The YMCA of Liberia will tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20, graduate 54 young people from West Point and Slipway communities under the second phase of life skills training of the Multi Country Slums Development Project titled: “Young People as Agents of Change Helping to Transform Slum Settlements”
With funding from Comic Relief through Y Care International, the graduation is the second phase of vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills training for beneficiaries from the two communities.
Twenty eight males and twenty six females will receive certificates in cosmetology, tailoring, pastry making and other professions.
The program takes place at 10:00 a.m. at the YMCA Headquarters on Crown Hill, Broad Street. These beneficiaries have undergone skills training in different disciplines in both vocational and apprenticeship training programs for nine to 14 months.
The beneficiaries will be provided toolkits as part of their post training support to enable them to start their own ventures practicing their trade to improve their livelihoods.
The YMCA Multi Country Slum Project aims to strengthen communities’ resilience and improve the living conditions in West Point and Slipway, utilizing the energy and drive of young people as catalysts for change.
Over the years the construction of water points, latrines and youth-led health and hygiene training; the establishment /strengthening of local associations of slum dwellers to enable them to better advocate for pro-poor approaches to slum upgrading and development are some of the many activities implemented under the project.
Additionally there have been training on advocacy, civic education and budget literacy, monitoring for youth-led advocacy groups; the provision of vocational, entrepreneurship and life-skills training and post-training inputs for young people; and building the capacity of CSOs to better respond to the needs of young people.
Also a new slum project “Mobilizing Young Slum Dwellers in Liberia to Rebuild Communities after the Ebola Outbreak” will be launched during the program.
In partnership with Y Care International with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) – UK Aid the project will contribute to the social and economic empowerment of 710 young slum dwellers (15-24) in seven zones of West Point, Monrovia. Young women and men will receive supports and trainings in livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), advocacy and health and hygiene, which will empower them to become leaders within their communities, provide support to 12,960 other slum dwellers and act as catalysts for long term community change and development.
At the end of the project an improved slum upgrading policies for approximately 75,000 slum dwellers in West Point would have been achieved, while at the same time an improved health, livelihoods and resilience, including 12,960 (50% females) slum dwellers in West Point would also be achieved.