SKILLS DEVEOPMENT FOR EMPLOYABILITY AND PERSONAL GROWTH

OAY OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH TO ENHANCE THEIR SKILLS, COMPETENCE, AND NETWORKING AND GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE WHAT THEY LEARN IN COLLEGE / SCHOOL WITH A VIEW TO IMPROVING THEIR EMPLOYABILITY

Project Goal

Employability of young people enhanced through a well grounded skills development youth work that engages them at an early age , support talent identification and career guidance

Project Objective

  • To provide platform for young people’s skills development for improved self and wage based employment
  • Build capacity of the OAY staff as most critical resource in the organization
  • To Promote Youth Work Professionalization in line with National Youth Development Policy
OAY delivers this project through the following strategies;
Incubation
Youth Businesses Incubation Pilot
Policy Influencing and Engagement
influencing Youth focussed policy agendas and marking key dates and moments including World Youth Skills Day
Linkages
mapping out, verifying employment and income generation opportunities and sharing with young people. Secondly, it seeks to celebrate innovative youth in private and public sectors who are putting an extra effort to create opportunities for themselves and other citizens
Student’s Skills Development
OAY offers attachment and internship opportunities for youth to enhance their skills, competence, and networking and get the opportunity to practice what they learn in college/school.

This is currently offered in Nairobi and Kisumu offices through practical mentorship, guidance and assignments to co-lead projects. For more information go to Get Involved page
OAY Volunteer Mission
OAY works with expert and youth volunteers while investing in them to ensure that the team has the right talent, skills and competence. As a youth organization, we do not have to have the experienced staff but will build their capacity as the most critical resource in the organization. Also, OAY gives platforms to its past volunteers/staff and non-youth experts who may want to offer some support while also sharpening their skills in youth programming. In 2020, OAY signed a 7 year WUSC-IGNITE Project agreement with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to access global professionals and experts to shadow the youth volunteers
Youth Work Professionalization
Under youth work professionalization, OAY seeks to advocate for implementation of the youth work pillar of the National Youth Development Policy. We seek to collaboratively push for youth work professionalization and its recognition as a distinct profession and discipline.

This way, more employment opportunities will be generated while many youth will benefit from a grounded youth work that engages them at an early age and assist in talent identification and career guidance

Contribution to SDGs

Goal 1
Quality Education
Goal 2
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 3
Partnerships to achieve the Goal