Young People under the age of 35 make up 70% of the Kenyan population. However, too often their priorities are not reflected in government priorities, policies, and budgeting processes and outcomes. At a time when the importance of their role and potential for improving policies to meet their need is at its greatest, Kenyan youth have a huge opportunity to shift the country`s policy landscape. Kenya`s County Governments Act in section 106 (4) obligates counties to provide for citizen participation that shall be done in a process that involves “ meaningful engagement of citizens ” (105(1-d). Thus, formulation, implementation and monitoring of youth policies should be consultative, participatory and transparent. However, youth are often not represented on decision-making or priority-setting bodies and, when they are , their engagement may not actively represent the full set of youth perspective desired.
MYE HALL OF FAME
The MYE Hall of Fame is a celebration of policymakers both at the national county level who have made tremendous strides in advancing meaning youth engagement. These are our Champions!
Do you know any policymaker championing MYE in your community? Nominate them below to be featured on our MYE Hall of Fame.
The National MYE Coalition Section
The Youth Serving Organizations Consortium came into being in July 2019, when youth entities identified a need to come together to harmonize their voice on the National Youth Council Amendment Bill 2019. The YSO Consortium is a network of youth-led, youth-focused and youth-serving organizations working both nationally and at community level. The consortium seeks to unify the diverse youth voices through strategic collaboration and partnerships with different stakeholders to ensure meaningful and inclusive youth participation in development processes. Our slogan, “Youth Together Under One Voice” is the consortium’s vision.