Programmes

    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.

    Mentoring

    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.

    COMMUNITY OUTREACH

    Due to the value LCIO places on the communities we serve, LCIO provides population level interventions through community outreach. This helps our efforts to prevent behavioural and public health challenges especially in conflict affected communities, as well as poor and hard-to-reach communities. Through public awareness, advocacy and life skills and vocational skills empowerment.

    Young Ambassadors Program (YAP)

    Youth Ambassadors Program is designed for students in secondary and tertiary institutions that are dedicated to raising awareness of substance abuse and the issues that young people face in their community. This is a student lead, adult supported, committee that meets weekly to discuss current topics and issues that affect their lives in and out of school.

    This dynamic group of young people are the young ambassadors that work together to identify needs for change, find effective ways to communicate the issues and work to develop solutions that will connect with their peers to create positive change.  They work to promote positive, healthy behaviors and carry out events that are beneficial to their community.
    The purpose of this program is to empower the youth in Nigeria to make positive, healthy choices, raise awareness and reduce the negative impacts of drugs and alcohol use among their peers. We talk about issues that are important in their lives and ways we can make positive changes in our community. Throughout the year young people in these program participate in several events, workshops, and activities that strengthen these messages, our virtual Youth Ambassadors program registration is on via this link.

    LCIO Youth Ambassadors Program Meetings are open for all senior secondary school and tertiary institution students ages 15-35 to share their voice, thoughts, and ideas to support healthy peer behaviors and to strengthen our community. Now that meetings are virtual, our meetings now include students across Nigeria. We are lucky to have such passionate, caring students that strive to make a difference within their community.

    If you are interested in joining Youth Ambassadors Program please fill in your details via the link, or contact our Program Coordinator, and we will be happy to make sure you feel comfortable becoming part of this great family of impact makers.