We implement projects that expand opportunities for young people and address practical needs
"A society where young people are empowered to realize their full potential"
Youth Alive! Kenya (YAK) is a national youth-led non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote the well being and inclusion of young people in development through partnerships, capacity building, and advocacy.
We promote social wellbeing and equity among young people.
Youth unemployment and lack of opportunities has substantial negative social implications and can lead to health, mental and other challenges that prevent young people from enjoying their rights. Beyond the individual level, it affects the prosperity, stability and equality within a society and the nations sustainable development. This has dis-proportionally affected the different genders. Discriminatory gender norms and stereotypes, widespread discrimination and gender-based inequalities create pervasive obstacles to the realization of girls and young women’s rights.
YAK seeks to influence access to social protection and security; and promote inclusive representation in decision making of young people with regards to their health and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR).
What We Do
We promote good governance and effective participation and inclusion of young people.
Governance determines who has power, who makes decisions, how other players make their voices heard and how account is rendered. Good governance articulates key attributes in structures and processes that are designed to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, stability, equity and inclusiveness, empowerment, and broad-based participation. YAK governance program ensures that not only is the voice of young people heard but that they are involved in and benefit from all mechanisms, processes and systems that promote good governance at local, national and international levels.
We enhance the skills and capacities of young people to promote sustainable and decent livelihoods.
YAK recognizes that investing in young people is critical to achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for present and future generations. In this regard, YAK seeks to contribute to the meaningful development of young people by developing evidence-driven, innovative, sustainable and relevant programs that address practical and emerging needs of young people. Specifically, YAK aligns its programming to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and related national, regional and international frameworks, including the Africa Youth Agenda, the Addis-Ababa Action Agenda, the World Programme of Action for Youth and the Continental Strategy on Vocational Education and Training (TVET) among others.
Recent YAK Projects
Equipping Working groups with information, knowledge and skills to participate meaningfully in the development.
Youth contribute to the development of a Nation. We the youth are the majority in Kenya based on Housing Survey,...
YSO(Youth-Serving Organizations)-Building strong coalitions, networks and partnerships to advocate for social, economical and political empowerment of young people in Kenya.#opportunitiesforall
The YSO project brings together 15 youth-serving organizations with a purpose to speak with one voice and address issues affecting...
Covid-19 has disrupted our socio-economic way of life. It has led to increased Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases as a result...
Stories from partners, volunteers and program beneficiaries
`` I’m impressed by the number of youth who attended today’s forum and wish to encourage you to continue engaging in this manner that is very meaningful. ``
— MCA, Karuri Ward during KII
`` YAK was of great help in sharing information on upcoming public participation schedules through their Trainer of Trainers. I can confidently share that the overall turn-out and meaningful engagement has increased phenomenally. ``
— Director of Public Participation