Mercy Corps’ vision for Providing Leadership and Life Skills for Adolescents and Youth (PLLAY) is to reduce the vulnerability of crisis‐affected adolescents through the development of positive social networks, safe spaces and increased community engagement. PLLAY will provide Mercy Corps the opportunity to expand geographically to areas facing recent displacement, reaching more immediate vulnerabilities of youth while, at the same time, going deeper into programming and partner development through the multi-year funding.
Throughout the life of the program, PLLAY will directly reach 42,000 youth through drop-in sessions that provide recreational and creative outlets for expression; 10,500 youth will access psychosocial support through intensive sessions delivering life skills and resilience courses, and 6,300 youth will gain access to community resources through field trips and 14,000 through information sessions. Over three years, 120 volunteer coaches and 200 youth leaders will be trained as mentors and facilitators, while over 17,500 parents and caregivers will receive training and tools to address child protection issues and make use of referral services. An additional 35,000 community members will be reached through 700 youth-led awareness campaigns and social cohesion programs.