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Our Mission

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.

Social well-being and Gender Equity

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

Good Governance & Human Rights

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.

Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods

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

#Youth Participate  2021

#Youth Participate 2021

Introduction Youth participate is a partnership project implemented by Youth alive Kenya, YETT(Youth empowerment and transformation trust)-Zimbabwe and CYECE(Center…

Youth Alive! Kenya November 24, 2021
W.E.E - (WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT)  IN KIBERA, KOROGOCHO, AND KAWANGWARE.

W.E.E - (WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT) IN KIBERA, KOROGOCHO, AND KAWANGWARE.

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
WE CARE(Sote Tujihusishe na Kazi za Jamii)

WE CARE(Sote Tujihusishe na Kazi za Jamii)

Sote tujihushe na kazi za nyumbani’ is a 3 year project in partnership with Oxfam Kenya that seeks to promote...

Youth Alive! Kenya March 23, 2021
Youth and Beyond Youth

Youth and Beyond Youth

Youth and Beyond Youth is a project designed to empower youth organizations and the Kenyan citizenry to have a voice and constructively engage in civic development…

Youth Alive! Kenya November 4, 2020
Kushiriki Ni Jukumu Letu-Phase II

Kushiriki Ni Jukumu Letu-Phase II

This project empowers community service organizations and youths to build strong participation in good governance, democratic transformation and political leade…

Youth Alive! Kenya August 4, 2020
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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

Latest Articles

My PARTICIPATE! Story: Shalin Obinda

My PARTICIPATE! Story: Shalin Obinda

We are using the skills acquired from the conference to grow our resilience and utilize every opportunity that we have as a youth-serving organization.

Youth Alive! Kenya November 21, 2022
Global Goals Week: We all have a role in enabling women empowerment

Global Goals Week: We all have a role in enabling women empowerment

Sensitizing the community on cultural progressive practices will enable women to be in advantaged positions, participate in political spaces and actualize their…

Youth Alive! Kenya September 26, 2022
Let Peace Reign: International Day of Peace

Let Peace Reign: International Day of Peace

As we mark the International day of peace which is celebrated on the 21st of September, observed globally and devoted to  strengthening the ideals of peace, through…

Youth Alive! Kenya September 21, 2022
International Solidarity: International Youth Day 2022

International Solidarity: International Youth Day 2022

The purpose of celebrating this day is to raise awareness about certain challenges that affect the youth over generations and formulate ways on how to tackle th…

Youth Alive! Kenya August 11, 2022
My PARTICIPATE! Story: David Mungai

My PARTICIPATE! Story: David Mungai

We are using the skills acquired from the conference to grow our resilience and utilize every opportunity that we have as a youth-serving organization.

Youth Alive! Kenya July 15, 2022
My PARTICIPATE! Story: Winnie Mueni

My PARTICIPATE! Story: Winnie Mueni

On the first day, Mr Levi took us through sessions which helped us analyse and assess our own organizations. We learnt the importance of having a well-outlined constitution,…

Youth Alive! Kenya June 29, 2022

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