The government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and Indiana University of the United States, have begun collaborative efforts to establish a youth development project in Liberia.
Titled Youth Enrichment through Sport (YES), the project will focus on using sports as a tool for youth development and healthy living.
In a letter to MYS Director of Youth Development Mamakizel S. Sicar, Indiana University School of Public Health Associate Professor Sarah J. Young said YES participants will include both adults and youth.
“The adults,” according to Young, are expected “to work with youth and implement recreational sports programs on a weekly basis with time-outs for discussions about health issues.”
“Youth should be willing to be ambassadors for the YES program by promoting the program and recruiting other youth to join.”
Young says a two-member team, including herself, will travel to Monrovia in late April to be joined by Paul Hinshaw, Public Affairs Officer at the U. S. Embassy, to select, through a vetting process, nine participants to travel to Bloomington and the university’s campus for a two-week training workshop, relative to implementation of the scheme.
Lower Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, has been selected to host the project.
Meanwhile, MYS Deputy Minister for Sports Development G. Andy Quamie has welcomed the program, saying his ministry is “extremely grateful to the YES initiatives and Indiana University for their thoughtfulness in the selection of Liberia from among 54 countries in Africa to implement the project.”