Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment”. – Ecclesiastes 11:9
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.
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.
Every year we host Youth Empowerment Conference to encourage and empower youth on different themes that will expose them to understanding their potentials, and encourage them to pursue their goals and dreams, education, job opportunities and deal with any personal issues they may be facing, which may include but not limited to: feelings of anger, depressions, emotional distress, abandonment and loneliness.
The Youth Empowerment Conference will include speakers such as Counselors, Pastors, Educators, and employers to make sure we cover many areas of challenge youths may have. The conference will happen once a year. There will be games, sports activities, concert, workshops, and group sessions. Some of the workshops and sessions will include but not limited to “Violence and injustice”, “Education is Important”, “Understanding your potential”, “Being a Better Generation”, “Skills Assessment”, “Using Technology”, “Ethnic-Reconciliation” and more.