Motivated & Entrepreneural Youth (MEY) Project
The Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY) Project is a three-year (3) project that commenced in April 2017 and will end in March 2020. This project is implemented in Shurugwi and Chirumanzu districts collaboratively with relevant Government of Zimbabwe line ministries. The project is being implemented in partnership with Midlands Aids Services Organisation (MASO) and Star for Life (South Africa) who are experts in motivation trainings whereas Hand in Hand Zimbabwe provides expertise in entrepreneurship training.
The project is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 1 – No poverty, 3 – Good Health and well-being and 17 – partnerships for the goals. It is also in line with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal which targets to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2020. The MEY project contributes to sustainable development in Zimbabwe through Improving health awareness and entrepreneurial motivation among adolescents who attend school (15-18 years). This is achieved by offering customized training to improve self-confidence among school-going students (in-school-component), motivation and hope for the future. The training is based on health and motivational programs, combined with training in entrepreneurship. The project also aims at strengthening health awareness, self-esteem and motivation for the unemployed and disadvantaged young people (18-35 years) who are not in school (out-of-school component). The project component targets the unemployed youth who dropped out-of-school or find themselves in vulnerable situations. These are mobilized into social and economic “Star Clubs” where they get a tailor-made training based on health and motivational programs and complete entrepreneurship training. The expected project outcomes are: 1) An increase of young men and women’s (15-35 years) motivation and capacity to maintain good health and livelihoods, 2) An increase in strengthening health awareness, motivation and economic activity of young people who are not in school (unemployed and disadvantaged young people, 18-35 years).