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The Liberia Youth Employability and Empowerment Platform, also known as the Youth Empowerment Zone is a World Bank executed activity aimed at supporting the Government of Liberia to improve the employability of youth through access to information on opportunities and programs/policies targeting the youth. The platform is in response to the dearth of information available to youth about livelihood and job opportunities in the country thereby limiting their ability to access these opportunities. It will serve as a central point of information dissemination on employability and empowerment resources for the youth as well as host a database of actors in the youth sector along with information on the activities they support. Implementation of LYEEP activities will be carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) through two components. The LYEEP is a component of the Liberia Youth Employment and Employability Project which supports the development and hosting of a web platform that promotes information dissemination on employability and empowerment opportunities for the youth. Component 2 of the project will provide Technical Assistance for Stakeholder Engagement on Youth Employability and Empowerment by supporting strengthening coordination mechanisms of the youth sector using existing national structures
After rounds of consultations with youth in Nimba, Grand Bassa and Montserrado counties on constraints young people in Liberia face in accessing information on livelihoods and employment opportunities, the World Bank organized a three-day ICT innovation session/hackathon on brainstorming ideas around the development of the platform. The session was hosted under the title LYEEPHacks and is a result of feedback gathered from the consultations with the youth on proposals for mitigating the challenge they face in accessing information on available opportunities both within and out of their communities.
A team of youth were identified through a competitive process during the LYEEP hackathon2020 to support the MWETANA Consulting and Technology Group in the development of the platform. Known as the 5 Horsemen, the team will also work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to manage the platform.