…After 2014 Success Story
One of President John Dramani Mahama’s flagship initiatives for young people; Youth Enterprise Support (YES), is inviting fresh applicants with sound proposals for this year’s entry, following a successful training and equipping of the maiden applicants in 2014.
The YES programme, launched in 2014 by President Mahama, is calling for “sound business ideas” from the youth between the ages of 18 to 35, to train and equip them with the necessary tools, to enable them become, formidable and flourishing young entrepreneurs, in their fields of endeavours.
The initiative is a way the Mahama-led administration wants to teach the youth how to fish, instead of putting money directly into their hands and maybe tempted to use it for unprofitable purposes.
Speaking exclusively to The Herald yesterday in Accra ahead of receipt of the applications across the country beginning today, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YES, said, the programme which was very dear to the heart of President John Mahama, is expecting a bigger number of applicants this year.
Mrs. Helga Boadi, disclosed that funds have been made available to cater for everyone, who would be selected, adding the process has been simplified.
“We just want young men and women who believe in themselves. Take that courage and come forward. As many people who want, we are ready for them. This time too, we are not going to make it complex, we have simplified the process. A sound business idea that can generate some revenue for them and employ others”, is all it will take an applicant to be picked, the YES boss said.
For instance, some 13 beneficiaries, who wanted to go into vegetable farming, are being trained in Greenhouse Vegetable Cultivation at Forest and Horticultural Research Centre (FHRC) at Kade in the Eastern Region, and are expected to pass out by next month.
“Once they are done, then we support them with Greenhouses; it is not just about money, we put the Greenhouse structures up for them, set up farming community villages for them. Very simple, it is already being done and then, they man the greenhouses, nurse your plant, grow your vegetables and when you are done, we help you with the market as well”, she explained.
Once they are settled and they start producing and making money, YES will draw a payment plan, which beneficiaries are comfortable with and they begin to refund monies spent on them. Mrs. Boadi, announced that some beneficiaries, have already started paying.
The first programme in 2014, had a total of 107 applicants spread across the country, some of these beneficiaries engaged in activities such as, aqua-culture, beads-making, diagnostic lab, cattle and pig rearing, shoemaking, ICT, herbal medicines, bags making, detergent, creams and a host of others.
Interested applicants, are required to pick free application forms from today January 22, to February 19, 2016, from Ghana Post Offices nationwide or download via www.yes.gov.gh and submit through firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Following this, sorting out would be made to admit, qualified applicants who would be taking through training and other procedures.
The forms can also be picked and submitted in Accra at YES national secretariat plot no. 7 Research Street, South Legon, Accra or Youth Enterprise Support National Secretariat Post Office Box GP 1627, Accra.
She said, the programme which was yearning for more applicants to go into agric business does “not need any third party endorsement” aside applicants meeting the age bracket above, and a Ghanaian, with a minimum educational qualification of Junior High School (JHS).
“People don’t want to go into poultry, but it is selling. We want more people to come into agric business”, she stressed.
According to Mrs. Boadi, YES has no political colour, contrary to popular perception, adding provided the proposal submitted is good and workable, the applicant is picked to go through the processes.
Beneficiaries who are based in different areas like, Nkwanta, Vome, Kpassah, Chereponi, Juaboso, Bolga, are visited periodically and monitored constantly to ensure they are on the right path.
Already, a beneficiary in the Greater Accra Region, Francis Aidoo, during last year’s Farmers Day celebration, was adjudged Best Young Farmer for the Ga South Assembly.
A networking platform, has also been developed for members to communicate among themselves, while sharing ideas on how to get better with what they do. Through this, beneficiaries she noted, sell their produce to colleague members, who intend retail them to the public.