Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Sunday Olawale Olaniran (2018) Engaging University Students for Community Development Initiatives


This paper present a case study of a tertiary education students’ led community intervention strategy by considering a newly formed Literacy Fellowship Programme, introduced by a local NGO in Nigeria and geared towards engaging university and college students to promote basic and functional literacy skills in under-resourced communities. The description of the fellowship, the Literacy fellows and what their development activities are, reveals a picture of the broad range of concerns within the society they found themselves. In total, 41 youths (n=41) who have participated in the Literacy Fellowship programme were recruited in this study which involves survey and participating in focus group discussions. Literacy Fellowship was found to be an effective youth engagement initiative of encouraging young people to become more responsible and responsive to societal needs. It is argued that the training and active involvement of young people in community intervention strategies and programmes, especially during their higher education experience, is necessary for solving societal pressing needs and raising future and sustainable change makers. The study proposed recommendations for higher education institutions in Africa to strongly exploit the power and potential of their huge student populace to solve community problems.


Key Words: Literacy, youth Engagement, Literacy fellowship, community development



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About Youth Voice Journal

Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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IARS Publications is a not for profit independent, small publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and it is also the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  


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