U.N.I.T.E. – You and I Teach Each Other, is a youth justice and environment program aimed at empowering youth through curriculum related to criminal justice, environmental and experiential education. Through peer-to-peer education, discussions, exercises, games, trips and workshops participants learn life skills to promote their engagement with positive behavioral and personal development, as well as leadership in their communities. In addition to criminal justice and environmentalism, themes of the program include alternatives to violence; conflict mediation; gender; leadership; communication; art, music, and video production; and public speaking.
U.N.I.T.E.’s objective is to create positive behavior in youth through exposure to differential learning opportunities that relate to the urban and natural environment.
Currently, U.N.I.T.E. is leading a four-month program in Lagos, Nigeria, engaging youth age 15-25, in an experiential learning project using criminal justice, environmental and life skills curriculum. The program operates in three communities: Ajegunle, Ojota and Lagos Island, on a weekly basis for 30 youth, and will culminate in a youth-led Community Forum in each community, and a large-scale Youth Justice Forum at the United States Consulate, V.I. in May 2013. U.N.I.T.E. Lagos ‘ aim is to demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing justice and environmental programming in engaging youth in positive attitudinal practices and community development.
You can find photographs from each of the program sites by clicking the names of the three communities above. In addition you can find videos from U.N.I.T.E. Lagos program sessions in Ojota and Ajegunle on Youtube by clicking their names here.
Check here for updates related to the Lagos U.N.I.T.E. program & content from youth participants.
Final U.N.I.T.E. Youth Justice Forum
United States Consulate
May 30th, 2013
10am – 1pm
Ojota Youth-Led Community Forum
Ogugu G.R.A. Local Government Hall
May 22nd, 2013
1pm – 3pm
Ajegunle Youth-Led Community Forum
Ajeromi Local Government Hall
May 23rd, 2013
3pm – 5pm
Lagos Island Youth-Led Community Forum
Lagos Island Local Government Secretariat
May 18th, 2013