Approach

·         Provision of entrepreneur skills to the youth in community (Youth capacity building)

·         Skill training on produce packaging and marketing

·         Lobbying and advocacy training

·         Grant and business plan writings

·         Access to SRH, HIV/AIDS information and resource

·         Youth tolerance, behavioral change and anger management

·         Uniting all the community youth and youth groups/clubs  to develop  Ghana

By providing a structure and network for community youth to create business and social enterprises, YIAICD has designed an approach that helps community youth form the belief that it is possible for them to make the world a better place, not only for themselves but for their fellow man.

Expanding Access to Healthy living and HIV/AIDS information
Members of the YIAICD network are not only showing results to improve human health through access to both normal and vital information resource, but is also bringing together health personnel and other health organizations to assist the youth both male and female, civic leaders for the improvement of healthy practices in their local communities. Local communities, in turn, are often directly affected by spread of disease and other factors should it happen in any communities nearby. With an Eagle eye on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB and any health affecting issues


Supporting Young Entrepreneurs
Business entrepreneurs are the engines of economic wealth creation, and social entrepreneurs are the engines for social wealth creation. YIAICD identifies communities and their surrounding geographical areas that are willing to invest in their youth, and then provides the support network for them to pursue opportunities to create their own business and social ventures.

Promoting Environmental Awareness
Paul Hawken said in his 1993 book, The Ecology of Commerce: “The ultimate purpose of business is not, or should not be, simply to make money. Nor is it merely a system of making and selling things. The promise of business is to increase the general well-being of humankind through service, a creative invention and ethical philosophy.” Hawken argues that businesses and policymakers need to work together to find an “ecological model of commerce” so that everything that is produced can be reclaimed, reused, or recycled. As business transactions increasingly move beyond local and national borders, companies must be careful to consider both the economic and ecologic effects of its activities on all stakeholders. We encourage YIAICD teams to adopt this philosophy to sustainable development. Our
environmental programs also help achieve sustainable development which is part of MDG.

Furthering Civic Engagement and Building Social Capital
In order to be good citizens in a democracy, it is important that each person be educated and informed about the public issues affecting their professional and personal lives. Also, in order to be responsible business and social entrepreneurs, it is important that these individuals know how local, state and national laws affect their business, as well as who is passing such laws (i.e., politicians). It is also important that the youth understand the importance of their involvement in the larger community, and that those who benefit from democracy have a civic duty to participate in the process. By participating in voluntary organizations like YIAICD, they are strengthening their communities by providing a youthful source of social capital.

Expanding Social Networks
Members of the YIAICD network are part of a powerful Trans-communal Social Movement Organization (TSMO) that is not only showing results to improve human resource, but is also bringing together business, civic and education leaders for the improvement of their local communities. Local communities, in turn, are often directly affected by global actors and actions.

Hosting YIAICD Tournaments
The YIAICD experience begins with small-scale efforts by community youth club, and provides them with an early taste of success. It also provides a stage where they can describe their successful business and social ventures to others. And for those youth who are exceptionally creative and innovative, a district and national stage is offered. By hosting a district, regional and international tournaments, YIAICD gives community YIAICD teams the chance to benchmark their programs against other outstanding teams, with the goal of continuous improvement from year to year.

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