Liberia: FLY President Calls on Government to Prioritize Construction of National Youth Center and Support to Youth Innovation

FLY’s President Banica Elliott

MONROVIA — The Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), has called on the Government of Liberia headed by President George M. Weah to prioritize the building of a youth center and increase support to youth innovation and creativity.

FLY’s president Banica Elliott, in a press statement on Tuesday, said the youth center when established will serve as a safe space for young people to engage in skill-building activities, access resources, and participate in community-building initiatives while also fostering a sense of community and belonging.

According to her, with the help of President Weah, the construction of a youth center would make a meaningful impact on the lives of young people in Liberia and could be a lasting legacy of Weah’s time in office.

She said: “In a rapidly changing world, it is imperative that we invest in the next generation of leaders and thinkers who will drive progress and find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing our society. Young people have always been at the forefront of innovation and change, and we must provide them with the resources and support they need to bring their ideas to life.

“Young people are the future of our country, and investing in their growth and development through the provision of safe and nurturing spaces is crucial. This investment in our youth will be a catalyst for change, helping to create a brighter future for our country.

According to her, there are many ways in which the government can help unleash the full potential of our youth, through an improved access to technology and educational opportunities, providing funding and mentorship to young entrepreneurs.

“We believe that supporting youth innovation and creativity is not only the right thing to do, but also an investment in our collective future. By providing young people with the tools they need to succeed, we can help create a more equitable and prosperous society for all.

“We also believe that investing in the future of Liberia’s youth is essential for the country’s sustainable growth and development and the establishment of a National Youth Center will provide opportunities for young people to learn, grow and thrive, helping to mitigate social, economic, and political challenges they face.

“We urge the Government of Liberia to take action to secure the funding and resources necessary to construct this center and provide ongoing support for their maintenance and operation. The investment in the future of Liberia’s youth is an investment in the future of the country as a whole.

“Is time for the government to step up and demonstrate its commitment to the next generation by increasing support for youth innovation and creativity as FLY remains committed to improving the capacities and enabling the aspirations of youth so that they can contribute to and benefit for more stable democracy,” Ms. Elliot added.