Youth Empowerment

The Path to Self-Sufficiency  

Understanding your God’s given potential and your purpose of existence opens the door to economic self-sufficiency and help young people to become successful, contributing members of their communities. Sadly, an estimated 263 million children worldwide don’t understand their potential and the purpose for which they were created.

Understanding God’s plans for your life build resilience, self-confidence, and self-worth helps youth develop mechanisms for protection against life’s ups and downs.

The Power of Potential

It is estimated that over five billion people live on this planet today, but only a minute percentage will experience a significant fraction of their true potential. DKF work to help Liberian youth understand their true potential and help eradicate the high level of poverty, drugs, prostitution, street violence, and armed robbery.

Every year we will host a Youth Empowerment Conference to encourage and empower Liberian youth on different themes that we hope will expose them to more supports and resources, and help them understand their God given potential. We will encourage them to pursue education, and provide them with job training and opportunities relevant to their local job market to help increase youth employment.

The Challenges

Liberia’s youths are severely affected by the country’s 14-years civil war. During the civil war children and young people constituted the largest group of recruited fighters; now these ex-combatants are part of an entire generation that has never experienced peace in their lifetime. These young men and women, called Zogos are involved in street crimes such as theft, physical attack, and harassment of pedestrians. They are mostly found in ghettos, cemeteries, marketplaces, unfinished buildings, liquor shops and on street corners. Their main sources of survival are thievery, car loading and begging.

Young people and youth missed out on essential years in education and training resulting in literacy rates estimated at 50% among youth and a serious shortage of skills in many areas of the labor market. Some challenges that prevent youth from entering the labor market include the lack of education and skills due to – insufficient financial resources, overbooked classrooms, no schools in the vicinity, teenage pregnancy, no possibilities for childcare for young mothers and social norms that prevent children from acquiring education.

Youth Empowerment: Breaking Down Barriers

DKF goal is to invest in Liberia for the long term, building schools, and empowering young people in understanding their God’s given potentials. We strive to build leaders of the future by giving youth the tools to handle adversity in all its forms, and we work not just within DKF communities but within the larger community as well.

To prepare the people we served for employment success, we partner with national and local associations to offer mentoring and a variety of programs that enable youth to acquire the hard and soft skills required for today’s – and tomorrow’s – job market.

“The greatest power of youth is that they can think beyond boundaries.” – Sabuz Shahriak Khan