The Organization of African Youth is not just a youth organization, it is a platform where every young person is a leader.

Organization of African Youth (OAY) is a continental, member-based, non-profit organization founded in 2019, registered in 9 countries and operating with 15 chapters in Africa. OAY is an empowerment vehicle and a revolutionary movement for all youth in Africa. It is a regional platform for young people to assert their power in numbers, energy and imagination to transform Africa to be a beacon of hope. OAYouth works to motivate, unify and empower African youth to be drivers of Africa’s social, political and economic transformation. Through structured programs, OAYouth harnesses resources and ideas to empower tomorrow’s leaders today.
OAYouth works to motivate, unify and empower African youth to be drivers of Africa’s social, political and economic transformation.
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A strong representation and participation of youth in championing social, political and economic development in Africa


To be the continental umbrella organization for all African youth, providing a platform for youth-led programmes, a forum for dialogue, and a network of future leaders

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Youth Work Professionalization Policy

Having successfully advocated for inclusion of Youth Work Professionalization in Kenya, National Youth Development Policy and being a key champion of African Youth Charter , OAY is fully committed to the continuous improvement in the quality of youth work . We are committee to all tenets of Youth Work Professionalization including recognition of Youth Work as a distinct professional category in national policy and legislation, building of a professional association that ensures collective professional decision-making, advocating for a set of occupational standards for youth work, promotion of competency standards, qualifications and certification, Youth work practice supervision to ensure quality of training and practice and adherence to ethical code of practice. OAY will continue to aim for the highest standards of youth work professionalism across all programming , partnerships and collaborations.

OAY's Capacity Statement

OAY’s enhanced institutional capacity characterized by;

  • Ability to influence policies
  • Ability to receive and manage grants
  • Ability to reach young people directly
  • Ability to reach youth organizations directly
  • Ability to influence young people and change
  • Ability to influence regional and global processes
  • Experience in cross-sectoral young people's programming

Summary of Our Achievements

  • 150 000 adolescents and youths positively impacted
  • Over 55 youth led and serving organizations have benefited from OAY programmes and capacity strengthening
  • 600+ youth recruited and impacted as staff, volunteer and interns
  • OAY successfully contributed to at least 5 impactful coalition and movement building
  • Experience with 4+ UN agencies
  • 200 000 000+ KES mobilized in the last 10 years
  • OAY's Post 2015 agenda adopted in UN's SDGs Language
  • Experience and relationship with 15+ government ministries, departments and agencies
  • Working experience with 17+ county governments
  • 60+ projects successfully implemented
Organization of African Youth membership (often referred as “OAYouth Advocates”) is open to individual young African youth of between 15 to 35 years of age, as contemplated in the African Youth Charter and in OAYouth Constitution. Youth organizations, business entities and other NGOs can also join as associate members, partners and sponsors to support the work of OAYouth.
In 2022, OAY reaches 4,500 adolescents and youth as direct beneficiaries, over 500,0000 reach through social media and blog and over 2,700 members through affiliate organization in 2021. OAY has capacity and experience to manage donor funds as primary recipient. OAY has successfully managed funds from major donors like CIFF, Gates Foundation, PMNCH, PAI, Red Cross, WHO, Amref and Guttmacher Institute among others.

Partner Organizations

OAY's SDG Focus