This project will contribute towards empowering youths in the rural and slum areas through provision of life skills for their safety and protection and addressing psycho-social issues and socio-economic that affect them including stress, anxiety , depression, identity , suicidal thoughts , alcohol and drug abuse , violence ,reproductive health , peer pressure, relationships, discipline, and other social ills of concern for youths in their situation.
Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing social and economic problems facing less developed countries today (World Bank, 2007). Kenya, like many African countries, suffers from high youth unemployment. According to the 2005 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey, approximately 21% of youths aged 15-29 are unemployed, and a further 25% are neither in school nor working.
It will provide high quality practical skills and enable the targeted youth to be competitive within the labor market. This will also enable the project to partner with likeminded organizations and provide them with appropriate and highly trained individuals for their company's activities.Vocational Education and training is a vehicle for socio-economic and technological development. Job seekers cite limited financial resources, lack of relevant skills and experience as major obstacles.
In the past few years that Youth Initiative Development Programme has been running a vocational programme, it has proven it evident that there is dire need to empower youth more so those from the informal settlements as a way of facilitating a smooth journey to earning a livelihood. Youth unemployment creates a bigger problem as when they are unemployed for long periods they are likely to engage in risky behavior such as drug and substance abuse, unsafe sex, criminal activities & radicalization