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.”

Also speaking during the program was the Country manager of Chevron Liberia, Mr. Karl Cottrell said he was pleased by the progress YAI was making in the implementation of its women’s empowerment program. He went on to pledge Chevron’s continuous support to developing the human capacity of young people of Liberia. He said “Chevron Liberia is very happy and please to be part of this initiative with Youth action International.”