The Executive Director of Youth Action International Dr. Kimmie Weeks has announced that his organization has opened two new offices in rural Liberia. Weeks says Youth Action International has opened offices in Bong and Margibi Counties in addition to its ongoing activities in Grand Bassa and Bomi.
The new offices being opened will provide skills trainiAng and microloans to hundreds of young people in those areas. Weeks says each of the offices will directly impact 600 young Liberians in its first year. Funded by Chevron, the Burt Family Foundation, Manifest Foundation and the Alabaster Fund Youth Action Internationalâ€™s new initiative are a part of the organizations scale up plan. According to Kimmie Weeks, the organization intends to open additional offices and larger scale projects in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, and Lofa by the end of 2012. In addition, Youth Action International has tripled its programs in Monrovia and is opening sub offices in heavily populated communities to provide training and opportunities for young people.
Newly appointed Country Representative for Youth Action International Mr. Daniel Thomas elaborated that the organization is heavily invested in a wide range of programs to help break young Liberians out of poverty. He noted: â€œwe understand that young Liberians are going through a lot of difficulties and we are bringing a lot of innovative projects to break this cycle.â€
Founded in 2005 by Kimmie Weeks, Youth Action International is headquartered in the United States and has a mission to provide education, health care, and economic empowerment to children and young people. The organization has impacted over 200,000 people in Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and Uganda. Weeks says Youth Action International will expand its work to Guinea and Ivory Coast at the end 2012.