Matthew is a community development professional, an Activist and a psychosocial expert. He has over the past seven years worked and volunteered with various youth focused community-driven initiatives that aimed at promoting youth participation in decision-making. Prior to joining YATIA-Africa in 2012, Matthew has several years working with affected communities through the International Organization for Migration, Action Aid, Liberia, Population Services International, and UNICEF. He holds several qualifications in project management, program development, psychosocial support, youth mentoring, conflict prevention and leadership.
Emmanuel is a professional youth development practitioner and an Environmentalist who reflects a varied personality including perseverance, and the quality of thoughtfulness and change making. He is a well determined and vigorous individual, yet pleasantly calm. Through his desire for academic excellence, he has captured few achievements. In 2017, he was honoured by the European Union, St. Peter Claver's Alumni Association and the Ministry of Education for ranking third in Liberia in the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examinations under the West African Examination Council. Emmanuel is a certificated scholar of the BHP Billiton Scholars Program (2014). As an environmentalist and being passionate about education, Emmanuel believes that the environmental and climate issues can be tackled through quality education; "Today, there are unending environmental problems in my country, and I intend on providing more preventive than curative approaches in mitigating the global environmental crisis in my country. This can be achievable through acquiring quality education." With the aim of making impact from his area of influence, Emmanuel, prior to joining YATIA-Africa in 2016, has been involved with several voluntary activities, including the Network for Peace, whose aim is to eradicate drugs abuse and reach out to the least affected. He is a member of the Pan African Voluntary Network. With immense advocacy on the violations of children rights and other abuses, Emmanuel has also served as Chairperson of the Liberia National Children Parliament Forum, representing his hometown, Grand Bassa County. With much interest and passion for the environment, Emmanuel enjoys engaging in voluntary initiatives that continue to help in sustaining a safe and healthy environment. Emmanuel's dream is to see Liberia brings into effect the goal 'Thirteen (Climate Action)' of the 'Sustainable Development Goals' by creating a healthy environment and adopting practices that would prevent Climate Change. As one of Emmanuel's personal quote reads: "The smallest ideas and potentials undermined today could liberate and impact an entire generation tomorrow."
Prince is a child and human rights activist and a youth education program enthusiast.
He believes that innovation, volunteerism, strategic policies and implementations, and sacrifices are key to transcending changes unimagined.
Prior to joining YATIA-Africa in 2016, Prince served in many leadership roles. In his quest for equal access to opportunities for every child, he served as 1st Deputy Speaker for the Liberia National Children Representative Forum from 2015 to 2017. There, he advocated for over one million children in Liberia, collaboratively planned protests, and ensured that children received budgetary allocation in the budget of the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.
He is a graduate of the St. Peter Claver Catholic High School where he served as Students' Speaker, and headed the health, peace, and environmental clubs.
Prince is a Lift Liberia Scholar of the SMART Liberia's Education Advancement Program (EAD).
Currently, Prince attends Swarthmore College where he is a "Green Advisor", working to manage the College's waste system as well as contribute to its "Zero Carbon Emission by 2035" mission. At the same time, he is an "Inclusive Excellence Fellow" for the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Development, managing a "Belonging and Mentor Health" project to assess issues of belonging, promote mental stability, and inclusive excellence in an excellent and rigorous academic environment comprising 1500+ students. At Swarthmore, Prince intends to double major in Medical Anthropology and Neuroscience by the time he graduates in 2025.
Doe is a Certified Research Associate, an Advocate for persons with disabilities and with a lot of skills and experience in project development, management, planning, and organizing programs. He is an emerging professional with a wealth of transferable skills gained through social work. He holds a specialty in working with young People and children, most especially persons with disability. He is skilled in using different surveying software programs and devices. He has excellent analytical, organizational, and creative skills. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.