The Youth Congress

The Real Youth Agent…

The Youth Congress

The Real Youth Agent…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
–  Margaret Mead

About Us


Who We Are

The Youth congress is a youth serving Non-Governmental Organization founded in 2007 to provide young people in Kenya with a platform to articulate their issues, explore opportunities for youth participation and leadership to effectively address their interest and concerns and engage young people in social, economic and political processes.

It was founded in the run up to 2007 general elections in Kenya as part of efforts by youth to seek development and emancipation through political accountability. Just before the election the youth of Kasarani Constituency in Nairobi led by Miss Koch Initiative steered the constituents in developing the Kasarani Peoples Manifesto which parliamentary and civic candidates had to sign as a show of their commitment to work with the constituents in realizing real development through accountability. Subsequent event led to the formation and consolidation of the Kasarani Youth Congress that expanded to The Youth Congress, which has evolved and currently works in a number of counties across the country.

Our Vision

A society in which the youth enjoy all their human rights and apply their agency.

Our Mission

To provide a platform for the youth to improve their status and realize their full potential.

Core Values

  • Direction based on internal principals and organs and not external manipulative or self-seeking forces.

  • Honesty in all undertaking.

  • Reliance on the intrinsic motivation of members rather than the promise of pecuniary and material benefits.

  • Responsibility for action taken, openness and proper management of resources and processes.

  • Responsiveness, effectiveness, efficiency and quality in delivery of promises and undertaking.

  • Commonality in purpose and maximization of collective strength by the youth regardless of individual differences.

  • Determination and passion in all pursuits.
  • Respect for all regardless of gender natural ,political, social, cultural, economic or other distinction.
  • Innovation, pro-activity, adaptation and flexibility context of work.

Strategic Objectives

a) Improved participation of youth in leadership and decision making leading to protection ,promotion and realization of their human rights.
b) An empowered youth population utilizing available opportunities and their talent and skills for economic development.
c) An effective governed and managed organization with adequate resources to deliver its programs.

OUR PROGRAMME

1. Governance and Human Rights
Problem Statement : Youth have remained excluded from governance processes despite their higher population due to various factors e.g. education levels, corruption, societal attitudes and perception of inexperience and their rights violated. This has limited their leadership and participation in decision making and contribution to national building

Strategic Objective : Improved participation of youth in leadership and decision making leading to protection, promotion and realization of their human rights.

2. Youth Economic Development
Problem Statement : There is serious unemployment among the youth of Kenya. The situation is exacerbated by lack of enabling environment for young people to create wealth and resources to create self-employment .This leads to wasted talent and the youth into illegal and anti-social activities to make ends meet.

Strategic Objective : An empowered youth population utilizing available opportunities and their talent and skills for economic development

3. Institutional Development
Problem Statement : There is a lacuna and limited vibrant youth organization that is independent, responsive and effective to facilitate youth agency in Kenya with a strong ideology and philosophy. Youth are mobilized but rarely organized to engage in real action thus most of the social capital is harvested by a few self-seekers. This is the gap The Youth Congress seeks to address

Strategic Objective : An effective governed and managed organization with adequate resources to deliver its programs

The Secretariat

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Raphael Obonyo        Public Policy and Youth Specialist, Diplomat, Author and speaker

Raphael Obonyo is a multi award winning youth advocate at the national, regional and international levels. He is the author of “Conversations about the Youth in Kenya”. He is the co-founder of a number of community and youth-led initiatives including the Youth Congress, a premier youth-led organization in Kenya. He has extensive knowledge and experience in public policy, international development, political economy, governance and human rights. Mr Obonyo is the 2016 Best Communicator in Kenya – by Daily Nation. In 2016 he was named one of the UN Persons of the Year. Also, he received the 2016 Utumushi Bora – Exemplary Leadership Award for his contribution to mentor-ship and peoples empowerment. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University. He is an adjunct professor at Brandeis University where he teaches International Youth Policy. He is a Ford Foundation Fellow.
  0711 940 330    |      raphael@theyouthcongress.org

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Henry Ogola               Programme Coordinator

Henry is a Management Consultant. His areas of interest include Governance, Human Rights and Social Justice. Henry has wealth of experience in research and youth development work. He is an advocate for youth Emancipation, Leadership and Participation. He hold Advance Certificate in Business Management and Diploma in Management- Project Management from The Kenya Institute of Management and pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi. He is the Co-founder and Co-Convener of The Youth Congress.

  0711 940 330    |      henry@theyouthcongress.org
 
 
 

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Halima Hanii                Program Officer – Youth Economic Development

Halima is a program officer in charge of Youth Economic Development, she is a vital link to our community, networking with youth from various organizations and representing The Youth Congress community events. She is a well-known personality within the Kassarani Constituency and has a vast network within Nairobi and other counties. She has served on groups such as Kenya Network of Women Living with HIV/Aid (KENWA), Miss Koch, Child line Kenya and SOS Youth Center, heading up programs and acting as a peer educator / trainer.

  0711 940 330    |      halima@theyouthcongress.org
 
 
 

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Christine Osongo         Finance Manager

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  0711 940 330    |      christine@theyouthcongress.org
 
 

 
 

The Advisory Council

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Caren Wakoli          Chairperson

Caren is a Kenyan young woman with a quest to see Article 1 of the Universal Declaration Human Rights becoming real in the lives of all Kenyans; where all Kenyans live in dignity and have access to secure livelihoods. She has a Masters degree in International Studies from University of Nairobi and a Bachelors degree in Communication and Sociology from the same University. She is also an Oakseed Leadership Executive Fellow from the Institute for National Transformation. Caren was one of the longest serving student leaders having served in the union for three consecutive terms; starting off as Congress-lady, Gender affairs secretary and finished off as the Vice chair of the Union. She remained outstanding in her service to the university community and this earned her the title of read more

  0711 940 330    |      caren@theyouthcongress.org
 

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Dr. Steve Ouma

Dr. Steve Ouma is the current Executive Director of Pamoja Trust. From 2003 to August 2007, Dr. Ouma was the Programmes Coordinator and Deputy Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. He serves on the boards of two leading national human rights and social justice organizations in Kenya: Center for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Hakijamii), and Center for Minority Rights (CEMIRID). Dr. Steve is the strategic advisor to the Labor Awareness and Resource Center (LARC) in Kenya. He has made significant contributions in human rights and social justice work in East Africa as a political advocate, manager and an academic, and has wide-ranging interest read more

  0711 940 330    |      steve@theyouthcongress.org
 
 

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Joseph Kimani

Joseph Kimani has served as a program officer at Pamoja Trust and the Projects Manager with MUST- Kenya Muungano Support Trust an affiliate of Slum Dwellers International (SDI). He holds a Master in Community Economic Development from Chuo Kikuu Huria Cha Tanzania. He has also served as a member of the Release Political Prisoners Trust and Served the Steering Council of RPP for 3 years from (2004- May 2007) as the Movement’s Treasurer. The organization is now known as Rights Protection and Promotion Trust- RPP-Trust and has over 65 registered Members. He is also a member of Mtetezi-Mapambano Mashinani.

  0711 940 330    |      joseph@theyouthcongress.org
 
 
 

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Dr. Emma Njoki

Njoki Wamai holds a BSc. from the University of Nairobi and a Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development (Distinction) from the same University. She holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from Kings College London. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Politics and International Studies. She was a Women, Peace and Security Fellow of the CSDG in 2008/2009 where she researched on Eastern Africa Security Challenges and the relevance of the current security architecture in the region. She has written and published on Security Council Resolution 1325 in Liberia, Women’s Participation in Mediation Processes and Natural Resources and Conflict in Kenya. She was appointed read more

  0711 940 330    |      emma@theyouthcongress.org
 
 

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Beverlyn Mademba

Beverly is an Objective driven, principled centered lady, committed to excellence and efficiency. She strongly believes in team work, in service and in leadership. She also seeks to advance herself, by continuous education and constant challenging of her ability, by taking on new projects. Her wish is to give back to the society through research aimed at finding feasible and evidence based solutions for the health burden brought on by disease; and by contributing to the empowerment of the marginalized and vulnerable people, through human rights related interventions. Beverly’s career objectives are to work in fields calling for ideals of excellence, total dedication, read more

  0711 940 330    |      beverlyn@theyouthcongress.org
 
 

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Inganga Mbiji

Inganga Mbiji is a renowned Youth leader with expertise in gender and many years of experience as a champion of Gender related issues. Mbiji has worked with various organizations including League of Kenya Women Voters on equality, human rights and social justice through research, trainings and empowerment.

  0711 940 330    |      inganga@theyouthcongress.org
 
 
 
 
 
 

Who We Are

The Youth congress is a youth serving Non-Governmental Organization founded in 2007 to provide young people in Kenya with a platform to articulate their issues, explore opportunities for youth participation and leadership to effectively address their interest and concerns and engage young people in social, economic and political processes.

It was founded in the run up to 2007 general elections in Kenya as part of efforts by youth to seek development and emancipation through political accountability. Just before the election the youth of Kasarani Constituency in Nairobi led by Miss Koch Initiative steered the constituents in developing the Kasarani Peoples Manifesto which parliamentary and civic candidates had to sign as a show of their commitment to work with the constituents in realizing real development through accountability. Subsequent event led to the formation and consolidation of the Kasarani Youth Congress that expanded to The Youth Congress, which has evolved and currently works in a number of counties across the country.

Our Vision

A society in which the youth enjoy all their human rights and apply their agency.

Our Mission

To provide a platform for the youth to improve their status and realize their full potential.

Core Values

  • Direction based on internal principals and organs and not external manipulative or self-seeking forces.

  • Honesty in all undertaking.

  • Reliance on the intrinsic motivation of members rather than the promise of pecuniary and material benefits.

  • Responsibility for action taken, openness and proper management of resources and processes.

  • Responsiveness, effectiveness, efficiency and quality in delivery of promises and undertaking.

  • Commonality in purpose and maximization of collective strength by the youth regardless of individual differences.

  • Determination and passion in all pursuits.

  • Respect for all regardless of gender natural ,political, social, cultural, economic or other distinction.

  • Innovation, pro-activity, adaptation and flexibility context of work.

Strategic Objectives

a) Improved participation of youth in leadership and decision making leading to protection ,promotion and realization of their human rights.
b) An empowered youth population utilizing available opportunities and their talent and skills for economic development.
c) An effective governed and managed organization with adequate resources to deliver its programs.

OUR PROGRAMME

1. Governance and Human Rights
Problem Statement : Youth have remained excluded from governance processes despite their higher population due to various factors e.g. education levels, corruption, societal attitudes and perception of inexperience and their rights violated. This has limited their leadership and participation in decision making and contribution to national building

Strategic Objective : Improved participation of youth in leadership and decision making leading to protection, promotion and realization of their human rights.

2. Youth Economic Development
Problem Statement : There is serious unemployment among the youth of Kenya. The situation is exacerbated by lack of enabling environment for young people to create wealth and resources to create self-employment .This leads to wasted talent and the youth into illegal and anti-social activities to make ends meet.

Strategic Objective : An empowered youth population utilizing available opportunities and their talent and skills for economic development

3. Institutional Development
Problem Statement : There is a lacuna and limited vibrant youth organization that is independent, responsive and effective to facilitate youth agency in Kenya with a strong ideology and philosophy. Youth are mobilized but rarely organized to engage in real action thus most of the social capital is harvested by a few self-seekers. This is the gap The Youth Congress seeks to address

Strategic Objective : An effective governed and managed organization with adequate resources to deliver its programs

The Secretariat

Home

Raphael Obonyo
Public Policy and Youth Specialist, Diplomat, Author and speaker

Raphael Obonyo is a multi award winningread more

Home

Henry Ogola 
Programme Coordinator

Henry is a Management Consultant. His areas read more

Home

Halima Hanii
Program Officer – Youth Economic Development

Halima is a program officer in charge read more

Home

Christine Osongo
Finance Manager

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing read more

 
 

The Advisory Council

Home

Caren Wakoli
Chairperson

Caren is a Kenyan young woman with read more

Home

Dr. Steve Ouma

Dr. Steve Ouma is the current Executive read more

Home

Joseph Kimani

Joseph Kimani has served as a program read more

Home

Dr. Emma Njoki

Njoki Wamai holds a BSc. from the read more

Home

Beverlyn Mademba

Beverly is an Objective driven, principled centeredread more

Home

Inganga Mbiji

Inganga Mbiji is a renowned Youth leaderread more

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We are located at:
Kariobangi North (off Kamunde Road)
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Nairobi, Kenya.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
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