The U.S based non-profit World Youth Opportnity Inc, founded by Ghanaian philanthropist Nafis Quaye, is set to hold its official launch later this week.
The event would be held in Worcester, Massachusetts, where the organization is based and would be graced by the presence of the Mayor of Worcester.
World Youth Opportunity is an organization which was set up by Nafis Quaye to help underprivileged youth learn a trade and be integrated into the workforce to earn a living and take care of themselves.
The organization works with teens and youth who face challenges in life. The organization helps equip them with specific and employable vocational skills – hairdressing, dressmaking, computer training, auto mechanic, barbering etc. – which gives them a leg up in the job market irrespective of their educational level. The program also provides vast opportunities for networking.
The centre has been in existence for several years but is now holding its official ‘soft launch’.
President Nafis Quaye says his organization’s work has expanded over the years, and their resource centre in Worcester now attracts even more youth in the area who come in to use their facilities. Aside their aforementioned core duties, other youth who are not even in their programs are able to come in and use the internet, to receive mentorship assistance or to receive counselling on possible career paths.
The great work of the World Youth Opportunity has won the organization and its President Mr Quaye several awards in the past and the esteem of the mayor of the city they are based in.
Quaye’s recognitions include being presented with the Certificate of Special Mayoral Recognition by the US city, and also receiving a separate honour from Women in Action Inc. His groundbreaking organization was not only raising the youth out of poverty but was positively impacting the crucial work of women empowerment.
Last year, he brought his philanthropy to Ghana as the WYO collaborated with the 1994 class of the Alajo 1&2 School to donate an ultra modern ICT Centre to the School. Quaye, an alum of the school, used his organization to mobilize his fellow classmates to donate to the school.
Thursday’s launch would be graced by Mr Joseph Petty, the mayor of Worcester, as well as Mr Quaye and WYO CEO Mr Keith Ajeh.
The event is set to start at 5:30pm local time.