October 17, 2017
Ways You Can Help
A country once ripped apart by civil war, Liberia now struggles to rebuild. With so many communities being left behind in the process, and with Youth being robbed of hope, opportunities, education, dignity and the right to choose their own paths and futures, we at Youth Crime Watch of Liberia are providing Youth the necessary tools, confidence and connections to take back their basic human rights and to be the change that the youth and their communities want to see in the places they live and throughout their country. Through iCare, we give youth the space and opportunities they deserve through powerful empowerment trainings on leadership, change, citizenship, community building, entrepreneurship and strategy so that they can be, live and realize the change they need in order to survive and to have the power of choice that years of civil war and neglect took from them.
Our youth are motivated volunteer change makers, (male or female) between the ages of fifteen (15) to thirty-five (35) from across communities in Liberia, who aspire for change in their communities and want to be a part of the change in their community. Time and time again, they prove their dedication, love and passion for their development. With initiatives in community cleanups, armed and unarmed violence reduction, and preparing accommodations for their volunteer trainers, our youth have shown their motivation to act. Now, we are seeking to bring our youth to scale and help them to make city and country wide changes.
Under our iCare project Youth Crime Watch Liberia envisions a safe, clean and healed Liberia with youth at the forefront of development. Our mission is to inspire, empower and build capacity of Liberian Youth so that they can
HOW WE DO IT
We support young change makers who see themselves as key players in creating the change they aspire to see in their communities. iCare and all of its programs and activities come directly from our youth. Our youth come to us and we provide them with the training they need to identify and create the changes needed to accomplish their vision.
From our start in 2004, our youth have been taking charge of their development through community cleanups, disarmament campaigns, violence reduction campaigns, community activism and many other ways. Through these actions, activities and community engagement we developed what has recently become iCare. Our recent efforts involved a small call to youth who were interested in creating change. The response was enormous.
Currently, we are working in seven different communities throughout Paynesville, Liberia. We visit each individual community and discuss not only what the needs of the community may be but also we ask each participant what they think they need in order to create that change. We then work with each community group to develop a Leadership and Change training that will give each member the capacity, self-esteem, awareness and accountability they need to create that change.
We provide trainings on Leadership, group process, change theory, strategy, resource development, sustainability, entrepreneurship and anything we can do to help these youth create positive change in their communities.
We not only see our youth as change makers but we also see them as entrepreneurs. Through our iCare program we support small community development projects that benefit the community and create sustainable income and jobs. We believe that in doing so we can create strong and sustainable economies that empower youth and all community members to develop in all facets while growing and diversifying the Liberian economy.
OUR CHANGE STRATEGY
We and our youth believe in intentional change and recognize that change results from a multi-angled, and multi-partied approach. It is because of this we have decided that we need to create a web of empowered, cooperative, change oriented teams of youth and youth-committed organizations who share a co-created vision for Liberia and its youth. Each club will work to identify and solve the needs of their community. We are also encouraging the formation of work-groups surrounding each specific need or issue that they identify. These individual work-groups will work within their iCare Club and coordinate their efforts to reach the iCare Club’s vision of their community. For larger issues that affect multiple communities, we are encouraging work-groups from each iCare Club to join with the other iCare Clubs in other communities to form task-forces. These task-forces will take the broader issues to government officials, other organizations or social groups to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Primarily, our youth engage in five types of activities:
Throughout history our youth have been left behind without jobs, without education and without hope for leading the life of their choice. We place youth at the front of their own development and empower them to take charge of the development, needs and core issues of their communities. Youth Crime Watch Liberia not only believes that our youth are the future, we believe that they are the now. This is why we work with youth to discover what they need to transform their lives and their communities. Our youth are powerful, strong and intelligent. We work to bring these qualities and to make space for youth to feel, know and understand their value so that they can clean up their communities, ensure that every Liberian feels safe and help their nation heal from years of war, pain and struggle for survival.
At Youth Crime Watch Liberia we have a strong belief that everyone deserves to live in a safe and clean community. However, much of Liberia’s development has been concentrated in the capitol leaving most Liberians to fend for their own. This marginalization has been the cause of violence and continued oppression of Liberians. We have chosen to act differently than most aid organizations. Currently, we are the only active youth-based NGO in our area and we are committed to decentralizing the rebuilding and development efforts.
Though currently accepting donations for our Youth-led development efforts, we do not plan on relying on donations. iCare is designed to become self-sustaining and Liberian funded by 2018.
Our youth are designing income generating projects in their communities. These funds are being used to further the development efforts of the community as well as create jobs for local community members. All ventures are designed to benefit the needs of the community and all profit is used for the benefit of the community.
If you would like to contribute to this program, please click here (link to donation page).
BECOME AN iCARE VOLUNTEER
OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
Most of our current efforts have been put on hold. The President of Liberia has issued a state of emergency effective for 3 months which has forbade any large group activities. Once the period is lifted and our iCare community feels safe we will start back with our trainings and community assessments and launch a new community cleanup campaign with the local government. More details concerning our activities and the cleanup campaign will be posted soon.