May 21, 2020 Youth Sports Movement

Volunteerism is generally viewed as the process of giving without expecting any reciprocation in cash or in kind. According to United Nations Volunteer (UNV), volunteerism can be classified into four categories: campaigning or advocacy, civic participation, service to others or philanthropy and mutual aid or self-help.

Youth volunteerism in Nigeria is traced back to the olden days of pre-colonial stage when the traditional community leaders encouraged youths within their communities to assist each other in all their affairs, this encouragement from the elders are seen as words of wisdom from the elders and it therefore encouraged the formation of youth roups that voluntarily undertook some projects like community square building, market cleaning, grass cutting, village wrestling events for the development of the community at large which led to increased bonding among community members and direct/indirect economic benefits to the participating youths.

Today, the benefits of volunteerism are greater than ever. The impact of making Nigerian youth become involved in volunteerism work is as good as making them self-reliant, which also facilitates good decision making process and high participation in nation building. Reports from developed countries like the UK and Canada have proven this fact over and over again.

Approximately 70% of Nigerians are in extreme poverty and 65% of Nigerian youth are living below the poverty line, while unemployment rate in the country is increasing by the day and has reached as high as 40%. Volunteerism is a great avenue for job creation. According to Independent Sector, 9million full time jobs are corresponding jobs created directly and indirectly from volunteers in the USA. What works in the western world can work here.