Youth Empowerment and Engagement Spaces (E-Spaces)

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The youth led, youth managed and grassroots community focused initiative was implemented under the AMKA project which addresses youth and grassroots communities’ challenges that often lead to violent extremism.

The Youth E-Space sought the partnership of County and National Government so  as to de-legitimizes the narrative that the authorities are not for the young people and vice versa. This partnership will stifle the space that Violent extremists’ exploits. The Youth E Space entailed the following;

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Youth Consultation Forum

An extensive Consultation Forum highlighted key challenges-gaps and proceeded to form five thematic cluster groups. These cluster groups entailed weekly community level forums to highlight specific issues affecting society and they also derived key recommendations.

The recommendations and proposed solutions will be presented to both County and National Government with participation of other key stakeholders such as Community elders, religious leaders, Civil society organizations, the private sector, international development partners among others.

An inclusive follow-up will follow to support and monitor the recommendations and their inclusion in policy and practice at different decision making levels.

Concept development and Online Media set-up

An online platform was set-up through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter aimed at connecting participating youth and their other counterparts not in the forums.

The platforms were engaged by cluster leaders to gather information, deliberate on issues and generally extend the Engagement space beyond the cluster physical venues.

Community Level debating Forums

The Debating forum leaders organized for at least 5 Sharing and Exchange forums at informal venues with at least 10 youth representatives who were part of the Youth E Space delegates.

They ensured that their views were shared on the social media platforms. The mode of engagement included inter-youth exchange session that set the agenda.

The national and county leadership were also invited to various clusters to help them understand opportunities available. Moreover, various local mentors were invited to respective cluster thematic focus i.e. for Entrepreneurship a leading business personality.

Cluster Leaders Induction

The 20 Debating Forums leaders were taken through induction workshop where they were taught their roles and responsibilities. 

They also familiarized themselves with the Youth E Space tools that include logistical forms, information gathering data forms, reporting and documentation forms among others.

In addition, they also develop the debating forums timetable.

Youth Consultation Forum

An extensive Consultation Forum highlighted key challenges-gaps and proceeded to form five thematic cluster groups. These cluster groups entailed weekly community level forums to highlight specific issues affecting society and they also derived key recommendations. 

The recommendations and proposed solutions will be presented to both County and National Government with participation of other key stakeholders such as Community elders, religious leaders, Civil society organizations, the private sector, international development partners among others. An inclusive follow-up will follow to support and monitor the recommendations and their inclusion in policy and practice at different decision making levels.

Joint Cluster Team Building

In the four weeks that each cluster was busy with the community level debate forums, Kesho Alliance organized 3 youth bonding and team building sessions aimed at impacting communication skills. 

These activities assisted in fostering cohesion among young people. Arts and sports activities were also included to ensure the sessions were fun and resonate with the youth.