In today’s complex world, a world where uncertainty and violence becomes the order of the day, people throughout the world are faced with issues ranging from unemployment, hunger, human trafficking, prostitution, unwanted pregnancies, sexual heal issues and insecurity, young people cannot be expected to grow and thrive by chance alone.
The Youth are the future of the world. Across the world, every nation do everything to engage the youth positively and to prepare them to take their community ahead in the global market; no wonder, most entrepreneurial endeavor target this age group. Unfortunately, as much as this is being done, it is still an undeniable fact that young people all over the world are still unable to achieve their potentials because of a system that naturally put them at a disadvantage. The hardest hit however are children from the so called ‘minority groups’ across the society, whether local, national or international.
While you still find this highly disadvantage groups scattered even in the most advanced societies, like ethnic minority groups and immigrants, many young people in developing African countries face a lot of challenges developing and harnessing their potentials to progress in life or contribute positively to their societies.
To prepare our youths for the challenges of live ahead, an initiative that is far more intentional is required: a supportive circle of peers and adults, a group where value is placed on truth, connection, compassionate and co-creating lives.
It is in recognition of these and the passion to contribute to the advancement of young people around the world with special attention to young people of African origin both within and outside the continent, that Women and Youth Empowerment Network, focus as part of our activities, on the emancipation of young people through skills acquisition and development, positive engagement in entrepreneurship, mentoring, creative and innovative development of ideas,teen talk circles, mobilization and promotion of self confidence.
In order to achieve this we engage our youths, whom we take our projects to, wherever we find them, through, seminars, workshops, media training, drama and creative writings, do-it-yourself sessions, family engagement among other. The uniqueness of our approach is in meeting this youths in their comfort zones and mobilizing them to reach across this zones.
Presently we are reaching out to young people in the UK through their family religious socialization groups, where we have worked with the youth alongside their parents to address issues of common concern.
Our Projects with the youths are grouped into two major categories:
Girls in Leadership Training (Project GILT) and Boys Empowerment Leadership Training (Project BELT) and our programs include:Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Development Scheme (YEEDS) If the media were Mine