The department is established with a vision to ensure the involvement and active participation of Nigerian youth in the process of decision-making in matters that affect their lives and to enable them participate in the sociology-political and economic development of Nigeria.
The functions of the department include the following:
To build leadership skills and promote youth participation in governance and national development.
To recognize and honor youth’s contribution to society and increase opportunities for their participation in national development.
To address youth issues at continental and global levels.
To position and strengthen youth focused NGOs for better service delivery to the youth.
To strengthen the coordination role of the Ministry among NGOs and civil society and align their activities towards achieving specific objectives of the National Youth Policy.
To inculcate leadership qualities and promote values among Youth.
To reduce youth participation in violence and build a new generation of peace makers.
To discover, promote and harness the potentials of talented Nigerian youth and inspire young change makers to initiate and implement change projects in their communities.
Establishment of bilateral relations with regional and international communities for youth exchange programs.
Creation of opportunities for youth to interact and share ideas with decision/policy makers.
Promote excellence among youth through volunteerism recognition and award of excellence e.g National Youth Award Scheme.