The Youth are a great resource that can present massive support for the growth of any economy. Unemployment is one of the main challenges affecting the youth in Kenya and many other developing economies hence the need to have solid realistic policies and multipronged approaches to addressing it. The youth in Kenya (18-35 years) are about a third of the country’s population; the majority of the country’s potential labour force. Most of them are either unemployed or underemployed. This prevalent youth unemployment situation poses a serious threat to the society as the masses of unemployed youth channel their energies towards vices in order to survive or to merely fill in their time. Indeed there is a wide consensus in Kenya that it is the restless and disengaged youth who pose the greatest threat to national security. Urgent measures need to be undertaken to provide them with opportunities for meaningful employment which will ultimately enable them to contribute to development and shy away from various vices as a means of survival. Whereas youth unemployment is increasing day by day, the available government initiatives still seem not to be that effective in addressing the unemployment issue.
Africa Youth Trust works to improve youth access to a fair labour market through capacity building and after training activities such as mentorship and career guidance. Our core objectives in enhancing economic empowerment of the youth are;
Since 2011, Africa Youth Trust has managed to reach more than 70,000 young people directly through information meetings on entrepreneurship and employability, more than 10,000 young people through both BSED and Employability trainings. Overall 40% of the young people we have trained have improved their livelihoods through business start-ups and 29% through access to employment. Our target group for the economic empowerment programme has been disadvantaged and marginalized young people from informal settlements and areas with high poverty rates. The programme has been implemented in Nairobi’s informal settlements, Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisumu Counties. Africa Youth Trust has also through capacity building supported the introduction of the programme in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
The projects under the economic empowerment pillar are;
AYT to represent interests of the youth in the HLM2 meeting of the Global partnership towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
AYT through its SheCAN school clubs held an inter-schools debate in Mukuru. The students debated on a wide range of themes related to the Safety and Security of women and girls in public spaces as well as School related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV)