Y-ACT, Youth in Action, was formed at Amref Health Africa by a group of young innovators in 2017 to address challenges prioritized by the youth. We have become one of the region’s most influential youth-led movements. Y-ACT provides tailored training, mentorship, coaching and coalition-building support to African youth advocates and youth organizations. We believe that Africa’s youth have a tremendous opportunity to shift in-country and regional policy landscapes, address challenges that the youth face, and achieve their full potential.
We use planned mapping of emerging youth priorities, especially to build back better from the pandemic, focusing on empowerment and gender. We gather evidence to inform youth-led policy advocacy strategies.
Y-ACT uses a participatory approach with its advocacy partners to identify their assets and gaps in advocacy, organizational development, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. The data is then used to develop a capacity-strengthening plan with partners that is assessed regularly to monitor progress and revised accordingly. We work with advocates and partners to establish MEL plans to evaluate their progress in achieving their advocacy goals and better their approaches to maximize impact.
Y-ACT is committed to amplifying youth voices by unleashing a new generation of youth advocates empowered with the necessary skill sets and toolkits to become transformational leaders in their communities of impact. Y-ACT also thrives on amplifying Social accountability efforts for advocacy policies on gender and SRH in Kenya and regionally.
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