Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya

by Good Kenyan Foundation
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Change the Lives of 240 Vulnerable Youth in Kenya
Image 1&2: Cohort 12 trainees looking at products
Image 1&2: Cohort 12 trainees looking at products

COHORT 12 ENROLLMENT 

 

On May 10th, 2022, we onboarded a new cohort - cohort 12. This was after a lengthy recruitment process in the months of February, March, and April. The Good Kenyan Foundation’s team efforts in outreach for deserving youth from underserved communities managed to get 62 applications done both online and offline. The team then conducted interviews and successfully vetted 34 students who joined the program. This cohort has been the largest that the foundation has taken up since its inception in 2017. 

 

OPEN DAY

Trainees from Cohort 12 were officially welcomed to Good Kenyan Foundation on May 10th, 2022. They had an interactive session with members of the Good Kenyan team who took them through an intricate introduction to the foundation and what they should expect in the 3-month program. They then got to ask questions and express what their expectations were for the program. They also got notebooks and pens to help them with their classes.

The new trainees got the chance to interact with the Crafts Class instructor Ms. Grace. She took them through a brief look into what the craft class entailed as they looked at products made by alumni from past cohorts. 

The parents present during the open day were hopeful of what was to come of the 3-month program and encouraged the trainees to give their best effort. Some of the trainees mentioned being eager to begin the ICT classes and finally getting computer skills, especially in Microsoft office.

 

PROGRAM PROGRESS

As part of the Mwanzo Program, the trainees had facilitators who took them through ICT, Entrepreneurship, Crafts, and Life skills classes from Monday through to Thursday. In the ICT class, the trainees got to learn word processing, mail, Excel, and  PowerPoint among other basic computer skills. The entrepreneurship class created an opportunity for the trainees to come up with lucrative business ideas that they then pitched to a team of potential investors assembled by the foundation. In this pitching session, the trainees got to use the PowerPoint knowledge garnered from the ICT class and created well-organized and cohesive pitching presentations. This pitching session exposed the trainees to a real-life business scenario and also built their confidence in public speaking.

The trainees enjoy their life skills sessions with facilitator Maureen as they credit the classes for helping boost their confidence and understanding of themselves and their personality types. They have developed an appreciation for journaling as they submit weekly journals of what their weeks have been. Journaling has acted as a hobby for some and a decompressor for others. 

They also had the opportunity to interact with guest speakers every Friday as part of the soft skills venture. These speakers focused on different topics and shared their inspirational personal life experiences in the process.  These sessions exposed the trainees to conversations around personal finance, public speaking & interview preparation, storytelling, vision boarding, pitching & networking, etiquette, and personal success stories. 

This cohort also had the chance of getting engaged in conversation with a representative from Siasa place. This conversation revolved around active youth engagement in the upcoming general elections and making informed decisions as they cast their votes. The speaker also empowered them with knowledge of how important their role in the elections will be. This session was very crucial in changing the narrative of what role the youth from disadvantaged communities play during election periods. 

 

STUDENT STORY

This is James, best known to us as Kyle. He is 19 years old and part of cohort 12.  James comes from Kibera- Laini Saba and attained a B- in his KCSE. When he joined the Mwanzo program he was determined to pursue a career in clinical medicine. He showed great commitment to the program and was always punctual when it came to classes and took charge of leadership in his class. James showed great potential in his public speaking abilities as he gave guest speakers a vote of thanks with confidence and 

Outside of the Good Kenyan Mwanzo Program, James is passionate about his charity- Spread a Smile foundation.  He founded the charity that visits children’s homes and public schools in slums because he is passionate about giving back to the children in his community through uplifting orphaned and vulnerable children.

 

MENTORSHIP 

As is the norm for all cohorts, a call for mentors on the Good Kenyan Foundation’s social media platforms was done. This call targeted individuals who are passionate about the youth and have made something of themselves in their professions. This recruitment took several weeks as more mentors were required to match the higher number of students accommodated in Cohort 12.

After careful vetting and assessment of the applications received, mentors were matched to mentees according to career, interest, or personality dynamics. 




MENTORSHIP WORKSHOP 

On the 25th of June 2022, we conducted a workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to ensure that the prospective mentors were informed of what was expected of them in the year-long mentorship endeavor. The workshop was a session designed to equip the mentors on how to go about the mentorship journey, to give them the tools to go about it and offer a platform where useful discussions about mentorship could be hosted. The mentors got to ask questions, brainstorm, and share past mentorship experiences with each other. The Good Kenyan team along with the training facilitators, Chris and Patrick took the mentors through various scenarios and the groups got to discuss possible outcomes and the best responses to them. The Good Kenyan Foundation team also covered the administration side of the mentorship where they discussed the expectations, the do’s and don’ts, reporting, and the Mentorship Agreement.

The Good Kenyan Foundation Alumni representatives were also present at the workshop. The mentors got to interact and ask questions. It opened their eyes to the perspective of the young people. They were encouraged to invest in building a relationship with the mentee as a way of ensuring a good foundation for their relationship.

 

Other Activities 

The trainees from cohort 12 and other alumni had the opportunity of receiving Official wear donations from The James and Anne Gachui Foundation, in line with the Foundation. They each selected several garments that will allow them to be well prepared for job interviews and other employment opportunities. 



Image 1&2: Cohort 12 trainees looking at products
Image 1&2: Cohort 12 trainees looking at products
Image 3: Cohort 12 trainees making boxes in their
Image 3: Cohort 12 trainees making boxes in their
Image 4: Vision board session with trainees
Image 4: Vision board session with trainees
Image 4: Trainees in a life skills activity
Image 4: Trainees in a life skills activity
Image 5: Trainees practicing interview etiquette
Image 5: Trainees practicing interview etiquette
Image 6: Session on Youth and politics/ leadership
Image 6: Session on Youth and politics/ leadership
Image 8: Student Story feature; James (Kyle)
Image 8: Student Story feature; James (Kyle)
Image 9: Facilitator Patrick in session at the men
Image 9: Facilitator Patrick in session at the men
Image 10: Wachira (Cohort 5 alumnus) expressing hi
Image 10: Wachira (Cohort 5 alumnus) expressing hi
Image 11: Several cohort 12 mentors at the Good Ke
Image 11: Several cohort 12 mentors at the Good Ke
Image 12: Mentor, Rachel with her mentee, Grace
Image 12: Mentor, Rachel with her mentee, Grace
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The Good Kenyan Community in an event
The Good Kenyan Community in an event

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND RECRUITMENT

 

Cohort 11 commenced on 18th January 2022 after the recruitment process that began in December 2021 was finalized. To reach out to the underprivileged youths in the Kibera community, the team leveraged a list of Kibera high schools from the program alumni, local leaders, and social media. The school outreach is a new recruitment channel for us, the school representatives were generally very receptive to the idea of partnering with the Good Kenyan Foundation as a supply of youths from their schools. We have since secured long-term partnerships from five high schools within Kibera to partner for the upcoming KCSE graduating class of 2022 and continuously thereafter.

 

Out of the many applications, 31 students were invited to the interview and16 were selected to join cohort 11.

 

OPENING DAY

 

This was held on 17th January 2022 at the Good Kenyan Foundation center. The students were welcomed by the team and got to interact with the facilitators, alumni, and staff of the Good Kenyan Community. They received a welcome package of stationery and a branded t-shirt as well as hygiene paraphernalia. They learned and asked questions and clarifications about the program and got a chance to know each other as well as share their expectations and goals within the program.

 

The class also got to interact with the ICT pillar after the orientation. Mr. Oliver ran his introduction class with them and shared what to expect from the course. The students later had lunch and eventually went to their homes in the afternoon.

 

LEARNING SESSIONS

 

We began with introductory classes on orientation week, the sessions designed to share the objectives of the units, to obtain the expectations from the trainees, share a course outline, and spark curiosity and the interest of the learners. 

After the orientation, the facilitators hit the ground running, teaching the unit contents on a weekly basis. The mode of having the sessions was mostly through physical classes. Online classes are also utilized but have been minimal as physical classes have significantly proven to be more engaging between the students and the facilitators. Learning was through classroom teaching models, practical activities, individual and group assignments, and extra tutoring where necessary. The core units include Basic ICT, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills Training, and Art and Design.

The Good Kenyan team has also incorporated guest trainers who take the trainees through various key topics. The topics covered include Career Planning, Storytelling, Writing, Problem Solving, and the Art of Negotiation.

 

STUDENT STORY



Meet Isabelle is 19 years old in cohort 11 Although she lives relatively far, she commutes daily to the Good Kenyan Centre daily and is always punctual, and has never missed a class. Isabelle initially wanted to be a teacher but was unable to join a teacher's college due to her high school grades. On graduating from high school taught herself how to knit, making beautiful sweaters and scarves. 

 

She was unable to keep up with buying new knotting threads to meet her practice demands so she resorted to undoing them to retain her thread at the end of every project. 

 

Isabelle has since learned that she can make out a career in fashion and design and iis very determined to get a scholarship to learn the ins and outs of the industry in a higher learning institution and use it as a means to earn a living. At Good Kenyan, she enjoys the Entrepreneurship and Art and Design pillars as it ties with her newfound career path.



MENTORSHIP

 

The Good Kenyan team carried out a recruitment activity to reach out to practicing professionals who are passionate about young people and are willing to invest in their future. The initial call was made through Social Media platforms, with a heavy focus on LinkedIn. 34 professionals reached out after this and after screening and interviews, 16 were selected to correspond to the number of students in Cohort 11. Some of them were also saved on the database as prospects for the next recruitment season in May 2022. 

The mentors and mentees were thereafter matched according to career or personal interest or personality dynamics. 

Mentors Workshop

We held a workshop on the 19th of February 2022. The objective of the workshop is to ensure the mentors are equipped and well prepared for the one-year-long mentorship journey. The main role of the mentor is to support the mentee and act as their accountability partner as they (mentee) create a feasible career and personal development plan for themselves and to take steps targeted towards the corresponding goals. 

Cohort 11 with the ICT trainer during open day
Cohort 11 with the ICT trainer during open day
Image 3: Students of the Mwanzo Program
Image 3: Students of the Mwanzo Program
Isabelle, during a story-telling session
Isabelle, during a story-telling session
A mentor and his mentee during a Good Kenyan
A mentor and his mentee during a Good Kenyan
An ICT class in session
An ICT class in session
Trainees after a story-telling session
Trainees after a story-telling session
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