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The following was written by Christian Martyn Kamara, National General Secretary/CEO, Sierra Leone YMCA, Africa.

It is an annual event to highlight, and applaud those young people who represent the best of Sierra Leone, Africa. The Youth Excellence Awards (YEA) are held to recognize young people and youth focused institutions that continue to succeed in the face of extreme challenges. YEA is the first multi-disciplinary awards program, in Sierra Leone, specifically for and about youth.

2013 Theme: ‘Shine a Light’

This year’s theme was ‘Shine A Light’ as it is our objective to seek and show the accomplishments of outstanding youth in our community. In addition we hope to use YEA to encourage and inspire hard-work and determination amongst a generation of young people who often lack role models and heroes.

At this first ceremony there were 30 awards with specific special recognition of young women and youth as individuals and as an organization at a national level. Winners were awarded for excellence in:

• Entrepreneurship
• Sports
• Innovation
• Social Activism
• Environmental Conservation
• Leadership
• Media
• Academic Achievement
• Arts

Congratulations to the Sierra Leone YMCA!

The Sierra Leone YMCA was nominated by young people and youth serving organizations in and out of Sierra Leone. And, thanks to their support, was awarded for their excellent role and support in transforming the lives of young people and supporting them with livelihood and advocacy skills on governance and entrepreneurship.

Over the past four years the Sierra Leone YMCA had reached over 2,000-3,000 young people in the most deprived communities – more specifically, those of slum communities.

Are you interested in supporting the Sierra Leone YMCA? Donations can be made through the YMCA Strong Kids website. For more information, please visit


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