Dismas Kogo: Youths should actively participate in government programs in order seize opportunities.

This International Youth Week reminds me three occasions where I contributed positively to the activities and affairs affecting the youth in Kenya, and specifically Nandi County.

It was during my first keynote speech in Kapsabet Tortoise Hotel with Nandi County Youth Bunge during which time we were preparing to attend YYC – Yes Youth Can. This initiative was sponsored by USAID, Nandi and Nakuru County governments where we were sponsored for a national event held in Nakuru’s Afraha stadium for 3 days.

It was a nice experience for we learnt entrepreneurial skills, showcased a number of economic activities, cultural fetes and beauty contests that culminated in Jarika County Lodge.

A tree planting day we did at Nandi Hills primary during a youth event is a reminisce of environmental conservation I have participated.

Arise Nandi Youth of the Month initiative was also a great deal. I recognized youth across Nandi and featured their efforts and stories of change every month in county’s most popular online platform – Arise Nandi.

Dismas Kogo-Youth leadership advocate in Nandi Hills and Arise Nandi founder. PHOTO|COURTESY

This program elevated their publicity and made their activities known beyond borders. In fact, one featured youth was invited by an NGO for further partnerships. (Arise Nandi is currently off-fair for rebranding).

This time, I encourage us to come out strong and fight for our space that is seemingly being ignored. I call upon the youth to actively advocate for our plight and actively participate in government programs in order to take advantage of whatever opportunities that comes with it. In the same breath, national and county government should prioritize empowering this generation.

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