Youth Initiatives-Kenya (YIKE) is a non-profit organization registered in July 2003 at the Kenyan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) bureau. It was started as an initiative after realization of the significance of youth groups in the development of the society (this was from an academic research by the founders of YIKE on the ‘Role of youth groups in Development of their communities’). From observation and experience it was realized that youth groups based in slums, have potential but are limited by the socioeconomic environment they reside in therefore needed skills, resources and mentorship to prosper.
YIKE aims at assisting marginalized and disenfranchised youth, through youth groups, to help them create and sustain income generating activities, lead a healthy life, access the benefits of ICT and have a better understanding of their rights as citizens. Hitherto, YIKE has worked with 84 Youth groups in the slums/informal settlements all over Nairobi.