A world where every young African has the opportunity to become what they imagine.
To level the playing field for underserved African youths by building an ecosystem that supports relevant skills development and increased income for work ready youth.
Like its natural resources of oil and minerals, Africa’s youth are a paradox of (untapped) potential dividends merely existing/constantly being exploited as demographic liabilities. Our vision at WAVE is to reverse this trend by targeting:
Best-in-class quality: A new and efficient way to prepare and provide unemployed youths with stable jobs that leverage their innate strengths in an environment where they have previously been shortchanged.
Scalability: A home-grown scalable and replicable model for social impact in the region centered on developing people at a systemic level.
Systemic impact: An Africa where young people can aspire to achieve their potential and in so doing enhance the development of the African continent.
We will “up-skill” millions of youth to fill stable jobs that transform their incomes thereby driving scalable, replicable and sustainable impact and converting Africa’s youth from demographic liabilities to “demographic dividends”:
Scale: By 2019, WAVE aims to train 25,000 youth annually, having cumulatively trained 50,000 youth in marketable skills to reach their true potential and supported them in stable jobs.
Income Transformation: On average, WAVE alumni will experience an income transformation of 3-4 times their baseline income (from $2/day to $6-8/day) through placements in frontline hospitality and retail jobs.
Economic Development: Ultimately, our simple training and job placement model has the potential to restore dignity and enhance livelihoods for millions of West African youth, thereby restoring the social fabric of the region.