Youth Action International’s priority programs for education are as follows:
LitClub: LitClubs is a dynamic program for Liberian girls between the ages of 12-15. Implemented in conjunction with Litworld, the 6 month mentorship program enrolls 50 girls. A first of its kind in the country, the program follows a carefully designed curriculum which focuses on developing reading, writing and speaking skills.
LitClubs offer children safe, structured settings to read, write, and raise their voices. LitClub members use their writing to become agents of change and hope in their communities. LitClubs are a place where children’s words change worlds.
Liberia Early Childhood Initiative (LECI): Youth Action International introduced LECI in 2009 as a result its a one-year needs assessment (2008-2009) that reviewed the existing pre-primary system, post-war family dynamics, community awareness of ECD and expressed concerns of pre-primary teachers and superintendents throughout the greater Monrovia area.
LECI addresses both the immediate and long-term needs of educators, children and their families in regards to early childhood care and education. The popular program focuses on providing training and materials for early childhood development teachers. The trainings and materials help the teachers learn to better manage their classes and provides the tool to make learning fun.
At its peak, the program catered to 75 schools, 400 teachers and 8,000 pupils in Montserrado.
Scholarships: Recognizing the challenges many parents face being able to afford to pay school fees for their children, YAI has maintained an annual scholarship program since its establishment in Liberia. Over 500 recipients have benefited from various scholarships since the start of the program in 2007. Scholarships are provided in the following categories:
• Academic scholarships
• Travel Assistance for study abroad
• Scholarships for Ebola survivors
• Need based scholarships
Becky Primary School: In 2017, Youth Action International and its partners completed construction of a large a multi-purpose school complex which for more than 600 students. In 2018, Youth Action International’s focus for Becky Primary is to fully furnish the school and enrich the curriculum to set it on a trajectory to be one of the best environments for learning in Liberia.