Nairobi youth advocates identified inadequate service providers trained on responsive Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) service delivery in Nairobi County as a key gap in enabling young people to access SRHR services. Thus, the Y-ACT Nairobi Chapter settled on Inclusion of youth Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in Youth Friendly Trainings for service providers as their policy priority issue.
The Nairobi chapter settled on this issue following the launch of the Youth Friendly Services Training Curriculum by the Ministry of Health in 2018 to facilitate the training of YFS service providers in accordance to The National Guidelines on Provision of Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services in Kenya 2016. This was to increase the capacity of YFS service providers to meet adolescents and youth sexual reproductive health needs. The Nairobi chapter is looking into customizing a Nairobi Metropolitan Services Peer to Peer YFS support training manual to advance capacity strengthening among youth Community Health Volunteers in partnership with the county department of health, NGO partners and its youth networks. The goal is to contribute to improved access to youth-friendly services for adolescents and youth in Nairobi County.
Nairobi county’s highlight activity in September 2020 was the baseline Meaningful Youth Engagement Scoring. The process which made use of the MYE Scorecard, was unique in its own right, with both the policymakers and youth advocates scoring each other, based on policy processes. The scoring forum provided an avenue for the youth and policymakers to engage each other on the customization of a Youth Friendly Services peer-to-peer support training manual for Nairobi county, which will greatly contribute towards improved access to sexual and reproductive health services among youth. In this manner, representatives across both aisles were held accountable for their roles in the county policy processes ensuring transparency, and meaningful youth participation. To top it off, the policymakers present urged young people to expand the youth space for new blood and commended Y-ACT's role in advancing youth organizational leadership within the county.
Nairobits is a registered trust in Nairobi, Kenya and has been in existence since 1999. The name of the Trust is derived from ‘’byte’’, a unit of digital information that consists of ‘bits’. It signifies the bits used to encode a single character of text in a computer. The name is relevant based on the trust’s focus on ICT and the context of NairoBits’ work. NairoBits was created to empower youth from under-served backgrounds, using Information Communication Technology (ICT). The primary target group is disadvantaged youth from the informal urban settlements of Nairobi aged between 17 and 24 years of age. Youth aged between 15-24 make up 20% of Kenya’s population but are largely disadvantaged in terms of basic human needs, including access to education and skills development in various areas. We exist to promote creative and innovative use of ICT that positively transforms and empowers the youth for an enhanced quality of life, envisioning a workforce with adequate access to equal opportunities and a positive impact in the society.
Founded in 1987, the Mathare Youth Sports Association’s (MYSA) key asset is that it is owned and managed by young people themselves. Its vision is for every child to reach their full potential. To do so, it uses sport, in particular football, in combination with community outreach and development activities, to give young people the skills and confidence they need to aim higher, achieve more and improve their lives.