Youth in Liberia find enrolling and staying enrolled in schools very difficult.
Most of them are self-sponsored in schools and/or are sponsored by young
relatives who do not have decent jobs. This, in so many ways threatens the
future of these young people.
Young people, in all regions of the world, experience some degree of difficulty
or uncertainty as they make the transition into adulthood. However, the
situation that youth in Africa face is one of the most difficult in many
respects. Average life expectancy in the region is among the lowest in the
world. Weak infrastructure and poor economic development have traditionally
impeded youth development in the region; enrolling and/or staying enrolled in
school, finding decent and productive work, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
all present very real challenges to a large proportion of youth in the region
(World Youth Report, 2007). Many young people find it difficult to obtain
education mainly because of financial constraints. This has given rise to
increase in out of school and drop-outs. Without an adequate education, youth
face a difficult transition to adulthood and independence as they are likely to
experience unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. The exclusion of young
people from the education system, and consequently from other opportunities
later if life, is likely to persist unless policies are adopted and implemented
to ameliorate the situation.
As a response to this potentially explosive situation, Youth Crime Watch of
Liberia has instituted a Scholarship Program. This Scholarship Program is
intended to enable disadvantaged youth and children to attend/enroll in school
with the supports necessary to achieve academic success and transition to
independence. The scholarship intend to benefit out of school youth/children and
also designed for students who have demonstrated ability in school and interest
in advanced education but who might not have the resources and necessary support
to go to and remain in the best possible school or college.
The Scholarship Program
While the minority of young people in Liberia successfully negotiate study and
careers, majority of them are confronted with barriers that prevent them from
achieving their best. Youth Crime Watch of Liberia Scholarship Program offers
financial, material, moral and other personal support to young people throughout
Liberia who show determination and potential – but who lack the support networks
and resources that will allow them to reach their goals.
The Scholarship Program provides young people with means to pursue education,
training or development so that they may realize their potential for a positive
future. Nominees for this program are not restricted to a specific field of
study or training path. The wide-ranging goals they pursue will encourage other
young people to follow their own ambition. These aspirations may range from
being able to finish high school education or complete a university. Scholarship
funds can also be used for support costs such as equipment, uniforms, textbooks,
stationery and some living expenses, to ensure that the young people have every
possible opportunity to reach their goals and accelerate their potential in
meeting up with their global counterparts.
Funds for our scholarship program come from donors all over the world. If you
would like to know more about our scholarship program or provide your support or
donations, please mail to: