Youth Network for Reform (YONER- LBERIA) is a Legal Youth Development NGO in Liberia. YONER LIBERIA was founded on February 4, 2008 and incorporated on August 20, 2010 as a Youth Development NGO attending to the needs of children and youth from socially and economically marginalized groups through a number of innovative services to enhance the quality of their lives to secure better future and livelihoods in Liberia, and Africa. YONER-LIBERIA designs and implements innovative services and programs to help underprivileged young people and street children become self-reliant and independent and to improve their long-term job prospects. YONER-LIBERIA services and programs teach basic skills in personal hygiene, work readiness and job search, time management, career planning, academic support, and patriotic citizenship. We collaborate with local community organizations, workforce training providers, and schools to provide these services. Jarius Andrew Greaves is the Founder/Executive Director of YONER-LIBERIA. In 10 years, Andrew goal is to complete a master’s degree in Youth Development and to get involved full-time in leading youth initiatives in Liberia and across Africa. He envisions t building a Youth Capacity Building and Leadership Resource Center on a five-acre land in southeastern Monrovia. The Center will serve youth ages 15-25 who drop out of schools, addicted to drugs or alcohol, dropout of foster care, parenting in their teen, or suffering with disability to return, persist, and complete high school or college. Andrew is a Youth Development Worker with ten-year experience in community engagement and youth empowerment initiatives, social justice advocacy, and Monitoring and Evaluation. Graduating in 2016 with a B.A. degree in Management at the Stella Maris Polytechnic in Liberia. FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/yoner.liberia FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/…/Youth-Network-for-Reform-Yoner-L…... GOOGLE: https://wwww.google.com/+YouthNetworkforReform LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/yoner-liberia/103/831/880 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/yonerlib2008 Photos on Google: https://goo.gl/photos/D9mfCc37sGW1W7sP6 Video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbxbf5ad-Oc Executive Director Interview with European Magazine: www.http://www.youth-time.eu/articles/story-of-yoner-liberia-founder-jarius-andrew-greaves. YONER-LIBERIA PHOTOS ON GOOGLE+ Photos on Google: https://plus.google.com/photos/115818657604312363547/albums/6152442179795683825 Blogsite: www.yonerliberia.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/j.andrewgreavessola http://www.youth-time.eu/articles/story-of-yoner-liberia-founder-jarius-andrew-greaves http://www.wya.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AR2014_nobudget.pdf www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbxbf5ad-Oc https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jarius-andrew-greaves/25/6a7/a15 www.facebook.com/jarius.andrewgreaves https://www.facebook.com/jandrew.greaves.9 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youth-Network-for-Reform-Yoner-Lib... YONER-LIBERIA designs and implements innovative services and programs to help underprivileged young people and street children become self-reliant and independent and to improve their long-term job prospects. YONER-LIBERIA services and programs teach basic skills in personal hygiene, work readiness and job search, time management, career planning, academic support, and patriotic citizenship. YONER-LIBERIA converges the expertise and skills of its qualified, energetic and highly motivated Youth and Professional volunteers, local community organizations, workforce training providers, and schools to provide these services.
Youth Network for Reform (YONER-LIBERIA)
YONER- LBERIA is a Legal Youth Development NGO in Liberia; founded on February 4, 2008 and incorporated on August 20, 2010 attending to the needs of children and youth from socially and economically marginalized groups through a number of innovative services to enhance the quality of their lives to secure better future and livelihoods in Liberia, and Africa.
YONER-LIBERIA designs and implements innovative services and programs to help underprivileged young people and street children become self-reliant and independent and to improve their long-term job prospects. YONER-LIBERIA services and programs teach basic skills in personal hygiene, work readiness and job search, time management, career planning, academic support, and patriotic citizenship.
YONER-LIBERIA converges the expertise and skills of its qualified, energetic and highly motivated Youth and Professional volunteers, local community organizations, workforce training providers, and schools to provide these services.
YONER-LIBERIA continues to influence policies and is also an active youth development NGO in Liberia, a steward of the environment, an Africa and Global Changemaker, growing expert in planning and implementing to engage and empower under-privileged and poverty-stricken youth, children and local community Projects and Programs that focus on Quality Education, Youth Participation, Good Governance, Employment, Peace, Entrepreneurship and Technology.
YONER-LIBERIA has multi-talented and thinkers who are working together to achieve excellence in little things that they and passionate to help improve the lives of young people by empowering, motivating and inspiring them.
SOME MAJOR PROJECTS OF YONER-LIBERIA
To date, we have we have designed and implemented several innovative initiatives to accomplish our mission. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, kindly allow me to name few major ones.
For example, we have implemented a domestic solid waste management and sanitation project for 4 years now.
We call it Youth Sustainable Waste Management Business Assistance Program (YSWMBAP). YSWMBAP serves dual purposes in Paynesville City, a suburb of Monrovia.
This Project has two goals: first, to provide income for less fortunate youth. And, second, to deal with the problem of improper waste disposal and environmental pollution. Therefore, we collect solid wastes from residents’ homes and dispose them properly. We recruited youth between 18 and 25 years from within the communities. We also provided logistics to collect garbage from households and small businesses. Other youth workers collect, buy, and resell recycling materials (paper, metals, iron, canes, Tetra Pak, cartons, and pet bottles). We then use funds from these projects to compensate the youth workers to support their livelihoods, to address their idleness, and to empower them socio-economically
In addition, through this project, we teach residents to become aware of the harm of domestic solid wastes and how to properly dispose their wastes in the garbage collections we supplied around the Paynesville community. We also provide logistics such as metal containers for household garbage collection. Residents who subscribe to the program pay a minimum weekly fee to support our youth workers.
Local Scholarship Program (LSP).
Another project we have designed and implemented for five years now is a Local Scholarship Program (LSP). The goal of LSP is to buttress the government’s effort to reduce the high rate of illiteracy in Liberia, to enable qualified youth and street children to pursue their dreams, and to give them a stable source of income. We identify underprivileged school youth and street children between ages 5 and 25 in the communities, encourage them to go to school, and we pay their tuitions and fees and buy their school materials. LSP also provides our student scholars with cash and in-kind support. To date, the program has benefited over 100 students in elementary and high schools, vocational/technical training schools, and universities in Liberia. Each year, LSP grants 25 scholarships (Play slide #9, cost of scholarship), which cost on average US$75.00 to support one elementary student, US$100.00 for one middle (Jr. High) student, US$125.00 for one high school student, US$75.00 for one vocational/technical student, and US$150 for one university student. Youth workers in the waste management project also benefit from the LSP.
As we implement our programs, we have large challenges standing in our way. For example, to secure funding to sustain the LSP project has become a challenge since we initiated it. But thank God for our Board members who provide financial support to sustain the project. We also lack technical skills to professionally design, implement, monitor, and evaluate new and even existing projects. We have no skills and knowledge to write stronger grant proposals to compete with other applicants for the same funding. The irregular and, most of the time, the onetime financial support from our partners are so small that we can barely scratch the surface of our gigantic financial needs.
In spite of these challenges, however, our success story echoes our accomplishments. We have convinced some of our residents to subscribe to the YSWMBAP project and they are disposing their domestic solid wastes properly. Today, the mountain of garbage piles that once stood along roadsides in the Paynesville community have disappeared and the air even smells fresher. We also have some residents who now support our local scholarship program to fund the education of our student scholars. We also collaborate with institutions and individuals in Liberia to sustain the LSP project. For example, institutions grant certain per cent of tuition waver and individuals including our board members provide financial support to cover the remaining per cent of tuition.
Internship Opportunities and Summer Jobs
In addition, during the longer summer vacations, we lobby corporations, local businesses, local governments, and private citizens to provide internship opportunities and summer jobs to keep busy other idle youth who do not qualify for the LSP and YSWMBAP projects. They do manual house and yard work for individuals and clean offices of corporate managers and government officials.
During the leadership of Hon. Reeves, we were given three slots during each terms of court and our youth volunteers were deployed at various lower courts at the temple of Justice. That opportunities give them some experiences and mentorship for their own carrier pave as many have decided to go in to the legal because they were privileged to had met and interacted renowned lawyers in Liberia. We want to thank Hon. Reeves.
School Engagement and Mentoring Project (SEMP)
Another innovative project we have designed recently is called School Engagement and Mentoring Project (SEMP). SEMP, as innovatively coined, is a New Flagship High School Project being designed and implemented by one of Liberia’s Youth Development NGOs; Youth Network for Reform(YONER-LIBERIA).
The purpose of this project is to buttress government and school authorities’ effort in molding the minds of senior high students through programs of academic, social and moral standards, and fully prepare them to be integrated in universities and colleges with an independent thought, and whose intellect shall be used to resolve or find solutions to the everyday needs and problems affecting the young people and society. This project also seeks to provide support to sexual and reproductive health issues faced by students and provides for gender equality in every activity.
The project is a mentoring project, whose platform aims at facilitating subsequent productive networking among students through interactive sharing and management of knowledge.
Furthermore, the project will enable and strengthen links between students and the real world – inclusive of higher education, leadership and entrepreneurship; thus, making them productive citizens who can contribute to a stronger gender-balanced workforce of our moving development and economic progress in Liberia.
Based on SEMP innovation, and an exclusive new idea to buttress the government in boasting and improving our education system which has been reshaped to meet contemporary status by our youthful Minister, Hon. George Kronnisayon Werner, SEMP has been officially endorsed by the Ministry of Education and the implementing organizations have received Official Sectorial Clearance and an official endorsement and Partnership Letter from the Ministry. Also, SEMP has been endorsed and received an Official Partnership Letter from the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), granting us an opportunity to host our weekly radio program on ELBC’ first of its kind in the history of Liberia for an exclusive youth program to be live on the state-own radio station.
Our programs are into five(5) thematic areas:
1. Academics and Civic education
2. Leadership and community service (volunteerism)
3. Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health
4. Entrepreneurship and innovation
5. Mentoring, recreation and opportunity
6. Youth Radio Program; called Youth Chat Show at LBS
On behalf of my board of directors and staff, I will like to thank individuals and organizations that have walked with us on this journey and have made the vision that I conceived out of poverty and hardships to become a reality.
In Liberia, we partner with Members of the Board of Directors of YONER-LIBERIA, the Paynesville City Corporation, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Liberia Broadcasting System, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Service Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Liberian Association of Volunteers, the Liberia YMCA, the Global Communities, and the Federation of Liberian Youth.
Abroad, we partner with the African Union Commission, Pan African Youth Union, African Union Chapter, World Youth Alliance, German Marshall Fund of the United States, and OPC Policy Centre of the Kingdom of Morocco.
MAJOR NALTIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EVENT PARTICIPATION
YONER-LIBERIA has also participated in several regional and international conferences including the African Union Inter-Generational Dialogues between African Leaders and between African leaders and the Youth of the continent on sidelines of every ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of States and Governments’ Summit held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from January 21-31, 2016 under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Africa towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and AU Agenda 2063”,
The African Union Agenda 2063 Youth Consultation Summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from October 28-November 2015 under the theme “African Beyond 2015”,
The 2nd African Youth Conference on Democracy and Good Governance held in Maputo, Mozambique from September 21-25, 2015 under the theme “Africa Beyond 2015”,
The International Youth NGO Summit (IYONS-2015) held in Chennai, India from July 21-24, 2015 and presented a paper and received the Global Youth Leader Icon Award based on the quality of the paper presented and
The World Youth Alliance African 3rd and 4th African Emerging Leaders conferences held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012 and 2013 and the Third Edition of the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program held in Marrakesh, Morocco from October 24-26, 2014.
YONER-LIBERIA is the Recipient of the Global Youth Leader Icon Award-2015 when he spoke as International Speaker at the International NGOs Summit (IYONS) in Chennai, India from July 24-26, 2015. “IYONS” – International youth NGOs summit – organized on the lines of a United Nations Conference and a first of its kind initiative in this part of the world engaging the cream of the youth from several countries discussed, debated and evolved globally relevant practices aimed at delivering peace, tolerance, mutual love- between people, institutions and nations. It is an event mentored by the late India Former President Dr. A. P. J Abdul Kalam(who died a day after the Summit) and Nobel Laureate Dr Kailash Satyarthi.
Countries traveled for youth related functions:
Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)