• CHANGING ATTITUDES CHANGING LIVES

  • WE BANK TIME

  • CREATING ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES

  • CHANGING ATTITUDES CHANGING LIVES

Our history

Kenya is a young nation, with 75% of its population being under the age of 30 years and 22% being between the ages of 15 to 24 years. For Kenyan youth, the critical transition from childhood to young adulthood is delicate and challenging and is dependent on support and guidance from the family, community, school, and society at large.

Adolescence is a period in which critical life- altering actions are taken and decisions are made (education, career, training, relationships, marriage, sexual initiation and risky behaviour). High expectations, disappointing employment and life prospects and marginalization among young people can fuel frustration and desperation. In response, some of these youths turn to criminal behaviour, violence, substance abuse, and commercial sex work. These activities have negative repercussions on the young people and for the society as a whole.

Young people constitute a vital human resource that needs to be tapped. When we develop Kenya’s young people, we are developing Kenya’s future. Young people desire more access not just to job opportunities, but to a better quality of life, including leisure, information and entertainment. The youth everywhere resent being marginalized in decision-making processes and are eager to have greater control over their lives.

Additude Africa aims to help address these gaps to reduce the effects of conflict, violence and a missed generation for global development.

About Us

Additude Africa promotes time credits as a means of encouraging the youth to be involved in community building activities in order to add a new dimension in their lives and make a positive contribution to their communities.

Time credits encourage people to give time to build communities and run local services. For every hour benefiting the community, people are rewarded with a time credit to spend locally; from cinemas, concert tickets, trainings or internships.

Time credits are a proven approach for building stronger communities where people are active and equal participants. Our programs will involve the youth and provide transformative outcomes to them and their families. By engaging communities in creating their own reforms and progress by establishing a network of organizations where youth can exchange time and skills.

About Us

The results are;

  • The youth are able to give their time and get involved in community activities. This reduces idleness.
  • Access to new and different opportunities-Time Credits is a way of opening up opportunities for individuals (to do more, to learn, to feel better, to be more active). This addresses inequity of access.
  • Skills and experience- People are able to learn new skills, refresh old ones, experience new and different things, and provide a stronger basis for people to do better in education and employment
  • Employment and qualifications-Time credits enable people get closer to the job market and gaining new or higher qualifications.
  • Self-perceptions-Time credits help to change how people see themselves, their confidence and what they aspire to become.
  • Isolation-With time credits people feel less isolated and are more connected with others in their community.
  • Independence of living and prevention-People are able to live as independently as possible and to have a stronger sense of purpose and capability, the impact is preventing illness and disease brought about from stress and depression.
  • Networks and relationships-The youth are able to build networks and acquire connections at the organizations they are volunteering at.
  • Sense of community- people feel part of their community.
  • Connections with public services- the youth get to be engaged in the design of services and in shaping their delivery. Thereby increasing the quality of services available as a result of better engagement with users.
  • Physical health-Being more physically active through earning (leaving the house to volunteer, doing more where you live) or spending activity (gym, swimming, walking).
  • Collaboration and co-production-partnerships with organizations in the time credits network are able to help us to actively engage users in the design and delivery of local services.
    Thereby helping in implementing a variety of the Sustainable Development Goals.

What we do

Our Mission

Additude Africa promotes time credits as a means of encouraging the youth to be involved in community building activities in order to add a new dimension in their lives and make a positive contribution to their communities.

Vision Statement

We envision strong, connected communities where educated, employed and engaged youth are making a positive contribution to the society.

Our values

Our values

  • Putting young people at the heart of everything
    we do
  • Doing what we say we will
  • Thinking big and transformational
  • Having great experiences

Our approach

Time credits encourage people to give time to build communities and run local services. For every hour benefiting the community, people are rewarded with a time credit to spend locally; from cinemas, concert tickets, trainings or internships.

Time credits are a proven approach for building stronger communities where people are active and equal participants. Our programs will involve students, provide transformative outcomes to them and their families. By engaging communities in creating their own reforms and progress by establishing a system of exchanging time and skills among community members. Time is exchanged on the basis of time credits which measures each person’s time contribution, rewards it and thus encourages further contributions of time. The result is that skills and assets within the community are tapped and economic activity is increased.

Why It Works

At Additude Africa, we believe that educated, employed, and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest  problems.

Our projects are designed to tackle youth development through various time banking programs. We recruit, train and support volunteer organizations to help us tackle this big issue head on – from social exclusion to digital inclusion.

Our focus is on prevention rather than mitigation since it’s more cost effective and it’ll save many young people from falling into lives of
poverty and hopelessness. By making rewarding volunteering accessible to everyone.

Changing attitudes about the appropriate role of young people in society and, in turn, providing them with real opportunities to participate and express themselves needs to be a fundamental principle of youth development, particularly in Kenya and other African countries that tend to value the elderly at the expense of young people. Encouraging young people’s participation in society and political life will build their self-esteem and give them an opportunity to make a positive contribution to their communities; it’ll also help change the negative images associated with young people.

GET INVOLVED

Given the importance of youth development in the context of Kenya’s future, we need to take urgent action to move the youth development agenda forward.
Through Time Credits, the youth are encouraged to get involved in their communities, to make decisions about how services are run, and to help create and actively deliver services alongside professionals. Using Time Credits to support a move towards co-production helps services and activities to become more effective, as service users and their communities increasingly help to design and deliver outcomes. This encourages buy-in and ownership of services by the community, resulting in sustainable projects that offer better value for money. People grow in confidence, they build new relationships, and the sense of community increases, leading to increased well being for participants, professionals and communities.

Current Partners Include:

Apply To Be A Volunteer

If you are aged between 15 and 24 yrs you can volunteer and learn new skills, share knowledge and gain confidence by dealing with different peoples, cultures and lifestyles.

 

Help Us Succeed

Would you like to make our time credits program a success? We are seeking exciting partnerships with organizations (both NGO’s and for-profits) who are ready to engage and empower the youth. We recruit, train and support volunteer organizations to help us tackle youth empowerment head on!

Our Team

Advisory Team

Judith Omondi
Judith Omondi
Country Manager, JSI
Judith Omondi
Wanjiru Gathigi
Executive Director, DOT
Judith Omondi
Joanne Kuria
Legal Researcher, Royal Media
Judith Omondi
Jacob Bonyo
Country Director, Refuge Point