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CHILD SAFETY FAIR TO BE HELD IN NAIROBI COUNTY

Simba-Safe Kenya runs a Personal Safety Education Programme (PSE) for children and the founder is Maryana Munyendo.The Simba-Safe Program seeks to empower kids with information regarding how to tackle real life situations that may face them such as what to do when they get lost, safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse and how to tell a trusted adult about any problems they may have.

Approach:
The Simba-Safe Program approaches the subject of prevention in a very gentle and non-frightening way using hands-on discovery learning that is FUN, EDUCATIONAL & ENTERTAINING for children through free spontaneous play. Through various ways they stimulate children so that they can transition from being taught or entertained (passive) to learning through play (active).
Simba-Safe’s training programs are also tailored to the age appropriate cognitive and learning abilities of children. It is important that children enjoy and look forward to the lessons. If children know that there is something they can do to keep safe, they will feel safer and more confident.

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Event: Simba-Safe Child Safety Fair

Target: Ages 4 -10

Time: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Date: Saturday 28 November 2015

Entrance: KES 500 per child (Adults Free)

Venue: Nairobi Children’s Traffic Safety Park, Nyerere Road Next to Luther Plaza

Activities:
• Personal safety lessons
• Online safety lessons
• Traffic safety lessons
• Fun and educative games
• Free safety information for parents
• Interaction with product and service providers of child safety products and services
Note:
*Children can bring their own bikes for fun in the park as they learn traffic safety lessons.
*Vendors of children’s safety products and services can contact organizers for exhibition.

Contact Details:
Telephone: +254-715856885
E-Mail: info@simbasafekenya.co.ke
Website: http://www.simbasafekenya.co.ke
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INVITATION TO ATTEND A FORUM IN NAIROBI COUNTY ON PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WHERE YOU WILL BE EMPOWERED ON HOW TO ENGAGE ACTIVELY WITH YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Stephanie Muya is the Founder of Fortitude Kenya a youth led organization operating in Kenya and East Africa to uphold equality and advocate for the rights of the youth. Their mission is to empower and inspire the youth to be agents of change in the economic, political and social aspects of their lives and to champion for their rights.

Fortitude Kenya Pillars:
• Democratic Rights and Good Governance
• Realization of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights
• Socio-Economic empowerment

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Aim of the Forum
-The forum seeks to evaluate the level of youth involvement in public participation forums at the county level and encourage them to participate fully in the governance process. As a result the youth will be able to present their agenda and exercise their duly accorded right and to ultimately advocate for a leadership that is fully aware of civil liberties, political processes, good governance and best practices for generation of favorable political patronage after 2017 general elections.
-The forum will focus on individual patriotism, personal integrity, community building, understanding the budget cycle and strategic planning to enhance their realization of Article 1(2) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010

Participants Expected:
Youth from different counties and representatives of different youth led organizations.

Venue of the Forum: Technical University of Kenya Theatre

Date: November 19th 2015

Topics to be discussed:
• Personal Integrity/Patriotism
What does it mean to be a patriot? How can we best represent ourselves in a democratic manner? What does it mean to be a Kenyan, a patriot as per the Constitution? Are we part of an active citizenry or could we be less bothered?
• Public Finance Management
Do we understand the county budget cycles? Where and what are our opportunities as youth in this process? Why should we participate? How can we keep the county government in check, monitor expenditure and ensure equity in resource division?
• Strategic Planning
How can we as young people organize ourselves to effectively advocate for the adoption of a plan by the county government?
• Accessing Government Opportunities
What opportunities are there for advancement by the youth? Can public participation be used as a tool to encourage access to the development funds and tendering processes set aside for the youth?

Panelists:
George Githinji- Ugatuzi Kenya
Kevin Osido- County Governance Watch
Mentor Ida Ng’anga- African Union Youth Working Group
Lilian Muchoki- Sauti Ya Jamii Programme

Moderators:
Stephanie Muya – Fortitude Kenya
Samuel Mbiu- Sauti ya Jamii Programme

Programme:
1.30pm to 1.50pm        Arrival and Registration Fortitude Kenya
1.50pm to 2.10 pm       Opening Remarks Stephanie Muya
2.10 pm to 4.10 pm      Panel Presentations Moderated by Sam Mbiu
4.10 pm to 4.40 pm      Plenaries Moderated by Sam Mbiu
4.50 pm to 5.20 pm      Moving forwards: Resolutions and Best Practices to apply Lilian Muchoki
5.20 pm to 5.30 pm      Closing Remarks; Vote of Thanks Network of Young Women Leaders

Fortitude Kenya has been actively involved in the following:
• Formation of Alliance For Transformational Leadership (A4TL Kenya) which is a coalition of youth led organizations working in Kenya that have come together to enhance the participation of the youth in democratic processes by advocating for an active citizenry and transformational leadership.
• Campaigns that advocate for human rights and their observation, they were part of the organizing committee of My Dress My Choice peaceful demonstration to create awareness on the rights of women in public spaces.
• Facilitation of Civic Education Projects in Kiambu County on the theme Informed Citizenry: Realization of Democracy
• A discourse on the participation of youth in politics themed Transformational Leadership: Youth in Politics. They organized this meeting to bring together youth led organizations working to incubate leaders in the communities to create areas of synergy and discuss key challenges that need to be addressed with regards to having a generation of well-rounded youth leaders come 2017 elections
• Ficha Uchi Campaign, Kiambu County Edition

Website: http://www.fortitudekenya.wordpress.com

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Do you know of any youth project being implemented in other counties in Kenya apart from your own? If the answer is No, we at Youth County Projects Kenya are focused on bridging the gap regarding lack of knowledge and awareness of youth projects being implemented in the 47 counties by Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, National Government, County Governments, donors and individuals. This platform also seeks to motivate youth to initiate projects in their respective communities to achieve Vision 2030.

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INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP WHICH WILL BE HELD IN NAIROBI COUNTY

Biz4Afrika and Nairobi Garage take the pleasure to invite you for a one week entrepreneurs workshop which is  part of the Global entrepreneurship week in Nairobi. This will be a great opportunity to learn, network and grow.

Date:16th -20th November 2015

About Biz4Afrika:
Biz4Afrika is a one-stop-shop for African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and places the entrepreneur at the center of all they do.It was developed from the needs of young African entrepreneurs and collected through round table discussions with the young entrepreneurs themselves.

Website:http://www.biz4afrika.com

About Nairobi Garage:
The organization provides fully serviced, co-working office space for startups, techies and entrepreneurs.They  also provide a flexible, all-inclusive office solution in a great part of the city.

Website: http://www.nairobigarage.com

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FREE Live MVA Sessions with a Live Questions&Answers(Q&A): Monday to Friday 16 – 20 November from 10:00 till 11:00 am Local Kenyan time.
Topics for each MVA as follows:
16 November 2015Start Your Own Business
17 November 2015How to Find Customers
18 November 2015Raising Funds
19 November 2015The First 90 Days of Starting Your Business
20 November 2015When to Recruit and Not Take on Too Many Roles

All courses will be online, all you need is internet connection. Kindly register under live events at 

https://mva.microsoft.com/

FREE Start Your Business Online Workshops:

Nairobi Garage: 18 November: 09:00 till 11:00 4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza (Brew Bistro Building), Ngong Road, Nairobi
Nairobi Garage: 19 November: 09:00 till 11:00 4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza (Brew Bistro Building), Ngong Road, Nairobi
Best Western Hotel Nairobi: 20 November:  09 till 12:00 Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi, Kenya

The event is open to all entrepreneurs in ideation & growing stage and in every business category. Feel free to invite any SME friends or family that you feel could benefit from these sessions however seats are limited so please ensure that an RSVP is provided for each person attending.

To reserve your space Email branden@thinkroom.co.za  and angiemecha@gmail.com  by Close of Business on Monday 16 November 2015. Kindly advise which sessions you will be attending in the subject of your email response.

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The World Bank Group will launch a Massive Online Open Course on Financing for Development on 16 November

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What exactly is financing for development? How can the new global development agenda be financed? Learn more by signing up for this free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Financing for Development which launches on November 16. A certificate of accomplishment — issued by the World Bank Group in partnership with Coursera — will be received by those who successfully complete the course requirements.

2015 is a critical year for development. Leaders from around the world adopted a global 2030 development agenda at a UN Summit in September 2015. The new global goals, called the Sustainable Development Goals, are ambitious and demand equal ambition in using the “billions” in Official Development Assistance to channel and crowd-in “trillions” in investments of all kinds: public and private, national and international.

This online course will familiarize participants with public and private solutions — including innovative instruments — to finance the new global development agenda. Participants will hear from prominent government, international organization and private sector leaders. Each has considerable first-hand experience in preparing and implementing development projects and forging public-private collaborations.

The course is launched under the sponsorship of the Open Learning Campus, dedicated to development learning to build the leadership and technical capabilities of partners, practitioners, policy makers, World Bank Group staff and the public.

To sign up for this free online course, visit: https://www.coursera.org/course/fin4devmooc

This information has been made possible courtesy of the Office of the Secretary General’s  Envoy on Youth.

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POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME OFFERED BY FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG: TOWARDS TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN KENYA

The German Government through the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) offers capacity building to young leaders who participate in the Political Leadership and Governance Programme.The Political Leadership and Governance Programme (PLGP) emanates from the FES’ renowned Political Leadership Development Programme (PLDP) which has provided visionary leaders in Kenya’s national and county assemblies and in academia, policy and other organizations.

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The PLDP was designed as a special intervention to create a new political leadership culture in Kenya and this it has done with significant success. Some of the notable persons who have gone through this programme are Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Senator Martha Wangari ,Nairobi Women Representative Rachael Shebesh ,Honorable Pamela Owen Kisumu County Assembly Minority Leader, Bernadette Muyomi Busia County Cabinet Minister in charge of ICT and Public Service, Titus Kaloki who was recently elected by the President as a board Member of the Tana Athi Water Services Board, Teddy Mwambire Deputy Speaker Kilifi County ,Ann Njogu ,Kepta Ombati among others.

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Like its predecessor, the Political Leadership and Governance Programme (PLGP) seeks to nurture and promote value-driven leadership for good governance in a democratic society. The focus is not only on political parties but also civil society organizations and special interest groups. The program aims to assist in the strengthening and professionalization of these organizations through building the capacity of talented young women and men from diverse backgrounds to provide leadership with a difference.

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The training also offers participants the chance to create and strengthen youth leadership and mentorship network through linkages at both national and county levels. This goes a long way to facilitate a paradigm shift in Kenyan leadership culture to one that is issues and development based and driven by values.This programme endeavors to build the capacity of young people to take up leadership opportunities for representation within elective, appointive and decision making structures.

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The Participants of the Political Leadership and Governance Programme (PLGP 2015) graduated on the 7th of November 2015 after undergoing a six month rigorous training. The programme ended with the participants walking on fire which literally means that if you focus on your goal you can achieve despite the challenges you will go through.
To participate in the programme it is essential for you to initiate projects in your respective counties and have the desire to engage in the political arena. More than 700 applicants applied but only 19 were selected. The founder of this blog “Youth County Projects Kenya” was also a beneficiary of this year’s Political Leadership and Governance Programme.

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Last but not least, Special thanks goes to Dr Heinz Bongartz FES-Kenya Resident Representative, Maria Okong’o PLGP Coordinator, Caleb Khisa Program Manager facilitated the success of this year’s Programme and Honourable Isaac Mwaura,Member of the National Assembly who graced the graduation ceremony.

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DEAL Foundation that support orphans and widows in Homabay County,Nairobi County and Kisumu County.

Dan Ephent and his wife Lavent are the founders of DEAL Foundation which is a non profit making, non political organization that focuses on serving widows, orphaned and vulnerable children living in the slums and rural areas .The foundation was established in the year 2014 and currently serves 638 widows and 70 orphans.DEAL Foundation works hand in hand with like minded organizations locally and internationally to provide micro finance and scholarship.

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Areas of Operation: Kisumu County,Nairobi County and Homabay County.

Foundation’s Mandate: To provide widows with some capital to enable them start small scale businesses for self sustainability. It also sponsors total orphans but bright to achieve their academic excellence through our scholarship program. The foundation provide its services to widows, orphaned and vulnerable children living in the slums and rural areas.It costs USD 50 to sponsor an orphan into the program.

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The DEAL Foundation was basically established to provide ways of survival to the neglected/abandoned widows and orphans in various communities. The foundation, through sponsors has been able to provide grants to the widows especially to those  living in the slum of mathare to enable them start businesses for self sustainability as they strive to ensure that their children get basic needs.

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Impact of DEAL Foundation Programme:
So far 2 houses have been constructed for two widows.
-13 widows were awarded with blankets.
-Four widows living in the slums have been paid for rent for a period of one year.
-Deal Foundation currently sponsors 15 orphans.Eight orphans have been sponsored to pursue their primary education while seven orphans have been sponsored to pursue secondary education.
-Girls are given sanitary pads.

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If you would like to sponsor an orphan and  support the widows email: dealfoundation@gmail.com

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WORLD PROGRAMME ACTION FOR YOUTH

As youth we do require to satisfy our basic needs namely food, shelter and clothing. But as youth we also need to feed our mind with knowledge on what is happening around us regarding policy issues that affect us.

The United Nations published ‘The World Programme of Action for Youth’ that provides a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people.

The Programme of Action focuses in particular on measures to strengthen national capacities in the field of youth and to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation in society.Click on this link for more information.

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Some of the priority areas covered include:

• Education
• Employment
• Hunger and poverty
• Health
• Environment
• Drug abuse
• Juvenile delinquency
• Leisure-time activities
• Girls and young women
• Full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making
• Globalization
• Information and communications technology
• HIV/AIDS
• Armed conflict
• Intergenerational issues

For more information read the document and see whether some of the actions highlighted are being implemented by the national government, county government, NGOs and Community based organization’s in your respective counties.

https://youthcountyprojectskenya.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/world-programme-action-for-youth.pdf

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HABA NA HABA CHARITY TOUR GOES DOWN TO SAMBURU COUNTY

Andrew Musyoka Mule is the Founder of Haba na Haba initiative which supports the needy in the society. It is a Non-Governmental Organization that started its initiatives in the year 2008 in Nairobi County and has now spread its charitable wings to other counties namely Machakos,Kajiado, Uasin Gishu and Muranga.It is now planning a charity tour which will be held in Samburu County.
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About Haba na Haba:It comprises of a group of young people who have come together to
give out their energies, hearts and souls for the betterment of the less fortunate in society.
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What drives Haba na Haba initiative: The desire to make a difference in the society knowing all too well that we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper. No one should suffer if we have the ability to help.They do this through charity events, tours and online enhancement which bring people together.
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Here is a preview of Haba na Haba past charitable events:

2008 – Imani Children’s Home Kayole.
2009 – Horec Children’s Home Ruai
2009 -C.C.R.C Children’s Home Kamulu
2010 -Taraja Children’s Home Athi-River
2010- Horec Children’s Home
2011- Fuata Nyayo Children’s Home Kamulu,
2011- Liberty Children’s Home Mlolongo
2012-Light Children’s Home, Rongai
2012-Lunch With The Street Kids in City Park,Nairobi
2013-Baraka za Abraham Children’s Home, Kibera
2013-Kariobangi North Elderly Women’s visit and a tour of The Korogocho Slums
2014-Kajiado Girls’ Rescue Center,Olosho-Oibor.
2014-Burnt Forest IDP Camp
2014-Lunch retreat with street kids in Nairobi.

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Success of the 2014 lunch retreat with street kids:one of the street kids decided to go back home and enroll in school.Haba na Haba pays his school fees.
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Samburu Charity Tour Date: 14th and 15th of November 2015

Aim of Samburu Charity Tour: They will be visiting Manyattas / villages as they share and distribute Sanitary Towels, Solid food and Bibles. Through the visit, participants will be enlightened on the extent of Female Genital Mutilation in the area as well as early marriage. By engaging the community, they will come up with solutions for ending it. The participants will also share the word of God with them.

Donate: Sanitary Towels, Solid Food, Shoes, Clothes and Bibles
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To drop off your donation contact: +254-0720 069 494

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Emerging Leaders Conference 2015 to be held in Nairobi County

The World Youth Alliance- (WYA) Africa regional office will host the 6th Annual Africa Emerging leaders Conference – AELC in Partnership with the Strathmore Law School in Nairobi Kenya. The Emerging Leaders Conference – ELC is an annual event of World Youth Alliance that brings together young people, members and youth leaders to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. 200 youth from different African countries will be in attendance

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Brief on World Youth Alliance: The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. WYA trains young people to work at the regional and international level to influence policy and culture.

Objective of the Conference:

-to educate and empower the participants on their role in shaping the continent. The conference will engage the youth and delegates in attendance to learn and gain skills and knowledge necessary to shape our continent’s future.
-The conference will also ensure that participants are assigned to mentors who they will interact with on scheduled dates and times per month over Skype or email in order to gain guidance, support and encouragement in their particular fields of expertise.

Venue: Strathmore University Auditorium

Date: 11th-13th November 2015

Entrance: Ksh 3,000

Website: http://www.wya.net/aelc

Theme: Empowering Youth to Shape Africa’s Future

Topics

The topics will be based on the themes

 Health and Education: Keys to Development
 Youth participation in Entrepreneurship and the Africa Rising Narrative
 Youth Unemployment in Africa
 Mentorship and voluntarism
 Peace and equality, Corruption and its effects, constitutional rights and The Africa Youth Charter
 Government representative: Youth Opportunities/ Youth Funds
 A motivational talk: “African Youth: Harness Your Full Potential”

Expected Outcomes:

• All participants present will learn and build their skills in the different topic areas that will be covered.
• Participants will learn from and interact with the delegates present and share ideas on ways to shape Africa’s Development Agenda.
• All the participants will be connected to mentors with whom they will interact with to ensure continued support and encouragement that will enable them reach their full potential.

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2015 ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE ON VALUE BASED ENTERPRISES TO BE HELD IN EASTLANDS NAIROBI COUNTY

Obat John Paul is the Founder of Chanuka Association which is affiliated to Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) Church Buruburu. The association aims at empowering its members through simple and practical programs, projects and initiatives. Through the Chanuka Youth Club which targets youths aged 18-35,youths are empowered with entrepreneurship skills and linked with partner financial institutions where they can access funds to develop their businesses.

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The Chanuka Youth Empowerment program targets young people who have recently completed their secondary school education and are waiting to join Universities, colleges or pursue their set careers.
The program seeks to provide:
• Career Counseling.
• Training on Communication Skills.
• Training on Leadership and Management.
• Training on Economic empowerment to sharpen the skill of this young people even as they transition to centers of higher learning.

Focus Areas: The association programs reach out to youths from Buruburu, Umoja,Jericho,Kariobangi South,Uhuru,Jerusalem,Bahati and Kiambio.

2015 Conference: This year’s conference is a follow up of last year’s event which encouraged youth to set up enterprises.For more information visit this link: https://youthcountyprojectskenya.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/2014-conference-on-entrepreneurship-held-in-in-eastlands-nairobi-county/

On 7th November 2015, Chanuka Association will host a conference whose theme is “Towards Value based enterprise” which will encourage the youth to incorporate values as they run their day to day businesses.

Objective of the 2015 Conference: To enroll young people to utilize the Personal Advancement Curriculum for Entrepreneurs (PACE).

Entrance:Free

Need: Chanuka Association carried out a study as to why small enterprises collapse. It was done in conjunction with Uwezo Fund and Youth Enterprise Development Fund. Results reveal that youths do not have entrepreneurship skills and they do not have values to start and sustain their enterprises.

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Product: Launch of the Personal Advancement Curriculum for Entrepreneurs (PACE).

No of Participants expected: 2,000

Topics to be discussed: Values that have sustained multinational enterprises

In attendance: Senior Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education,County Commissioner Nairobi, Embakasi West Member of Parliament

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THE WORLD YOUTH ALLIANCE (WYA) 2015 AFRICA ARTS FORUM TO BE HELD IN NAIROBI COUNTY

The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is a global coalition of young people working to promote the dignity of the person at the international and regional/ grassroots level through Education, Culture and Advocacy.

World Youth Alliance works in six regions; Africa, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. The Africa Regional office is located in Karen, Nairobi.

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The Africa Arts Forum: The 2015 Africa Arts Forum will bring together African youth aged between 14 – 30, working in the field of art and youth interested in art to learn, share ideas and work together with WYA in the promotion of human dignity through art. This forum will showcase different types of art including fashion, music, spoken word, poetry, drawing arts, paintings and sculptures.

Venue: Safaricom Michael Joseph Centre, Nairobi

Date: 7th November 2015

Entrance: Free

Website: http://www.wya.net

Purpose:
World Youth Alliance believes art provides a window into the complexity, integrity, and beauty of human nature and the natural world. We believe that art is an act of love that provides a voice for what would otherwise remain hidden.

Participants: This forum will include artists, spoken word, expert speakers, art exhibitions, musical performances and presentations by the participating artists and students.

Objective: This forum will influence the youth that are talented in arts and art professionals to promote dignity in our society through art.

Theme: ‘Art and Dignity’.

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Activities:
Besides the performances and exhibitions, we will discuss about Art, Dignity and the understanding of the human life in the modern Africa which will help us to achieve the objectives of the forum. We will discuss the following;
• What is art in modern Africa?
• The understanding of human life in modern Africa
• Am I an Artist or an Art? Am I the agent of art?
• What is the relationship between art and the human person?
• What is the relationship between Art and Dignity?
• How can art be a gift of self and how is art transcendent and free?
• What vital aspect of being human does art communicate to us?

Expected Outcomes:

• We expect all participants to learn and take the role in promoting dignity of a human person through art.
• We expect our participants will have the understanding of human life and be able to use the powerful voiceless tool of expression.
• We expect our participants/artists will create the awareness for what really matters to the dignity of a human person through art.

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2014 CONFERENCE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP HELD IN IN EASTLANDS NAIROBI COUNTY

Obat John Paul is the Founder of Chanuka Association which is affiliated to Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) Church Buruburu. The association aims at empowering its members through simple and practical programs,projects and initiatives.Through the Chanuka Youth Club which targets youths aged 18-35,youths are empowered with entrepreneurship skills and linked with partner financial institutions where they can access funds to develop their businesses.

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The Chanuka Youth Empowerment program targets young people who have recently completed their secondary school education and are waiting to join Universities, colleges or pursue their set careers.
The program seeks to provide:
• Career Counseling.
• Training on Communication Skills.
• Training on Leadership and Management.
• Training on Economic empowerment to sharpen the skill of this young people even as they transition to centers of higher learning.
Focus Areas: The association programs reach out to youths from Buruburu, Umoja,Jericho,Kariobangi South,Uhuru,Jerusalem,Bahati and Kiambio.

2014 Conference: Eastlands Youth Conference is one platform that youth from the area and beyond can effectively utilize to transform their ideas to achievable goals. This is done through interactive sessions with industry leaders who share their wealth of expertise and experience in various fields.In the year 2014,Chanuka Association hosted a conference whose theme was “Innovation youth na miradi”.
Objective of the 2014 Conference: To empower young people to venture into entrepreneurship and access business opportunities
No of Participants: 300
Topics Discussed: How to start an enterprise
Speakers:
Mr Buyema, Chief Executive Officer Uwezo Fund,Catherine Namuye,Chief Executive Officer Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Daniel Wambua,Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) officer,Kariuki Kamau,Chief Executive Officer Eagles Management Consultants and Masai Africa,Heshan De Silver, Chief Executive Officer De Silva Group of Companies

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CHANUKA ASSOCIATION 2013 CONFERENCE ON EMPOWERING YOUTHS IN EASTLANDS NAIROBI COUNTY

Obat John Paul is the Founder of Chanuka Association which is affiliated to Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) Church Buruburu. The association aims at empowering its members through simple and practical programs,projects and initiatives.Through the Chanuka Youth Club which targets youths aged 18-35,youths are empowered with entrepreneurship skills and linked with partner financial institutions where they can access funds to develop their businesses.

The Chanuka Youth Empowerment program targets young people who have recently completed their secondary school education and are waiting to join Universities, colleges or pursue their set careers.
The program seeks to provide:
• Career Counseling.
• Training on Communication Skills.
• Training on Leadership and Management.
• Training on Economic empowerment to sharpen the skill of this young people even as they transition to centers of higher learning.

Focus Areas: The association programs reach out to youths from Buruburu, Umoja,Jericho,Kariobangi South,Uhuru,Jerusalem,Bahati and Kiambio.

2013 Conference: Eastlands Youth Conference is one platform that youth from the area and beyond can effectively utilize to transform their ideas to achievable goals. This is done through interactive sessions with industry leaders who share their wealth of expertise and experience in various fields.

In the year 2013,Chanuka Association hosted a conference whose theme was “One youth one voice brighter future”.
Objective of the 2013 Conference: Create Awareness of youth workers, youth initiatives and youth products.

No of Participants: 1,000

Topics Discussed: Drug and Alcohol abuse, Insecurity, Access to Finance

Speakers: Deputy County Commissioner Nairobi, Chair of the National Youth Council, Regional Manager of National Authority Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), Chief Executive Officer of Edge Consult

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ZUSHA+ INITIATIVE IS EMPOWERING THE YOUTH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN MURANGA COUNTY

Source: ZUSHA+ INITIATIVE IS EMPOWERING THE YOUTH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN MURANGA COUNTY

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ZUSHA+ INITIATIVE IS EMPOWERING THE YOUTH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN MURANGA COUNTY

Irene Mwangi is a young leader from Murang’a County. She serves as the Junior Senator representing Murang’a County at the Youth Senate of Kenya, actively involved in promoting an informed, involved and empowered youth in Murang’a County. She has academic background in field of Economics and Statistics from the University of Nairobi.
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She started an initiative in Murang’a County called Zusha+ against the back drop of absence of visionary leaders amongst existing elders and disinterest of rural youth in political processes particularly young women and young disabled people. Zusha+ is geared towards encouraging young people especially young women and young disabled people to participate in political process and raise a generation of transformative and value driven leaders in the society. The initiative engages the community in transformative political leadership and democratic governance, gender issues, constitutionalism and human rights. Zusha+ which is a Swahili word means ‘raise your voice’ has brought together more than 10,000 rural youths to understand their rights and roles they can play in governance as well as engage in creating awareness to bring about a new political culture in Murang’a County and the entire country.

In 2013 national election, Zusha+ organized “Vijana na kura” program which empowered young people to vote wisely and raise their voice in civic as well as electoral participation across Murang’a County despite facing unrelenting struggles as well as intimidation by the elders. That year, youth participation in the electoral process across Murang’a County increased significantly hence gaining popularity.

Through Zusha+ local youth led discussions on democratic processes and good leadership have taken root in different villages across Murang’a involving young women and young disabled people, who were often left out of the discussions. More importantly, through social media and sms platforms, Zusha+ is able to build solidarity, mobilize youths, share best practice and encourage youths to take their rightful part in the development and political processes of the county. This has stimulated youth interests in governance and challenged the actions of government leaders over development programs.

In addition, the initiative offers weekly mentorship sessions and training to over 2000 boys and girls from the age of 10 to 18 year-olds in rural schools across Murang’a County. The training aims to inspire the rural boys and girls to build their self confidence as well as prepares them to lead later in life so as to raise a generation of visionary and value driven leaders in the society.
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Zusha+ acts as catalyst of change in the society. It has contributed to the youth experience in Murang’a County by motivating the rural youth to actively engage in leadership with a difference.

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COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM YOUTH BLAST PRE-CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN NAIROBI COUNTY

Michael Opondo is the Founder and President of The International Youth Action Against Terrorism (IYAAT) organization. The organization is holding a pre-conference titled “The Countering Terrorism Extremism (CVE) Youth Blast.The pre-conference is a follow-up to the ‘Regional Conference on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)’ which was held in Nairobi (Kenya) from 25th to 27th June 2015.

Time: 8 am to 1 pm

Date: 24th October 2015

Entrance:Free

Venue: Technical University of Kenya (TUK) formerly Kenya Polytechnic.

Color Code:The Color code for the day’s event is Blue and/or White

Website:http://www.iyaat.org/

Aim of CVE Youth Blast: to build capacity of youths to effectively participate in CVE through:
-engagement in policy making and negotiation
-awareness outreach to reduce extremist appeal.

Extremist Groups: draws its members mainly from disaffected youth, unemployed high school and university graduates, and destitute children.

Need: With extremist groups seemingly gaining in strength, questions arise as to why young men join them in the first place and what the government and other actors can do to prevent it. Surveys, interviews, and focus groups conducted suggest that poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and weak family structures make or contribute to making young men vulnerable to radicalization. Itinerant preachers capitalize on the situation by preaching an extreme version of religious teachings and conveying a narrative of the government as weak and corrupt.

Approach: The thematic buildup of the International Youth Action Against Terrorism CVE Youth Blast aims at furthering the recommendations and conclusions of the Regional CVE conference. IYAAT is working on bringing the issue of youth action in counterterrorism efforts amongst the masses. We work to Support and coordinate efforts of existing CVE related organizations and Institutions to better understand the complexity of violent extremism, including assessing the threat it poses to the globe as a whole and within specific communities. This initiative coincides with the United Nation’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda aimed at Global social development, and launches the youth’s efforts into the focal project of CVE.

Confirmed Speakers:

 Mr. Lanre Dahunsi (Opportunity for Africans – Nigeria)
 Dr. Melissa Finn (Balsillie School of International Affairs – Canada)
 Mr. Lone Felix (ADDO Africa – Kenya)
 Ms. Fatma Ahmed (Albany Associates – United Kingdom);
 Mr. Emmanuel Wakana (YELI – Burundi)
 Dr. Damaris Manyange (National Counter-Terrorism Centre – Kenya).
 Hon. Ronnie Osumba of Onward (Kenya)
 Mr. Brian Mudumi of Zimbabwe Global Youth Forum (Zimbabwe)

Number of participants expected: 300

Product to be launched: The IYAAT Online Radio will be launched during the pre-conference

Support Partners:
• National Counter-Terrorism Centre – Kenya
• Kenyatta University
• Dada Power
• Albany Associates
• Onward
• Action/2015 Kenya
• Youth Edition – Kenya
• Fortitude Kenya
• Siasa Place
• Ministry of interior and Co-ordination of National Government
• 911 Grouphttp://www.iyaat.org/

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ARTICLE:Together we can fight corruption

http://www.monitor.co.ke/2015/09/08/together-we-can-fight-corruption/

By Violet Mbiti

Corruption can be likened to a virus that devours its citizens to the core rendering them helpless with no hope in sight. To combat this virus an antidote is required that will restore human dignity and propel the nation to greater heights. President Obama while making his maiden speech stated that it is rather unfortunate that 250,000 jobs are lost per year due to corruption and this vice has also crept into government operations and consumes 10 per cent of the country’s annual budget.

According to a recent audit report by the Auditor-General office, sh67 billion has been spent on unauthorised commitments by various government ministries in the last financial year. Corruption not only occurs in the national government but also in the devolved government as stated by office of the Auditor-General.

Various initiatives have been rolled out including educating the citizenry about corruption as well as availing data showcasing its growth but this has not stopped this virus from spreading. It is highly unfortunate that Kenyans have adopted corruption as a culture and as a way of life.

The government through President Uhuru Kenyatta has also voiced its concern and shamed publicly government officials mentioned in the graft report by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission. This war cannot be won if we leave President Uhuru Kenyatta, The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the International Community led by President Barrack Obama to fight the vice.

It is commendable that a taskforce has been formed at the Attorney General’s office with support from the United States Government to review the anti-corruption legislations and policies and also to offer ethics training to all public officials both in national and county governments.

It is also commendable that Kenya is planning to join the Egmont Group to track money laundering. Despite the government’s effort to fight this vice, the war cannot be won if it cannot gain support from the grassroots.

To succeed in this fight every Kenyan needs to campaign against corruption. The voice of Wanjiku is powerful and is a tool that can be used to end corruption. Do you know as a citizen that The Constitution of Kenya 2010 gives you the power to fight against this vice?

According to Article One of the Constitution all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya and they may exercise their sovereign power either directly or through their democratically elected representatives. As a citizen, the Constitution also gives you the power to know how public money is accounted for.

Article 35 of the Constitution states that every citizen has the right of access to information held by the state and that the state shall publish and publicise any important information affecting the nation.

This fight can only be won if Kenyans change their mindset about corruption and say NO. The government through the Executive, Parliament and Judiciary can also join in to end this disease.

This is what Singapore as a country did several years ago. The founding Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew fired corrupt officials and ensured there is transparency and accountability in every sphere of government. Singapore now has been transformed from a developing nation to a developed nation and is surpassing other developed nations with regard to providing quality care for its citizens.

The start to ending the culture of corruption in Kenya can only begin when you and I decide to be change makers who are going to voice our concerns about it whenever it occurs and when the arms of government namely executive, judiciary and parliament decide to join us in this fight.

I believe that change only starts with renewal of our attitude and when people join hands together for this noble cause.

The writer is Head of the Program Management Office at World Youth Parliament – violet.mbiti@gmail.com

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ARTICLE:Together we can fight alcohol abuse for a bright future

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/together-we-can-fight-alcohol-abuse-bright-future

BY VIOLET MBITI

Alcohol and drug abuse is the greatest threat facing the youth and the community at large in Kenya today. It has crept into our homes and affected the family unit where men and women can no longer provide for their families. Children bear the brunt of substance abuse and miss out on growing up in a family set up.

Alcohol abuse has led to closure of early childhood centres, divorce, falling enrolment in primary schools and maternity inactivity at health facilities. The situation has been compounded by the high unemployment rate, with the youth falling victim.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics states that the unemployment rate is 40 per cent, or 16 million Kenyans, with 64 per cent of them being youth.

Alcohol and drug abuse continues to cripple young people’s talents and drive and should be designated a national disaster affecting the youth. Thanks to President Uhuru Kenyatta, a crackdown on illicit brew is being carried out countrywide, but more needs to be done.

The National Campaign Against Drug Abuse is losing the fight due to graft and boardroom fights.

Gone are the days when a neighbour could discipline a wayward child because society expected them to be their brother’s and sister’s keeper.

Nacada needs to revise its programmes and target the population if long-lasting solutions are to be realised. It can start the Nyumba Kumi drug and alcohol abuse initiative by channelling more resources into it to make it active and operational.

According to a survey by the Kenya Alcohol Policy and Control Alliance, half of all alcohol and drug abusers in Kenya are aged 10-19, with 31 per cent of them aged 14-17. This calls for a radical change in which the Nyumba Kumi drug and alcohol abuse initiative starts to impact children aged 7 and above.

Nacada can structure the Nyumba Kumi drug and alcohol abuse initiative to be implemented nationwide with the support of representatives of Nyumba Kumi, chiefs, community elders, county and national governments and the private sector.

The national and county governments as well as the private sector can spearhead this fight by providing resources. Incentives and rewards will be awarded by the President annually to the county governments leading in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse.

For the Nyumba Kumi drug and alcohol abuse initiative to be effective, the members can allow officials from Nacada, local chiefs and community elders to visit them to offer prevention and awareness information. Family members in need of counselling can receive the services and addicts receive rehabilitation care offered by the government and private sector.

Not only will this intervention bring sanity to homes affected by drug and alcohol abuse, it will enable everyone to be productive members of society.

For there to be lasting change, stakeholders need to work together in harmony. For example, Nacada should first resolve the differences within its board and ensure there is transparency and efficiency in its operations. Parliament should make laws to strengthen and enforce its oversight over manufacturers of alcohol and spirits.

The judiciary can impose hefty penalties on manufacturers for every life lost through illicit brew. The Kenya Bureau of Standards should carry out frequent monitoring and evaluation of licensed firms to ensure they comply with quality standards.

The provincial administration can deal with enforcement through the county governments and residents to ensure the Nyumba Kumi drug and alcohol abuse initiative is implemented.

It is imperative that Kenya engenders a progressive culture of collectivism and a need for all stakeholders to work together to fight alcohol and drug abuse. As a result, Kenya will turn the situation around and our children will have a future to look forward to. Change starts with you and me.

The writer is head of the Programme Management Office at World Youth Parliament. violet.m.mbiti@gmail.com.