‘YES is to support youth entrepreneurs’

Helga Boadi, Chief Executive Officer, YES.

Helga Boadi, Chief Executive Officer, YES.

The Chief Executive of the Youth Enterprise Support (YES), Helga Boadi, has explained that her outfit was established to provide financial assistance to youths with special talents and entrepreneurial skills.

It is a distinctive programme from the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), formerly Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), which is to develop, coordinate, supervise and facilitate the creation of jobs for the youth in the country.

The YES programme started operating in August last year, targeting youths in the country between the ages of 18 and 35 to build their skills and talents.

While the YES programme is mainly a GH¢10 million fund initiative targeted at the youth entrepreneurial support, the YEA programme is funded through various sources, including an eight per cent of communication tax, and a 10 per cent of the District Assemblies Common Fund subject to parliamentary approval, as well as donations, gifts and grants.

Ms. Boadi said the GH¢10 million fund established by President John Dramani Mahama in 2014, had been well structured to deliver on its mandate.

By Times Reporter

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