The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) recently announced the launch of its first community program under the banner, “YMCA Saturday Morning Program” in Buzzy Quarter Community on UN Drive in Monrovia.
The Program, according to Lawrence S. Dolo, Change Agent Director at the YMCA, is intended to provide leadership training for young children, and to also build their capacity by empowering and educating them in the best way possible.
Dolo told residents in the area that the training will help the young children develop skills and confidence to become leaders as well as responsible citizens.
By the launch, the children will be learning leadership training to include civic education, arts and craft, and sports.
“This program,” Mr. Dolo said, “will enroll 40 children for the first two months, and thereafter, another batch of recruitment will begin. So our entire idea at the YMCA is to produce productive citizens.”
E. Timotheus Kamaboakai, YMCA National Secretary General, expressed gratitude for launching the Saturday Morning Program to raise the lives of some of the children.
Mr. Kamaboakai said the YMCA’s new program will give some of the young children the opportunity to learn and grow together.
“We want to empower children and young people to use their ideas, skills, and talents to achieve great things for themselves. This is the heart of YMCA,” he said.
According to to Kamaboakai, every country that develops the mind of the people will definitely develop to the full of that country, because everything starts from the head. So, at the YMCA, we work on developing the minds of the youth.”
He called on the parents to support their children in every activity of the program because the intention is to help them improve their living standards.
Parents of the beneficiaries also thanked YMCA for the opportunity they provided to their children, but expressed the hope that the initiative will go a long way in shaping the destiny of their children.