YPPD’s mission is to build capacities and empower young people together with their communities in overcoming exclusions and poverty for transformation and sustainable development. We will work with others as partners to ignite, inspire, influence and transform systems and structures which holds back development.
YPPD envisions a society where young people regardless of their social status are empowered and capable enough to lead, participate and influence change processes in order to gain access to equal opportunities as stakeholders across all sectors of mainstream development.
At the heart of YPPD’s programs is a theory of change which acknowledges the need for actively empowered and ignited young generation with credible pathways for interaction with society and its governance system. By enabling and empowering youth as invaluable change agents, YPPD believes in enriching their experiences, creating and exploring the right opportunities to facilitate their participation, leadership and learning, as well as the right tools and voice to engage on their own issues while building an inclusive and peaceful society.
Whether it is about influencing policies or bringing capacity and access to essential services in education and health, YPPD helps to connection people and the areas where change is most likely and sure to happen. Our programs are uniquely designed to meet the growing and emerging needs of people, their structures and communities we work. These programs are crafted to reinforce and strengthen young people’s capacities, facilitate dialogues for action, provide voices to so they can stand to take action and redistribute power bringing the most vulnerable groups to a forum where they can be heard, respected and incorporated mainstream society and development.
While we currently focus on grassroots empowerment, we are beginning to incorporate civil engagement and policy advocacy into many of our programs. We do so through the establishment of innovative, collaborative platforms and channels that could connect all Liberians. In this process we directly reduce risk factors that lead to crime. Through our crime prevention drive, we determine what primary interventions are needed in addition to identifying the key conflict drivers and stakeholders necessary for sustainable solutions. With our current conflict prevention and intervention design, as more and more young people (men and women) become engaged, they will become obvious leaders of change while becoming socially responsible and active citizens contributing to an inclusive, peaceful and just society.