Being a youth-led indigenous organization, Jamii Asilia Centre is a truly meaningful advocacy space for the indigenous youth to express themselves and chat about their future.
Our upcoming youth programs are designed to enhance capacity development to empower them on policies and decisions affecting their lives and their communities — by engaging formally and informally. Also, during program design, implementation, monitoring and review of sustainable developments and or policies.
Indigenous Youth in Kenya lack a robust unified voice to better articulate and champion their interest in the social-political and cultural spaces, contributing to the systemic exclusion and further marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples in general. For a long time, the Indigenous Peoples agenda has not meaningfully included youth in the decision-making processes, especially in governance. The few times this happens, issues of the youths are mentioned as any other business (AOB) and by people with limited and often insufficient knowledge of indigenous people they claim to represent.
The conveners of this first-ever Kenya Indigenous Youth Forum (KIYF) under the network of indigenous youth in Kenya. – intend to hold a national indigenous youth forum in Kenya in August 2021, on a date to be confirmed late, whose aim is to bring together key indigenous youth leaders to form a network and strategic partnership towards joint promotion and protection of indigenous peoples rights in Kenya. The network’s interim secretariat is hosted by Jamii Asilia Centre.
We believe that the youth are the future knowledge holders of their communities; therefore, we link the youth and the elders for intergenerational knowledge sharing.