The Deputy Chief Executive of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Akosua Manu, has announced that her outfit is set to recruit 100,000 young volunteers across the country to help establish good volunteerism culture and enable the youth to contribute their quota to national development.
Mrs Manu disclosed this in a speech read on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Pius Hadzide, at an induction service for a new patron for the Greater Accra Regional chapter of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).
She explained that the initiative would not only equip the volunteers with relevant skills to forge formidable career paths, but would further establish a good volunteerism culture across the country, and instill in them indispensable values of leadership, patriotism and responsibility.
“The initiative, dubbed the National Youth Volunteers Programme, which will take off in the course of the year, will enable the youth volunteer their services in the areas of infrastructure development, health, wellbeing, education and environmental protection,” she stated.
According to her, the volunteerism initiative would be followed by another initiative called ‘Skills towards Employment and Productivity Programme, which will also provide apprenticeship and skills training to young people to enhance their employability.
Mrs Manu noted that the NYA would work closely with the YMCA, which has a proven record of being a pillar in youth development across the globe to ensure the holistic development of the youth.
“Indeed, the exploits of the YMCA in our country predates the independence by over half a century and we will continue to work with it to foster youth-led solutions for building the Africa we want,” the deputy CEO of NYA said.
Mrs Manu called on the YMCA to come forth with ideas on areas of collaboration to actualise the collective vision of transforming youth development in the country.
After the induction, Micheal Leslie Bartlett-Vanderpuye, in his remarks, explained that as an entrepreneur of international repute, he would use his expertise to help raise more entrepreneurs within the Association to help tackle the issue of unemployment.
“I am an impact-driven person and result-oriented so my focus will be on empowering and helping the youth through entrepreneurship to understand the value of their existence,” he said.
He further noted that, as a leader, he would always remain committed to the realisation of the aspirations of the group.