Real Youth Agent
The Youth Congress is a youth serving Non-Governmental Organization founded in 2007 to provide young people in Kenya with a platform to articulate their issues, explore opportunities for youth participation and leadership to effectively address their interest and concerns and engage young people in social, economic and political processes.
It was founded in the run up to 2007 general elections in Kenya as part of efforts by youth to seek development and emancipation through political accountability. Just before the election the youth of Kasarani Constituency in Nairobi led by Miss Koch Initiative steered the constituents in developing the Kasarani Peoples Manifesto which parliamentary and civic candidates had to sign as a show of their commitment to work with the constituents in realizing real development through accountability. Subsequent event led to the formation and consolidation of the Kasarani Youth Congress that expanded to The Youth Congress, which has evolved and currently works in a number of counties across the country.
An inclusive society in which the youth enjoy all rights and apply their agency.
To provide a platform for the youth to improve their status and realise their full potential.
Direction based on internal principals and organs and not external manipulative or self-seeking forces.
Honesty in all undertaking.
Reliance on the intrinsic motivation of members rather than the promise of pecuniary and material benefits.
Accountability, Transparency and Professionalism
Responsibility for action taken, openness and proper management of resources and processes.
Reliability and Responsibility
Responsiveness, effectiveness, efficiency and quality in delivery of promises and undertaking.
Commonality in purpose and maximisation of collective strength by the youth regardless of individual differences.
Determination and passion in all pursuits.
Respect for all regardless of gender natural ,political, social, cultural, economic or other distinction.
Innovation, pro-activity, adaptation and flexibility context of work.
1. Policy and Research
Problem Statement: In Kenya youth remain absent in policy and decision making process, and many are not aware of the existing policies that concerns and affect them. Majority of youth are not able to access information that will ensure meaningful participation in policy and decision making. This means that youth issues are not adequately addressed. Additionally, absence of comprehensive data on the condition of youth in the country makes it hard for youth organisations and other key actors, including the government, to effectively address challenges affecting the youth. As a result, youth groups and organisations are not able to effectively advocate for young people’s interest.
Strategic Objective: Meaningful participation of youth in policy making and implementation.
2. Youth and Leadership
Exclusion from leadership and governance in Kenya has over the years, subjected youth to manipulations and socio-economic and political hardship leading to desperation and vulnerability. Absence of better and safe environment for youth leadership development makes it hard to grow visionary youth leaders. Youth are not trained in critical thinking and ethical leadership, civic engagement and are not prepared with the skills needed to become better leaders. Young people need mentorship and guidance to improve their leadership capability.
Strategic Objective: Meaningful youth participation in leadership and governance process.
3. Youth Entrepreneurship, Talent and Innovation
Youth unemployment is a major challenge in Kenya. This has been contributed by many factors major among them the mismatch between the education system and the labour market. Many youths are thus to be found eking out a living in the informal sector or continue to depend on their parents for upkeep. The frustration and the inability to engage in productive work result on some of them in destructive activities and substance abuse. This calls for agent action to tap into the energy, skills and talents for their economic development.
Strategic Objective: An empowered youth population benefiting from available opportunities and utilising skills and talent for economic development.
4. Institutional Development
The Youth Congress celebrates its 10 years of existence with this Strategic Plan. That it has survived the years attest to it resilience and relevance. However, it still has a long way to go in terms of institutional maturity. In the next period, it will consolidate gains on governance, management, programme coordination, human resource, communication and networking as it continues to position itself as the premier youth organisation in the country.
Strategic Objective: An effectively governed and managed organisation with adequate resources to deliver its programme.