Twenty First Century African Youth Movement (AYM) empowers and mobilizes Africa’s youth through employment in agriculture, ecotourism, entrepreneurship, and the arts.
I've been volunteering with them for about 7 months now. They are a relaxed, easy-going, super dedicated, intelligent and focused bunch of people. It's been great to partner with them, providing web support, SEO and content management. The communications and instructions (and general information) I get through from my line manager is always thorough and exactly what I need. Replies are timely and I feel I am making a difference - which is the entire point of volunteering with any charity!
I'd recommend AYM 100%. You won't find a nicer bunch of people.
Twenty-first Century AYM is an organisation that is out to make an impact in the lives of young people.It is out to make life better.Give hope to Africa by creating employment and raising young entrepreneurs of this present day who will make a difference to Africa and to the world. They have a passion for young people. AYM is out to give hope and help build up skills and talents in-bedded in young individuals.
It was informative session, with a very good awareness created regarding Ebola issue. Very good presentation with to the point.
Twenty First Century African Youth Movement (AYM) empowers and mobilizes Africa’s youth through employment in different areas. They concentrate on the youth especially in Sierra Leone to give these young people a future and the ability to create their own business.
I am thrilled that I can support this organisation as a volunteer. There is so much enthusiasm and commitment within the staff and all volunteers. AYM has a concrete strategy to follow and a very professional work attitude.
The Twenty-first Century African Youth Movement is a dignified organization, passionate and enthusiastic, determined to make this world a better place. AYM hosted me on my medical mission trip to Mattru Jong in August 2012 and I was overly impressed with the amount of attention and enthusiasm the AYM volunteers put into every project. They were constantly productive. I couldn't believe how much was accomplished just during my short stay: tiling the bathroom, building desks for the internet cafe, painting, laying bricks for the septic tank, running the cell phone charging business...) As their guest, my every need was graciously taken care of, and I felt comfortable and protected. AYM's energy is beyond words, a rush of positive vibes, laughter, and love, implementing innovative, sustainable ideas, and making measurable progress towards a better World. The AYM truly encompasses its motto, "Hands at Work, Minds in Motion."
I am an AYM volunteer through the United Nations Online Volunteer system. I feel fortunate to be involved in an organization that has such passion to alleviate the lives of the youth in Africa. Currently building its headquarters in Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone, AYM has created new jobs for the locals, sent seeds to boost the regions agriculture sector, built a wind turbine and propelled small businesses, to name some. I highly encourage everyone to learn more about AYM's mission and vision by visiting their website: http://aym-inc.org.
Volunteering with AYM has been a great experience! The organization's staff has a very strong commitment to achieve its goals. I help AYM with Fundraising and Content Development. While working as a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to explore more about a new culture. I am very confident that with the level of dedication with which AYM continues to work, it will soon be one of the top NGOs in Sierra Leone. I really appreciate all the humanitarian efforts that this organization is involved in!
I was part of the UN Volunteer Scheme and coordinated a group of software developers on an ambitious web site to strengthen AYM's online prsence and fund raising actvities. Askia showed great leadership and commitment to the vision of AYM and it was a great pleasue to have the opportunity to work with him. Since being a supporter of AYM I've become a donor and I have no hesitation in imploring others to contribute to their worthwhile cause.
Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement (AYM) is a wonderful non-profit organization which envisions a self-sufficient Africa by helping equip African youths with the skills they need to be successful and self-sufficient themselves through activities such as business mentoring, youth entrepreneurship, vegetable gardens, the arts, etc. As a volunteer for the group, I feel that my contributions count a lot. I have been given a leadership role, which has helped me develop skills that I can use in my career and in my daily life. It has also allowed me to see what the organization has been able to accomplish already, which is too much to mention here. In terms of the arts program, with the traveling art exhibition on the Sierra Leone War, "Representation of Violence: Art about the Sierra Leone Civil War," what the AYM has done is to raise awareness about the plight of Sierra Leone and the divisions and destruction that were created from the Civil War through depictions of the war by young African artists, and how the country needs to be rebuilt in order to get it back to an era where it was thriving and successful and beautiful. The horrors of the civil war in Sierra Leone and its effects should not be forgotten and the traveling art exhibition by the AYM keeps it in people's memories. It also shows how much progress has been made in the country since then and how much progress still needs to be made. That way, it helps people look forward and it makes people want to help Sierra Leone with its recovery, especially for those who didn't know that this even happened or how bad it was. Therefore, Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement, through the traveling art exhibition, has done a lot to raise awareness for Sierra Leone, and the rest of Africa since no war is contained and surrounding nations feel its effects as well. As a volunteer, I am part of a team that is helping the AYM to continue to raise awareness about it by increasing the social media presence, getting pictures directly from the region and what volunteers are doing in the field out to the rest of the world, to show what the AYM is trying to accomplish and to show that progress can be made in the region if we all help out. The AYM is a volunteer-based organization. Therefore, it is really impressive how much the AYM has been able to accomplish with little money of its own but through the help of others. As a volunteer for this organization, it has helped me to see what can be accomplished when people come together to help each other out and just the sheer power of volunteerism itself. What it has also shown me is the power of art, through the AYM's traveling art exhibition, and how much it can affect and touch people and even move them into action. It has just been a very awe-inspiring and eye-opening experience all-around for me personally.
I am a part of the UN Volunteer Group which is helping AYM strengthen its online presence and reach out effectively to its various stakeholders. Over the last two months, through numerous online meetings we have taken constructive steps to enhance AYM's website, FB and twitter and reach out to as many people as possible. AYM has a very strong team which meticulously charts out goals and works towards attaining them. Working with them has been a great learning experience and I have mainly helped them chart out a social media strategy. With the vision and dedication that the AYM team has shown, I am confident that the organisation will bring about the change it desires in its region.