Youth Engagement Center

The Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) partnering with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to establish Youth Engagement Centres (YECs) is one of the many expressions of commitment to nurture and transform the lives of young people.


UNICEF works with governments, civil society organizations and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, development and participation.

In the framework of Generation Unlimited, the UNICEF-led global multi-sector partnership designed to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 24, UNICEF supports programmes and innovations on a large scale, and to help young people become productive in life with the necessary knowledge and skills.

Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) seeks to consolidate itself as a responsive organization that seeks the opportunity to inculcate a lifelong learning lifestyle among the citizens of Ghana through the provision of safe environment, appropriate technology, and learning resources at its libraries.


A Youth Engagement Centre (YEC) is a physical space found in a strategic location where young people meet, participate, and can access a range of programmes, services, projects and activities unique to the young adults.

Apart from YEC being a physical space and a place designed for young people, it helps build a community of young people where they can organize their own timetable, share ideas and hobbies, and work on projects together. YEC provides a safe place for youth to spend time, offering programming, life skills, support services and opportunities for leadership.

The primary goal of the YEC is to support the bottom-up initiatives of young people, helping young people to implement their ideas, share hobbies, and fulfil their passions. It provides the space and conditions for spending one’s leisure time in interesting ways. It also aims to empower young people to demonstrate leadership skills by giving them a say in how the Centre activities can run, through the YECAB and other feedback mechanisms, essentially in areas such as:

  • Skilling
  • Build Community (community building)
  • Share knowledge (knowledge sharing)
  • Empower (empowerment)


To create a safe and inclusive environment, physically and digitally, where young people, including disadvantaged groups, can connect and benefit from learning and skilling opportunities.

To provide a sustainable platform to work together and co-create with young people.

To generate evidence and learning on the impact of the centres and create use-cases for replication at scale.

To mobilize strategic public-private sector youth partnerships for various aspects of learning and skilling.

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