"YOUNG-Africa aims to inspire, equip and engage Africa’s youth in creating innovative and marketable solutions to problems in their communities and beyond."


YOUNG-Africa was established by Jefferson King and Torli Krua as a project of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), based on the vision that Africa’s best resource is not the natural resources underground such as gold, diamond and crude oil; rather, Africa’s greatest resource is the mind of its peoples. A successful pilot project was launched in Nimba County, Liberia, the birthplace of the African Union, formerly the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and the origin of the Liberian Civil War. The project targeted youth who have graduated, dropped out, or were in high schools and colleges in six cities and towns in Nimba County, including Bahn, Sanniquielle, Ganta, Tappita, Yekepa and Saclepea. Over 1,500 participants attended workshops across the county through partnerships with county and local government leaders, the County Educational Officer, places of worship, and community radio stations. A business idea competition drew entries from over 40 teams and produced 9 finalists. The winners were presented their awards in Sanniquellie, Liberia by the first elected female head of state in Africa, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, at the Independence Day Celebration on July 26, 2010.

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