The Youth in Action for Progress (YAP) of Chicken Soup factory is celebrating one year of service to the MTA community.
In their first year of operation, YAP says it has provided dozens of youth in their community with counseling, education and skills. They have delivered these services through innovative debates, group workshops, community events and sponsorship assistance.
YAP’s president and CEO, Tanneh Togba, says their interest in forming such a youth group came after seeing youths in her community being ruined due to drug abuse and other illegal activities.
“Youth coming up by themselves run helter-skelter doing their own thing. Most of them smoke, drink, gamble and do a lot of things that are very dangerous to themselves. Some youths in my community are very bad. We call on youths who have not yet joined them to help transform them and get their interest away from wanting to do bad to do good. That’s why we founded this organization,” she added.
“We are incredibly proud of YAP,” said Tanneh.
Joseph Togba, YAP’s sports director added, “Please join us as we celebrate the successes of the past year and renew our pledge to continue YAP’s quality programs for our youths,” he added.
Meanwhile, YAP has been sponsored through the year and looks forward to adding more members ranging from ages 18 to 29 to their group.
“We counsel troubled youths to help transform their lives because you can’t talk to someone just once. It’s a continual process. Today, we have some in our midst who have changed from those bad habits and want to give back to our society,” he further stated.
For now, YAP urges youths to accept that the future leaders of tomorrow in our society depend on them.
“Looking at our country now and how hard it is, we advise youths to be rational and see reason to put education first to make a better and successful tomorrow. This society is looking at us to make a change for this nation tomorrow,” Tanneh added.