Yes Youth Can Coast

What is Yes Youth Can Coast?                          

The Yes youth can Coast region is a USAID youth program initiative that focuses on empowering youth to participate effectively in political leadership and governance, build their entrepreneurial skills to engage in livelihood activities and enhance young people’s socio-economic base. 

Where does Yes Youth Can Coast work?

The project works in 18 constituencies within the counties of Mombasa (Likoni, Kisauni, Mvita and Changamwe), Kilifi (Kaloleni, Bahari, Malindi,Magarini and Ganze), Lamu (Lamu East and West), Taita Taveta(Voi, Taveta, Mwatate and Wundanyi) and Kwale (Kinango, Matuga and Msambweni) in Coast Province.

Who implements Yes Youth Can Coast?

It is implemented by Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA) in partnership with county bunge networks and village bunges at grassroots. The two structures form a key component of young people who are the drivers of the Yes Youth Can-Project.

Project Duration and Budget

February 2011 – October 2013
$3.3 million

What does the Yes Youth Can Coast do?                          

The project facilitates formation and capacity building of local youth organization that promotes youth voice in local and national policy dialogue and participates in inter-ethnic coalitions. So far, it has facilitated formation of 2011 bunges and registered 1474 bunges with the ministry of gender children and youth.

The bunge presidents have been trained in leadership and governance, conflict management, agri-business, and action planning.

Through the partnership of both USAID and other development partners, county boards and village bunge representatives have benefited from civic education, gender based violence and peace education, media engagement, financial literacy and book keeping among others.

It has provided new livelihood opportunities for youth, and improved access to youth friendly services.

Through the project women and girls have been engaged in building their capacity to equally access leadership opportunities. The project is thriving to increase women and girls visibility by enhancing their bargaining power and improving socio economic activities.

How is Yes Youth Can Coast making a difference?

Since the inception of the project youth leadership is being felt right from grassroots to the national level. It is reported that youth participation in local development and peace initiatives has increased e.g. – public barazas where young people are represented. In Taita Taveta county, village bunges have elected young people to sit as village elders and represent the youth.

In Lamu county, the village bunge network actively participate in peace activities to mitigate spilling over of violence from the neighboring Tana Delta county which was hit by inter-ethnic clashes over scarce resources.

In the ongoing My ID My life activity; over 100, 000 people applied for the ID’s. The efforts of Yes Youth Can project had educated young people to shun from political manipulation; during the primary nominations it was reported that Coast region was the most peaceful region compared to others. 

Village bunges and county boards have greatly indulged in resource mobilization both from within and without. In Coast Region we have seen youth access tahidi grants, women funds, youth funds, other grants available within their reach.

What key challenges does Yes Youth Can Coast face?

My Id My Life – there has been delayed processing of national IDs and inadequate personnel facilitating the process which is caused by lack of coordination from the government.

The issue of rising insecurity in Kwale county during the roundup of the Mombasa Republican Council(MRC)  members had contributed to slow registration of bunge members and low attendance of pre-planned activities due to fear of being arrested or harassed by police officers.

For more information:

Christine Pagen, Acting Director
Office of Education and Youth
Tel:  +254 20 862 2755

Pamela Wesonga
Office of Education and Youth

Joyce Kageha Ogesi
Chief of Party
Yes Youth Can Project
Cell: +254 722 224183

Updated March 2013

Last updated: August 21, 2013

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