Weeks receives World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Award

Youth Action International’s Executive Director Dr. Kimmie Weeks has been named winner of the 2013 World Children’s Prize Honorary Award. The Prize is presented annually by The Royal Family of Sweden and honors champions of children’s rights around the world. It is considered the most prestigious prize for children’s rights in the world.

Kimmie Weeks received the award from HRH Crowne Princess Victoria of Sweden on Thursday October, 17th at the Gripsholms Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. The World’s Children’s Prize is the world’s largest annual educational program teaching young people about the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship.

Presented in Stockholm, Sweden by HM the Queen of Sweden, the prize honors individuals who have dedicated much of their live to promoting the rights and wellbeing of children. The World Children Prize serve as a catalyst for growth and development of a more humane global community through integrated global educational programed, engaging a growing number of children throughout the world.

Every year the children decide, through a Global Vote, who should receive the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. The record number of voting children is 7.1 million. Before the prize is awarded, several million children have learned about the rights of the child and democracy.


Youth Action International started its operations back in 2005 as a small college based organization. Several Years later, we have impacted thousands of lives in West & East Africa. This year, we are taking another leap forward to building a permanent office, which will also house a Center for Women’s Empowerment, a Center for Early Childhood Education, and the Chevron supported Center for Liberia Arts, Crafts and Culture. This is an incredible opportunity and we are calling on all of you our long time supporters to join us in making this possible.

In August, we will kick off our first ever major fundraising event outside of North America. Under the theme “United for Women,” the fundraiser dinner will he held in Liberia at the Royal Grand Hotel and will help to raise funds for this important endeavor. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be one of our honorees.

This is probably one of our most important initiatives, and we would really appreciate were you to make a contribution to help us get there. No amount is too small or too great, so please make a contribution today.

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Project Service Fee for our Humanitarian Projects : Each participant will be required to raise an additional $500 due four weeks before trip departure. Provided to Youth Action International, a registered US 501c3. This amount is tax-deductible according to US tax laws. Please consult your cpa for tax advice.

Your service fee supports the following great projects:

• The first, state of the art Liberian Center for Arts Crafts and Culture: The center will provide a world class music and movie production facility to support the talents of Liberia’s young artists, and grow economic development and tourism;
• The construction and launch of one of the largest rural elementary school in Liberia for 600 rural children;
• The development of your own Named Women’s Empowerment Center serving over a 100 women every year!

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Did you ever dream that your message could uplift, educate and transform people in a war torn nation? This completely unique experience allows you to share your message, passion and skills from stage to hundreds of young women and men hungry for empowerment inside Monrovia’s Civic Auditorium, and run a workshop tailored to the needs of the vibrant, rebuilding good citizens of Liberia. Your trip includes the filming and a professional DVD of your work to build your reputation as a global transformational leader, and our group will be featured in local media opportunities! You will also receive specific transformational training regarding Building your Business & Legacy, facilitated throughout the trip by Trip Hosts, Robert Evans, founder of The Messenger Network, and Spryte Loriano, founder of SpryteLorianoGlobal, and One Emotional Integration and BodyWork session by a trained US certified Therapist and Healer to support your own process of empowerment as you provide it to others!

Your participation on this voluntour will also launch a brand new Women’s Empowerment Center to serve hundreds of women a year, establishing a legacy for yourself and your family that can literally change a nation! Our humanitarian mission is facilitated by world-renown, 31 year old, child-rights activist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks (www.peaceforkids.org) Founder and Director of Youth Action International (YAI), who was appointed in February 2012 by President Sirleaf (Africa’s first female President) as Chairman of the Board for Liberia’s Water and Sewer Company, and has had the ominous task of reinstituting running water back to the people in Monrovia. But our adventure doesn’t stop there, as we will travel several hours through lush landscapes and small towns into the rural area of Grand Bassa, spending two days empowering the young men and women students at YAI’s Women’s Empowerment and Computer Learning Center, visit with hundreds of school children, and distribute life-saving, permanent clean water solutions for thousands of grateful families.

Get your sleep before you come to Liberia, as you will not want to miss a minute of the incredible, transformational stories of living through decades of civil war, and discovering the attitude and energy it takes to be part of not just changing lives, but rebuilding a nation!

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Youth Action International and its partners at Manifest Foundation and Waves4Water have begun distribution of more than 600 water filters to rural Liberian communities. The filters are intended to provide safe drinking water to populations who would otherwise depend on unsafe drinking sources for water. The 600 water filters will provide clean drinking water to 60,000 people. This is the first phase of a larger project to supply enough water filters so every family in Liberia has access to safe drinking water.

Kimmie Weeks named among three nominees for World’ Children Prize

Liberia’s world renowned child and youth activist Dr.Kimmie L. Weeks, is one of three people nominated as recipients of the 2013 World’s Children Prize for his work as a child rights activist and as Executive Director of Youth Action International.

Presented in Stockholm, Sweden by HM the Queen of Sweden, the prize honors individuals who have dedicated much of their live to promoting the rights and wellbeing of children. The World Children Prize serve as a catalyst for growth and development of a more humane global community through integrated global educational programed, engaging a growing number of children throughout the world.
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Liberian Leader Lauds YAI Center for Women

Flashback: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday attended the official launch of the Youth Action International Center for Women which will provide vocational training to 150 women annually.

Rema Bull, Retail Supervisor at Total Petroleum Inc. and a recent graduate of Cuttington University, served as keynote speaker. She called on Government to prioritize women’s empowerment across the nation.
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The first phase of Youth Action International’s Center for Women’s Empowerment program has ended with the awarding of completion certificates to close to 200 women who successfully participated in the program for six months. Another 500 women who benefited from the organization’s workshops on small business enterprise also concluded their trainings, which is expected to help them grow and improve their existing businesses.

The women are part of an initiative sponsored by the Alabaster Foundation, Burt Family Foundation, Cellcom, Chevron and the Manifest Foundation to provide skills training and workshops in small businesses development to 3,000 Liberian women over a two year period.

At one of the graduation programs held in Grand Bassa County, Youth Action International’s Executive Director Dr. Kimmie Weeks expressed his gratitude to the organization’s corporate, foundation and individual supporters for helping the organization achieve its goals. “We truly could not have done this without your support. In a single year, we’ve expanded to counties we could have only dreamt of going to before and we have impacted more women than we’ve ever done.”

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