Africa Youth Trust (AYT) is an independent, non-partisan, development and advocacy organization. Founded in 2005, AYT is registered in Kenya as a trust under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act. AYT was created specifically to spearhead a Youth Led Development model in Kenya with a view of replication in other African Countries.
Youth Led Development (YLD) is about young people making a living and future for themselves and their communities. YLD involves Economic and Social investments such as business start-ups and community improvement projects, devised and managed by young people. YLD projects involve adult mentors with skills in the respective area being addressed, working with and mentoring the young people.
“What could happen if Africa put YLD at the heart of its effort to achieve sustainable economic development?”
By investing in YLD on a nationwide basis, a country can be transformed. The impact of tens of thousands of young people becoming engaged in hundreds of projects – many of them income-generating – will inject enthusiasm through all sectors, stimulating a complete societal transformation. That is the result we seek!
“Young people should be not only the beneficiaries but also the implementers of development programs.”
With over 200 million youth living in poverty, 130 million youth illiterate, 88 million unemployed and 10 million young people living with HIV/AIDS, there is a clear need to direct efforts and resources to Youth Led Development.