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Organization of African Youth ( OAY ) 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 realization 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.

Our Strategy

The central thrust of OAY’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, OAY fosters continuous participation, learning and training. 

OAY African regional programmes are centered on key objectives, targeted at responding to African youth's unique needs and aspirations

Empowerment Programs

To initiate projects that empower youth economically, socially and politically

Inspiring Action

To motivate and inspire young people to participate in nation building

Unifying Voices

To unify the fragmented voices and programmes of youth in communities, country and continent

Energizing Activism

Energising youth to be vocal in challenging retrogressive norms and to power up progressive change

Communication and Visibility

Organizational guidelines for effective communication and engagement with partners, better offline and online audience interactions, branding and online presence

OAY Kenya

The OAY Kenya is affiliated to the OAY regional body . In Kenya, our programming, we apply the concepts of; shared learning, coordinated advocacy, community informatics and non-formal learning towards promotion of community driven development and citizen-led accountability for sustained and effective participation, participatory decision making, policy formulation and legislation for sound and non-tokenistic youth empowerment

Cross-sectoral Programming

In Kenya, Our programming is anchored on Economic Empowerment, Health and Wellbeing, and Environmental Protection with Gender and Social Inclusion, Leadership Development, and Policy and Governance as cross cutting issues enabled by Youth Work Professionalization, Formal and Informal Learning, Inclusion and Rights Based Approaches. Our primary target group are adolescents and youth

Summary of Our Achievements in the last Strategic Period

150,000 Adolescents and Youth 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
OAY’s Enhanced Institutional Capacity