The General Manager of the Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES) Mad. Rhoda Mahama has indicated that the youth empowerment synergy has introduced voices of the youth project, which will be giving rising concern over insufficient attention to critical issues affecting youth in Ghana and lack of structures for mainstreaming youth into national policy making.

In this project, YES and other partners are providing an opportunity for the youth to articulate their concerns and to make policy inputs through the voices of the youth projects.

She added that that aim of the project, is to increase attention and investment on critical youth issues in Ghana development agenda, more specifically the project seeks to increase youth participation in public policy decision making in the country, which this will be achieved through the development of a youth manifesto, a comprehensive compilation of youth policy options and proposals to place youth issues and perspectives at the heart of the up -coming general elections, the youth manifesto was developed by the youths themselves through broad consultation and participation of other stakeholders under the umbrella of the youth manifesto coalition.

?Some major activities of the projects include, youth dialogue with presidential and parliamentary candidates, youth conference on oil and gas, national voices of youth conference, national youth policy dialogue, high level meeting on financial youth development in Ghana and among others,? Mad. Rhoda noted.

She emphasized that the voices of the youth project is an eighteen months project with a long term mechanism to draw attention to the concerns of the youth and ultimately make Ghana a move inclusive society where otherwise marginalized youth are seen and heard in public policy discourse, thereby reducing the socio economic of the political risk of exclusion.

Mad. Rhoda noted this at a youth manifesto symposium of YES – Ghana in koforidua in the Eastern Region, which was in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and Crossing Borders.

She continued that the youth manifesto will be a comprehensive document which will contain the views, aspirations, issues, and perspectives of Ghanaians youth and will form the basis for youth advocacy in the 2012 elections and beyond, tackling the problem of lack of cohesion and unified voices of youth in the country and become the first ever comprehensive coverage of development issues from the youth perspective.

She concluded that YES was established in 2001 which brings together innovative and energetic young professionals who work with relevant stakeholders to lay the foundation for the promotion of sustainable and productive future for the youth in Ghana.

The Eastern Regional Voluntary Coordinator? for the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Alex Mantey Gjan? noted that the project which benefits active engagement with other major stakeholders which includes, united nations and international agencies, civil societies, national youth authority, political parties, religious and traditional institutions, media organizations, academic and research institutions and private sector companies, aside youth groups and associations.

He added that the voices of the youth team have develop a Manuel which aims at providing guidance for the collection of inputs into the youth manifesto.


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