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  • 1. Youth Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Programme: An Intervention by Up to You Too through Youth Initiatives-Kenya (YIKE) By: Pamela Wesonga and NynkeNauta 25th May, 2009, Amsterdam
  • 2. Background of YIKE • How founders met • Founding of Up to You Too Foundation – relation with YIKE • Their inspiration of founding the programme • Nynke’s support of one youth group • Selection and support of the first eight groups, currently 44 are supported • Designing of a three year support programme • Funded by Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs, Art Venture, Cordaid and private sector
  • 3. Youth In Kenya • Population: approximately 34 million with youth as the majority • 60 % aged below 30 years • 75% of youth un employed or under employed • Kenya faces a big unemployment problem due to, slow economic growth Favouritism and corruption among senior officials. Work experience requirements • Nairobi has the highest population among urban centres in Kenya. • Nairobi, has many informal settlements hosting unemployed youth
  • 4. Youth in Slums • They have low levels of education • Form a large part of the slum population • Hard working and eager to lead independent lives • Prone to police harassment • Girls prone to early marriage and commercial sexual work • Boys are vulnerable to manipulation by politicians and leaders of vigilant groups • Many avoid crime and form youth groups as employment avenues • They admire and wish to live large like youth from affluent estates
  • 5. Mathare slum
  • 6. Youth Groups as Survival Ventures • Well organised community based self help groups • Have income generating projects. • Registered by the government • Utilised as employment avenues • Groups are a shield from police harassment • Some of the activities initiated are:  environmental oriented  production of items for sale  provision of social amenities and  music and dance related activities
  • 7. YIKE’s Goal Improve income among youths (15-35) in the Nairobi informal settlements Vision A society where youth are able to facilitate their own development
  • 8. YIKE’s Programmes
  • 9. Capacity Building Trainings Equipment boost
  • 10. Youth Information centre
  • 11. Community Advocacy Events
  • 12. YIKE Programmes Continued… • Linking youth to financiers through its youth desk • Networking and partnering • Recent: peacebuilding YIKE’s grassroots approach: • Community connection • Staff from the community • Consulting youth on most issues • Close monitoring, evaluation, learning and implementation
  • 13. South-South Exchange • YIKE and Up to You Too collaborate in setting up YITA (Youth Initiatives Tanzania) in Dar es salaam • YIKE staff to train groups and trainers in Dar • YIKE involved at a strategic level; sharing of best practices
  • 14. YIKE’sachievements?
  • 15. YIKE’s Achievements • Uniting and facilitating • Growth and uniqueness social traffic due to openness and • Youth with confidence and ability to learn self-esteem • Helping youth increase income • Giving the youth credibility • Volunteering/learning opportunities
  • 16. YIKE’s challenges?
  • 17. Challenges • Our work is slow, meaningful changes within groups take time • Mentality of the youth • Catch 22 • High pressure work environment for staff • Collision with other organisations in working with the groups • Some groups fall apart
  • 18. Thank you, Asanteni, Bedankt! www.yike.org www.uptoyoutoo.org