The Youth Development Program
The youth (18 – 27 years of age) comprise a greater percentage of residents of the informal settlements (about 45%). They are empowered through building their capacity to initiate and engage in constructive and profitable endeavors that will advance them economically, spiritually, socially, and mentally.
Over 100 youth have accessed various levels of education through scholarships in the past year 2020.
More than 3,000 young men and women have been empowered to be self-reliant. 200 adolescent mothers have also been empowered during the last Strategic Plan (2015-2020)
Currently, we have a special program targeting 12,200 adolescent girls and young women to empower them with resilience in HIV prevention because this is the most vulnerable segment of the community.
- Creating Safe spaces for social-asset building
- Gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and care for survivors
- Economic empowerment and strengthening
- Behavioral change interventions
- Talent development and promotion
- Expanding comprehensive youth-friendly health services e.g. HIV Testing
- Provide education opportunities through full sponsorships or educational subsidies.
Youth Empowerment – Achievements in the last strategic period:
- 104 youth that was attached for various vocational skills training (36 in mechanics, 18 in catering, 5 in plumbers, 8 Graffiti artists, 31 in Hairdressing and beauty therapy, and 6 in tailoring) are to meet their basic needs. They also received post-training support.
- 87 youths (53 male and 34female) are in temporary employment and permanent contracts with various reputable agencies that develop talents.
- The youth are able to meaningful solicit for partnership with other stakeholders
- 946 youth reached (583 Male and 363 female) have been empowered with life skills and mentoring that has enhanced their self-esteem.
- The Youth Environmental groups are self-reliant since they are capable of planning and carrying out clean-ups, and seeking tenders for waste management.