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West Africa Vocational Education

West Africa Vocational Education ("WAVE") is a non-profit organization mission-driven to create a scalable, replicable and sustainable impact employment training model, in the process, converting Africa’s youth from demographic liabilities to “demographic dividends." The brain-child of Africans sitting in Harvard's Innovation lab in 2012, graduate students Misan Rewane, Karan Chopra, Bryan Mezue and Navid Rahimi developed WAVE as a response to the disenfranchisement of African youths back home. The seeds that were planted grew over the next year to become WAVE Hospitality Academy. By 2019, WAVE aims to have trained 50,000 youth in marketable skills to fill and flourish in Nigeria's nascent hospitality industry. On average, WAVE alumni will experience an income transformation of 3-4 times their baseline income (from $2/day to $6-8/day) through placements in frontline hospitality and retail jobs. WAVE'S job placement model has the potential to restore dignity and enhance livelihoods for millions of West African youth, thereby restoring the social fabric of the region. iYa supports WAVE's fundraising efforts by leveraging its network.

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