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Diasporian News of Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Source: Chris-Vincent Agyapong

World Youth Opportunity Inc trains and equips the youth with employable skills

One of the trainees receiving her certificate for participation

It's a sad fact of our existence that a lot of people who are born have to live in circumstances which are harsh, mostly not of their own choosing but that's the reality they are forced to live with.

It's another sad reality of life that despite the fact that they are many people who are wealthy beyond necessity, and others comfortable enough to help others if they so choose, not enough people do so, despite the moral, ethical and religious imperatives to help the less fortunate in our midst.

In such a climate, the few who do make efforts to help really deserve to have the spotlight being shined on them, and World Youth Opportunity (WYO) Inc is one of such entities.

The award-winning, US-based non-profit was founded by Ghanaian Nafis Quaye. WYO has as its core mission taking in young people from the age of 15 and above and providing them with the requisite skills and craft to become employed.

Many a times, these young people possess employable skills which they aren't even aware of, and WYO helps bring out these talents in all of them. Possessing an employable skill is worth a lot in this day and age, and by funnelling their talents into gainful employment these young people are not only able to provide for themselves, but they refrain from engaging in otherwise nefarious activities which their idle minds might have thought of.

"Committed to breaking the cycle of youth poverty, youth unemployment, WYO Inc. makes long term investments, builds reliable institutions and cultivates an active civil society to improve the quality of life for all regardless of gender, origin or religion." the company's inspiring mission statement reads. This is done (mainly) through its signature Youth Employment Program.

The program takes in these youth and provides them with specific and employable vocational skills - hairdressing, dressmaking, computer training, auto mechanic, barbering etc. - which gives them a leg up in the job market irrespective of their educational level. The program also provides vast opportunities for networking.

Talk is cheap, but actions speak louder, and the phenomenal work being done by WYO Inc has been recognized in the US. Earlier this year, Nafis Quaye was rewarded for his tenacious fight for the youth by the mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Quaye was presented with the Certificate of Special Mayoral Recognition by the US city, and also received a separate honour from Women in Action Inc. His groundbreaking organization was not only raising the youth out of poverty, but was positively impacting the crucial work of women empowerment.

But WYO has global aims, and Quaye's next big step is to venture into Ghana and establish his organization down here. There is no doubt that we need such an initiative, with a rising unemployed graduate populace and limited opportunities for the youth who are unlucky to get higher education.

Thus WYO Inc hopes to partner with the requisite governmental agencies, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders in its entry into Ghana to solve these very real problems facing the youth.

Long term, the organization plans to carry out its core mission in the most vulnerable and impoverished populations across the world, in parts of the US, Africa and Asia, as spelled out in its vision statement.

"We are stronger together. Our work is driven by a firm belief in our shared humanity. Prosperity for all comes from harnessing the best from Youth of all walks of life. Strong partnerships with local organizations, businesses, governments and community leaders based on a shared vision for the common good improves the quality of life for youth in the poorest part of US, Asia & Africa."

The work of WYO Inc and its track record speaks for itself, and Ghana would be better off if it is able to achieve its stated aims and objectives with the help of all and sundry .

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