The Youth Friendly Resource Centre (YFRC), University of Nigeria was set up to help the university students use their extracurricular time constructively to facilitate a productive and wholesome living within the university and when they graduate.
Stated below are the vision, mission, objectives, motto and strategy of the Center.
Students of University of Nigeria emerging as self-directed, health-conscious, socially responsible, responsive and relevant citizens in our dynamic society.
Empowering successive generations of desiring university students to participate in the prevention of ill-health, promotion and sustenance of activities geared towards productive living, decent human conduct, and good leadership qualities.
- To set up a standard Youth Friendly Resource Center that will help in achieving the vision
- To build the capacity of members of staff to provide quality youth friendly services
- To provide trainings on healthy lifestyles, leadership, conflict resolution and violence prevention
- To increase awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention, other related and relevant infections and diseases, provide HCT & Referrals, and collaborate with other stakeholders on the provision of care and support
- To provide linkages and trainings on entrepreneurship skills, income generating activities (IGA) & resource mobilization
- To promote in-door and out-door games, life-transforming competitions, community services and volunteerism
- To establish linkages and networks with various groups, associations and organizations within the university and outside, both nationally and internationally
Complementing in restoring the dignity of man’
Concurrent care and attention to the Head, Heart, Hands & Health “ASK” IS OUR FOCUS YFRC with the above stated vision, mission, objectives, motto and strategy, is working to create the consciousness among the university students that it is the expectation of the society that they would graduate and come to provide solutions to the problems of the society and not to become part of the problem. They are sent to university to know how to make their lives, the lives of others and their environment better. They ought to consciously prepare themselves to be relevant as well as gain influence over their everyday lives, and be in position to realize their dreams.
Our contemporary society is looking for men and women who dream up ideas for wealth creation and can translate those ideas into realities that meet needs – solve outstanding problems or create the desired value.
Our economic world today is looking for people who see themselves as positive change agents, who find opportunity in every challenge to take action where others might find only despair. For any student/undergraduate therefore to be the relevant man or woman, the individual must be a person that provides solutions and presents a credible (marketable) personality. The person must possess the essential attitude; skills & knowledge (ASK) that make him or her, an effective participant in society.
Chance, they say, favors the prepared person. Certainly, those who prepare now while in the university by seeking how to acquire ‘ASK’, will find themselves in the commanding heights of society and places of influence in life.
YFRC hence help in preparing any willing UNN undergraduate/scholar acquire all that are necessary for a productive and wholesome life, and by so doing complements in restoring the dignity of man. Our structured extracurricular programmes and activities that give equal attention to, and care for all the critical areas of one’s life (Head, Heart, Hands & Health – 4Hs) make it easier for the participating students to acquire the essential attitudes, skills and knowledge (ASK) that evidently facilitate one’s high chance of securing a decent job or becoming employer of labor after graduation. The YFRC strategic empowerment programs make the willing and participating university students become socially responsible – (purpose and value driven), responsive – (always looking out for opportunities to solve problems, meet needs and add values), thus relevant in our evolving economy as active participants in the development of a socially inclusive and economically empowering society.
In our global economy, economic success and failure will increasingly be determined by the strategic acquisition and management, by businesses and individuals, of economically-relevant skills.
What YFRC, UNN has envisioned is a paradigm shift in the thinking and outlook of the students. We see graduates with possibility mindset who create job for themselves and others; graduates who had put behind them the ‘entitlement syndrome’ that somebody or government should provide them with jobs. They possess this possibility mindset when they discover that they have all it takes to make a difference as they get exposed to various challenges within and without the university environments. The challenges they are exposed to stimulate them to think outside the box, and in the process their critical thinking prowess is activated, their creative and enterprising spirits are stirred up, and the hero, the champion inside them are awakened.
A desire to help in making the broader society of which they are an integral part, ‘a better community for all’ (ABC4All) is inevitably provoked.
In addition and undoubtedly, as we engage the willing students in these recreational, entrepreneurship and vocational activities in their extra curricular time, time wasting in frivolous pursuits is minimized. By enhancing their confidence, connectedness, competence, character and contributions (usefulness) to society through our programmes and activities, their responses to life’s challenges are always positive – without compromising (by being gullible and vulnerable).
Definitely, YFRC don’t have it all together, but altogether, we have it all. We therefore seek the support of all stakeholders, private, local and international partners to help us achieve this laudable objectives. Be our partner as we invest in our future as the programmes and activities of YFRC are strategic weapons for fighting social ills among the young people.