Young and Excellent Club (YEC) is a not-for-profit organisation created to inspire young people from less-privileged backgrounds to overcome their challenges, embrace excellence, develop leadership skills and become successful citizens, role models and leaders in their communities. Our members are students and young professionals passionate and committed to all-round excellence, leadership and community impact.
YEC was formed in 2003 by young people who were concerned with the plight of children and young people in their community in Awe, Oyo State in Nigeria. They came together to create a platform to provide inspiration, motivation and financial assistance to lift young people out of hopelessness and vices towards purpose, hope and excellence. Having emerged with a measure of success despite numerous challenges faced in local communities (extreme poverty, negative peer pressure, lack of role models, poor educational facilities, general state of hopelessness etc), YEC members are passionate about helping other young people succeed through role modelling, mentorship and various other initiatives.
We overcome the challenges constituting barriers to success in Africa through our strategic initiatives. Our short to mid-term goal is to inspire & empower 100,000 young people by the year 2025.
We embrace excellence, build a strong positive mindset, values and character required to achieve success in education, career, business and other life endeavours.
We develop leadership skills focused on helping other young people within their communities overcome their challenges, achieve great success and become leaders.
We shape the culture of individuals in Africa through our strategic core values. We strongly believe in and uphold Diligence, Integrity, Virtue, Excellence and Service (DIVES).
Since I encountered YEC in 2007, my perspective and orientation about leadership and influence has experienced a change and build up. Learning from the life, stories, character and growth trajectory of our leaders has imbibed in me the culture of excellence.
"Mentorship & Coaching"
It's been 15 years of being a part of YEC, and I have moved from being an attendee to volunteer to member and now to being a part of the executive team. I have enjoyed the privilege of mentorship, direction, discovery of purpose, platforms to express my gifts, as well as community supports.
One thing I will always remember about YEC is the impact made in my life. The talks opened my eyes to see the world in different perspective, the speech topics gave me the opportunity to research more and ignited a burning passion for a better world and positive change.