Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) initiated by the YMCA was launched on 13
November 2017, at the Regional Education office in Brikama.
The purpose of the program was to improve employability of Gambian youths by introducing them to various life skills modules in key areas like Core Science, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology.
Project Manager, Mam Kangu Keita, said YMCA Gambia has been in existence since 1979 and has been involved in youth related and development activities.
She emphasized that the aim of the Gambia YMCA is to help develop the potentials of youths so that they would be empowered with the necessary skills to be able to live and operate in a global context underlining the total emphasis of their mission.
Anna Anek Sambou, Assistant coordinator of YMCA, said that the program was a youth empowerment program whereby it develops the skills of young people to be entrepreneurs in future and to also uplift their ICT skills.
She said this was why they decided to partner with EU to fund the project for youth entrepreneurship.
She revealed that the participants are drop-outs aged 16 years and above as most of them are not financially strong which results in their drop out from school.
She added that they interviewed about 200 candidates but only 50 were selected and it is gender balanced.
She said the participants are from region two specifically but it has been diversified in different areas in region two.
The reason why they selected drop outs was because they realised that youths in the Greater Banjul Area have more opportunities compared to other regions in the country.