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Organization of African youth - Kenya

History Of Organisation Of African Youth

Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) was established in 2009 and registered as an NGO, first in South Africa and later in Cameroon, Gambia, Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OAYouth has chapters in 35 African countries where young people are participating in home-grown programmes to increase their voices, empower themselves and build their communities. Its foundation was premised on the realisation that there is an urgent need for African youth to play a central role in the campaign and implementation of empowerment mechanisms that reach the poorest of the poor in Africa.

The central thrust of OAYouth’s programming is  the obliteration of the deprived people syndrome (DPS) in young African people, through strategies and activities that enhance African pride, productivity and unity. Founded on the belief that Africans do not always need to be pitied and helped, OAYouth fosters continuous participation, learning and training.



Vision Statement

A strong representation and participation of youth in championing social, political and economic development in Africa.


Mission Statement

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


Cross-sectoral programming

Our programming is anchored on Economic Empowerment, Health and Wellbeing, and Environmental Protection with Gender, Leadership and Governance as cross cutting issues enabled by Youth Work Professionalization, Formal and Informal Learning, Inclusion and Rights Based Approaches.

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