Youth empowerment program

Widespread inclusion of young people in sustainable development programs is pivotal.

Our focus is to increase income for vulnerable youth with few opportunities in the community.

Youth empowerment program aims to achieve economic self-sufficiency for challenged youth by empowering them through capacity building to adequately run projects as a tool for facilitating a broad-based approach to the fight against poverty.

The latest population census revealed that 78% of Kenya’s population was younger than 35 years with over 70 percent of them currently unemployed. Research shows that there are about 800,000 young people being released into the job market annually with only a small fraction getting jobs. 7 out of 10 unemployed people in Kenya are aged between 18 and 35 years. Among the reasons leading to diminished transition into the labor market include inadequate technical skills, inadequate life skills and lack of labor demand.

Without appropriate intervention, the disaster of unemployment will jeopardize the security and future of this country. Government efforts in addressing the problem include establishment of Uwezo Fund and AGPO. These efforts are however not sufficient considering the population of young people in need of the jobs.

Our strategy to ensure increased job creation especially for the youth includes enhanced collaboration with the government, corporate partners and other organizations to provide thematic training, capacity building and policy development.

Corporate sector employers provide skills on group development and entrepreneurship to enhance the sustainability of youth led projects.

We majorly focus on the priority sectors under the Economic Pillar of Kenya Vision 2030.

Priority sectors with high potential of spurring economic growth as identified within Vision 2030 second medium term plan (2013 – 2017) include:

  • Tourism,
  • Agriculture, livestock and fisheries
  • Wholesale and retail trade,
  • Manufacturing,
  • Business process outsourcing (BPO)/ IT Enabled Services (ITES)
  • Financial services.
  • Oil and mineral resource.

These sectors will drive achievement of 10 percent GDP growth by 2017. Our partnership with the corporate sector is convenient to ensure that training is relevant to the priority sectors as indicated within vision 2030, as well as local labor market demands; and that trainees will either have access to meaningful employment upon completion of the program or start their own sustainable businesses.

Why Youth?

Youth in Kenya (aged between 15-35 years) account for approximately 60% of the active labor force, but the majority estimated at about 75% are either unskilled or unemployed, presenting the big challenge of job creation.

Achievements:

  • Youth empowerment program enhances inclusion of young people in sustainable development through capacity building. Entrepreneurial skills improve the employability of youth or their capacity to start their own sustainable businesses.
  • Youth empowerment program improves life skills among youth that enables them manage challenges that affect their competitive bargaining. This will see a drastic drop in delinquent behavior among the youth.
  • Youth empowerment program enhances knowledge on financial management; with the establishment of a revolving fund, this will increase the capacity of youth structures in managing successful businesses and will drastically reduce poverty levels among youth.
  • Youth empowerment program will strengthen collaboration between the participating organizations. This will ensure best practices in addressing sustainable development issues and long term sustainability of the program.
  • Increased awareness by young people to play an active role in addressing sustainable development issues will raise the government’s attention on the need to create an enabling environment for open and equal participation in development activities by all.