YAI’s programs focus in one of three areas:
Target group - ages 0-12: Programs within this category focus on positiveearly childhood development through the provision of basic individual andschool-related necessities; homework assistance and support; as well as thecreation of safe, structured environments for play and learning. This area alsoadvocates for the protection and of children.
Youth development/ empowerment
Target group - ages 13-35: Within this category, YAI focuses on promotingthe well-being and empowerment of war aected, former child soldiers, andeconomically disadvantaged youth in the poorest communities. Youth par-ticipants are particularly high-risk and in critical need of interventions thatassist them in recovery and lling social, behavioral, educational, and otherdevelopmental gaps resulting from extended periods of civil unrest.
MISSION & FOCAL POINT AREAS
100,000 youth benet from YAI’s youth empowerment programs.40,000 people in the U.S. and Europe are inspired by Kimmie’sinspirational messages annually10,000 pre-primary children receive education materialsthrough 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 & claim a placeof inuence in their communities.400 young people learn via “lifetime” scholarships & experiencethe strength of education.
Youth Action International (YAI) is an international nonprot registered501©3 organization. The organization’s mission is to provide education,health care and economic empowerment for children and young peopleliving in postwar African countries.Founded in 2005 by Kimmie Weeks, a survivor of the Liberian conict andlongtime advocate for children, youth and families. Each of YAI’s projects isdeveloped through extensive research and dialog with the community theprogram will be implemented. YAI works on the ground in post-war Liberia,Uganda and Sierra Leone and in close partnership with local communitygroups, government ministries and NGOs to address the issues of formerchild soldier reintegration; lack of economic and business opportunities;lack of training for women; and lack of access to education.
suCCess ‘opportunitY meets preparation’ program for women
Target Group - ages 13-35: This program area focuses on supportingthe needs and development of women aected by war and girls at risk of sexual exploitation or domestic violence. It focuses on equippingand preparing young girls and women with information and opportu-nities that can allow for self-suciency and independence, and lessensthe possibility of sexual exploitation and violence against them due totheir social and economic circumstances.