Youth Action International (YAI) is an international nonprofit registered 501Â©3 organization. The organizationâ€™s mission is to provide education, health care and economic empowerment for children and young people living in postwar African countries.
Founded in 2005 by Kimmie Weeks, a survivor of the Liberian conflict and longtime advocate for children, youth and families. Each of YAIâ€™s projects is developed through extensive research and dialog with the community the program will be implemented. YAI works on the ground in post-war Liberia, Uganda and Sierra Leone and in close partnership with local community groups, government ministries and NGOs to address the issues of former child soldier reintegration; lack of economic and business opportunities; lack of training for women; and lack of access to education.
YAIâ€™s programs focus in one of three areas:
Youth Development/ Empowerment
Success ‘Opportunity Meets Preparation’ Program for Women
Â 100,000 youth benefit from YAIâ€™s youth empowerment programsÂ 40,000 people in the U.S. and Europe are inspired by Kimmieâ€™s inspirational messages annuallyÂ 10,000 pre-primary children receive education materials through YAIâ€™s early childhood development initiativesÂ 7,000 children climb on a new playground and rediscover their childhoodÂ 1,200 youth in the U.S. are actively engaged through YAI member chaptersÂ 800 single mothers gain work skills, receive micro-loans and claim a place of influence in their communitiesÂ 400 young people learn via â€œlifetimeâ€ scholarships and experience the strength of education.