Youth Action International, Inc.

Education. Health. Economic Empowerment.

aka Y.A.I.   |   Newark, DE   |  http://www.peaceforkids.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Mr. Kimmie Weeks

Main address

40 Abbey Rd.

Newark, DE 19702 USA

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EIN

59-3818995

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When nations in Africa experience war, the long term consequences are dire. Major portions of the population fall into extreme poverty or despair and have very little options to break free of the shackles of poverty. As a result, children and families lack basic necessities, young women are forced to become commercial sex workers, and young men become destitute or turn to crime as a means of survival. Youth Action International implements programs in post war countries which aim to help young people break out of poverty and create an enabling environment where young men and women have long term sustainable sources of income.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

LIBERIA EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE (LECI)

Provides teachers with training and tools to augment early childhood education for Liberian students. The program uses a “school in a box” concept, to ensure that each teacher has carefully designed materials, supplies, books, and manipulative that they can utilize daily for the length of the academic year.

Since 2010, approximately seventy-five schools, four hundred teachers and eight thousand pupils have benefited annually from the LECI program (also referred to locally as the Mother Goose Time Initiative). LECI provides essential elements to support the rapid developmental skills of our beneficiaries. The goal of LECI is to improve early childhood education (ECI) and enrollment in Liberia. LECI is an extraordinary initiative that addresses the ongoing problem of the lack of proper teacher training, lack of awareness of the value of ECE, and lack of age-appropriate learning materials.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children

Tens of thousands of people across West Africa still lack access to clean and safe drinking water. During the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, aid agencies built thousands of hand pumps to help address this problem. Unfortunately, after years of use, most of these pumps are no longer operational and communities have been forced to return to using unsafe water sources.

Since 2019, YAI in collaboration with Dockers, Waves4Water and Water Charity have been working to address this problem. To date, the organization has restored 75 wells, which has brought clean and safe drinking water to over 75,000 people.

Population(s) Served
Health

This initiative encourages the active involvement of both rural and urban young people in agriculture as a way to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. The program provides training in agriculture, marketing, sales, small business development and managing money to participants.

Population(s) Served

his program focuses on establishing a modern school, which will run from grades 9 through 12 and will incorporate vocational training into the high school curriculum. The project addresses the issue Liberia currently faces where the country has a high rate of graduates but very few available jobs. Although there are technical jobs available, there is a shortage of qualified and well trained Liberians to fill these posts.

When completed, the technical training high school will enroll 600 students a year from grades nine through twelve. From admittance to graduation and in addition participating in a regular academic curriculum, each student will select and be trained in one of several skills ranging from agriculture, automotive repair, fashion designing, electricity, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, information technology, secretarial science, cosmetology, hospitality & tourism and catering. The success of this program of course depends heavily on support from institutions such as

Population(s) Served

The center tackles the problems facing the women in Sierra Leone using a multi-pronged approach through the creation of a Center for Women Empowerment in Freetown (CWE). The center benefits 300 vulnerable women annually from deprived and impoverished slum communities and provides them access to vocational training, counseling, adult literacy and microfinance grants to start a sustainable small business upon graduation. The center promotes the vital role women can play in sustainable development. It is an integral part of a long-term local capacity-building program for young women.

The target beneficiaries of this project include women and girls below thirty years old who have no access to basic information and are vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Women who graduate frm the program are able to start and maintain small businesses, which help them become self sustainable. YAI is working towards building a permanent CWE facility in Sierra Leone. More details and updates to follow.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Social and economic status
Young adults
Social and economic status
Young adults
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Infants and toddlers

Related Program

LIBERIA EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE (LECI)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Handpumps Repaired

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health

Related Program

Clean Water Initiative/Water4All

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Economic Impact Beneficiary

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Social and economic status, Unemployed people, Sex workers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The overall goal of YAI is to provide opportunities to help children and young people affected by war to break out of cycles of poverty, create sustainable livelihoods and to reach their full potential.

Specific thematic theme goals are:

1. Provide enhanced early childhood education program for at least half of Liberia's children by 2025
2. Provide access to safe drinking water for at least 500,000 people by 2025
3. Provide access to skills training, microloans and sources of sustainable livelihoods for at least 100,000 young people by 2025

Youth Action International's executes its mission under three thematic umbrellas: education, health care and economic empowerment. After extensive conversations with young people in several post conflict regions, the organization establish those thematic areas as the fundamental triggers for long term sustainable growth and development.

By providing access to education (formal, informal and technical) communities are able to ensure that current and future generations are better prepared to face challenges.


Specific goal implementation strategies

Goal #1 - Enhanced Early Childhood Education: he focus of YAI’s work in education is geared towards building a strong foundation for children at an early age as well as ensuring that young people have access to opportunities for sustainable livelihood. Executive Director Kimmie Weeks notes, “I know from first-hand experience that the foundation a child receives prior to entering grade school plays a critical role in the success of that child through the rest of their academic journey.”

Since 2010, YAI has implemented a program called the Liberia Early Childhood Initiative (LECI). This program provides teachers with training and tools to augment early childhood education for thousands of Liberian children. Since the program started, 75 schools, 2,000 teachers, and close to 90,000 children have benefited from it. LECI provides the tools teachers need to help children build a solid foundation. The organization recognizes that by giving children a solid start, they are able to excel and perform better during their later years.

Goal #2 - Access to safe drinking water: Tens of thousands of people across West Africa still lack access to clean and safe drinking water. During the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, aid agencies built thousands of hand pumps to help address this problem. Unfortunately, after years of use, most of these pumps are no longer operational and communities have been forced to return to using unsafe water sources.

Since 2019, YAI in collaboration with Dockers, Waves4Water and Water Charity have been working to address this problem. To date, the organization has restored 60 wells, which has brought clean and safe drinking water to over 60,000 people.

Prior to 2019, YAI’s health initiatives were focused on providing support to community clinics and hospital. The organization also focused on providing emergency medical support, emergency response during national health emergencies, and awareness on various health concerns affecting young people in West Africa.

Goal#3 - Access to Economic Empowerment: he mantra “teach a man to fish” has been the core guiding factor of YAI’s economic empowerment programs. This remains an area where the organization dedicates most of its resources to.

In one of his talks, YAI’s Executive Director Kimmie Weeks observed that far too often, young people in post war African countries continue to languish in

Youth Action International has fourteen years of experience working in West and East Africa. The organizations work is implemented by a dedicate team of staff, volunteers, and interns. Global Headquarters of the organization is in the United States. A small technical volunteer staff coordinates fundraising activities, compliance, monitoring and evaluation. In the field, each country where the organization work is headed by a Team Lead or Country Director. The Team Lead/Country Director is assisted by Program Officers, and Project Supervisors.

Executive Director: Has oversight of YAI's activities in the United States and around the world.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors.


Country Representative: The Country Representative (CR) is the senior YAI representative in the
country. The CR will be called upon to represent YAI's mission and programs to senior level government
officials, in country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors and
local government officials.


Program Coordinator: The Program Coordinator assists the Country Representative and Regional Director in the development, implementation, and evaluation all programs. This includes making regular
visits to monitor progress of all YAI programs, especially those being implemented outside of Monrovia.
The Program Coordinator helps to assign interns and volunteers to various areas and ensures that they
have a meaningful experience with YAI. The Program Coordinator reports to the Country Representative.


Program Officers/Supervisors: Each major program has a specific program officer who is responsible for specific
program areas. Program officers ensure that programs are running smoothly, and report to the Program
Coordinator.

Facilitators: Facilitators are YAI's teachers, and counselors assigned to work directly with the students.

Office Manager: Manages YAI's national offices and is responsible for payroll, financials, and bank
transactions.

Youth Action International has a track record of excellence in implementing youth economic empowerment programs. The organizations has worked in six post war African countries since its inception in 2005.
In 2008, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on organizations across
Liberia to "emulate the good work being done by Youth Action International."

Some key indicators:

• 75 hand pumps benefiting 75,000 community members has been restored
• 80,000 students and 4,000+ teachers have benefited from YAI's early childhood education initiative
•100,000+ young people have benefited from various economic empowerment programs


Financials

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Youth Action International, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Richmond Goodridge

FEDEX

Term: 2016 - 2022

Valerie Chritton

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Erik Falconer Falconer

Falconer Group

Saikon Gbehan Gbehan

Adler, Pollock & Sheehan, P.C.

Allison Maranuk

No Affiliation

Cherrine Smith

No Affiliation

Levan Moulton

Goldman Sachs

Greg Antonucci

Circle of Life Foundation

Elizabeth Means

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data