Youth minister – Jukuz http://jukuz.net/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 18:05:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://jukuz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/jukuz-150x150.png Youth minister – Jukuz http://jukuz.net/ 32 32 Man ‘O’ War appoints Minister of Youth as honorary member… praises leadership impact on community and humanity – Latest sport and football news in Nigeria https://jukuz.net/man-o-war-appoints-minister-of-youth-as-honorary-member-praises-leadership-impact-on-community-and-humanity-latest-sport-and-football-news-in-nigeria/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 15:06:32 +0000 https://jukuz.net/man-o-war-appoints-minister-of-youth-as-honorary-member-praises-leadership-impact-on-community-and-humanity-latest-sport-and-football-news-in-nigeria/ Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare has been nominated for decoration as an honorary member of Man O ‘War, at the upcoming 1st edition of his Leadership Impact Award. Speaking during the presentation of a letter of notification to the Minister at his office, Deputy National Commander Adedamola Gbenga said that Dare’s laudable feat […]]]>
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Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare has been nominated for decoration as an honorary member of Man O ‘War, at the upcoming 1st edition of his Leadership Impact Award.

Speaking during the presentation of a letter of notification to the Minister at his office, Deputy National Commander Adedamola Gbenga said that Dare’s laudable feat over the past two years in raising Nigerian youth and developing the sport did not go unnoticed. He revealed that the Man O’War never had a budget allocation until the minister intervened, hence the voluntary organization’s desire to give him an honorary member.

Gbenga highlighted the responsibilities of Man O ‘War to include the complement of the Nigerian police in maintaining peace and order in society, crowd control and traffic control, among others, noting that his role is complementary to security agencies and, by extension, to government. . He further said his volunteers cross all 36 states and the CTF.

In his response, the Minister thanked Man O ‘War for this honor. Dare has gone into the past to recount his childhood experience participating in the activities of the organization. He instructed Man O’War to consider setting up volunteer clinics across the country to encourage volunteerism and spruce up the national volunteerism policy endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari last year.

“Through volunteering, you can get a job, full time or part time. You see a lot of young people, you don’t know the talents they have. You give them an opportunity and you are amazed by their talents. So volunteering reveals talents, it puts our young people on a pedestal to get noticed and find a job, ”said Dare.

The rewards program is scheduled for December 9, 2021.

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Victim sues St. Louis Church of former youth minister convicted of sexual abuse https://jukuz.net/victim-sues-st-louis-church-of-former-youth-minister-convicted-of-sexual-abuse/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/victim-sues-st-louis-church-of-former-youth-minister-convicted-of-sexual-abuse/ Click to enlarge SCREENSHOT VIA VIMEO Steven Wingfield, senior pastor of the First Christian Church of Florisant, shown here during a 2014 sermon on the arrest of Brandon Milburn. A victim of convicted child sex predator Brandon Milburn is suing the First Christian Church of Florissant, alleging that church leaders have been repeatedly warned against […]]]>

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  • Steven Wingfield, senior pastor of the First Christian Church of Florisant, shown here during a 2014 sermon on the arrest of Brandon Milburn.

A victim of convicted child sex predator Brandon Milburn is suing the First Christian Church of Florissant, alleging that church leaders have been repeatedly warned against the former youth minister’s model of preparing boys and teens long before Milburn’s arrest in 2014.

Two of Milburn’s victims, abused in 2007 at the ages of eleven and twelve, reported him to the police as adults. After a guilty plea, Milburn was sentenced in 2015 to 25 years in prison for seven counts of statutory first degree sodomy.

But the retrial is unrelated to the victims who pursued criminal charges against Milburn. Instead, the lawsuit is linked to a third victim who had come to trust the Minister of Youth through her connections to First Christian.

The lawsuit identifies the victim as “John Doe 2”. Based on details exposed in the lawsuit, the victim appears to be the same man interviewed under a pseudonym for a 2015 Riverside hours investigation, which recounted how Milburn used his position in First Christian to gain the trust of his victims and the adults who were supposed to protect them.

The abuse described in the lawsuit took place in 2011, already several years after Milburn abused his first victims in the church. By then, Milburn’s overt obsession with young boys and adolescents had been noticed, but the musically-talented and multi-talented youth minister had the support of Senior Pastor Steven Wingfield and other members of the the leadership of the church.

As described in the RFTThe interview with and the recent trial, Milburn turned his attention to Doe, buying him expensive gifts and electronics, while insisting on sleeping in the same bed during church-sanctioned sleepovers.

In the summer of 2011, on a mission trip to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Milburn slept with the teenager in the same sleeping bag – while also taking the opportunity to abuse him, according to the lawsuit.

At the time, Doe was fourteen.

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First Christian Church of Florissant is one of the largest evangelical churches in northern St. Louis County.  - DANNY WICENTOWSKI

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  • First Christian Church of Florissant is one of the largest evangelical churches in northern St. Louis County.

Joplin’s missionary journey would become a turning point in Milburn’s relationship with First Christian – but that still wasn’t enough to spur action. After Milburn’s arrest in 2014, Scott Seppelt, a church elder who led Joplin’s trip, described his sightings in an email obtained by the RFT, writing to another church member how “Brandon brought a young boy and slept away from everyone.”

“I spoke to Brandon about it the night this happened,” the email continues. “He said the boy was shy and would move to where others could see him.”

Seppelt also recounted how after the trip he reported what he saw to Wingfield. “I would have liked to do more,” he wrote at the time.

The retrial similarly describes Seppelt’s attempt at the time to alert Wingfield of what he saw in Joplin in 2011; the costume notes, “Neither the accused Wingfield, nor the FCCF staff chose to report Milburn to child welfare, fire him or monitor him more closely after this incident.”

Seppelt wasn’t the only one to point out Milburn at Wingfield. Dawn Varvil, a Christian youth premier who had allowed her home to be used for church-sanctioned sleepovers, found herself increasingly disturbed by Milburn’s obsession with some boys. During sleepovers – like at Joplin – Milburn repeatedly singled out Doe and slept in the same bed with him.

According to the lawsuit, Milburn “groped the plaintiff’s genitals at Varvil’s home on several occasions”.

Varvil eventually told Wingfield of his concerns about Milburn. It wasn’t just Milburn sleeping in the same bed as a fourteen-year-old: another teenager told him that Milburn had exposed himself to a group of five boys and encouraged them to do the same.

Varvil described his experience with Milburn in in-depth interviews with the RFT. At her breaking point, she told Milburn that he could no longer sleep in the same bed as Doe, but even then she couldn’t bring herself to believe that her fellow Youth Minister was an abuser.

But Varvil began to share his concerns, first with other church members, then with a therapist, who was so alarmed by the descriptions that, as a commissioned reporter, the counselor felt compelled to report Milburn to a state abuse hotline. Varvil soon did the same.

In February 2012, Varvil raised his concerns directly to Wingfield. She described the meeting at RFT, remembering, “Steve told me, basically, he thought I needed mental help… He said I was obviously too involved, too upset and that I should just get on with it. worry about my own family, not what Brandon was doing. ”

The trial describes the same pivotal meeting, noting that “the accused Wingfield did not disclose to Varvil that he had any other reports of Milburn’s sexual misconduct with minors.”

Varvil will say later to RFT that Wingfield’s refusal to believe her account of Milburn’s behavior shook her beliefs and made her wonder if she was just “overreacting”.

In a June 2012 photo, Brandon Milburn leads college and teens during First Christina's annual vacation Bible School.  (The photo, which has been edited to blur the faces of the miners, was provided by a relevant former church member.) - PHOTO PROVIDED

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  • In a June 2012 photo, Brandon Milburn leads college and teens during First Christina’s annual vacation Bible School. (The photo, which has been edited to blur the faces of the miners, was provided by a concerned former church member.)

But by this point, several church members had witnessed or heard direct reports of Milburn’s actions, and some had started to compare their stories and notes. Yet Milburn continued to work on early Christian youth events.

However, Milburn’s stay in St. Louis was apparently over. He moved to California in late 2012, withdrawing from the scene of community suspicion. With Milburn out of their lives, Varvil and other church members did not attempt to alert his new church, Real Life Church in Valencia, which later said in a statement that Milburn was “highly recommended” by a pastor from Saint-Louis.

Milburn was still working as a minister for youth in California when St. Louis County prosecutors filed charges against him in 2014.

Milburn should have been arrested long before that, the lawsuit alleges, claiming Wingfield was a commissioned reporter and knew enough about the Youth Minister’s inappropriate behavior to act on this information:

“The defendants had a choice to fire Milburn, watch him more closely or avoid controversy and encourage Milburn to continue doing what he was doing,” the lawsuit said. “The defendants have chosen to avoid controversy and the consequence of this choice has been prejudicial to the plaintiff.”

As for Wingfield, he and other religious leaders mounted an aggressive defense following Milburn’s arrest. In April 2014, First Christian sued Varvil and other whistleblowers, charging them with libel and demanding $ 25,000 in damages and for Varvil to retract public criticism.

The lawsuit was eventually dropped, and in August 2015 Wingfield was put on a six-month paid sabbatical. A church leader announced the sabbatical in a Sunday sermon, explaining that the senior pastor needed time off “to deal with the stress, grief, fatigue and emotional trauma he suffered, but also to resolve issues that have become deficits for its management and leadership. style. ”

Attorney Nicole Gorovsky defended Varvil in the 2014 libel lawsuit. She is now representing Doe in her lawsuit against Wingfield and First Christian.

“One of the things people should know, with child victims of sex, is how hard it is to come forward,” she says. “Once someone deals with this trauma, they become strong enough to realize that someone has to be held responsible, and they realize that they have to do something.”

“The church,” she adds, “must be held accountable for what she has done here.

Wingfield remains the senior pastor of First Christian. The RFT contacted the church for comment on the lawsuit but has not received a response.

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Helping young people in Africa to realize their potential https://jukuz.net/helping-young-people-in-africa-to-realize-their-potential/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/helping-young-people-in-africa-to-realize-their-potential/ Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Mustapha Ussif The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Mustapha Ussif described the youth in Africa as his greatest asset. Speaking at the Youthconnekt African 2021 opening ceremony in Accra, the Minister said: “Africa is said to have the fastest growing youth population in the world. It just means […]]]>

Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Mustapha Ussif

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Mustapha Ussif described the youth in Africa as his greatest asset.

Speaking at the Youthconnekt African 2021 opening ceremony in Accra, the Minister said: “Africa is said to have the fastest growing youth population in the world. It just means that our greatest resource is not gold, diamonds, cocoa, timber or petroleum, but our energetic and determined youth.

Changes in demographics, technology, economy, politics and other related factors had therefore necessitated the organization of summits such as the Youthconnekt to unite, connect and prepare African youth to become successful citizens to help transform the continent.

Young people, he said, were key agents of development and called on all government agencies and decision-makers to assign them strategic roles in development planning activities.

“Young people are at the center of today’s most important strategic opportunities and issues, from developing the global economy and countering violent extremism to building sustainable democracies,” he said. -he adds.

He urged participants to ensure that they take full advantage of the summit by engaging, networking and linking with their counterparts in other countries to ensure sustainable growth and development.

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who was the guest speaker at the summit, stressed the need to involve young people in the decision-making process.

“Africa cannot talk about shaping the future without talking about the well-being and well-being of young people. It is important that we all advance these ideas to harness the value of a young population, placing human rights, gender equality, human capital development and dignity at the center of all our investments. It is only by offering opportunities that open the future to all young people that we create a better future, ”he added.

Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and Culture Rosemary Mbanbazi, who delivered a speech on behalf of the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, urged young people to think outside the box and find solutions to Africa’s challenges , especially those faced by young people.

She underscored the need for Africa to fight unaided by preparing the mindset of young people and providing them with an environment conducive to their prosperity.

Several key stakeholders such as CAF President Patrice Motsepe, Deputy Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa, AfCFTA General Secretary Wamkele Mane, among others, all had their turn to s ‘address to African youth.

This year’s summit is the first after the pandemic and also the first to be held outside Rwanda.

Over 3000 young people were physically present at AICC and thousands of people around the world joined online.

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Father in search of Rochester Youth Minister’s murderer https://jukuz.net/father-in-search-of-rochester-youth-ministers-murderer/ Thu, 21 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/father-in-search-of-rochester-youth-ministers-murderer/ ROCHESTER, NY – This Sunday marks 11 years since a youth minister was shot dead outside his Rochester home. Paul Vasconcellos Jr.’s father returns to Rochester every year to find his son’s killer. Paul Sr. says he will continue to return to the area from his home in Massachusetts to remind the public of his […]]]>

ROCHESTER, NY – This Sunday marks 11 years since a youth minister was shot dead outside his Rochester home.

Paul Vasconcellos Jr.’s father returns to Rochester every year to find his son’s killer. Paul Sr. says he will continue to return to the area from his home in Massachusetts to remind the public of his son’s murder until someone comes forward. He says he knows someone has information about what happened.

Her son was killed at his Post Avenue home on his way home from church on October 24, 2010. Police said it was during a robbery. Paulie, as she was called, was very involved with her church and ministries and her father says he worked to help and serve others.

“I just hope whoever is out there knows something is going to come forward,” said Paul Vasconcellos Sr. “You don’t wanna do that when you’re dying. I’m so sick of hearing that I’m waiting to die. Do it. now. You would give so much relief, a lot of people. I’m sad that we lost Paul like we lost him. But I know where he is. that. But if you did. know something, come on.

There is new hope thanks to the new Rochester Police Department cold case website. It highlights these cases with pictures and information about the crime. This is also where people can go to share anonymous tips.

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Former Reston church youth minister faces illegal filming charges https://jukuz.net/former-reston-church-youth-minister-faces-illegal-filming-charges/ Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/former-reston-church-youth-minister-faces-illegal-filming-charges/ A former youth minister at a church in Reston faces several charges related to the illegal filming of a minor. Douglas Johnson worked as Minister for Youth at Saint-Jean-Neumann Catholic Church in Reston from 2005 to 2018. The Chesapeake Police Department told Reston Now that Johnson voluntarily surrendered to police on September 25. He faces […]]]>

A former youth minister at a church in Reston faces several charges related to the illegal filming of a minor.

Douglas Johnson worked as Minister for Youth at Saint-Jean-Neumann Catholic Church in Reston from 2005 to 2018. The Chesapeake Police Department told Reston Now that Johnson voluntarily surrendered to police on September 25.

He faces six criminal charges related to the illegal video recording of a minor in Chesapeake, according to a statement released by the church.

In a declaration, the Catholic Archdiocese of Arlington said he had undergone a criminal background check and training to prevent and report abuse as a condition of employment.

Prior to his employment he volunteered at St. John Neumann and St. Thomas Catholic Church in Becket in Reston.

Here is more information from the Archdiocese on the matter:

No known complaints or allegations have been made against Johnson regarding his time as an employee and volunteer at St. John Neumann and as a volunteer at St. Thomas in Becket. If you become aware of any misconduct or abuse on the part of a cleric, employee or volunteer of the diocese, immediately notify civil authorities and contact the Diocesan Office for the Protection of the Childhood and Victim Support at (703) 841-2530.

The Diocese of Arlington has a zero tolerance policy for abuse and is fully committed to training our clergy, staff and volunteers to identify and report suspected cases of abuse. All clergy, staff, and volunteers undergo mandatory abuse prevention and awareness training, and safe environment training is also provided to students in schools, religious education, and youth programs across the country. diocese. Anyone working with minors must also undergo a background check every five years. The Diocesan Child Protection and Victim Support Office works with parish staff to ensure training and prevention policies are followed in all of our parishes and schools. No one with a credible allegation against them serves with minors in the diocese.

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Former Bartow County Youth Minister Arrested for Sexual Abuse, More Victims Possible | New https://jukuz.net/former-bartow-county-youth-minister-arrested-for-sexual-abuse-more-victims-possible-new/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/former-bartow-county-youth-minister-arrested-for-sexual-abuse-more-victims-possible-new/ ATLANTA (CBS46) – A former Bartow County youth minister faces charges of sexual abuse. The Floyd County Police Department said two adults came forward earlier this year to reveal they were sexually assaulted as children. Police have arrested Christopher Matthew Codding, 42, on two counts of aggravated pedophilia, which alleges he committed sexual acts with […]]]>

ATLANTA (CBS46) – A former Bartow County youth minister faces charges of sexual abuse.

The Floyd County Police Department said two adults came forward earlier this year to reveal they were sexually assaulted as children.

Police have arrested Christopher Matthew Codding, 42, on two counts of aggravated pedophilia, which alleges he committed sexual acts with two pre-teens. He was released in August on a

Security deposit of $ 30,000, provided he wears an ankle monitor, has no contact with minors and is confined to his home.

Codding served as a youth pastor at a Bartow County church for 15 years and also worked in the medical profession. Additionally, he was connected to a youth summer camp in Blue Ridge and ran a boys’ youth ministry called Rock On, which accepted pre-teen and teen boys from across the state.

Codding was previously a foster parent and was employed as an X-ray technician and instructor at a local technical college at the time of his arrest. He would have traveled frequently to Baltimore for work.

Investigators fear being more victimized because of its access to children for more than a decade. It is not uncommon for victims of sexual abuse to remain silent during their childhood and manifest themselves in adulthood.

Anyone with information on other potential victims should call Floyd County Police Investigator Amy Nails at detective@floydcountyga.org or call 706-314-0756.

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Harvest Bible Chapel youth minister’s disorderly conduct conviction overturned https://jukuz.net/harvest-bible-chapel-youth-ministers-disorderly-conduct-conviction-overturned/ Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/harvest-bible-chapel-youth-ministers-disorderly-conduct-conviction-overturned/ A state appeals court overturned the disorderly conduct conviction of a former Harvest Bible Chapel youth minister accused of texting a young parishioner. The Illinois 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled that Kane County Circuit Court Judge Michael Noland erred in refusing to dismiss the case against Paxton Singer of Sugar Grove, after he said […]]]>

A state appeals court overturned the disorderly conduct conviction of a former Harvest Bible Chapel youth minister accused of texting a young parishioner.

The Illinois 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled that Kane County Circuit Court Judge Michael Noland erred in refusing to dismiss the case against Paxton Singer of Sugar Grove, after he said Singer might have a new trial because he would have liked to see more evidence.

In September 2 decision, a three-judge panel concluded that Noland’s statement on the evidence meant that he did not believe prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to prove Singer’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Indeed, Noland acquitted Singer, according to the ruling.

According to the opinion, having a second trial would have violated Singer’s constitutional right not to be retried with new evidence on the same charge, i.e. created what is called double jeopardy.

Singer, now 27, was indicted in October 2018 with the misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, charged with disturbing and alarming the parents of a 15-year-old Harvest parishioner in December 2017. It was there It was then that the teenager’s father learned that Singer had texted the boy in July and August 2017, including a question about masturbation and another about the boy spending the night at Singer’s residence. In total, as of 2016, the singer and the teenager had exchanged around 2,000 messages.

Noland sentenced Singer on November 12, 2019.

But on November 22, 2019, Noland accepted Singer’s request for a new trial. Singer’s attorneys argued that prosecutors failed to sufficiently prove the charge. Noland said at the time that he would have liked to see more evidence on the chronology of the texts. He also allowed prosecutors to change the charge.

In December 2020, Singer’s attorneys filed for a dismissal, saying allowing prosecutors to present new evidence risked overtaking Singer. But on February 11, 2020, Noland denied this, quashed the order for a new trial, and reaffirmed the conviction.

At the time, Singer’s lawyer, Terry Ekl, called Noland’s action “absolutely absurd”. He could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

The appeals court noted that the evidence was, indeed, sufficient to prove Singer’s guilt. But “an erroneous acquittal remains an acquittal,” wrote Judge Kathryn Zenoff.

]]> A former journalist and minister of youth becomes the new seminarian of the diocese of Saginaw https://jukuz.net/a-former-journalist-and-minister-of-youth-becomes-the-new-seminarian-of-the-diocese-of-saginaw/ Fri, 20 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/a-former-journalist-and-minister-of-youth-becomes-the-new-seminarian-of-the-diocese-of-saginaw/ In 2007, Andy Cipolla graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a journalism degree. Soon after, Cipolla teamed up with two friends who were launching their own news site called Ypsilanti Citizen. Years after sharing Ypsilanti’s news on her website, Cipolla recently delivered her own news to family and friends. He is the most recent seminarian […]]]>

In 2007, Andy Cipolla graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a journalism degree.

Soon after, Cipolla teamed up with two friends who were launching their own news site called Ypsilanti Citizen.

Years after sharing Ypsilanti’s news on her website, Cipolla recently delivered her own news to family and friends. He is the most recent seminarian in formation of the diocese of Saginaw. he will assist St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana.



Andy Cipolla (middle) poses for a promotional photo for Ypsilanti Citizen (circa 2007)

“I look forward to community life in St. Meinrad – having the Eucharist near my home, growing in holiness, going to class and learning,” said Cipolla.

God willing, if Cipolla is ordained a priest, he will fulfill a clear desire he has since experienced with the Lord by praying at Ridge Cemetery in Gladwin in 2015.

“I was visiting my grandparents’ graves and praying in front of a Holy Family statue when I realized in an unprecedented way that I wanted to be a priest,” Cipolla said.

For the past five years, Cipolla has served as a youth minister at St. Anastasia Parish in Troy, Michigan. Prior to that, his career was multifaceted and included working as a nature guide in New Mexico. He also worked as a cafe manager, accountant for an industrial company and other part-time jobs.

“Even though I was good at my job, I didn’t find it rewarding,” Cipolla said. I feel a deep desire to bring the sacraments to people. I see myself serving the family as a priest rather than a father. “



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Andy Cipolla teaches high school students at retreat



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Andy Cipolla (left), poses for a photo with his father and brother as he was a guide in the wilderness

Cipolla joins five other seminarians from the diocese of Saginaw. They understand:

Matthew Gembrowski, 3rd Theology, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.

Jacob Hugo, 2nd theology, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.

Daniel Christe, Pre-Theology, Sacred Heart Seminary, Hales Corners, Wisconsin.

Joshua High, Pre-Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

Charles Warner, Pre-Theology, Major Seminary of the Sacred Heart, Detroit, Michigan.

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Liberia: Deputy Minister for Youth Keen On Women’s Empowerment https://jukuz.net/liberia-deputy-minister-for-youth-keen-on-womens-empowerment/ Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://jukuz.net/liberia-deputy-minister-for-youth-keen-on-womens-empowerment/ Amid calls for increased participation of women in the governance of the country, the Deputy Minister of Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports underlined the critical need for the empowerment of women, especially young women in society. . Minister Fematta Bracewell said that providing empowerment opportunities such as leadership development and entrepreneurship training […]]]>

Amid calls for increased participation of women in the governance of the country, the Deputy Minister of Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports underlined the critical need for the empowerment of women, especially young women in society. .

Minister Fematta Bracewell said that providing empowerment opportunities such as leadership development and entrepreneurship training is essential for the growth and development of Liberian society.

Deputy Minister Bracewell was speaking this weekend in Gbarnga, Bong County, following a one-day training on women’s empowerment.

“The empowerment of women is an important element for the growth of any society and that is why we are here today to organize this training for our women. The reason for this training is to strengthen the capacities of young people, especially our young women. to be able to compete in society, ”she said.

According to her, the training participants were recruited by and through the office of the youth coordinator in Bong County.

“We have come here to train our women in different skills such as business development and leadership. It is about educating them to become successful leaders in society. It will also help them know how to conduct themselves to be successful. In business. For those who are already in business, it will help them to manage their business well. In short, we want them to succeed and be agents of change in their respective communities, “she added.

In her remarks, Bong County Superintendent Ms. Esther Walker commended MYS for the training, which aims to develop the minds of young women to think and act positively.

Superintendent Walker said such training is in the right direction for the growth of the company.

She then pledged the support of her leaders to work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports through its local offices in Bong County to improve the lives of youth in the county.

“We will continue our relationship with you through the Youth Coordinator here to ensure that issues affecting youth are given attention and are addressed,” said the Superintendent. Walker said.

Ms. Ajawavi Jackie Aja Ajavon, Senior Training Facilitator, said the training will help participants achieve their dreams and aspirations to become better people in society.

Ms. Ajavon, representative of the 5th District of Delaware State and professor at Wilmington University, affirmed that the empowerment of women is essential to the growth of any nation, Liberia being no exception.