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Weeks receives World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Award

Youth Action International’s Executive Director Dr. Kimmie Weeks has been named winner of the 2013 World Children’s Prize Honorary Award. The Prize is presented annually by The Royal Family of Sweden and honors champions of children’s rights around the world. It is considered the most prestigious prize for children’s rights in the world.

Kimmie Weeks received the award from HRH Crowne Princess Victoria of Sweden on Thursday October, 17th at the Gripsholms Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. The World’s Children’s Prize is the world’s largest annual educational program teaching young people about the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship.

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.

Every year the children decide, through a Global Vote, who should receive the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. The record number of voting children is 7.1 million. Before the prize is awarded, several million children have learned about the rights of the child and democracy.


Youth Action International started its operations back in 2005 as a small college based organization. Several Years later, we have impacted thousands of lives in West & East Africa. This year, we are taking another leap forward to building a permanent office, which will also house a Center for Women’s Empowerment, a Center for Early Childhood Education, and the Chevron supported Center for Liberia Arts, Crafts and Culture. This is an incredible opportunity and we are calling on all of you our long time supporters to join us in making this possible.

In August, we will kick off our first ever major fundraising event outside of North America. Under the theme “United for Women,” the fundraiser dinner will he held in Liberia at the Royal Grand Hotel and will help to raise funds for this important endeavor. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be one of our honorees.

This is probably one of our most important initiatives, and we would really appreciate were you to make a contribution to help us get there. No amount is too small or too great, so please make a contribution today.

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Did you ever dream that your message could uplift, educate and transform people in a war torn nation? This completely unique experience allows you to share your message, passion and skills from stage to hundreds of young women and men hungry for empowerment inside Monrovia’s Civic Auditorium, and run a workshop tailored to the needs of the vibrant, rebuilding good citizens of Liberia. Your trip includes the filming and a professional DVD of your work to build your reputation as a global transformational leader, and our group will be featured in local media opportunities! You will also receive specific transformational training regarding Building your Business & Legacy, facilitated throughout the trip by Trip Hosts, Robert Evans, founder of The Messenger Network, and Spryte Loriano, founder of SpryteLorianoGlobal, and One Emotional Integration and BodyWork session by a trained US certified Therapist and Healer to support your own process of empowerment as you provide it to others!

Your participation on this voluntour will also launch a brand new Women’s Empowerment Center to serve hundreds of women a year, establishing a legacy for yourself and your family that can literally change a nation! Our humanitarian mission is facilitated by world-renown, 31 year old, child-rights activist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks ( Founder and Director of Youth Action International (YAI), who was appointed in February 2012 by President Sirleaf (Africa’s first female President) as Chairman of the Board for Liberia’s Water and Sewer Company, and has had the ominous task of reinstituting running water back to the people in Monrovia. But our adventure doesn’t stop there, as we will travel several hours through lush landscapes and small towns into the rural area of Grand Bassa, spending two days empowering the young men and women students at YAI’s Women’s Empowerment and Computer Learning Center, visit with hundreds of school children, and distribute life-saving, permanent clean water solutions for thousands of grateful families.

Get your sleep before you come to Liberia, as you will not want to miss a minute of the incredible, transformational stories of living through decades of civil war, and discovering the attitude and energy it takes to be part of not just changing lives, but rebuilding a nation!

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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.”

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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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