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200 Students to Compete in YONER’s High School Entrepreneurship Competition

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Bessing Boaslah, leader of the Community Garden, who took an interest in the Youth Network for Reform (YONER) Liberia 2017/2018 High School Entrepreneurship Competition, has approached Liberian children to wander in positive exercises that will change lives.

She was chosen to talk at the dispatch of the current year’s version of the opposition, held November 16, in light of her remarkable exhibitions in a year ago’s mentorship program by having the capacity to assemble a group and guarantee they created a garden in the Zubah Town people group.

Boaslah’s garden venture was the result of a strategy for success under the serious business person mentorship activity of YONER Liberia, for the generation of cassava, potatoes and eddoes, as methods for encouraging Liberians.

According to her, the garden was planted but was unsuccessful due to the poor condition of the soil. Boaslah added, “in our project, we planned to start the planting of cassava in the Zubah Town community but, when we tested the soil, we found out that it was not good for the planting of cassava.”

She and her team have resolved to look for a site in another community where the plan will be possible.

Boaslah, a first year student at the Blue Crest University College, indicated that when young Liberians are given the opportunity, they can compete with colleagues in other parts of the world.

She praised the executive director of YONER Liberia, Jarius Andrew Greaves, for the mentorship.

Greaves said the 2018/2019 Edition of the Liberia National High School Entrepreneurship Competition will have over 200 students from Montserrado and Margibi Counties.

Greaves said the mentorship will also provide step-by-step approaches and the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders which include school administrations, the mentored students and their parents.

He said students will compete to make research within their communities, identify challenges and turn those challenges into business concepts and new ideas for a business or social innovative solutions supports, which will support eight of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The eight SDGs include Zero Hunger; Quality Education; Good Health and Well-being;  Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Affordable and Clean Energy;  Clean Water and Sanitation; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; and Climate Action unique to Liberia.

Greaves said the 2018-19 Edition, will host a live National Pitch Competition to select 8 winners reflective of the eight SDGs, who will receive cash prizes/awards that will be used to launch their ventures and business ideas to create jobs and generate more revenue while creating social impact.

He told the gathering that over the last three months, YONER Liberia has been building partnerships with high schools in Montserrado and Margbi, and successfully recruited over 200 students across 25 schools, over 100 mentors and formed them into 74 Teams.

Greaves said the National Winner of the competition will travel to the USA to participate in the semifinal round of a competition at the University of Delaware April 13-15, 2019.

The launch of the program brought together students, mentors and parents from Montserrado and Margibi Counties.

YONER Liberia is a non-government organization established in 2008 to build the capacities of young and disadvantaged Liberians into productive citizens. The intensive entrepreneur mentorship initiative of YONER Liberia is intended to train high school students in entrepreneurship to help them graduate form school with the ability to make positive change within the society.

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