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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.”


Manifest Foundation donates laptops to YAI


Manifest Foundation has donated 6 refurbished laptops to YAI’s free computer training center in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County.  The donation will help YAI provide computer training to additional young people in Liberia’s second largest port city.


The laptops were donated second hand by individuals in the United States.  Donated laptops are then completely refurbished and loaded with new programs (free of charge) and sent to YAI’s computer training programs across Liberia.


Bethany Webster – the visionary behind the Liberian laptop gifting program said: “This is such a simple way for our community to make a huge difference to serve others in need! This idea was birthed on my first trip to Liberia, visiting Manifest Foundation sponsored, Youth Action International Computer Learning Center for young men and women in rural villages. I’m so proud of Jason for his passion to help, and I appreciate the way The Manifest Foundation bridges the right partners together to make it all work! Now it’s up to us – let loose of those old laptops! And let’s get the tools for higher education into the hands of young people!”

To donate a used laptop to YAI’s free computer training program, here’s what we need you to do…
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YAI conducts training for school teachers

Monrovia, Liberia: The US based organization called Youth Action International (YAI) has commenced its teacher training initiative called the Liberia Early Childhood Practiced-based Accelerated Teacher Training program (LECAPT). The program is intended the train a total of 400 pre-primary teachers in Montserrado on child development, classroom management, curriculum and assessment. The second in a series of training workshops took place on Saturday, August 25th at the Love International School in Sinkor and brought together close to 200 teachers.

Youth Action International has been implementing LECAPT in Liberian schools for the third year running. In 2009, the program was introduced to a small group of about 20 schools. Each of the schools received some training and materials for their students. Since 2010, YAI widened the reach of its program to benefit more than 400 teachers in 75 schools. This year, the program is providing educational materials for the teachers and close to 24,000 students.
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Kimmie Weeks headlines at Google Summit

World acclaimed Liberian child rights activist Dr. Kimmie Weeks is in the U.S. state of California to speak at a major international summit being hosted by the internet giant GOOGLE. The conference which is called the Google Ideas Summit is being held in West Lake California on July 17th – 19th. The Google Ideas Summit is a think/do tank that convenes unorthodox stakeholders, commissions research, and seeds initiatives to explore the role that technology can play in tackling some of the toughest human challenges.
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YAI supplies educational materials to 10,000 students

The Executive Director of Youth Action International (YAI) Dr. Kimmie Weeks has announced the arrival of a consignment of educational supplies set to benefit close to 10,000 pre-primary school aged children.

The program is part of one of YAI’s program for pre-primary aged students known as the “Liberian Early Childhood Accelerated Practice-based Training Program (LECAPT).”

The program also is providing ongoing training and support to close to 400 pre-school teachers. Dr. Weeks says the program is part of YAI’s first step towards a nationwide early childhood development initiative that helps Liberian children build a strong foundation.
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