YEN meets YMCA boss

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The officials of the Youth Employment Network YEN-Gambia Chapter on Tuesday February 23rd had an audience with the Director of the Gambia Young Men Christian Association (YMCA), at the latter's national office in Kanifing.

Speaking at the occasion, the National Coordinator of YEN-Gambia, Mr. Abdou Boye revealed that the meeting was meant to introduce new face of enthusiastic leaders of the network to YMCA boss, and to further strengthen the relationships between the two organisations.

Nfamara Jawneh, YEN's Communication and Advocacy Officer said that YEN works to engage, educate and motivate actors to provide improved employment opportunities for the youths.

"It is a platform and service-provider focusing on policy advice, innovative pilot projects, knowledge sharing, and brokering partnerships. YEN makes use of its core agency partners' know-how and resources and ensures youth participation in delivering its services," he said. Youth employment, he added, is one of the current global social challenges that cannot be tackled single-handedly by one organisation, thus the need for partnership.

YEN Spokesperson commended the Gambia YMCA for the crucial role they played in the restructuring of YEN in April last year.

Ibrahim Ceesay, the Treasurer of the network lamented on the issue of underemployment among youth people, and expressed their resolve to address the menace. He also briefed the YMCA Director of their future plans.

Abdul Jobe, Partnership and Networking Officer of YEN calls for greater collaboration between the two organisations, considering their historical relations.

In response Sam B. Thorpe, YMCA Director expressed his pleasure in meeting the YEN country team. Sam, among other things, assured them of his office's continuous support.

Mr. Joseph Peacock, the Programme Coordinator of the YMCA Big Lottery Fund and Omar Gassama, a member of YEN, attended the meeting held at the YMCA boardroom.

Author: Abdourahman Sallah