Economic empowerment and livelihoods

We enhance 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.

We 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.

We align our  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.

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we  strengthen existing program areas and venture into new program areas namely: productive employment and decent work; skills development (ICT and vocational); youth enterprise development, incubation and agriculture; climate change and environment among others.

Recent projects

Kisumu ICON - Youth Work Readiness

Kisumu ICON - Youth Work Readiness

After several months of hard work conducting research about how to enhance youth work readiness in Kisumu, Kenya; Youth Excel's Issue-Based Collaborative Network…

Youth Alive! Kenya February 22, 2023


Covid-19 has disrupted our socio-economic way of life. It has led to increased Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases as a result...

Youth Alive! Kenya April 9, 2021
Decent Work and Labor Rights East Africa

Decent Work and Labor Rights East Africa

Introduction The Decent Work and Labor Rights Program in East Africa-Phase II, also known as the Jipe Job Poa, is a...

Youth Alive! Kenya May 4, 2020
Kenya National Youth Policy

Kenya National Youth Policy

In conjunction with the Youth Division under the Department of Social Services (currently the Ministry of Youth Affairs) and GTZ,...

Youth Alive! Kenya October 5, 2019

Global Kids – Community Connectors Project

This project’s goal was to expose high-performing, disadvantaged American students aged 15-17 to the global world with their Kenyan counterparts...

Youth Alive! Kenya September 5, 2019

Tackling Poverty Together

This project’s objective was to inculcate a youth perspective in poverty reduction. It aimed to build the capacity, skills and...

Youth Alive! Kenya June 5, 2019

Kenya Youth Network for Rio +20 and Beyond

Youth Alive! Kenya is part of the Kenya Youth Network for Rio +20 and Beyond. The Kenya Youth Network for...

Youth Alive! Kenya December 5, 2012

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