We are excited to introduce new colleagues joining our team. With a combined force of several years’ experience in the youth development space, there could not be a better time to welcome these exemplary leaders.
Based in our main office in Accra, these colleagues will be responsible for both field and office-related activities on PASEWAY – a three-year project that is supporting young people to find formal employment or formalise their own businesses in the construction and hospitality sectors. PASEWAY uses a combination of various approaches, grounded in both the supply and the demand sides of the job market.
The project is also convening a gathering of young people with employers, key actors and service providers to provide mentoring and experience sharing. The target audience of PASEWAY is youth between the ages of 15 to 35 years who are interested in the construction sector.
The project will be operated in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). GAMA comprises the metropolises of Accra and Tema and the outlying districts Ga South, Ga Central, Ga West, Ga East, La Nkwantanang Madina, Adenta, La Dade Kotopon, Ledzokuku Krowor, Ashaiman and Kpone Katamanso.
Eleazer Tackie serves as a Senior Program Manager at YES-Ghana where he manages the Pathways for Sustainable employment for Women and Youth (PASEWAY) project. He brings on board strong project management skills, budgeting, excellent report writing skills and Human Resource Management.
Prior to joining YES Ghana, Eleazer worked at the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) as the Project Associate for African Cocoa Initiative (ACI) II project. He supports the Agricultural Productivity and African Cocoa Initiative II, Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI), Cocoa Livelihood Program (CLP) as well as Climate Smart Cocoa (CSC) teams. He has strong technical depth and professional experience in project management, field activity management, agronomy, finance and budgeting, marketing, and logistics support.
Eleazer also served as a Project Assistant on the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer and ADVANCE projects at ACDI/VOCA Ghana, an agribusiness international organization with expertise in building and scaling up agricultural value chains in rice, maize, and soybean subsectors in Ghana.
He worked with ACDI/VOCA Farmer- to- Farmer program as a national service person. This work included working with farmer groups and other collaborating agencies to identify potential volunteer assignments.
In August 2014, Eleazer provided volunteer assistance through the Mondelēz International Cocoa Life Ambassador program by promoting and encouraging the youth in rural communities within the western region of Ghana on the need to have quality education and the importance of cocoa and the need to maintain good agronomic practices in their farming operations and child labor issues in cocoa.
Earlier in his career, he worked with the West African Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) of the University of Ghana, Legon and the Cocoa Health and Extension Division of Ghana Cocoa Board. Additionally, he worked with other NGOs as a volunteer consultant during vacation at the university.
Sheila is the Curator of the new Skills Hub which is set to facilitate the provision of various types of support for business development and consulting services for young people.
Sheila brings to YES-Ghana nine years of expertise in development work and Program Administration. Having worked in different capacities for various organizations such as the Ark Foundation, she brings on board a wealth of experience in planning, implementation and monitoring of initiatives for the vulnerable and marginalized in society.
She has an M.A. Social Policy Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon. Prior to that, she obtained B.A. Psychology from the same University.
Sheila is exceptionally passionate about being part of a team that creates empowering spaces for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in society and believes that everyone is a stakeholder in building a world full of smiles.
Jonas Cudjoe Ditsa
Mr. Jonas Cudjoe Ditsa is the IT Specialist at YES-Ghana. He leads the design of a Participant Information Management System (PIMS) for the PASEWAY project, and backstops project teams on system design and structure. He also spearheads the procurement, design, testing, deployment, and ongoing maintenance of a Business Referral & Service Matching system for the same project
Before joining Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana), Jonas worked at Access Bank Ghana Plc, providing infrastructure and hardware support to over 40 branches and the head office.
Outside work, he enjoys spending his time in the Church, listening to Gospel music and messages from Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, and spending time with his family.
Portia Asantewaa Agyekum
Portia Asantewaa Agyekum is a Soft Skills Trainer and Youth Coach at YES-Ghana. She has an extensive experience in project management and implementation. She holds a BA Degree in Geography and Rural Development from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. She has been involved in designing training frameworks and training teachers, youth and children on activity-based teaching methodologies, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and Child Protection.
With rich expertise in working with children and youth in deprived communities, she has supported vulnerable groups in identifying and addressing unique issues in their respective communities.
With her good communication and interpersonal skills, she has also established good relations with some state agencies that hold a mandate for child protection and education.
Portia is a team player who believes that working in teams yields faster than on individual basis.
Joshua Mensah is a Soft Skills Trainer and Youth Coach at YES-Ghana. He has served as a financial consultant and a business coach for micro and small business owners and worked for 10 years in the investment banking industry with Databank.
He is a 360° strategist and trainer with extended experience working with the financial inclusion and microenterprises. As a Youth Finance program manager of the Young Investors Network, he collaborated with Securities and Exchange Commission, Ghana Stock Exchange and Bank of Ghana to bring financial literacy clinics and seminars to the youth and informal sector across the country.
He has organized financial literacy programs and set up Investment Clubs in Senior High Schools and universities in the Ghana. As an SME Business Advisor at the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, he provided business advisory services to small and micro business owners and helped them improve operations through critical business evaluation, key document review, Strategy development and implementation, capital raising, human resource alignment etc.
Joshua Mensah holds a BSc Banking & Finance and MSc Strategic Management. He is also a Certified Credit Administrator from the National Banking College.
Eugenia Atidoh is a Field Officer at YES-Ghana. She is a purpose-driven lady with the hope of empowering the youth, especially young women. She has a BSc in Marketing from Wisconsin International University College. She has had opportunity to work with Mega Star Academy as an Acting Head, Christian Community Microfinance Limited as Customers Service personnel, Ghana Cocoa Board with the Marketing Department, and a brief stint at Youth Empowerment Synergy as a Hub Coordinator.
Over the past years, Eugenia has not only acquired knowledge from her field of study but other working experiences in all the organisations.
Throughout her time of work, she has had the opportunity to serve persons from different walks of life, successfully resolved customer claims, managed customer information, and solved complex challenges. She is committed and reliable.
Eugenia is looking forward to achieve her aspirations and goals in empowering the girl child.
Having excelled greatly in most field-related projects because of his great interpersonal and communication skills, Joshua Adu joins YES-Ghana as a Field Officer on the background of a rich field experience.
His engagements with research firms such as Innovations for Poverty Action, IDInsight and ILC Africa, have immensely improved his monitoring and evaluation skills, project preparation and implementation skills and his mobilization skills. Joshua is hardworking, committed and always listens to the views of others.
He hopes to make a greater impact in the organisation just like he has done with other organisations . He holds a BSc. Degree in Psychology from the University of Cape Coast.
Aurelia Sowah-Mensah, preferably called Aurelia, is an Alumna of Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ). She is a member, volunteer, and radio panelist with Curious Minds Ghana – children and youth participation advocacy organisation.
She has been an Advocate of Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for over five years. She is an Alumna of Women Deliver – a leading global organization that champions gender equality, health, and rights of girls and women. She is a former member of the Marie Stopes Youth Advisory board.
Her experience in gender equality and SRHR advocacy has given her opportunities to represent young people on several platforms, both nationally and internationally. She envisions a future where women aren’t discriminated against because of their gender, and where young people are given a seat at the table to voice out their concerns.