My Duties with YCI

Our Role 

While in Ghana we will be working with these partners to implement and facilitate various workshops, with a focus on capacity-building. In addition, we will be responsible for managing our own transport and programming budget as a team. We will be planning programming and assisting with proposal writing and fundraising. After program planning we will also have a monitoring and evaluation component, which we covered extensively at Humber (this includes tools such as focus groups, surveys, questionnaires, etc. to measure impact). Workshop facilitation will cover topics such as the Millenium Development Goals and Mentor Training. We will be submitting a full report at the conclusion.  

As we will be meeting with officials and leaders, we have been advised to bring some formal clothes and shoes (flip flops are shower shoes). Some business etiquette I have been advised of: be prepared to open meetings with a prayer; and never get “right to business” – there is always extended greetings at the beginning of a meeting as well as thank yous at the end that cannot be skipped.  

While in Ghana, our team will be partnered with two local organizations: the Ghana YMCA and Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES). A little about these organizations from my Orientation Guide: 

YMCA Ghana 

The YMCA of Ghana was founded in 1890 and its mission is to bringpositive change to the lives of young people and to make them useful and productive citizens. The YMCA of Ghana is headquartered in Accra and operates in 77 communities in eight of the 10 Administrative Regions in Ghana. YCI has partnered with the YMCA of Ghana since 2006, training Ghanaian youth as HIV/AIDS peer educators and reachinglocal youth through HIV/AIDS and employability training activities. 

Youth Empowerment Synergy 

Currently, YES Ghana is the most extensive nongovernmental youth organization in Ghana, run by youth, for youth. YES and YCI have partnered to work on key programming areas throughout Ghana. These include a “Youth Employability” project, which enables Ghanaian young men and women successful earn a sustainable living through employability skills training, entrepreneurship and business. Currently, YES Ghana is the most extensive nongovernmental youth organization in Ghana, run by youth, for youth. YES and YCI have partnered to work on key programming areas throughout Ghana. These include a “Youth Employability” project, which enables Ghanaian young men and women successful earn a sustainable living through employability skills training, entrepreneurship and business creation, as well as an “Active Citizenship” project, which encourages young people to take leadership roles in their communities and ensure their voices are being heard. 

 

 

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