Youth Friendly Resource Center (YFRC) formerly known as Youth Friendly Center (YFC), UNEC, was a partnership initiative between University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Ecobank Nigeria Ltd and National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) in the Presidency.
The Center (YFC) was closed down in 2012 after six years of service delivery. However with a very high level advocacy team comprised of top management of Ecobank and NACA to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor B.C. Ozumba, Youth Friendly Center (YFC) was re-opened in 2015.
The mandate by Vice-Chancellor for the Center to become functional, responsive to the needs of young people and beneficial to all parties, coupled with the recent directive from the Presidency for public tertiary educational institutions to seek partnership with the private sector, necessitated the remodeling of the Center by the Director to what is now known as Youth Friendly Resource Center (YFRC), which the two partners that started the initiative have willingly accepted.
It is now a youth-connecting and improvement platform designed to operate under public-private partnership (PPP). Through this platform, youth-focused, strategic partners are co-opted to provide their specialist resources as extracurricular elements into the formal education schedules for the sole benefit of assisting the institution expose the young students (male and female between the ages of 18-35 years) to learning opportunities and services beyond what the traditional system offers, all in a bid to equip these students with requisite attitude, skills and knowledge (ASK) critical for gainful employment, significant leadership and citizenship roles. The programs and services from strategic partners are designed to inspire, connect and empower the emerging leaders, and trigger off a major switchover from ‘uniformity and passivity’ of the usual curriculum to ‘independence and creativity’. The programs in addition are aimed to get the young students excited about their studies as it help connect their course of study with their life visions and passions. As a recreation and resource center, YFRC seeks to push the boundaries of education beyond the classroom!
The strategic partners are civil society organizations (Private and NGOs including Foundations), national agencies and bodies, bilateral and multilateral agencies (including UN Groups).
The youth-focused programmes of these strategic partners on drug abuse, crime and terrorism prevention, human trafficking, leadership, integrity and accountability, conflict prevention and peace building, emergency prevention and management, HIV/AIDS and healthy living, volunteerism, environmental protection and sustainable development values, would be gradually institutionalized.
In addition, this multi-sector collaboration and partnership is in line with the sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, promoted by the United Nations, and could jump start and facilitate the implementation of the National Youth Development Policy (NYDP) in our high educational institutions.
The implementation of the National Youth Development Policy (NYDP) designed to put the young people at the center in addressing their needs, aspirations and problems (NAP), will certainly improve the outcome of their education and quality of life.
Certainly, Youth Friendly Resource Center (YFRC) is the one needful thing in our tertiary educational education. YFRC is even more urgent and relevant now that many public tertiary educational institutions face significant underfunding and have serious pressure to use their scarce resources efficiently and effectively.
Youth Engagement/Empowerment Strategy (YEES) aka ‘ Seed and Climb’ for balanced and concurrent empowerment of the critical areas which facilitate a healthy, productive personality
… Complementing to restore the dignity of man
2015/2016 YFRC THEME:
- Campus development and security: Together, we are the solution
2017/2018 YFRC THEME:
- Youthful and Useful
2019/2020 YFRC THEME:
- Dare to make a difference
Dr Chinedum S. Aranotu (BSc; MBBS)