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Voi Youth Workshop 2012

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The Undugu Mentorship Initiative organised a one day Youth workshop on 5th May 2012 at Voi town. The Workshop which targeted only Form Four leavers of 2010 and 2011 from Voi area was a great success. A total of 80 participants, 15 Undugu mentors and 8 invited facilitators participated in the event themed "Taking charge of your Future".

The day began early with the Undugu team converging at 5.30am at Makupa Mombasa. The two hour journey began at 6.15am arriving at Voi town at 8.30am. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, through the District Youth office mobilized youth in the better part of Voi District to attend the event. Entry to the workshop was Free of charge.

 The workshop began with remarks from the Undugu team and the District Youth officers. The key focus was to highlight the expected outcome of the workshop and to encourage the participants to tap from the rich content of the workshop.The team emphasized its commitment in helping the youth take responsibility of their future by tirelessly campaigning for a culture of hardwork and discipline.

A captivating presentation on Career and available Opportunities by the Taita Taveta University College representative followed. The participants were challenged to take advantage of the many oppotunities that are curtently available at tertiary institutions in the county and to build partnerships with role models that will help them develop in life. The presence of the JKUAT campus within the district was highlighted as a blessing and that youths needed to take advantage of the Students' Affairs officer who reiterated that his office would be open to all who wished to get career guidance.

A brief talk on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) called upon the youths to shun risky behavior and sensitized them to be proactive in taking responsibility for their life. The facilitator took the participants through the various ways in which STIs and HIV/Aids is transmitted and prevention methods. He however emphasized that abstinence was the sure solution towards the fight against STIs and HIV/Aids among youths.

A young entrepreneur shared with the youths the importance of hardwork and diligence.He encouraged a paradigm shift by youths to embrace entrepreneurship rather than white collar jobs.He passionately urged the youth to align themselves for the opportunities that will arise with the implementation of county governments and advised them to be proactive in embracing them.

The representative from the Kenya Maritime Authority shared with the partcipants the many oportunities in the maritime industry. Participants were guided through the wide range of carreer opportunities that exist in the industry and the growing popularity of the maritime industry in Kenya. This attracted very keen interest from the participants and it was clear that most participants did not have information about this growing industry.

"Tapping from Nature" was a presentation by a farmer in the outskirts of Voi town. The farmer shared an inspiring story about his success in farming. With the photography of panoramic view of the green and leafy farm in the midst of a rather dry surrounding, it was amazing to see how the farmer had employed agricultural skills in transforming the region often regarded as arid into a goldmine. He demonstrated the remarkable returns from his farm per day to the amazement of all. He encouraged all to skillfully utilize the available natural resources and embrace self reliance.

On training opportunities, Coast Institute of Technology(CIT) and the Mombasa Aviation Training Institute took participants through the courses offered in the institution. The Deputy Principal of Mombasa Aviation Training Institute and called upon all participants to take advantage of the growing number of tertiary training colleges to further their skills.

Sponsors

  • Undugu Mentorship Initiative
  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Taita Taveta University College (JKUAT)
  • Coast Institute of Technology
  • Mombasa Aviation Training Institute
  • Auto Selection Kenya Ltd
  • National Agency for the Campaign Against Drugs (NACADA)
  • Kenya Blood Transfusion Services
  • Kenya Maritime Authority

Strategic Partners

  • Yes Youth Can
  • Voi Youth Forum
  • Foot Prints Empowerment Centre
  • St Stephen PCEA Church and School
  • HIV Free Generation (G-Pange)
  • Aphia Plus 

Through our partnership with National Agency for the Campaign Against Drugs (NACADA), the participants obtained banners and T-shirts with clear messages of the dangers and effects of drugs and substance abuse. All participants carried banners and held a 45 minutes peaceful procession within the main streets of Voi town. They chanted "Yes to Life, No to Drugs", a message that was welcome by the residents as they joined the procession and lamented on how drugs have made the town unsafe and youths unproductive.

After the procession, the workshop was segmented into groups. In the groups, participants and facilitators discussed challenges that face the youth and possible solutions to some of the challenges. This also opened an avenue for participants to ask the mentors questions on careers, life issues and discuss the same.

The Kenya Blood Transfusion Services had also set up a blood transfusion centre within the St Stephen's school and volunteers donated blood. The Blood transfusion officer in charge sensitized the workshop on the benefits of donating blood and state of the national blood banks. The centre, which closed down at 5pm received volunteers both from the workshop and the entire town.

 


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