Youth Crime Watch America Honors Vice President Boakai

Friday, 15th February 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Youth Crime Watch America has conferred the 2007 International Casey Award on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for his ‘tireless dedication to fighting crime, drug use and violence’.
   
In the award citation read by Youth Crime Watch Liberia Board member Ernest Vafee, Youth Crime Watch America said Vice President Boakai’s preferment was also predicated upon his ‘unflinching dedication and commitment to the principles of youth development and exemplary support for youth-led efforts and programs in his country, especially his encouragement and support to the Youth Crime Watch Program in Liberia.
   
Presenting the award to Vice President Boakai, the Board Chairman of Youth Crime watch Liberia, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, Sr., said the International Casey Award was conferred on Vice President Boakai during the 2007 Crime Prevention Conference held in the United States of America.
   
Mr. Kemayah recalled Vice President Boakai’s outstanding contributions to youth development in Liberia, even before his ascendancy to the post of Vice President.
   
He cited the sacrificial services the Vice President rendered the Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC) an NGO in the vanguard of youth empowerment, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Youth with a Mission and the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY).
   
Mr. Kemayah also cited Vice President Boakai’s demonstrated support for youth education through the provision of scholarships to youths over the years.
   
Accepting the award, Vice President Boakai thanked officials of Youth Crime Watch Liberia through whose recommendation, he noted, the award was conferred on him. He said he was impressed that young people, who are usually active in crime, could get together to fight crime. This he noted, means that “our communities will become safer”.
     
The International Casey Award is the highest of two annual awards given by the Youth Crime Watch Global Family to distinguished personalities  who have tremendously contributed to efforts  of crime prevention, anti-drugs and anti-violence campaign as well as other youth initiatives around the world. The award is given based on nominations from the field, and presented after careful review by an international committee.
   
In an overview of the organization, Executive Director Zuo D Taylor said Youth Crime watch Liberia, founded in 2002 to prevent and help mitigate crime in post-war Liberia, currently has a membership of about 326 members, 203 of whom are females.