Entrepreneurship Development

In order to shore up entrepreneurship among the youth, the Authority facilitated Ghana’s hosting of the official launch of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – West Africa (CAYE-WA) in March, 2017, in Accra, Ghana. The Authority is currently hosting the Secretariat of CAYE-WA. 

In addition, the Authority has supervised the formation and management of the Ghana Chapter of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs CAYE-GH). The chapter has five (5) large youth entrepreneurship networks whose membership cuts across the length and breadth of the nation

Launch of STEP Project 

Flowing from the essence of the African Union theme for 2017, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth”, the Authority organized a 5-Day livelihood Trades Skills Mini-fair and Exhibition form May 22-27, at the Jubilee Park, Kumasi, as the official launch of the STEP Project (Steps Towards Employment and Productivity): the Flagship skills development focus.

This was in partnership with the Federation of Professional Trades Association of Ghana (FEPTAG). The STEP Project mini-fair recorded 1,020 young people who have registered to undergo artisanal trades’ skills development on the day of the official launch; and it is ongoing.

The goal of the STEP Project is to “equip 50,000 young persons in the ages of 15 and 35 with artisanal skills in cosmetology, fashion design, tiling, welding and fabrication, plumbing, between 2017 and 2020 nationwide.

The strategic objectives of the STEP Project are Skills Development, Fostering Innovation and Local Enterprise Development


Job Shadowing of the Formal Sector Youth Development

To offer mentorship in entrepreneurship development alongside the mini-fair held in Kumasi, 250 students from selected Senior High Schools in Accra also went under coaching and mentorship with financial as well as service corporate institutions in the Airport City Business Enclave.


International Youth Day 

International Youth Day was observed by the Authority in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The day was celebrated with a “Presidential Youth Dialogue Session” on 11th August at the OSU Castle Gardens and a Health/Peace Walk on 12th August, 2017 with youth selected from all 10 regions nationwide. 

Over 2,000 young people including leaders of youth-focused NGOs participated.  


Youth Dialogue Session of the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa

On August 16, 2017, the NYA facilitated the Youth Dialogue Session of the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) in promoting Transparency, Accessibility and Inclusiveness in Government Development Initiatives through information sharing.


Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Child Marriage Workshop

An advocacy workshop was held in Kumasi from 13th – 15th September, 2017 with support from UNFPA for focal officers in 10 Youth Leadeship & Skills Training Insitutes on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Child Marriage. 


National Orientation Workshop for Regional and District

The Authority organized a National Orientation Workshop for Regional and District Directors in Koforidua from 27th to 30th September, 2017. Ninety-eight (98) officials took part in the workshop.


International Volunteers Day

This year’s celebration of the International Volunteer Day (IVD) was held at Kpone in the Kpone-Katamanso District Assembly (KKDA) on the 5th of December, 2017.

The IVD was celebrated on the theme: Volunteers Act First. Here, Everywhere.In attendance were about 150 international volunteers from some parts of Africa.

Over 800 young people joined to clean the environments in Kpone.

It is globally acknowledged that, the youth are the most important human capital. Efforts at enhancing the overall development of young people are therefore considered crucial to our national development agenda.  The National Youth Authority (NYA) of Ghana by the National Youth Authority Act 2016 (Act 939) is thus, the Statutory Public Organization with the mandate to ensure the empowerment and the overall development of the Ghanaian youth under the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The objects of the Authority are - Ref: NYA Act, 2016 (Act 939) (2) to:

a) develop the creative potential of the youth;

b) develop a dynamic and disciplined youth imbued with a spirit of nationalism, patriotism and a sense of propriety and civic responsibility; and

c) ensure the effective participation of the youth in the development of the country. 


The core functions of the National Youth Authority are - Ref:  NYA Act, 2016 (Act 939) (3) to:

1. formulate policies and implement programmes that will promote in the youth

a. a sense of creativity, self-reliance, leadership, loyalty to the country, discipline and civic responsibility; and 

b. a sense of friendship and cooperation through exchange of ideas with recognized youth organizations in other countries in Africa and the world; 

2. develop the capacity of the youth to participate in decision-making at all levels;

3. establish and supervise youth leadership and skills training institutes; and

4. in collaboration with the Ghana Youth Federation, organize annual youth conferences at the national, regional and district levels.

The National Youth Authority ACT 939 of 2016 provides for the establishment of a governing body for the National Youth Authority. The core mandate of the Board is to ensure the proper and effective performance of the functions of the Authority. 


    The Board consists of:
    Chief Executive Officer of the Authority,
    One Representative of the Ministry of Finance, 
    One Representative of the Ministry of Education,
    One Representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports,
    One Representative of the Ministry of Social Protection,

    One Representative of the Ministry of Local Government,

    One Representative of the Organisation of Persons with Disability,

    The Director General of the National Service Scheme,

    Three Representatives of the Youth nominated by the National Youth Authority in Consultation with the Ghana Youth Federation,

    Two persons nominated by the Minister.


The Board  meets at least once in every three months for despatch of business at the times and in the places determined by the Chairperson in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer.

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