Despite Morocco’s progress in developing and improving services that address the needs of at-risk youth, disaffection and marginalization among young Moroccans remains a central challenge. Access to education, employment, and support services is limited, and social services targeting this group are rarely available in poorly governed areas. Access is even more limited in prisons and for ex-detainees. This issue contributes to high rates of repeat offense, and can in some cases lead to radicalization and extremism.
USAID worked with local associations and social service professionals to provide counseling and job skills training to youth in targeted areas to mitigate the effects of disaffection and marginalization, and provided youth with alternatives to risky behavior. USAID is also provided individual and group psychosocial support services and life skills training to detainees in prisons and youth detention centers. These services included counseling and family mediation, as well as training in problem-solving, communication, teamwork, conflict resolution and anger management.
Impacts in this sector include:
- USAID worked with local associations, teachers, and community leaders to raise awareness among 9,568 youth, on topics such as health and hygiene, the importance of education, and the risk of drug abuse;
- USAID provided psychosocial support services to 275 youth in prisons and detention centers; and
- Nineteen local organizations received training to improve their ability to provide quality services to at-risk youth.
Last updated: March 24, 2014