Yes Youth Can Western

What is Yes Youth Can Western?                          

Yes Youth Can Western is a youth program that improves the social and economic status of youth in Western Province, Kenya. The program empowers Kenyan youth to exhibit leadership in peace building, social service, and economic prosperity for holistic community development.

Where does Yes Youth Can Western work?

Yes Youth Can Western works with youth in 33 constituencies within the four counties of Western Province, namely, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga.

Who implements Yes Youth Can Western?

Winrock International (WI) in partnership with the Western County and village bunge networks.
www.winrock.org
www.nybakenya.org

Project Duration and Budget

February 2011 – November 2013
$3.1 million


What does the Yes Youth Can Western do?                                 

Youth mobilize and organize themselves as legitimate organizations at village and county levels. These organizations promote youth voices in constituency, county, region and national policy dialogues.

Yes Youth Can Western leverages public-private partnerships to provide new livelihood opportunities for youth.  The project improves access to youth-friendly services, and uses a gender-focused approach in monitoring and evaluating to ensure both women and men benefit equally.


How is Yes Youth Can Western making a difference?

Yes Youth Can Western is supporting youth to mobilize and organize themselves at the village level with elected representation at the county level.

Village youth bunges have, through elected representation, established four County Youth Forum networks that link with other County Youth Networks at the national level.

The networks of youth bunges provide excellent structures to enhance rural development. The number of village youth bunges is currently at 3,562 and increasing across the region.


What key challenges does Yes Youth Can Western face?                         

Youth, as partners, are looking for quick solutions for immediate monetary gains – this perspective can often result in frustration. Yes Youth Can Western manages youth expectations and supports them in approaching business opportunities realistically.


For more information:

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

Rosemary Wanjala
USAID/Kenya
Office of Education and Youth
Email: rwanjala@usaid.gov

Martha Momanyi
Project Director
Yes Youth Can Project, Western
Tel: +254 722 408 146
Email: mmomanyi@field.winrock.org

Updated March 2013 

Last updated: August 21, 2013

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