Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN) is a registered non-political, non-profit making and non-governmental organization founded on November 27th 2008. We advance attitudes, policies and actions that promote justice, environmental sustainability, social responsibility and meaningful participation for young people in Nigeria and beyond.
In line with our organization’s mandate of integrating youth and vulnerable groups into policy and developmental processes, our organization with the support of Alexijan Consults under our Volunteer For Life (VFL) and Youth Farm (YFarm) projects developed the #LeaveNoYouthBehind Campaign on the SDGs in order to provide a unique platform for vulnerable youth to share and gain relevant experiences from key stakeholders, and also advocate for inclusion in the policy and decision making spaces.
The Campaign draws its strength from the ‘Leave No One Behind’ Principles of the SDGs and targets youth with disability, special and health needs, young widows and widowers, young victims of violence, rural and out of school youth, among other vulnerable youth.
The initial phase of the Campaign which will be jointly implemented by our organization and Alexijan Consults will run as a project from November 2017 – November 2020. The Campaign will focus on research and documentation; policy advocacy and public mobilization on inclusion of vulnerable youth in policy and developmental processes; capacity building of the selected groups on Basic Life, Transformative Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Skills; innovative labs; Mock Parliaments; Documentary; and Competitions; and position them to benefit from the ‘Leave No Youth Behind agenda’ for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Working Group Sessions on key strategies for implementing the LeaveNoYouth Behind Project:
Also the Four Thematic Areas include;
Group 1: Youth with Disability, Albinism and other Special Needs
Group 2: Young Orphans, Widows and Widowers
Group 3: Out of School and Grassroots Youth
Group 4: Young Prisoners and Youth in Conflict Situations
In May 23rd – 25th 2018, we hosted the Leave No Youth Behind Social Media Hangout, Community Lab & Agribusiness Bootcamp for vulnerable youth and women in Mpape Community in FCT, Nigeria with financial and material support from Women Environmental Programme (WEP), Women in Engage for a Common Future (WECF); Global Forest Coalition (GFC); Gender and Water Alliance (GWA); and Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)