The Youth Opportunities Project
The Youth Opportunity Project (YOP) is a five-year (2016-2020) intervention that seeks to improve access to income generating opportunities for 15,000 vulnerable youth (15-35 years) in both urban and rural areas of the 15 counties, as well as strengthening National Government capacity to Implement its cash transfer program. These objectives will be achieved through two of the four components under the Youth Opportunity Project; a) Pre-employment social support and Household Enterprise support and b) Productive Public Works and Life Skills support.
Under the YOP implementation arrangement, Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) is solely responsible for the implementation of the Household Enterprise Support subcomponent 1B and Productive Public Works and Life Skills subcomponents 2A & 2B respectively.
Over a five- year period, LACE will provide income generation opportunities for thirteen thousand (13,000) vulnerable youth in urban and rural communities of the fifteen (15) counties through the Household Enterprise (3,000) and Productive Public Works and Life Skills (10,000) subcomponents. Youth in urban area (Montserrado county) will be recruited in the Household Enterprise and they will federate to establish group businesses; eight persons per group. 10,000 youth in rural areas in the 15 counties will be recruited in the Productive Public Works and Life skills subcomponent to carryout community agriculture subprojects through a participatory rural approach. These two subcomponents will serve as a conduit to improve access to income generation opportunities for youth who do not have the chance to gain formal employment in the labour sector.