NYSC CDS – Everything You Should Know
In National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), CDS Stands for Community Development Service. It is a service you render to your host community outside your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA). CDS is your Place of Secondary Assignment.
The NYSC CDS takes place once a week. All Corpers are to assemble at their Local Government Area (LGA) for CDS. You’re free to Choose CDS or Change your CDS Day. Community Development Service (CDS) is compulsory; don’t miss it.
When it comes to the National Youth Service Corps, there are four major Programmes:
Apart from the group CDS which takes place once a week except for clearance weeks, you can do Personal/Individual Community Development Service. During NYSC clearance, not CDS for that week.
NYSC CDS Groups, Purpose and Activities
Agro-Allied Group CDS
- Support agro-allied activities in host communities
- To promote better food production and security
- Demonstration farms/Extension Services
- Establishment of Farmers Cooperative Societies.
- The teaching of new farming techniques to communities
- Training and capacity building
- Establishment of young farmers clubs in host communities
Anti-Corruption Group (EFCC & ICPC)
- To help in eradicating corruption through Campaign
- Creation of awareness in schools and organizations
- Establish Anti-Corruption Corps members in schools.
Corps Legal Aid Group (CLAG)
- Free legal services to the less privileged and indigent prison inmates (Victims of denials and violation of rights)
- Sensitization of the public on fundamental human rights
- Visit prisons
- Legal service to inmates and indigent persons
- Public lecture and awareness of fundamental human rights.
Cultural and Tourism Group (Band, Dance, Drama & Tourism)
- Promoting arts and Culture
- Dissemination of vital socio-economic and political problems and prospects.
- Identifying talents
- Setting up of the schemes theatre groups
- Creates an avenue for recreation and healthy rivalry among corps members and the community.
- Arousing the consciousness of living healthy and purposeful lifestyles through participation in one form of physical activity or the other.
- Identifying talents among Corps members
- Participation in Sports competitions
- Identifying and Training members of the Community
- Organizing Sports Competitions
Education Development Group
- Enhance the Education Standard of the host community.
- Career guidance and counseling for students
- Campaign against Illiteracy
- Organizing Extra-mural classes for Adults.
- Organizing of in-school programmes
Environmental Protection and Sanitation Group (EPSG)
- To promote and sustain healthy environment
- To create awareness on sustainable environment management and regeneration.
- Tree planting
- Drainage Control
- Erosion Control
- Compliment the activities of the NYSC PRU in disseminating Information to the Community
- Making presentations on mass media to enlighten people on socio-cultural education.
Road Safety Group
- To contribute to public safety on our roads
- Sensitization and control of traffic.
- Rendering first aid to accident victims
- Establishment of road safety clubs in school.
Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS Group
- To train and mentor Students
- To mobilize and strengthen community-based responses on HIV/AIDS prevention
- Sensitization and Campaign
Service Delivery Group (Attitudinal Change, Re-Branding)
- Sensitization on Service delivery and good work ethics.
- Group discussions on value re-orientation
- To create awareness and actualize the 8 goals of MDGs
- Advocacy and Mentoring of the host community.
Medical and Health Services Group
This includes Red Cross, Breast Without Spot, Polio Plus, etc.
- Promotion and provision of Medical Services
- Health outreach
- First Aid administration.
- Establishment of Community based clinic
- Setting up of clinic for the NYSC Secretariat
Drug-Free and Quality Control (NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON)
- Eradication of fake and adulterated foods and drugs
- Create awareness on the danger of drug abuse.
- Campaign and Sensitization
- Establishment of drug free clubs in Schools
- Ensuring linkages with the host Communities.
Charity Services and Gender
- To improve the living standard of the downtrodden
- Charity outreaches to the public
- Mobilize funds and other resources for less privileged
- Visits of orphanages & prisons.
- Donation of materials to homes
Disaster Management Group (NEMA)
- To create awareness on disaster management
- To disseminate information on how to manage disasters through Corps Emergency Vanguards.
- Public enlightenment on disaster management and control through the emergency Vanguards.
- Disaster management
- Liaison with NEMA on how to assist during emergencies
- Formation of emergency vanguard club in schools.
Collaborative Community Development Service
This is a form of CDS in which the scheme partners with National and Non-Governmental organizations and other establishments to implement development programmes. The Scheme signs MOU with the partners, clearly stating each partner’s roles/responsibilities. Corps members are usually involved as Volunteers on this programme.
Types of Collaborative CDS
- Road Safety Group
- Reproductive Health & HIV.AIDs Group
- Anti-Corruption (EFCC & ICPC) Group
- Service Delivery Group (Attitudinal Change, Re-Branding)
- Medical and Health Services Group (Red Cross, Breast without Spot, Polio Plus, etc.)
- Drug-Free and Quality Control Group (NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON)
Steps For Personal NYSC CDS
1) Interaction between corp members and community stakeholders to identify the felt needs of the community;
2) Identification of sources of funds and relevant linkages for the project.
3) Preparation of a viable proposal with the guidance of Local Government and Zonal Inspectors containing the following:-
- Name of project
- The estimated cost of the project
- Source of funding
- Expected time of completion
- Proposed date of commissioning.
4) Approval of project by the NYSC Secretariat after consultation with the Zonal and Local Government Inspectors;
5) Mobilizing resources in consultation with community members from the community, Local Government Council, Government, and Non-Government Organizations as well as public-spirited philanthropists.
6) Ensuring contact with linkages relevant to the execution of the project jointly carried out by corps member(s) and the community;
7) Execution of the project;
8) Submission of bi-monthly progress report with documentary/pictorial evidence;
9) Submission of completion report to the NYSC State Secretariat
10) Commissioning and handing over to the Community; and
11) Giving feedback to persons that donated towards the execution of the project. T
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