It is not a secret that the National Youth Service Year can be a very challenging and tasking year for a youth Corp member. Challenges of living in a completely different place, learning new cultures and even economic challenge that the stipulated monthly allowance can’t obviously take care of. An additional source of income becomes a necessity.
In the exact words of American Computer Programmer, Grace Murray Hopper, “Leadership is a two way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors and care for one’s crew”. In this brief statement, she underlined the importance of keeping communication open between all parties in any organization.
The issue of safety and security has become a major one in Nigeria in recent years. Apart from violence erupting suddenly when least expected, other developments putting safety and security under threat can also happen so fast, more difficult when you are in a place you are not familiar with.
The arrangement made in the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme, for all serving Corp members in every state in Nigeria to join a community development service has proven to be a huge success over the years. Among other things, it has helped these youths rendering service to their fatherland to impact positively in the community they find themselves.
In no time from now, the oldest batch of serving Corp members (Corpers) deployed to different states in Nigeria will be passing out of youth service, as a new batch of Corp members also begins their service year. As the service year for this old ones come to an end, so also does executives of various CDS groups come to the end of their tenure, making it imperative to have new executives.
As part of the NYSC directive towards realizing the major aim of its scheme, for serving youth Corp members to impact positively in the community they find themselves, every serving Corp member is mandated to join a community development service (CDS) group during his/her duration of service.
If you are a serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in any of the states in Nigeria, you most likely belong to a Community Development Service group and rightly so. It helps in ensuring the aims of the youth service scheme are realized in your state of deployment.
With a new batch of Corps member about to be deployed very soon, the present executives of your CDS group will be relinquishing their post soon as they finish their service year and pass out. If you are someone who has a knack for leadership, then you might want to consider standing up for a post in the group. Most likely though you are not the only one interested in your choice of post, how then can you beat the competition and get the opportunity to offer what you have?