we are able to provide measurable outcomes relating to knowledge gain, skill attainment and behavioural change. The need for prevention and early intervention in Nigeria youth population is self-evident. The rates of substance use, STD/HIV, teen pregnancy, violence, suicide and crime among youth is high. There are personal and social factors which play a role in adolescent risky-behaviours and our training promotes personal and social competency in addressing these issues.
LCIO uses more than one approach to mentoring. We provide group sessions, which focus on development of self, mindfulness and skill acquisition. In addition to the group plan, we provide individual mentoring with skilled staff and volunteers. This allows young people to establish and maintain relationships with healthy adults. Many of our families have low parental involvement due to their job or recurring patterns of maladaptive behaviours and chronic stress and illness. Our mentoring provides additional supports, which are crucial in adolescent development.