March 30, 2023
U.S. Government Launches USAID Youth Empowerment Activity in Western Bahr El Ghazal, South Sudan
Wau, South Sudan—U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director for South Sudan Kate Crawford today in Wau launched the USAID Youth Empowerment Activity, which will help youth in South Sudan—including girls and young women—gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to lead healthy, engaged, and productive lives.
“Considering that an estimated 70 percent of South Sudanese are under age 30, the U.S. government recognizes the importance of supporting youth from diverse communities to develop the skills they need for a better future for South Sudan. We are proud to extend support through this Youth Empowerment Activity,” said Michael J. Adler, the U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan.
The four-year, $43.5 million initiative will empower a diverse group of 25,000 youth through a Youth Corps Service Model that will train and mentor 500 Youth Corp leaders who will mentor more vulnerable youth with access to learning, livelihoods, civic engagement activities, skill building, and information to make positive health choices.
“Despite many challenges, South Sudan’s youth are key to the future peace and development of this country. Young South Sudanese can and should lead the way in building peace among communities, recognizing the value of South Sudan’s diversity, and developing this nation,” said Mission Director Crawford.