My Take: Working With The Youth

With over 80% of Kenya’s unemployed workforce being under 35, working at The Youth Banner as an entrepreneurship trainer and coordinator has given me the opportunity to be part of the solution. I am invested in facilitating, nurturing, and promoting the development of young entrepreneurs in Kenya. For me this has been a journey of immense pleasure despite the challenges. However, working with young people in the informal settlements of Nairobi and seeing the potential they hold has been a clear indication that by empowering entrepreneurs, Kenya stands a chance at eradicating poverty and unemployment. Nevertheless, most of these young people lack the fundamentals of business management skills and yet they jump straight into business, hence the very reason why most of their businesses fail.

 

The Youth Banner, entrepreneurship training program BEEP has been designed to help gain entrepreneurship and skill development with practical learning that highlights business development. To ensure personal development and behaviour change, the program includes both group and personal mentorship in a bid to ensure our entrepreneurs are able to achieve beyond business success, but also become role models in their community.

 

The success stories shared are just but a fraction of many, and they are an example of The Youth Banner’s efforts in nurturing entrepreneurship and enterprises in Kenya. The total credit goes to those youth for their commitment and hard work in enhancing their skills and by establishing businesses that have increased their earnings for a better life. However, it’s their stories that inspire me and my colleagues to continue with our work even when faced with challenges and I believe that their stories will continue to inspire the future generation of trainers that will join The Youth Banner family.

 

Charity Gichobi is an Entrepreneurship Trainer and Coordinator at The Youth Banner

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