The PROSPECTS program involves two complementary interventions:
Sports for Change (SFC)
Sports for Change, implemented by Mercy Corps, will provide youth with life skills training and psychosocial support. This training will entail the following six curriculum modules: identity; making a living; good governance; peace and conflict; environment; and healthy living. The knowledge and skills gained are expected to enable participants to make positive life decisions regarding the livelihoods, health, and actions as citizens.
Mentors will be recruited to be the lead SFC trainers. These mentors will train coaches who are recruited from within the selected communities.
SFC groups will be groups of 40 youth, all of whom are expected to attend weekly sessions of the group. Sports groups will meet 2 times per week for 6-8 weeks. Each meeting will consist of approximately 2 hours of sports and 1-hour of psychosocial training. The SFC groups will meet for a total of 6 to 8 weeks. Coaches will take attendance at each meeting. At each meeting, a new topic will be covered from the designated life skills and psychosocial training modules. During the meetings, youth will be encouraged to play soccer and kickball. All attendees will be provided with a small stipend and lunch. All SFC payments will be made by mobile money payments to the SIM provided at application.
Cash for Work (CFW) Based Recycling Competition
CFW will be organized after Mercy Corps has completed the Sports for Change program for a given community. The Liberian Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), with support from Mercy Corps, will oversee the implementation of the Cash for Work program in each community.
At the first meeting of CFW groups, Compost Liberia will conduct and orientation and training workshop for recyclable collection. Following the orientation workshop, 15-day Recycling Competitions will be managed by LACE and Mercy Corps.
The basic incentive design in the Recycling Competition is: People receive a $2 minimum daily flat incentive for collecting at least a certain amount of recyclables. There are two additional competitions present in Cash for Work: daily competitions, where the top 5 performers on any individual day receive a prize, and a full 15-day competition where the top 10 performers receive a prize.