During the service year of NYSC, members of the Corps are encouraged to recognise problems of their local communities and provide a response by writing to authorize authorities for acts and taking them to make a difference for themselves.This community service is commonly referred to as NYSC personal CDS.
Over the years, Corp members have contributed immensely to the growth of their host communities by embarking on NYSC personal CDS projects in addition to the community Community Development Service (CDS) performed collectively.
Projects such as supplying classroom seats for school students, providing families with mosquito nets, erecting posters, etc. In the NYSC Program, Corpers ‘ efforts were recognized and applauded.
It could be challenging to embark on a NYSC personal CDS and finance is the most outstanding challenge. Although a member of the Corps is not expected to use his / her personal money to develop his / her host community, there will still be some kind of financial burden, particularly at the initial stage.
You will be required to apply for grants from the Exco Local Government, PPA Boards, Well Wishers, and even the public. Most of the time this help comes late and may or may not arrive after a variety of threats and deceit.
Before you start on a Personal CDS, you should apply to your State Coordinator for authorization and maybe assistance through your CDS Coordinator.
There are types of Award for Personal CDS rankings and results. It is not assured that you will be honored for your project as the purpose for embarking on personal CDS should be to win an award, but rather to contribute and positively impart to your host community.
Award Categories for Community Development Service (CDS):
State Coordinators Award: is accompanied by a certificate presented by your state coordinator.
Local Government Award: is an award presented by the Local Government Award with a Cash Prize.
State Government Award: is a state government award that comes with a certificate and money prize higher than that of the local government award.
Presidential Award: is an award presented by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a certificate, Cash prize, Scholarship or instant job offer.