The population of Kenya is young. The latest census found that 43 per cent of all Kenyans are below the age of 15 years, often referred to as a ‘youth bulge’. The young segment represents the future of the country. Around the world, a raise on the youth without jobs rate is expected to reach 71 million people.
The situation of urban youth and children poses a host of challenges, particularly in terms of providing shelter, education and employment opportunities. At present, the visions and aspirations of young people appear beyond their reach, thus causing frustration and anger.
The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) provides in school and out of school youths the opportunity to learn new skills outside of an academic setting through education, vocational skills, apprenticeship, and interpersonal development.