total of forty-two young people who underwent a one-month market essential
training at Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) – Africa; a youth empowerment and
development organisation graduated on Thursday at the YEP office in Brikama.
With funding from The Netherlands, the project has provided marketing essentials and other entrepreneurship trainings for hundreds of its members’ young people most of whom are running their personal businesses and employ many other young people.
YEP programmes officer Lamin Ceesay said youth empowerment and entrepreneurship are top agenda in the country, saying they want to bring change into the lives of young people to allow them effectively contribute to the development of their communities, families and the country.
He reminded the graduates that they should not perceive their graduation as an opportunity but a challenge, saying, “I believe that will drive you to achieve your ambitions. Let us always believe in our ability and progress.”
Paul Engelsman, founder of YEP believes that to bring a change, people must believe in themselves internally and externally. “Youth is the change because a country without youth is a country without a future.”
Mr. Engelsman said the world is failing in its mission to give youth a future, saying there are 5 hundred million youth globally without a future. “It is time to stand up to say we are going to shape our future.”
He reminded the graduates and members of YEP that they are the future and their future is in their own hands. “My dream is to have YEP projects in all parts of sub-Saharan Africa. You have the potential to build your own future and that of others.”
One of the graduates Alasanna Touray said the training would support them to ascertain their business, emphasizing that they have to bring their ideas together to help other people and their communities. “We must always pursue our aspirations and this training was a good foundation for all of us.”