West African Youth Network

Location: Freetown
Combat sport: Karate and boxing
Focus areas: Education, vocational development, life skills
Established: 2001
Joined the FFP Alumni: March 2014
Contact: Mohamed Kanneh
Website: http://www.waynyouth.org/

West African Youth Network provides a voice for young people in West Africa on issues of violence reduction and conflict resolution. They deliver a range of advocacy programmes and campaigns aimed at promoting the voices of young people and supporting them to participate in the promotion of peace across West Africa.

WAYN will work with FFP to deliver a more permanent range of youth services in Freetown, using boxing and martial arts to attract at-risk young people in to a centre for Career Development. The sports will provide young people with discipline and focus, as well as physical exercise, that will complement their engagement in employability programmes.