Mobilizing Africa’s Unemployed and Underemployed Youth

Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement (AYM) is a youth-focused social entrepreneurship and capacity development charitable organization. Founded in 1992, AYM as a global initiative endeavors to improve the lives of millions of youths in Africa by creating job opportunities for them and imparting in them employable skills.

AYM puts young people on the path to self-sufficiency, economic productivity while fostering community resilience. We engage youth as social change makers and an active force in the rebuilding and development of war-torn Sierra Leone and throughout Africa. We are currently working in the Jong Chiefdom, Bonthe District partnering with youth to build local community-driven programs and business enterprises.


Mission Statement

Mobilizing Africa’s unemployed and underemployed youth is the key to the continent’s economic growth and stability. AYM works to mobilize marginalized youth through education, training and creates entrepreneurial opportunities to help move communities away from poverty, disease, and hunger. AYM aims to establish personal empowerment and community resilience by energizing its critical youth population as change agents to reverse social, economic marginalization and stagnation.

Our mission is to educate and employ young people in technology, agribusiness, eco-tourism, entrepreneurship and the creative arts to revitalize the country’s potential and bring its population social and political stability.

The organization is an emerging national initiative, that will primarily engage youths as change makers in the rebuilding and development of Sierra Leone through innovative and progressive local community-driven programs, and youth-focused enterprises.



  • To empower young people in Africa with knowledge, skills and other resources that would enhance their productivity to increase their chances for sustainable employment.
  • To support young people in Africa imbibe and develop a strong sense of civic responsibility and collective consciousness.
  • To facilitate processes that would have young people in Africa organize and relentlessly pursue peaceful development, justice and human rights in all of their endeavors.
  • To promote the participation of youths in development work through volunteerism and gainful employment.
  • To empower young people to develop and improve on local initiatives and impact responsible control over natural resources that are pertinent to them and the communities in which they live.
  • To contribute to the accelerated development of grassroots leadership institutions that promote Youth entrepreneurship, community participation, and civic responsibility.
  • To contribute to the development and promotion of viable youth-centered creative industries in Africa.


Facts About African Youth

With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world.

Between 2000 and 2008, despite world-topping economic growth rates, and a better-educated youth, Africa created only 16 million jobs for young people aged between 15 and 24.

Today, youth represent 60 percent of the continent’s unemployed, and of these 40 million young people, 22 million have given up on finding a job, many of them women.

[African Economic Outlook]