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C.I.T.Y Fellows

C.I.T.Y Fellows is an initiative implemented in partnership with Youth Corps members across Nigeria, who are willing to commit their one-year engagement with NYSC, to provide leadership centered trainings for teenagers in schools where they are posted or communities around them, while they are enrolled in self-development trainings and mentorship opportunities. We launched the C.I.T.Y Fellows program in March 2016 and kicked off with the first set of C.I.T.Y fellows in May 2016.

In 2016, we accepted 55 young people from 23 higher institutions into the Fellowship program in which 19 out of the 36 States in Nigeria were represented. The fellows kicked off their trainings in secondary schools in June and had 8 weeks to engage, inspire and educate the teenagers with our proven curriculum.

During this period, the fellows were also enrolled in self-development courses and assigned to mentors who served as guides for their fellowship period.

C.I.T.Y fellows program can be summed up below:

  1. Impact Lives: Make a difference in the world by educating and empowering teenagers and fellows who take part in community and nation building.
  2. Self-development:  The fellows engage in self-development courses which improve their employability and help their personal growth.
  3. Mentorship opportunities: Fellows are matched with mentors for the period of the program to provide guidance on their tasks and also prepare them for life after NYSC.
  4. Access to seed funds: This is made possible through a seed funding initiative called Corpers’ Action Fund. H.O.P.E Foundation started the Corpers’ Action Fund with a simple goal – to empower Corp members who have identified potential social impact projects with financial grants to enable them carry out their change projects.

Applications received


Successful applicants


Active fellows

(14 in the North, 14 in the South, 5 East and 22 West)


Teenagers and more reached


States represented


Higher institutions