Day in and day out together with young people and other interested people around the world, we are making a difference at our local level and ultimately changing the face of the world gradually.
In the past years, Young People We Care (YPWC) has engaged youths in spearheading education on the MDGs and related matters such as; migration whose impact on the youth continue to boggle the minds of policy makers. We do this through responding to calls to involve youth in global events or through our own initiated events. Below are some downloads that will let you know about our projects and the impacts that came out of this events or projects.
1. Youth and Governance
Good governance and civic responsibility are basic ingredients for a country’s development. The key principles of good governance include transparency, accountability, and protection of rights under the rule of law, empowering vulnerable groups, as well as enhancing decentralization, participation, and access to information. Governance has a direct impact on young people’s development and their ability to influence social change.
In this respect, Young People We Care (YPWC), holds periodic youth capacity development workshops and advocacy campaigns to empower young people with the needed knowledge, skills, and tools that can enhance their capacity to demand transparency and accountability on key issues that pertains to development. This practice has been evident in YPWC’s international youth advocacy and service celebration days such as Global Youth Service Day, International Day of Youth, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, International Migrants Day, etc.
YPWC again inculcates in the youth democratic values and principles for their participation in governance. This is achieved through education of the youth in principles, practices of good governance, and the promotion of their active participation in various levels – local, national and international – of decision-making.
This programme benefits from the involvement of educational institutions, religious groups, youth groups/organizations and government entities. The media, including both traditional and new media, has served as a key platform for promoting the concerns of young people in this direction.
2. Research & Capacity Building
YPWC believes that youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow but also the leaders of today in every community and society at large. The kinds of skills, training, and knowledge they acquire today have an impact on their lives at present and in the future, and on their ability to promote development and social change. The youth are the greatest asset of every economy because they form the active labour force in the economy. However, significant numbers of young people are challenged with low self-esteem, little knowledge on basic life issues, lack of problem-solving abilities, and low morale – all of which make these youth apathetic towards community service. Based on the adage that, “Experience is the best teacher” youth are regarded by adults as learners and incompetent in making informed decisions for change. In this regard, age often can be a barrier to participation in key issues that matter for young people’s development. However, evidence from our work in the past five years has demonstrated that young people can initiate, implement, and evaluate development interventions effectively if they are offered the needed capacity development opportunities. This is why YPWC creates various platforms for inter-generational dialogue and mutual understanding to strengthen the capacity of young people and youth organizations towards positive change. It also enhances better understanding of sustainable development policies through activities that enlightens youth and provides them with the necessary skills necessary for influencing positive change – inclusive of: Public Speaking, Time Management, Proposal Writing, Report Writing, etc.
This initiative is completed with an “inwards out” approach, meaning the staff of YPWC is first trained through these organized sessions. Ultimately, the staff will give presentations and deliver trainings based on their respective strengths and capacities.
Forums and platforms that fall in line with YPWC’s mandate supplement thematic programmes and offer opportunity to build the capacity of young people through an inclusive approach with youth leaders and other relevant stakeholders.
3. Global Citizenship and Development Education
YPWC’s Global Citizenship and Development Education embraces participatory teaching and learning methods geared towards assisting young people to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will help them to make decisions on issues that affect them. Young people also learn other global development issues apart from what pertains to their national and local environment, considering our extremely interdependent world of the 21st century. Again, this education exposes young people to global challenges and their responsibility as young leaders of today and tomorrow. YPWC has maintained a core focus on the Millennium Development Goals and how young people can localize and operationalize these internationally agreed goals in their communities.
In this respect YPWC has created a participatory active learning platform called “YPWC Development Education Club” operating in Ghanaian Basic Schools and communities.
The Clubs focus on providing children with citizenship education on thematic developmental issues such as poverty, migration, gender issues, conflict resolution and peace building, HIV/AIDS, human rights, reproductive health, climate change and environmental sustainability, and advocacy for the achievement of the overall eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The Development Education Clubs (DEC’s) – meet at least two times a month to engage in innovative educational activities and lessons about development and the ways it can be sustained; “Peer Up! Youth Empowering Youth!” – connect with youth internationally; Youth Volunteer Initiative – Establish or seek opportunities for youth (externally and internally) to complete community service; Cultural Education – Organizing volunteers to visit cultural centres to expand their knowledge on the host country.
4. Youth Employment and Employability
The problem of youth unemployment and underemployment is a major development challenge for young people, the private sector, and governments. Employment creation remains a major challenge in many developing countries, including Ghana, and it is the goal of YPWC to provide young people with opportunities for employment.
Research studies show that 80 percent of youth who complete High School are not able to further their education to the tertiary levels due to inadequate employable skills and financial assistance – in terms of those who would like to venture into youth entrepreneurship. In recent times there have been significant numbers of youths who migrate in search of jobs and trade, which in some cases are nonexistent. According to a business survey by YPWC in Ghana, most of the young girls would like to get involved in agriculture (mainly planting of groundnuts, mangos, and rearing of chicken). However the lack of business start-up credit facilities and low knowledge in business plan development yield their dreams unsuccessfully.
The program is specifically addressing youth unemployment in Ghanaian local communities, which over the years has triggered crime, illicit activities, and youth migration to the cities in search of jobs and skills development. The numbers of rural-urban migrant youth who leave rural communities for cities like Tamale, Kumasi, and Accra is huge and has negative effects on the community’s socio-economic development. YPWC provides information for young people to enhance their awareness of employment opportunities, implement skills training opportunities, and then seek support for young people to utilize acquired skills.
Thus this programme provides youth with entrepreneurial skills training, mentoring, business opportunity identification, and provision of a small venture start-up loans scheme (SVSLS) to award young people who have viable business ideas to develop their own small-scale ‘blue’ businesses or jobs. Meetings/Trainings are held on the last Saturday of each month. This has the potential to reduce irregular migration while enhancing the capacity of young people to contribute to economic growth locally.
- “Be the Change Academy” Pilot – Provide technical support and training to meet entrepreneurial requirements for youth employment.
- Mobilize young potential entrepreneurs to be empowered through resource persons and provide training in soap making, pomade making, pastries, etc.
- If funding is not granted, this club could create a network of youth interested in starting their own enterprises. Collectively they could create alternative ways to achieve their goals.
- Business plan competition leading to selection of best innovative ideas capable of being funded with some grants or loans.
1st Progress Report of Youth Enterprise Development
The 1st Progress Report Form outlines the progress made by Youth Enterprise Development. It highlights the challenges the organization faced, while outlining planned project activities and completed activities, as well the positive learning points that were noted throughout the programme. Finally, it provides a breakdown of the expenditures that will be used with the grant money given. BTCA Progress Report
The Global Youth Service Day 2013 Report
The Global Youth Service Day 2013 Report for Young People We Care outlines YPWC’s participation on this day. YPWC was able to attract the media through radio discussions and had important members of Ghana, including Miss Emega Adeti, Mr. Parker Wilson and Mr. Yussif Abdul-Mummin participate at the launch of the event. School children were engaged, as well a public officials for a successful GYSD 2013. GYSD 2013 REPORT
Report on Media Youth Campaign
The Report on Media Youth Campaign for Young People We Care highlights the important work of YPWC in providing education about environmental concerns to members of the community in Accra, Ghana. Workshops were set up, followed by training sessions that helped youth embark on media campaigns. It outlined the causes and effects of environmental problems, as well as some possible solutions. It is hoped the aims of the Media Youth Project would be far reaching and have a lasting impact on society. REPORT ON MEDIA CAMPAIGN