IMPACTING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND WOMEN IN NIGERIA

Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN)

We work to advance attitudes, policies and actions that promote sustainable development for children, youth, women and vulnerable groups.
CEO's WELCOME NOTE

You are warmly welcome to the official site of Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN) and Alexijan Consults - the consulting arm of FBIN. For over 12 years, FBIN has stayed true to its mission of advancing attitudes, actions and policies that promote justice, social inclusion, social responsibility and meaningful participation for children, young people, vulnerable groups and women in Nigeria. Our biggest achievements are seen through the lives of the poor and vulnerable that we have impacted positively. We achieve this through innovative research and documentation, capacity building on thematic areas, mentoring and coaching, inclusive volunteerism, policy advocacy and dialogues, community and service projects, social media and other media engagements, outsourcing, concerts, conferences and festivals. We develop appropriate toolkits, handbooks, manuals and Behaviour Change Communication materials used for advocacy, policy and public engagement and capacity building to influence positive and lasting change in individuals, organizations and communities. I welcome you to volunteer, intern, participate, fund and/or partner in any of our impactful projects: #VFL, #YFarm, #Lead-Em Ambassadors, #PositiveImpactMentoring and #LeaveNoYouthBehind projects. Join us as we create sustainable impact in the lives of our vulnerable and younger generation. Thank you

You can participate, partner or fund any of our projects targeting rural, poor and vulnerable children, youth and women in Nigeria. ​

about alexijan consults

ALEXIJAN CONSULTS was registered in 2013 with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a Consulting Firm for projects and events management, capacity building, research and advocacy. Alexijan Consults envisions a society where professionalism meets basic human and developmental needs. Alexijan Consults is the Consulting and Sustainability arm of Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN). Since 2013, Alexijan Consults has been at the forefront of promoting entrepreneurship, empathy leadership, gender and agropreneurship among youth and women. Alexijan Consults partners with FBIN in all her projects and leads in materials development and event facilitation aspects of the projects. Our Services include Legal Services, Business Registration & Land Documentation; Qualitative Research & Documentation; Capacity Building & Knowledge Transfer; Project and Events Management; Policy Advocacy & Reviews, and General Consultancy. We undertake technical Consultancies for Government and partners in development. Since inception, we have been providing Consultancy Services for the FGN-IFAD Assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) especially in the areas of Agribusiness, Farmers/Group formation, Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Training for farmers, Extension officers and Staff in six VCDP States. We have also undertaken consultancies with CSDevNet, Empowering Women in Agriculture, National Agric Foundation of Nigeria, UN, among others.

KEY ACTIVITIES

• Research & Documentation • Policy Advocacy & Reviews • Development of Toolkits, Manuals, Articles, and other IEC Materials • Media Campaigns & Public Engagements • Capacity Building & Knowledge Sharing • Networking & Partnership Building • Mentoring & Inclusive Volunteerism • Agric Festivals, Exhibitions, Concerts • Farm and Food Demonstrations • Entrepreneurship Expos & Clinics • Community Service • Talents' Outsourcing OUR TARGET: Children, Youth and Women OUR CORE PRINCIPLES : GDP G = Godly Principles are key to our Work D = Determination to impact Lives and Society Positively P = Passion to succeed

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

YFarm Project is a brainchild, trademark and joint project of Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN) and Alexijan Consults which adopts a two-pronged approach to promote climate-smart farms and agribusinesses, as well as highlight the benefits of farming for sustainable development and livelihoods of youth and women. YFarm Project aims to promote agriculture as a Fun activity, Culture, Career and Business among African Youth. It draws young people out of Poverty, into Sustainable Agriculture and closer to God.

YFarm project adopts a comprehensive and integrated approach that directly engages youth and different stakeholders in Agriculture to promote multi-sectoral and inter-generational partnerships necessary to promote agriculture and food security across Africa.

YFarm project organizes community, provincial, national and regional Youth Agric Festivals, Youth/Schools’ Bootcamps and Community Outreaches on Food Security, Climate and Food Justice, Climate Smart Agriculture, Agricultural Value Chain/Addition and Agribusiness, Marketplace, Farm Visits/Demonstration, Integrated Farms, Documentary, Sub grants to young Agropreneurs, Theme Song, Red Carpet interviews, Mock Parliaments on Right to Food Bill, Climate and Food Justice, among others.

YFarm Ambassadors Network was birthed in August 2018 during the implementation of the YFarm Project II: Building a Climate Resilient Generation targeted at young men and women from 8 States in Nigeria, with funding support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa.

 

From our social media campaign and recommendations from youth, we developed the National Youth Manifesto on Agriculture for Nigeria, and the Youth Advocacy Toolkit on 2003 Maputo Declaration on Increased Investments in Small Scale Agriculture.

We contributed to the new Agricultural Roadmap for Nigeria (2016), African Union Agribusiness Strategy, Consultations on the CAADP PP, FARA Science Agenda, Nigerian National Agricultural Show (2014, 2016), among others.

YFarm project has received two national awards: Award in Third position for the youth category at the National Agric Show, Nigeria (April 7, 2016), and 1st Position (2019).

 

YFarm Methodology:

  1. Research & Documentation
  2. Policy Advocacy
  3. Public Engagement Campaigns
  4. Capacity Building Bootcamps on Agribusiness, Value Chain/Addition, Climate Smart Agriculture, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture, Gender and SDGs
  5. Youth & Women Agric Festivals at community, national and regional levels
  6. Farm Demonstrations, Visits, Exchange Programmes and Internships
  7. Sub-grants to young Agropreneurs to establish small scale farms
  8. Integrated Farms and Food Demonstrations
  9. Farm Documentary, Theme Song, Open Mic
  10. Red Carpet/Media Interviews
  11. Marketplace Exhibitions
  12. Participation and Speaking Roles at agricultural events
  13. Networking and Partnership Building
  14. Youth Awards in Agribusiness
  15. Core Theatre Presentations
  16. Consultancy and Technical Support Services
INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEERISM

VFL Project is a brainchild and project of FBIN jointly implemented with Alexijan Consults. VFL project was launched by the Nigerian Government at the National Summit commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) in collaboration with United Nations Volunteers, UNDP, UNMC, ECOWAS Commission at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja on March 29, 2011 and re-launched on December 4, 2012.

VFL project promotes a culture of volunteerism, intergenerational dialogue and mentoring among young people and other members of the society through policy engagements, capacity building and community service projects. FBIN, our staff and volunteers have received many awards by the UN Volunteers and Nigerian Government (Nigerian National Volunteer Service, Presidency) because of the projects impact on National Development.

 

In February 2020, our CEO/Founder (Barr. Nkiruka Stella Okonkwo) led in a National Consultancy that reviewed and validated the National Policy on Inclusive Volunteerism for Nigeria and development of its Plan of Action which was later approved by the Federal Executive Council in December 2020. The Consultancy was done on behalf of the Nigerian National Volunteer Service (NNVS) and funded by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Nigeria.

 

FBIN plays a facilitative role in the National Thematic Group on Volunteerism in Nigeria and the celebration of the annual International Volunteer Day (IVD).

GENDER, VULNERABLE GROUPS AND THE SDGs

In line with our organization’s mandate of integrating youth, women and vulnerable groups into policy and developmental processes, FBIN and Alexijan Consults jointly developed and launched the #LeaveNoYouthBehind Project on the SDGs on November 207, 2017 as a unique platform for vulnerable youth and women to share and gain relevant experiences from key stakeholders, and also advocate for inclusion in the policy and decision making spaces.

The Project draws its strength from the ‘Leave No One Behind’ Principles of the SDGs and targets youth and women 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 project promotes innovative research and documentation; policy advocacy and public engagements; capacity building on Basic Life, Transformative Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Skills; innovative labs; Mock Parliaments; Documentary; and Competitions; and position our beneficiaries to benefit from the ‘Leave No Youth Behind agenda’ for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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). Other trainings on climate change, marketing, and skills acquisition have also held under the #LNYB project with support from WEP, and Global Forest Coalition (GCF).

IMPACT MAKING IN THE COMMUNITY

PIM Project was launched in February 2020 as a joint project of FBIN and Alexijan Consults and supported by LeeaGlobal Resources to provide a mentoring platform for professionals and other stakeholders to learn and engage in impactful projects and activities within their organizations and communities using their passion, skillset and networks as leverage. The maiden edition of the PIM Masterclass held on March 13, 2020 and attracted individuals from non-profit, private sector and government institutions who were groomed on individual and collective positive impact making.

INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP & EMPATHY DEVELOPMENT

Lead-Em Ambassadors Initiative is a joint project of FBIN and Alexijan Consults supported by LeeaGlobal Resources with the aim of building a generation of young compassionate and visionary leaders who will drive positive change in their families, schools, organizations, local and religious communities. In celebration of FBIN’s 12th Anniversary, the project was launched on November 27, 2020 with training on Leadership and Empathy for young people in Kabusa Community supported by St Anthony Parish and St. Kevin Catholic Church). So far, the project has held four monthly refresher and training sessions for the beneficiaries and other youth on positive impact,  public speaking, CV Writing and Job Application Processes. The beneficiaries will conclude their 6 months mentoring programme and graduate on April 25, 2021.

Our impact
Positively influencing the way policy makers, women and young people, organisations, and communities think and act.
OUR MILESTONES

Testimonies

With all sincerity, these are great people that have impacted knowledge into young and talented youth. I really learnt a lot from the just concluded YFarm bootcamp held in Abuja. The bootcamp was successful with alot of activities n no segregation. YFarm: My Farm, My Swag

Oyewole Rasaq Oluwasegun

Kogi State.

August, 2018

I am yet to recover from the positive shocks I got at the YFarm Bootcamp, I wish Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative can be the leading trainers of youth in agriculture across the federation and beyond. Kudos to the team!!!!

Madami Sarkinnoma Joshua

Kaduna State

August, 2018

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