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Engaging youth in bioaware through KYBNET

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Engaging youth in bioaware through KYBNET

  1. 1. PRESENTATION BY: ASHA BAKARI & KENNEDY IKONYA
  2. 2. HISTORY BIOAWARE KENYA (BIOTECHNOLOGY STAKEHOLDERS) YOUTH BIOTECHNOLOGY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY KYBNET
  3. 3. IDENTITY –WHAT IS KYBNET? K-Kenya Y -Youth B-Biotechnology Net- Network. KYBNet is a youth network under the BIOAWARE program that aims to engage youth in biotechnology awareness, facilitate mentorship and stimulate biotech entrepreneurial ventures among the youth in Kenya.
  4. 4. VISION  An empowered youth in communicating modern biotechnology, its products and issues of concern. MISSION  To empower the youth with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes to participate and engage in biotechnology awareness governance, influence policy making, programming, framework development, advocacy and monitoring and evaluation.
  5. 5. CORE VALUES  Integrity  Professionalism  Teamwork  Equity  Accountability  Excellence
  6. 6. OBJECTIVES  To engage the youth in Biotechnology Public awareness by generating and sharing factual information about modern biotechnology, products and issues of concern that will make Kenya a more informed Citizenry.  To offer a platform for youth in and out of high school and alumni students mentorship  To initiate Biotechnology Youth Alumni Club  To establish regional and global biotech collaborations and Partnerships thru’ YABNet
  7. 7. 1. Engaging youth in biotechnology awareness  Media engagement
  8. 8.  Annual biosciences seminar
  9. 9. Annual biotech fashion show
  10. 10.  Organize public Debates G M Technology  Study visits to laboratories and confined field trials  Special sessions with farmers  Annual inter-university biotechnology competitions
  11. 11. 2 Mentorship programs A) Coordinate High school reach outs
  12. 12. B)Facilitate leadership training for club leaders associated with KYBNet
  13. 13. C)Biotech mentorship programs for continuing and fresh graduates.  Explore career opportunities and experience through formal 6- month paid internships/attachments at public and private institutions (among others) .
  14. 14. 3. BIOTECHNOLOGY YOUTH ALUMI CLUB. A) BEST Program aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of all graduates in technical, communication, and entrepreneurship areas BEST stands for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Special Training . Areas of training are;  Requirements of a business plan  Intellectual property and patenting strategy  Raising and managing finance  Commercialization and marketing strategies  Case history
  15. 15. 4.) TO ESTABLISH REGIONAL AND GLOBAL YOUTH BIOTECH COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS THROUGH YABNET -Links with Africa youth biotech organizations throughout the country, region and globally
  16. 16. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT  BIOAWARE KENYA  YOUTH BIOAWARE SECRETARIAT MEMBERS
  17. 17. CONCLUSION/ ANNOUNCEMENT  Youth Bioscience Congress 7th -9th Oct 2014  Check out the:- Website: www.kebic.or.ke Facebook: African Youth Biotechnology Network Twitter handle: @African_YBN

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