Investment in Youth Empowerment

1. Vitalis will fund and support Constituency Youth Program Initiatives. The youths have persistently been underserved. As Member, House of Representative, Vitalis believes there is a need to develop and fund youth programs in the community.  Such a Youth Program Initiative will encourage foreign partners, businesses and other community members to support the initiative that will be managed by an independent advisory council.

2. Vitalis will work with foreign and domestic partners to establish the Constituency Office of Youth Development (COYD) to create employment training and career placement programs that effectively meet the workforce demands and the needs of youths and businesses in Jos North and Bassa. COYD will create neighborhood-specific youth programs that meet the needs of the youth in each individual neighborhood. Some of the programs that will benefit Constituency youths will include:

  • Educational and Entrepreneurial Scholarship Opportunities
  • Occupational skills training
  • Alternative school services
  • Mentoring
  • Paid and unpaid work experience (such as internships, apprenticeships, and job shadowing)
  • Leadership development
  • Guidance counseling
  • Follow-up services

Community Learning Centers

Vitalis will partner with businesses and organizations to create Community Learning Centers (CLCs). This will allow our youths and community partners to use the school space during extended hours, on the weekends, and during vacation to offer programs that provide youth athletics, academic support, health services (health center, a vision center, a dental clinic, mental health services), social services, arts programs, civic, and cultural opportunities for youths, their families, and the community.

End Child Labor

There are thousands of children in Jos North and Bassa, and millions of children around Nigeria at work instead of school. Vitalis believes that the best way to eradicate child labor is to provide better livelihoods for parents and families that allow them to send their children to school rather than work. He will work with community and international partners such as Winrock International to deploy a range of strategies, including:

  1. reducing poverty by providing better livelihoods for parents and families
  2. educating children and their families about the importance of education
  3. providing or facilitating support services for children and their families
  4. raising public awareness of the importance of education and the dangers of child labor
  5. enacting and reinforcing the legal framework on the minimum age of employment and compulsory education in Nigeria