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Code4Impact Program

Code4Impact (C4i) is a hands-on learning program building digital literacy skills, especially coding and analytical skills in young girls and young women. The C4i program encourages, trains and mentors young girls in secondary schools (aged 10-17) and young women in tertiary institutions (aged 18-25) to choose STEM careers. The main objectives of the of the project are:

  • To build the capacity of 2,000 young women age 18-25 in 4 technology tracks, web application development, mobile application development, microelectronics and game development over a period of 5 years.
  • To support 2,000 Young women to use skills gained to develop SDGs-focused solutions
  • To train 5,000 young girls age 10-17 on basic digital and coding skills
  • To increase female involvement in technology in Nigeria by mentoring young girls in secondary school to pursue careers in STEM

A core component of the C4i Program is the C4i Bootcamp.

The C4i Bootcamp

The C4i Bootcamp is a 12-week training camp at the end of which participants develop community-impact solution addressing the global goals. The key components of the C4i boot camp are:

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy: Through community awareness, the C4i bootcamp engages communities to foster ownership of projects and ensure sustainability of projects. Key stakeholders such as partners, community influencers and key state actors are actively engaged in the design and implementation of projects. Social and traditional media houses and personalities are also engaged to promote key messages to a wider target audience.
  • Selection of Bootcamp Beneficiaries: applications for the C4i Bootcamp are web-based and are opened for about a month. Interested participants are requested to write essays which are scored and ranked and the highest ranking applications are shortlisted for interviews. After the interviews, participants are selected for the training.
  • C4i Launch and Pre-Training Conference: The Pre-Training Press Conference is designed to foster investment in increasing participation of more women in technology. Beneficiaries, partners and mentors and other invited guests are provided an opportunity to network. The C4i beneficiaries also receive study materials to prepare them for the training.
  • Training program: beneficiaries are intensively trained on the four technology tracks in the objectives over a 12-week period.
  • Hackathon: At the end of the training period, a 24-hour hackathon is held for the completion of the projects. The facilitators and trainers provide guidance and assistance to the 10 groups on their SDG focused solutions.

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Have You Seen My Rights Campaign

As the world prepares to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, it is important that young people play an active role in ensuring that their sexual health, rights and access to health services are effectively represented, supported and monitored in the 2030 agenda.

The Have You Seen My Rights Campaign is focused on goals 3,4 and 5 of the SDGs and advocates 5 pledges for the implementation of the goals.

With the consciousness of our nation's inability to reach the targets of the Millennium Development Goals and the little focus given to young people's sexual and reproductive health in national policies and strategies, youth at the consultation were enthusiastic about promoting the 5 pledges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Life and Vocational Skills Training

HACEY organizes capacity building for youths in Nigeria that teaches life building skills and empower young people to further develop themselves to become socially responsible individuals. To give them better understanding of leadership, learning by action model and interactive activities are employed that teach the principles of teamwork and success. In schools, young people are also imparted with knowledge on how they can better cope with school work and making the right career choices. To help us achieve this, the book ‘SMARTNESS’, published by HACEY in 2010 was used to engage and educate the students.  Using the acronym ‘SMARTNESS’, HACEY also empowers in-school and out-of-school youths in Nigeria to be social change agents and leaders in their communities. Till date, over 500 youths have been empowered across Nigeria

In 2010, ‘Project Elevate’ was developed to empower women in northern Nigeria. The aim of the project was to empower women to become entrepreneurs, thus providing for themselves and their households. Over 500 women in northern part of Nigeria benefited from this project.

In 2012, HACEY, in partnership with a faith based organization organized a leadership and entrepreneurship training program for 50 young people in Lagos state, Nigeria. The training program developed the leadership capabilities of young people who participated in the program and empowered them with adequate knowledge to prepare and develop their business ideas. The program followed up with the participants initiating social projects in their communities.


Published once every two years by the UN Department of Economic and Social affairs (UN DESA), the World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement takes a good look at young people’s participation in economic, community and political life. The report offers and proposes unique and out of the box perspectives and ideas on youth engagement and participation. The report is also expected to generate dialogue, and serve as a tool for policy discussion and action between youth and government. 

The report provides insight on 3 thematic areas: economic, political and community engagement. The objective of the report basically is to provide a basis for policy discussions around youth engagement to ensure that young people are able to participate fully and effectively in all aspects of the societies in which they live.