Yes Youth Can Nairobi

What is Yes Youth Can Nairobi?                        

Yes Youth Can Nairobi has empowered youth to participate effectively in political leadership and governance, build entrepreneurial skills to engage in livelihood activities and enhance their socio-economic base.            

Where does Yes Youth Can Nairobi work?

In the 17 constituencies in Nairobi County: Westlands, Dagoreti North and South, Langata, Kibera, Roysambu, Kasarani, Ruaraka, Embakasi North, South, Central, East and West, Makadara, Kamukunji, Starehe and Nairobi Central.

Who implements Yes Youth Can Nairobi?

Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA)

Participatory Approaches for Integrated Development (PAFID)

Nairobi County Youth Bunge Forum and village bunges(Parliaments).

Project Duration and Budget

February 2013 – May 2014
$1.9 million


What does Yes Youth Can Nairobi do?                          

Yes Youth Can Nairobi gives youth the skills to govern their own programs, and constructively engage with key government and community actors regarding issues that affect them. 


How is Yes Youth Can Nairobi making a difference?

Yes Youth Can Nairobi is increasing public awareness of youth priorities through public barazas (meetings), forums and media engagements.  The project also encourages youth participation in community development initiatives and structures.

Yes Youth Can promotes youth access to leadership and effective participation in governance. The Youth have formed community organizations and registered with the Government of Kenya.  This enables the youth to partner with government entities, foundations, other donors, or the private sector to implement a range of community service and economic development activities.  The bunge movement has revived the spirit of harambee (working together) and inculcated volunteerism and leadership in a new generation of Kenyans.  Youth are working together to promote a youth agenda.

Yes Youth Can Nairobi prepares youth for employment, entrepreneurship and livelihood activities through training, participatory learning and action. The Nairobi county board oversees village level activities and creates networks and linkages among bunges.  Some chapters have already received loans from banks or the USAID-funded Tahidi youth fund.

The Nairobi youth network implements peace activities, such as theater, peace concerts, sports for peace and peace demonstrations.

Some county board members and village presidents sit in the district peace committees. The network created by Yes Youth Can has nationwide coverage allowing members to monitor peace and co-existence right from the village to national level.  The peace monitoring system uses social media and mobile technology and links to Government of Kenya ministries, development partners, and private sectors.


What key challenges does Yes Youth Can Nairobi face?

Not all of the Nairobi bunges have completed the formal registration processes necessary to receive grants.


For more information

Christine Pagen, Acting Director
USAID/Kenya
Office of Education and Youth
Tel:  +254 20 862 2755
Email: cpagen@usaid.gov

Pamela Wesonga
USAID/Kenya
Office of Education and Youth
Email: pwesonga@usaid.gov

Joyce Wafula
Chief of Party
Yes Youth Can Nairobi
Email: jwafula@clusakenya.org
 

Updated March 2013

Last updated: August 21, 2013

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