Youth Empowerment

Nearly 3 billion people – that is half of the world’s population – are under the age of 25.  They are entering the different sectors of society in large numbers, putting immense pressures on governments around the world to wake up and face new challenges.  These include the increased need for jobs and livelihoods, and the growing need for health care and education thereby increasing the stress on the environment.  Social and economic disparities continue to grow, increasing the number of people living below the poverty line each day.  Today, 1.3 billion people survive on less than a dollar a day and 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day.  High levels of unemployment and rapidly deteriorating standards of living are resulting in destructive social unrest and dangerous levels of tension.

The situation is no different in Liberia, where the population is becoming more youthful – the youth population stands at over 65%. Therefore any serious policy for social, political and economic development in Liberia must recognize the importance of young people, especially in promoting social progress, reducing political tension and maximizing economic performance.

Despite the sizable presence of the youth population, they are a surprisingly undeserved and under engaged demographic.

ONE Liberia addresses youth employment challenges in Liberia by supporting young people in earning a sustainable living. ONE Liberia achieves this by providing basic livelihood and employability training to youth, supporting small business development and partnering with organizations to aid with micro-grants and micro-credit facilities.

ONE Liberia also believes in the importance of engaging youth in these processes and helps young people assume leadership roles within their communities. In doing so ONE Liberia collaborates with community leaders to create mentorship opportunities; assists with the formation and management of youth-led committees; identifies appropriate community forums for youth participation; and provides training opportunities for young people to strengthen their leadership skills.

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