Sometimes ago, the Youth Action International (YAI) announced a new program that seeks to invest L$14 million (US$200,000) in the next six months on major vocational training and youth economic empowerment programs in Liberia. Youth Action International (YAI) in partnership with the Alabaster Foundation, the Burt Family Foundation and Chevron-Liberia launched the program to help several thousand Liberian youths living in the poorest communities.
Announcing the youth empowerment initiative, the Executive Director of YAI, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, said that the youth empowerment initiative is expected to target densely populated communities in Montserrado, including West Point, New Kru Town, Red-light, Clara Town, Gardnesville, as well as communities in Grand Bassa, Bong County and Lofa counties. Beneficiaries of the program, according to him, will benefit from a wide range of projects and various vocational training initiatives, workshops on small business development, employment, and small business loans.
Dr. Weeks hinted that this was the first stage of a multi-staged initiative that will ultimately target at least 10,000 young people in the first year. In phase two of the program, he stated, several hundred of young Liberians will receive micro-loans to help them start new businesses or expand existing ones. Among other things, he added that his organization will invest at least US$500,000 in a major micro-loan initiative for young people across the country.
For us, we hail YAI for its latest program which is aimed at helping several thousand Liberian youths living in the poorest communities.
We think this youth driven program by YAI could not have come no better time than now owing to the urgent need to tackle the growing hardship in the country, particularly in poorest communities.
We consider the program as brilliant since it seeks to reduce the growing hardship in the country, thereby promoting the country’s rebuilding process.
We wholeheartedly hail YAI and partners for their launched youth empowerment program. We encourage other organizations to prioritize youth empowerment program, as it is very cardinal to the rejuvenation of Liberia following years of political brouhaha.
It is our fervent hope that the desired goals of the program would be achieved for improved Liberia.
Again, we hail YAI and partners for the launched youth empowerment program.