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Youth Action International, Inc.

  • Traverse City, MI
  • http://www.peaceforkids.org

Mission Statement

Youth Action International, or , is an international nonprofit working to rebuild war-torn African communities. The organization promotes the wellbeing and development of children.     YAI also works to provide economic empowerment for war-affected youth (ages 13-30).

Specific program activities include:

• Scholarships and educational services
• Small business development (including micro-loans)
• Vocational training
• Agricultural/farming
• Health care and awareness

Main Programs

  1. Center for Women
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Liberia

Sierra Leone

Uganda

ruling year

2015

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Mr. Kimmie Weeks

Keywords

Self-reported

Africa, Liberia, child soldiers, children, war-affected, education, youth programs, community development, empowering women, Western Africa, grassroots, networking

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Also Known As

Y.A.I.

EIN

59-3818995

 Number

5722470019

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Tangible Results:
100,000 West African youth benefit from YAI‟s youth empowerment programs.

4,000 children receive education supplies

700 youth in the U.S. are actively engaged through YAI member chapters. YAI speaking tours reach 40,000 youth each year, world-wide.

500 former child soldiers benefit from informal counseling, skills training, micro-credit loans, and other support services.

400 single mothers gain work skills, receive micro-loans and claim a place of influence in their communities.

300 children heal from illness through medical care and receive the opportunity to grow to their full potential.

200 young women learn via lifetime scholarships and experience the strength of education.

150 Ugandan families receive agricultural training and seeds to become self sustainable.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Center for Women

YAI’s Sierra Leone office maintains a Center for Women, which provides workshops on small business enterprise, counseling and loans to women living in slum areas in Sierra Leone. The center also works on influencing government policy that will be positive towards women and bridge the gender eduction, political, and economic gap

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$49,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Liberia

Sierra Leone

Uganda

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Youth Action International
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Youth Action International, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Kimmie Weeks

BIO

Kimmie Weeks has worked to alleviate poverty and human suffering in Africa and around the world since he was fourteen years old. Kimmie was born in Liberia 1981. When he was nine, Kimmie came face to face with civil war, human suffering, and death.  
Over the years, Kimmie has formed partnerships and led organizations that have provided education to thousands of students in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of over 20,000 child soldiers, and provided health care and recreation supplies to children.

Once he came to the United States, Kimmie Weeks Youth Action International to support the needs of families living in post war countries. In 2008, Youth Action International’s programs benefited close to 150,000 people in six post war African countries. 

Kimmie Weeks is the recipient of the 2007 Golden Brick Award which honors young people under 25 years old who are working to change the world.   Also in 2007, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presented Kimmie with Liberia’s highest honor by decorating him Knight Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption.   Kimmie is the youngest recipient of this honor. He is also featured in the new book Peace in Our Lifetime as an international peacemaker, along with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2008, MTV Canada and Discovery Chanel International profiled Kimmie’s work as part of a new reality series called 4REAL.

Kimmie Weeks received his bachelors from Amherst College and his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as Executive Director of Youth Action International. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DoSomething, and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"October 2008

 

The coming year promises great things. Over the course of the next twelve months, we will be heavily focused on strengthening and enriching our ongoing programs in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We are also proud to announce that several new programs will be launched in those countries. These will include a program for former child soldiers to reclaim mined-out lands in Sierra Leone for agricultural projects, a program offering training and economic support to help jumpstart the economy of the Jinja community of 2,500 people, and the opening of rural centers for women and youth across Liberia.

I am really excited about the coming year and hope that you are as well. In these tough economic times, we really need you and your support more than ever to help us ride out the storm and continue to impact the lives of thousands of the world’s poorest of the poor.

 

Sincerly

 

Kimmie L. Weeks

Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Valerie Chritton

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Term: Jan 2008 - Jan 2010

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