YIDP aims to collaborate with individuals, schools and parents to focus on mental health of each child in multi-ethnic football training that promote healthy behavior among the young people in the rural community (both in schools and at home). This project will treat each day as the most critical time of a youth's growth. The program will be offered free to participants, with an aim to establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through trained coach-mentors and family engagement
With a view of Western Kenya, poverty in the rural communities and lack of engaging projects or activities to carryout mental health practices has made thousands of young people depressed, forced to commit suicide or into early marriages, high rate of in discipline and early pregnancies. Consequently, this demographic has no access quality education or basic healthcare, no infrastructure or formal social structures and for the many who have lost family members and no mentors.
YIDP aim to collaborate with schools, leaders and parents to focus on mental health of each child in multi-ethnic football training that promote healthy behavior among the young people in the rural community (both in schools and at home). With appropriate treatment, care and support, people with mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and stress can lead normal and productive lives. Trained informal care providers such as teachers, community and church leaders, parents, coaches, youth leader
Enhanced retention of vulnerable youth in school. Improved academic performance of children in school. Increased opportunity for participation in sports and talent development and nurturing.Strengthened support system for depression or stress management. Enhanced positive practices among children and youth to improve skills for coping with stressful or depressive situation. Improved academic performance of children in school and reduction of school dropout.