Youth Icons Ghana is a vibrant youth oriented non-governmental organization committed to the empowerment of the youth of Ghana and Africa with its office located in Accra-Ghana. The organization was legally registered to operate as a charity in August 2008.
Youth Icons Ghana is motivated and driven by a burning desire and stubborn commitment to help find lasting solutions to the deteriorating status of the youth of Africa who face growing levels of unemployment, violent conflict, poverty, disease, functional illiteracy and substance abuse despite global advances made in technology, entrepreneurship development, medical research, leisure and recreational facilities.
Empowering the youth of Ghana and Africa to identify and develop their dreams and aspirations by owning the future remains Youth Icons Ghana’s major goal. This we seek to achieve through the enhancement of the lives of young people by expanding learning opportunities available to them, pointing the way to a future full of hope and working together to create that future. Youth Icons Ghana engages young celebrities to champion noble causes and to serve as peer models to inspire hope. We believe in the positive effect of star power.
Youth Icons Ghana strongly believes that the single most daring challenge that confronts the youth of Africa which has the potential to truncate their future remains violent conflict. This conviction informs the vision of Youth Icons Ghana which remains to see a future of political and economic stability devoid of rampant violent upheavals and conflicts which impedes and retards the development of the continent.
Our definition of empowerment is therefore inextricably linked to efforts at helping educate Africa’s young people to appreciate and subsequently adopt nonviolent conflict reconciliation methods as the only option in settling differences and not war. We are convinced that the biggest and single most important investment Africa needs is PEACE. We are of the view that to secure the development of Africa and its people, the peace architecture of the continent must be secured first. But more importantly to us is to empower Africa’s young to appreciate that tomorrow begins today and as such must take active interest in policy formulation and implementation today, especially those that bother of the youth and their future.
With almost 70% of Africa’s population under the age of 35, we are of the view that the youth must stay relevant today in shaping tomorrow. Africa’s young population presents it with a strong and vibrant workforce but must make deliberate efforts at adding value to its human resource through education without which opportunities to play in the global market space would be limited.