I founded Yepafrica in 2007 because I belief in youth empowerment as a tool for young unemployed people to create their future in their own country. Too many young Africans choose the route of illegal migration. We need to stop that by the source, in the communities where they live. I am proud to be the founder and chairman of this special organisation and to inspire and get inspired by the people with whom we are connected.
General board member
When my neighbor and I both had a baby girl I realized how different their perspectives were. Since then I work with a lot of enthusiasm in education and child care to improve chances for kids to explore their talents. I looked for opportunities to use my experience to start empowerment projects in Tanzania. And when I saw how much impact Yepafrica has for the Yeppers I met, I cannot wait to start Yepafrica in Tanzania. My Tanzanian counterparts are very happy that we will come and help them tot start Yepafrica in Tanzania. So I joined the Yepafrica board to work together to realize this..
Jan Willem Weehuizen
I joined Yepafrica in 2008, so I consider myself a Yepper almost from the beginning. On my first trip I became impressed of the power of the Yep programme and the Gambian youth following it. Since then many developments have lead to a strong organisation in The Gambia, with its own learning centre in Brikama. They influenced the lives of many, many people in a positive way. Today I am really proud to be part of Yepafrica in my capacity as coach and boardmember responsable for finance (of 'Stichting Yep').
Marketing / Public relations
I joined the board of Yepafrica in 2013. On my first trip to The Gambia for Yepafrica I developed the Marketing Essentials Training, which became the start of the Yepafrica Empowerment Learning Centre. Since then I travel to The Gambia each year to train our trainers. And of course to meet our Yeppers. Because I always experience that they inspire me as well to become a better entrepreneur!
Board in The Gambia
Left to right:
Lamin F. Ceesay, Program manager and trainer/coach
Momodou S.Bah, Financial manager and trainer/coach
Serreh Darboe, Operational Manager and trainer/coah
In Gambia we operate a learning centre that is managed by an operational team consisting of 3 young people we have trained.