The Ministry of Youth and Sports over the watchful eyes of Minister D. Zeogar Wilson over the weekend launched the Pre-Employment Social Support (PESS) program aimed at empowering 2,000 vulnerable youths in and around Monrovia, Montserrado County.
At the launch of PESS over the weekend in the auditorium of the YMCA in Monrovia, Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson told participants that his Ministry remains committed to finding sustainable ways to help youth in the country.
Pre-Employment Social Support Program (PESS) is another sub-component under the Youth Opportunity Project which vet youths and have them prepared from targeted communities in and around Monrovia and have them empowered for business purposes.
Minister Wilson further explained that PESS will target both out of school and in-school youths, aged 15-17 years as a way of ensuring gender equality and fair opportunities for boys and girls.
The Government of Liberia flagship project is headed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP).
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Boss said the initiative will enable youths acquire skills and knowledge on how to seek jobs, behavior management in the work place and respect for the work ethics.
Minister D. Zeogar Wilson also said the program will also provide orientation in health and hygiene practices, as well as social support skills in emotion regulation, team building and leadership, adding that the financial management aspect of the training is expected to aid the youths on how to plan and manage their finances.
The 2,000 youths will enrolled in the PESS in three round of implementation in 25 selected communities in Monrovia. At 18 years, participants will be eligible for the household enterprise under which the youths will be place in a group of eight persons and will be provided a business starter grants to establish or operate their own business.
The Youth and Sports minister disclosed that recruitment exercise will commence on June 24 in communities selected based on conditions of high vulnerability, noting that equal number of male and female in and out of school will be recruited in the program which will prepare them for the job market.
Wilson, however, called on parents, guardians, and community leaders to give unflinching support to the beneficiaries as they prepare to enter the world of work.