How do we do that? In your experience, which approaches to youth empowerment work best?
I am passionate about youth building coalitions and advocating for their right to empowerment, which is guaranteed by the Kenyan constitution. To do that, they need to be given education, information, and tools to join together and amplify their voices. This is the approach I took as the founding chairperson of Jiactivate youth movement. Coordination is extremely difficult, but there is always power in numbers.
With that power, youth can shape an agenda that includes four key things:
- health, including the ability for youth to plan their families;
- education that prepares youth for the jobs of the future;
- an economy that works for everyone;
- and accountable governments that put youth at the center of decision-making.