Network for Empowerment & Progressive Initiative (NEPI)

The mission of NEPI is to find solutions to extreme poverty and crime among youth (street youth, war affected youth and former combatants), build youth capacity and strengthen social, political and emotional empowerment of youth in Liberia.


NEPI responded with a high impact program design that is highly effective, and evidence-based. The Sustainable Transformation of Youth in Liberia (STYL), is designed to promote future orientation, self-discipline, and norms of non-violence, pro-social behavior with the goal of mainstreaming youth back into society.


We provide STYL, a high impact program design that is highly effective and evidence-based to hard-core street youth with the goal of mainstreaming them back into society. NEPI identifies these youth living on the fringes of society and rehabilitates them using therapy and counseling to foster character skills such as self-control and a noncriminal self-image as well as providing cash support.

STYL is an 8-week behavior change and cash transfer intervention that bolster hard-core street youth’s cognitive and social skills necessary for entrepreneurial self-help, raise youth’s aspirations and equip them to reach their goals. More specifically, the curriculum includes modules on anger management, impulse control, future orientation, and planning skills, as well as self-esteem. STYL is a crime and violence reduction and youth empowerment program that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a life-skills training program, and a cash transfer. Through these interventions, STYL aims to reduce anti-social behaviors by changing noncognitive skills and preferences; and to shift hard-core street youth living within a present-oriented framework to more future-oriented goals and behavior.

STYL is unique in that it is an evidenced-based intervention, tested, and proven effective through a randomized control trial (RCT) conducted by researchers from Columbia University, Harvard University, the World Bank and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). The findings from the RCT have been featured in the Washington Post and on the influential podcast, Freakonomics, highlighting NEPI’s success in identifying a workable and affordable solution to rehabilitating street youth. Based on the positive evidence from the RCT, NEPI plans to expand STYL to reach an additional 5,400 youth over a period of 5 years while pilot testing new programs.

Watch the talk, see the policy note, read the summary in the Washington Post, listen to the NPR Planet Money or Freakonomics episodes, or Chris related New York Times Op-Ed about the program.


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