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.