Youth Psycho-Social Well being

Youth Psycho-Social Well being

The Youth constitute 75% of Kenya’s population, meaning that any intervention that seeks to transform Kenya must target the youth for any remarkable impact. Yet, with the rapid pace and change in life in the 21st century, the youth are continually confronted with varying challenges that make any such interventions difficult. Challenges that affect the youth can be categorized as:

  • Psycho-social and emotional imbalances including stress, anxiety, neurosis, anger, depression, and peer pressure

  • Sexual and reproductive health problems including STIs, unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, toxic sexual relationships, family planning, and early sexual debut

  • Financial Management: impulse buying, the allure of technology, consumerism and other material aspirations

  • Academic discipline that touches on career choices, college life and corresponding expectations

  • Limited mentorship opportunities and programmes

It is necessary that the youth should be helped to overcome these challenges because, left unaddressed, they impede the all-rounded growth and development of those who are affected.

We also organize motivational speaking fora in schools, the work place, friendship groups and families. The primary objective of these fora is to motivate individuals to cultivate a positive attitude on an emotional and mental level. Further, such motivation can best be achieved in a context of structured mentorship, which is also what we offer. When the youth are attached to a mentor from the academia, the corporate sector, the entertainment industry and religious institutions, they begin to see potential challenges as surmountable, and aspirations as achievable.

Our idea of the youth

We believe that the youth today call for particular attention because of their vastly diverse composition with equally varied life circumstances, opportunities and obstacles. To empower them at their youthful stage is important in ensuring that they grow to become well-adjusted adults who can deal with emotional, social, financial, and psychological challenges appropriately. Push factors including emotional pain, conflict, frustration, anxiety about the future, peer pressure and curiosity negatively affects many youth’s ability to think critically and act responsibly. Because of this, there is need for well thought-out and youth-tailored interventions that can empower them to overcome the challenges that inhibit their well-rounded growth into responsible and dependable adults.

What do the youth need?

A set of skills that can empower them to navigate the treacherous terrains of adult life. Some of these include:

• Thinking skills on critical analysis and creative thought
• Behavioral skills in perseverance, teamwork, self discipline, ability to
negotiate conflict, evaluation and management of personal risks
• Psychosocial or soft skills including forms of social and emotional intelligence that enhance their appreciation of personal and collective interests, deal with matters of self-esteem and pride, as well as learning to respect and appreciate others

Ultimately, this range of skills empower the youth to be better decision makers who are capable of adapting to changing situations without losing sight of their personal aspirations and collective good.