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Bring Back NYS Community Cohorts

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In the year 2014, the Kenyan government restructured the national youth service (NYS) programme to include community cohorts who do not need paramilitary training. The main aim was to help curb the rising issues of unemployment among the Kenyan youth.

As a result of these community cohorts programs,

  • Over 50% of the youths in Nairobi's urban settlements were engaged
  • The culture of saving among the youth were inculcated due to the formation of Savings And Credit Co-Operatives (SACCOs).
  • Youths received income that reduced of incidences of crime and crime-related deaths, idleness, and drug and substance abuse..

We are therefore, calling upon the Cabinet Secretary for public service, youth and Gender and the Director-General of National Youth Service to:

  • Bring back the NYS Community Cohorts.
  • Create NYS monitoring offices in each constituency for easy youth access and follow up.
  • Have alternative youth projects that can accommodate unemployed graduates.
  • put in place strong sanctions to curb corruption.

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