THE YEWGLOBAL VISION


The YEWGlobal Innovative Programme

 
  • PURPOSE – We want every young adult and socially excluded individual to realise that, their creative minds and abilities to put together an idea is their greatest strength. We want to prove to the youth that their dreams are not too small and it can be achieved through the right entrepreneurial course.

  • GOALS – We aim to create awareness on education, social developments such as youth employement challeneges, economical growth and help educate young individuals on how to establish a business at a young age by introducing several YEWGlobal courses, networking events, and charitable activities, starting in Ghana. We also want to shape the world of young entrepreneurs across the globe through our YEWGlobal interviews which we believe will empower and encourage the youth in our communities.

  • VALUES – Our values are fundamental to the very existence of YEWGlobal. Following our values as a team assures us that we are on the right path and fulfilling our goals as an NGO.

 

EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGES AMONG THE YOUTH

Young people are empowered to use their creative minds to achieve something meaningful when they realise that they have or can create choices in life. At YEWGlobal, empowerment is defined as having the authority and power to enable conditions under which young people can act on their own behalf rather than at the direction of others. These enabling conditions fall into many categories such as an economic and social base, political will, access to knowledge, information and skills, adequate resource allocation and supportive legal and administrative frameworks; a stable environment of equality, peaceful democracy and positive value system. When these conditions are not implemented by a state or government, it brings forth political instabilities, corruption, illiteracy, poverty, low economic growth, drug abuse and crime into the system which mostly affects the youth. The African Union statistical definition of youth used in Ghana refers to the population aged 15-35 as youth who accounts for about a third (33.5%) of the country’s population with about 25% being children aged below 15 years who will eventually form the next generation of youth in the next decade. The other group of young people aged 15-24 years are mostly new entrants into the labour market from different levels of education, with limited or no work experience.

Africa is the youngest continent in the world. Children and youth ages below 30 years constitute 70% of the continent’s entire population. These young and energetic people of Africa have the potential, creativity, enthusiasm, and energy to jump-start Africa’s renaissance, however, they are the most overlooked group of people by political representatives and leaders. Ghana faces an alarming unemployment problem, and the youth especially young girls are being affected the most. In Ghana, young people ages 15–35 represent about 34% of the population. Ashanti Region has the largest share of youth population at 6.8%, followed by Greater Accra with 6.2%, while the Upper West and Upper East regions have much lower shares, at 1.0% and 1.4%, respectively, reflecting their smaller overall populations. The youth often face unique challenges transitioning into the labour market. This is reflected in a range of labour indicators.

The youth ages 15–24 are much less likely to be working than adults ages 25–65. Slightly more than half of the young people at 52% are working compared with the majority of other adults at 89%. This partly reflects on the fact that young people are still in school, but, at the same time, a larger share of young people are neither in education nor working, compared with other adults. Youth frequently work in temporary low-wage, low-productivity jobs. Due to the hardship in most African countries, the general citizen work for the little income they can get to look after their families and not necessarily because they enjoy or have a passion for what they are doing.

YEWGLOBAL CAN HELP