Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has challenged young people to be proactive in utilizing the many empowerment opportunities provided by government and partners to help change their living conditions.
Vice President Howard-Taylor said if Liberia’s development and growth is to progress, Young People have to play a cardinal role.
Madam Howard-Taylor said the government is not able to employ all of the young people; as such, the youth must make use of training and empowerment opportunities provided to improve their lives and Liberia at large.
She said if young people use the many training opportunities to create jobs for themselves, several of the many challenges facing the youth population will be solved.
She made the remarks Thursday when she launched the Household Enterprising Support; a sub-component of the World Bank-supported Youth Opportunity Project (YOP).
The launch followed the completion of training for eight hundred youth in business development and management skills.
The Youth Opportunity Project (YOP), a five-year government of Liberia project financed by a World Bank ten million United States Dollar loan is to improve access to income generation opportunities for targeted youth and strengthen the government’s capacity to implement its cash transfer for fifteen thousand vulnerable youth in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Eight hundred Liberia youth will shortly receive two hundred forty thousand United States dollar as starter grant payment to enable them implement their business plans.
The Youth were recruited and trained under the Youth Opportunity Project (YOP) to establish businesses of their own, using a portion of the ten million USD World Bank loan under the Household Enterprising Support.
According to Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Isaac Doe, Household Enterprising Support, a sub-component of the YOP is to strengthen the government’s capacity to implement the social cash transfer program.
Minister Doe speaking at the launch of the Household Enterprising Support; said the 800 beneficiaries drawn from various communities are divided into smaller enterprises groups comprising eight youth per group for a total of 100 enterprises.
The youth are to use the money to run various businesses in their communities in an effort to empower them.
The Youth Opportunity Opportunities (YOP) was launched in January 2017 by the government with support from the World Bank to create a platform were 15,000 young people will get training and assistance aimed at providing empowerment for them.
The CDC-Led Government has since taken the project as a key tool for the agenda for empowering the youth population, as two sub-components have been launched in the last four months.