Most Liberian youth, seeking career development opportunities are to shortly be recruited into skills building exercise that would prepare them for the job market.
The initiative, Pre-employment Social Support (PESS) of the Youth Opportunities Project (YOP), is expected to be launched today, Friday, June 21, 2019, in Monrovia by Youth and Sports Minster Zeogar Wilson at the YMCA in Monrovia. YOP is the Government of Liberia flagship project which is implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sport in collaboration with the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) and the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP). A total of 2000 vulnerable youth in and near Monrovia are targeted. The recruitment exercise will commence June 24, 2019 in communities selected based on conditions of high vulnerability.
When recruited, the youth will acquire skills on how to look for job; guidance on developing resume and CVs, how to sit a job interview, behavior management in the work place, and respect for the work ethics. Other benefits include orientation in health & hygiene practices, social support skills in emotion regulation, team building and leadership skills to go alongside psychosocial counseling. The financial management aspect of the training is expected to aid the youth on how to plan for and manage their finances.
Today’s launch marks the first of 3 rounds of PESS implementation. For now, round-one implementation targets 500 youth in 10 communities from June 24-27, 2019 in the Paynesville, Central Monrovia, and New Kru Town regions beginning at 9:00am, daily. From June 24-25, 2019, the recruitment will take place in 12th Street, King Gray, Red Light, 72nd, and the Iron Factory Communities while Duala, Logan Town, Clara Town, West Point and Sonewein will experience the recruitment exercise from June 26-27, 2019.
Equal number of male and female youth – in and out of school - will be recruited in the program as a way of ensuring gender balance and fair opportunities for boys and girls. This exercise will be characterized by screening for interested youth to determine their eligibility. Afterwards, the list of eligible youth will be posted in public areas in the targeted communities for verification and subsequent validation. Following this exercise, youth who pass the validation will be invited to take part in a public lottery process if the number of eligible youth exceeds the required target per community. Successful youth will then qualify to become beneficiaries of the YOP after their parents sign a consent form to permit their children to participant in the program. The project will be implemented in coordination with the Liberia YMCA who will directly interact with the youth as well as the communities.
A total of 15,000 urban and rural youth are targeted by the project which also offers support in business management and agriculture.