In 2013, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Africare and ExxonMobil launched “Power Forward,” a youth engagement initiative using basketball to develop health, leadership and life skills in Nigeria. “Power Forward” is active in 10 public and private high schools in Abuja and is engaging 300 students, with equal representation of boys and girls. The curriculum, developed in collaboration with local education officials and the Nigerian NGO Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative, teaches leadership skills and builds health awareness through a combination of classroom and athletic activities.
Power Forward, which will continue through December 2015, teaches health literacy and life skills such as leadership, respect and personal responsibility through basketball and other programming to positively impact Nigerian secondary school students.
“Power Forward” is aligned with ongoing efforts of the Nigerian government, such as the Saving One Million Livescampaign, to drive economic prosperity and improve public heath, particularly among youth. This program will bolster these efforts by teaching crucial skills to Nigerian youth. The program is designed so that the initial participants, who will all be in their final three years of high school, can then mentor younger students, magnifying the program’s impact.
|Location||Nigeria, West Africa|