Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement, Inc.

Creating jobs for youth in Africa

aka AYM   |   ALEXANDRIA, VA   |  http://www.aym-inc.org

Mission

The mission of AYM is to educate and employ youth in agribusiness, ecotourism, technology, and the creative arts.

Sixty (60) percent of young women and men within the ages of 14 to 35 are unemployed, which is among the highest in West Africa. Sierra Leone’s youth are living on less than US $2 per day.

Educating, mobilizing and providing employment for Africa’s unemployed and underemployed youth is the key to the continent’s economic growth and stability.

Ruling year info

2000

Founder

Mr. Abu-Hassan Koroma

Vice President, Operations

Mr. Dennis C. Glover

Main address

P.O.BOX 90152

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22309 USA

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EIN

39-1742519

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The incidence of youth unemployment in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be over 20 percent. The dynamics and causes of youth unemployment in Africa are complex and multi-dimensional. Youth (those between 15 and 25) represent more than 60 percent of the continent's total population and account for 45 percent of the total labor force. Unlike other developing regions, sub-Saharan Africa's population is becoming more youthful, with youth as a proportion of the total population projected at over 75 percent by 2023, due to the high fertility rate underlying the demographic momentum. The expectation is that this increase in the number of youth will not decline before 20 years or more. Many youths have little or no skills and are therefore primarily excluded from productive economic and social life. Those with some education often exhibit skills irrelevant to current demand in the labor market, in a situation where education and skills requirements mean employment.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Agriculture

While 3.5 million citizens of Sierra Leone suffer from hunger, vast quantities of land remain underdeveloped and prime for cultivation.

The agriculture program supports rural communities in Sierra Leone achieve food independence and empowers families with the means to earn a sustainable living. By increasing the quantity and diversity of family farms, we can alleviate hunger, a critical global fracture that reinforces poverty hinders education and suffocates social mobility. Each unit ensures a family has the energy to pursue their passion.

Population(s) Served
Families
At-risk youth

60% of youth ages 14 and 35 are unemployed, which is among the highest in West Africa. Sierra Leone’s youth are living on less than the US $2 per day.

We manage a youth enterprise center in Mattru Jong, providing continuous electricity for running multiple revenue-generating community services. 3 - 4 youths lead each business component at the center, bringing the total employment to 20 youth that we pay livable wages and, provide mentoring and training to develop their sustainable entrepreneurial skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults
At-risk youth

In Sierra Leone, 70% of youth are unemployed or underemployed, and 42% of them are under 15 years of age.

High youth unemployment and widespread poverty are critical impediments to progress in Sierra Leone. One opportunity for economic growth lies in developing ecotourism which, will expand job creation. We train rural youths as tour guides and provide them with jobs and a steady source of income.

Population(s) Served
Adults
At-risk youth

African ART Ville is a program of the Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement (AYM). Africanartville exists to promote an appreciation for African Art and Culture. We accomplish this through supporting artists, holding exhibits, and conducting presentations. We further strive to use art to promote African history, historical tours, good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency.

If you would like to help our organization either monetarily, through an in-kind donation, or by volunteering, listed below are some items and areas where we could use your assistance.

Office Space
Office furniture
Office supplies
Computer
Printer
Books on African art
Software Photo Copier
Art Supplies
Digital camera
6-8 passenger van
Volunteer assistance
Art Books
Center

Population(s) Served
Adults
Population(s) Served

Literacy rates in Sierra Leone recently dropped to 57%, with only 35% of females able to read, leaving a wealth of potential and creativity untapped

This project will support childrens education in Sierra Leone and equip them with supplies to learn and grow, challenge corruption and construct stable institutions that empower civil society, inspire innovation and foster equitable development. In turn, this will strengthen social cohesion, critical for dissolving discrimination and forming lasting peace. Education is the passport to the future.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

We bring together volunteer health industry workers to mobilize resources that we will use to support health missions to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and The Gambia.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AYM's current Program design is informed more specifically by the need for an appropriate response to the huge unemployment and inactivity facing the vast majority of African youths, many of whom are either out of school or not working. By their early 20s, one in three urban youths and one in six rural youths are either unemployed or underemployed; a condition viewed as a substantial factor for the slow economic growth, social and political instabilities that remain as real challenges to the overall development of the majority of the countries on the continent. The AYM Program, therefore, aims at supporting the evolution and strengthening of in-country initiatives that primarily entail processes for facilitating the initiation and enhancement of youth employment promotion focusing on social enterprises as reliable mechanisms for providing decent and sustainable employment opportunities for the substantial unskilled and unemployed youth population in the prioritized countries.

The organization puts a premium on country chapters contributing to increased space for reliable youths' employment opportunities in agro-based enterprises, information, and communication technology industries, tourism, arts and culture ventures, housing, mining, sustainable rural lighting, transportation and water, and sanitation. AYM supports its country-level chapters in facilitating processes that would have unemployed and underemployed youths trained in vocational and technical skills required to render them more employable in the emerging social enterprises or increase their prospect for self-employment.

With the war years a decade behind Sierra Leone, it is time to focus on community development in preparation for economic development. Sierra Leone is a perfect candidate for the AYM economic development model with the poorest District - Bonthe as operational base. AYM is going to spend five years - 2014 to 2019 to develop and enhance the community infrastructures upon which economic development will be built.

With basic income generation projects in place, AYM is going to continue relying on volunteer effort to manage and oversee operations from January 2014 to December 2015.

In collaboration with in-country volunteers, eight volunteers will be recruited from the United States on a three months rotational assignment in Sierra Leone. Except for basic food ( three meals a day ) and lodging that will be provided by AYM, volunteers will be required to pay their own ways and take care of all in country travels outside operational areas as well as their entertainment. The work of the volunteer will be mainly administrative and capacity building. However, volunteers will have the creative flexibility to initiate practical programs that could help expedite the mission of AYM.

From January 2016 through December 2018, AYM hopes to have paid interns as Field, Finance and Capacity building officers working with paid local staff.

January 2014 through December 2018, AYM will set up the Jong Chiefdom Transformation Trust, a Social Enterprise Business model that among other functions will engage in the buying of land to implement projects in quality affordable housing, water, food security, transport, income generation and social support activities including public recreational spaces, and rehabilitation of houses as concrete social community changes.

AYM will rely on these infrastructures for community development to propel economic development through self support and donor solicitations.

The AYM Vision Coordinating Center (VCC), based mainly in the United States, plays a facilitation and coordination role in fostering the realization of the organization's overall aim and four key objectives. The VCC role broadly entails working through country-level chapters that are autonomous regarding governance, management, and control over resources. These country-level chapters are supported by the VCC to facilitate the realization of their country-specific aims and aspirations within the mutually accepted purpose and any of the four key objectives of the organization.
The organization undertakes country-level studies through Social Development Consultants to generate reliable data on the current youth unemployment and inactivity issues, including the status, opportunities, and challenges for youth-focused social enterprise ventures in the country. Information generated from these exercises are used to put together or redesign country-specific programs.

The AYM VCC further accepts the responsibility for working with the country level chapters to provide direction in the appointment of competent management boards, mobilizing resources both in the country and externally and promoting processes that would ensure that the leaders of the emerging social enterprises, including board members, are legally constituted and appropriately capacitated. AYM VCC further facilitates and coordinates active monitoring and regular evaluation of the operations of the country level chapters to promote sustainability and accountability.

AYM'S Tangible Results: Measuring Future Organizational Outcomes and Success.
The registration of the organization as a 501C3 in the United States of America.
The recruitment of offline and online volunteers to make the organization operational.
Completing detailed studies on youth unemployment in Sierra Leone.
The support for the initiation of the youths' employment promotion social enterprise Programme in Sierra Leone.
The tremendous efforts and resources expended on putting together sound programme support and resource mobilization plan.
Registering the organization as a national NGO in Sierra Leone
Securing a three-year office space in Freetown
AYM is a recipient of an in-kind Google Grant for Nonprofits.
Securing an in-kind URL and Webhosting account from Dreamhost.com
AYM is determined to expand its services to as many Sub Saharan African countries as can be possible. But at the moment, the organization has completed full youth employment status and social enterprise landscape studies in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In fact, AYM has only been able to support the initiation and management of one youth employment promotion social enterprise Program in Sierra Leone since 2011; a venture that bears excellent potential for creating viable employment for over 500 hundred youths by 2023. By way of scaling up, we are anticipating to support the initiation of two other country-level youth employment promotion social enterprise development chapters in Liberia and Guinea by the end of 2023.

Financials

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Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Abu-Hassan Koroma

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Board co-chair

Dennis Glover

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Abu-Hassan Koroma

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