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.
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
To initiate projects that empower youth economically, socially and politically
To motivate and inspire young people to participate in nation building
To unify the fragmented voices and programmes of youth in communities, country and continent
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
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
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