Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province

What is Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province?

Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province is an investment by USAID to counter violent extremism through youth empowerment.  The project builds on the success of the Garissa Youth Project, which provided direct services to over 5,000 youth in order to reduce radicalization and increase social stability. The project focuses on providing positive alternatives to those most at-risk of recruitment.

Project Duration and Budget

October 2008 – October 2015
$10.9 million 

Who implements Yes Youth Can – North Eastern Province?

Education Development Center
http://www.edc.org/

North Eastern Province village bunges and county networks
www.nybakenya.org

Where does Yes Youth Can – North Eastern Province?

Garissa, Wajir and Mandera Counties, Kenya


What does Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province do?

Through Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province youth are playing a lead role in initiatives that create opportunities for themselves and their communities. The project helps youth stay in school through secondary and higher education and gives them greater access to employment.

Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province has recently expanded to include Wajir and Mandera counties.  The project will mobilize youth at the grassroots level to join over one million Kenyan youth in forming bunges, or youth parliaments that register as self-help groups with the Government of Kenya – making them eligible for grants. Each youth bunge will draft and abide by a constitution and by-laws.  Youth will have the power to elect their own leaders that will directly represent them in forums at the county and national levels. 

The bunge will develop action plans that explore available opportunities, engage with other bunges, deal with challenges collectively and create ways to realize their dreams and those of their communities. Bunge members will ensure that membership is representative and include representation by women, people with disabilities and those from minority clans.

Through County Bunge associations Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province will engage with other communities and map out ways to solve issues amongst each other.


How is Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province making a difference?

To date, over 3,000 Garissa youth are better positioned to pursue employment or livelihood opportunities.  More than 250 youths have been linked to internship opportunities following their successful completion of work readiness training and 664,318 have been reached through weekly radio civic education programs.

In 2012, 382,400 at-risk youth participated in Yes Youth Can conflict mitigation strategies across Kenya, more than five times the number expected. 

What key challenges does Yes Youth Can – North Eastern Province face?
Violent extremist ideologues and terrorist recruiters take advantage of local grievances – using them as opportunities to target vulnerable youth and draw them into violent extremism.


What key challenges does Yes Youth Can – North Eastern Province face?

Violent extremist ideologues and terrorist recruiters take advantage of local grievances – using them as opportunities to target vulnerable youth and draw them into violent extremism.


For more information

http://www.edc.org/

Amina Issa
Chief of Party, EDC
Email: AIssa@edc.org
Tel: +254 721 717890
www.g-youth.org
www.idd.edc.org

Dr. Lucy Kithome
Activity Manager, USAID Kenya
Education and Youth Office
Email: lkithome@usaid.gov
Tel: +254 20 862 2000

  Updated March 2013 

Last updated: July 23, 2013

Share This Page