Background

Local Youth Corner, Cameroon (LOYOC) is a national, non-governmental, non-profit making, youth cantered organization working with young people between the ages of 15 and 35. We are an Organization formed as a response to the increased frustration, alienation, socio-political and economic challenges of the Cameroonian youth, who find themselves at the crossroads of making wrong decisions and breaking the rules as a means of survival. These socio-economic challenges span from low selfesteem, high level unemployment, poor health care system, poverty, exclusion in decision and policy making, corruption, poor social justice system, instrumentalisation and many others, which has forced most young people to develop hate for the country and communities, destroyed all iota of patriotism, engage in violent extremist and unscrupulous activities as a means of leaving.

Created on January 10 2002, LOYOC Cameroon’s programmes development have focused on providing innovative solutions to these youth challenges as a way to promote sustainable peace and development, prevent and counter violent extremism. Our methodology spans from online and face to face advocacy, socio-cultural dialogue, evidence based research, developing curriculums, peer educators, capacity building, policy development and implementation, training, assessment, and advocacy just to name a few.

Over the years, Local Youth Corner has empowered over 1 million young people from across the Ten Regions of Cameroon and beyond. Our organization operates within the ten regions of Cameroon with a representative who is in charge of coordinating our initiatives at local level. Local Youth Corner Cameroon is one of the leading organization currently championing youth engagement in the fight against violent extremism in Cameroon. We are currently the lead organization advising the government on the creation of a National Center to Counter Youth Violence and Extremism.

Local Youth Corner is currently based in the Nations Capital, with head office in Damas Yaounde. We currently have six staff and several volunteer. Our organization has its tentacles across the ten regions of Cameroon. The Organisation is currently headed by Achaleke Christian Leke, who is an Award winning youth peace building and CVE activist with over nine years of experience working with the organization and other international and local organisations.

Within our 14 years of existence, we have engaged and worked with the following local and international partners; Cameroon National Youth Council, Cameroon Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education and Ministry of External Relations, Office of the Prime Minister and Head of Government, Ministry of Defense, US Embassy in Cameroon, British High Commission in Cameroon, UN / UN Agencies, United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth, Peace and Security, UNOY, Commonwealth Secretariat / Youth Division, European Union, Search For Common Ground, US Department of State, United Network of Young Peace Builders, Institute of Strategic Dialogue (UK), Master Peace Movement, Creative Associates, EU CT MORSE, Global Center on Comparative Security/ International Center for Counter-Terrorism, Institute of Security Studies, CIVICUS, Plan UK, Restless Development, Global Counter Terrorism Forum, Actionaid, British Youth Council, Citizen Outreach Coalition UK, just to name a few

While developing its capacity to be able to generate income destined for programme delivery, LOYOC Cameroon continue to depend on partner funding to run our programmes.