YMCA Launches Intervention for ‘Vulnerable Young People’ Today

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The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia is expected to launch a major intervention today, June 6, for some group of young people.

The YMCA’s intervention, which is going to be held under the theme, “Securing Healthy Lives and Sustainable Livelihoods for Vulnerable Young People in Liberia,” is intended to improve the economic and health status of over 10,000 vulnerable young men and women in four target locations, including Nimba, Bong, Lofa and Grand Gedeh.

YMCA said the project would target 6000 young women from vulnerable groups such as female headed households, teenage mothers and commercial sex workers.

The project will also benefit 4000 young men from vulnerable groups, such as war-affected young people, the disabled and 160 representatives of county, districts-level government health care providers will benefit from the project as well.

Activities under the project include vocational, business, management and life skills training for 1000 disadvantaged young people in year one and two with agricultural and skills training for rural youth.

Career counseling, guidance and business mentoring to 1000 trainees, while at the same time providing post-training inputs/starter kits and also the establishment of business groups and saving clubs.

The project would also establish a youth advocacy group and the engagement process undertaken with local, regional and national government thereby using existing and newly identified entry points for dialogue around health, education and employment.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Youth & Sports, Rep. Lester M. Paye, is expected to serve as chief launcher while the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Liberia, Representative from the Liberian government, non-governmental and civil society institutions are expected to be in full attendance.

The YMCA Liberia’s Securing Healthy Lives Projects for vulnerable young people is being funded by the UK government and Big Lottery Fund, through Y-Care International based in the United Kingdom.

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