"ACADEMY FOR COMPETENCE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT (ACES) - EMPOWERING THE VULNERABLE TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT LIFE"
Background: IN A COUNTRY WITH HALF THE POPULATION UNDER THE AGE OF 16, VULNERABLE AND TRAUMATIZED YOUNG ADULTS SUCH AS ORPHANS ARE LEFT WITHOUT ANY HELP IN THEIR TRANSITION FROM CHILDREN TO INDEPENDENT ADULTS
VISION: ENABLING ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPABILITIES AND EMPOWERING YOUNG ADULTS TO START AN INDEPENDENT LIFE ON THEIR OWN AND BREAK THE POVERTY CYCLE
CURRENT SUCCESS: LARGEST CARE-LEAVER PROGRAM IN GHANA WITH 80 BENEFICIARIES ATTENDING OUR WEEKLY MEETINGS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASSES
GOAL: STRONGER SHIFT TOWARDS ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN NEW CARRER & ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER: AROUND 50% OF THE BENEFICIARIES SHALL ATTEND VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR START AN ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREER
Half of Ghanas population is under 16 years, due to extreme poverty and a high HIV infection rate, many children grow up as orphans. With their 18th birthday, all care programs end and the young adults are left by themselves, struggeling with poverty and lacking social support.
The ACES program is focused on young adults in difficult living circumstances, e.g. leaving orphanages, or other care programs, lack of family support. Often these social challenges are accompanied with further problems, such as HIV infection or illiteracy. ACES offers educational, psychological and financial support. This continues until the young adult is able to secure a job, or three months after leaving full time education, whichever is sooner.
Participants receive counseling and benefit from financial support, mostly for education but also for housing, health care and insurances. Currently, there are about 50 young adults fully supported through ACES program and up to 80 that attend weekly meetings.