Youth are back bone to the nation.
They can change the future of the society with their well being. Young people are a crucial segment of society. They are the basis for future development. Young people are social actors of change and can serve as a pressure group to lobby governments in defining their priorities.
Gross socio-economic disparities have impacted highly on the youths in Kenya. Majorities have trashed dreams of building impressive futures.Due to these depressing conditions, there has been a tangent increase in social ills, crime and drugs among the youth. There is a general lack of opportunities for the youth in Kenya, which leads to a loss in potential talent.
Empowering Kenyan youth requires simultaneous efforts on multiple fronts:
Youth should be encouraged to work together across ethnic, social, and political lines to advance their common interests to participate in the political and economic life of the country.
Empowerment of youth means giving them a full education in academics but also life skills, civic participation, appreciation of diversity, and preparation for livelihoods.
Empowering youth means creating opportunity. This includes expanded apprenticeships and attachments, mentoring programs, financial, legal, marketing and other advice, and establishing a level playing field in terms of access to jobs, markets and to capital.
We should foster, develop and support youth initiative as well as a strong representational youth voice in the service and decision-making life of our community. We should also engage youth as resources on a grass root, national and International basis