Youth Employment and Empowerment
Unemployment amongst young people in Liberia is a budding nightmare that
continues to undermine their growth potential as well as their successful
transition to adulthood. It is also a major conduit to persistent and rising
instability on the entire continent of Africa, most especially, in Liberia; with
specific reference to the youth unemployment being much higher in urban areas
than in rural areas. This is simply because unemployed rural youth often assume
that work opportunities are better in big cities like Monrovia, and many flock
to urban areas where their qualifications and experience may be inadequate to
meet labor market needs. Under such circumstances, youth are likely to accept
harsh or exploitative working conditions, and many remain unemployed. In Liberia
today, young people occupy the highest number of unemployed Liberians. This
condition is not only deteriorating for them, but it is also a threat to
national security and the overall wellbeing of the nation’s economy.
There has been several programs implemented by government and her many partners
to alleviate the unemployment rate amongst youth, but based on the fact that
young people have only been considered as passive beneficiaries to these
programs rather than partners in the implementation, no one can boast of their
ultimate outcomes. As a result, the overall effects of government spending and
the efforts of international organizations are blurry and Liberian employers now
rely more on adult workers, who have more work experience, than youth. According
to the International Labor Office, this preference reflects the failure to
acknowledge that, “whereas young people do lack job skills and experience, they
can often compensate for this with enhanced motivation and a potential for
offering new ideas and insights” (2007, p. 10).The cry of young people
is everyone’s cry.
The Youth Employment and Empowerment program was created to foster an atmosphere
of educational development, and provide employment opportunities for the young
people of Liberia.
Our mission is to provide young people with first time structured jobs that
teach positive working skills and habits which will serve them throughout life.
Our young people also experience the positive incentive of receiving paid for a
job well done.
Job training for young people in Liberia has become increasingly more imperative
as the structure of the youth employment market has changed. Today, young people
in Liberia with inadequate education have comparatively fewer employment
opportunities than their counterparts sixty years ago. The stakes for young
people in obtaining and maintaining secure employment, particularly those with
limited education, are high. For those without high school degrees or the
equivalent, work experience is extremely important in building a base for future
advancement in the work force.
Our Youth Employment and Empowerment provides the following opportunities:
- Interview Skills
- Job Placement & Follow-up
- Skills Assessment
- job readiness/soft skills training (including job search skills and workplace
- career planning including developing individualized plans for addressing
barriers and achieving employment goals (individualized employment plans)
- job training (teaching skills for specific jobs, including skills training
- job development/placement including placement in temporary jobs
- Career Counseling
- entrepreneurship training for youth business entrepreneurs
Youth Crime Watch of Liberia will help high school seniors transition to
university or the work force. Students will learn how to apply to
University/college, research, basic computer training/internet education and
apply for scholarships, write resumes, and develop job-interviewing skills.
Because our goal is to provide youth with skills and opportunities they need in
order for them to succeed in school, work and in the community, we will work
with various governmental agencies, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs),
International NGOs to provide for these young people with the opportunity to
participate in an internship that so significantly need.
Do you have a project for our Youth Employment and Empowerment Program? We are
always seeking for work/internships for our youth/student! You can E-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on these
numbers: +2316604432/ +2316605658
If you have an interest in assisting us in making our program better for the
youth of Liberia, Please do not hesitate to contact us as well. We are always
seeking individuals or organizations willing to share their information and
knowledge with our youth, as well as those who have the ability to certify our
youth in any skills that will be useful.