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Youth Media Project CoordinatorBookmark This
Youth Crime Watch of Liberia
Parker Paint, Wood camp, Paynesville
Posted: May 26 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 3 Full-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionAt the heart of Youth Crime Watch Liberia’s programs is a strategy or theory of change that recognizes the need for active, empowered and enabled youth citizens who have a channel for interaction with an accountable state and society with the goal of reducing and preventing crime. By enabling and empowering Liberian youth through experience (community development projects), opportunities (leadership), skill-based training (entrepreneurship), and access (knowledge, education and technology), we help to bridge power gaps while simultaneously decentralizing economic activities and post-war reconstruction efforts. With programs entirely focused on building confidence, trauma healing, business/skills training, and action for women we help redistribute power bringing Liberia’s most at risk populations to a forum where they can be heard, respected and incorporated into all aspects of society and policy. While we currently focus on grassroots empowerment, we are beginning to incorporate civil engagement and policy advocacy into many of our programs. We do so through the establishment of innovative, collaborative platforms and channels that could connect all Liberians.
In this process we directly reduce risk factors that lead to crime. Through our crime reporting and prevention system and needs assessments we determine what primary interventions are needed where. In the future, as more and more young women and men become engaged in this system, they themselves will become leaders of peaceful interventions and become socially responsible, active citizens.
ResponsibilitiesOrganization Summary: Youth Crime Watch of Liberia is an accredited youth organization established in 2004, to help address the need for grassroots participation in nation building, following the age-long civil conflict which nearly discriminated the population. We are dedicated to fighting illiteracy and promoting reconciliation, reconstruction, peace, development and better and healthier lifestyles in Liberia through crime prevention, youth empowerment and employment.
Youth Media Project Background: Everyone has the right to be heard and to have their story told. Here at Youth Crime Watch Liberia, we see Liberian youth being denied that right. We believe in collaborative, participative media education efforts for disenfranchised youth that give our youth the space they deserve to grow, develop, create and be heard.
While youth in Liberia represent 70% of the population they are the most underserved and disrespected population. Despite their numerical majority, Liberian youth face the highest rates of unemployment, the lowest access to education and the lowest access to health care. They also lack a voice in government, lack inclusion in decision-making processes, and lack presence at public debates. They have no access to the policymaking structures or processes that shape their daily lives. Whether it be in their local communities and townships or at the national level, the voices of youth are being stifled and cut off from reaching the ears of the very people elected to serve them.
Our Youth Media Project is strongly connected to our initiative to provide youth a physical and virtual space to discuss the issues that are most pertinent to them, to create solutions to those issues, and to network with government and NGOs to implement those solutions while holding political stakeholders and major actors in the reconstruction and development of Liberia accountable for their actions and promises.
Youth Media Project provides media training and hard experience for young men and women ages 15-35 to develop their skills and encourage them to produce truthful, high quality information that will positively transform the image of youth and make their voices heard to positively impact Liberian society and growth.
Purpose of coordinator position: The purpose of the Youth Media Project Coordinator volunteer position is to directly design, manage, monitor and evaluate all program activities and requirements for Youth Crime Watch Liberia’s Youth Media Project. The coordinator will also work with partners to design a curriculum for the program and ensure that all technical trainings run smoothly. The coordinate must ensure that the program mission is being met. Under our Youth Media Project it is our mission
• to amplify the voices of youth
• to promote leadership
• to foster citizenship
• to promote democracy and freedom of expression across Liberia, and
• to develop marketable skills and nurture social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Requirements• Proven ability and experience in the development of media
• A bachelors or other significant training in Mass Communication, Media or journalism
• A desire to improve the lives of Liberians and for improving democracy
Preferences (not required):
• Experience in promoting democracy, youth activism and citizenship
• Prior NGO or volunteer experience
• Prior teaching experience
• Experience in starting or managing a small business
www.ycwliberia.org / www.experienceliberia.org