Youth Action International (YAI) is an international nonprofit registered 501©3 organization. The organization’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 YAI’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.
YAI’s programs focus in one of three areas:
Youth Development/ Empowerment
Success ‘Opportunity Meets Preparation’ Program for Women
100,000 youth benefit from YAI’s youth empowerment programs 40,000 people in the U.S. and Europe are inspired by Kimmie’s inspirational messages annually 10,000 pre-primary children receive education materials through YAI’s early childhood development initiatives 7,000 children climb on a new playground and rediscover their childhood 1,200 youth in the U.S. are actively engaged through YAI member chapters 800 single mothers gain work skills, receive micro-loans and claim a place of influence in their communities 400 young people learn via “lifetime” scholarships and experience the strength of education.