Teens in Action

#EndViolence Projects

Our #EndViolence campaign projects began in 2016, with Teens Weave Stars to End Violence Project. Now in Phase 3, the projects aim to equip teens with life skills, knowledge about Gender Based Violence, and art skills to enable young people in addressing GBV, by educating their communities, on effects and causes of GBV. Problem: With young people (13-19 yrs) in the frontline, we are addressing the rampant Gender Based Violence and its effects on young people (girls and boys) as primary and secondary victims.

In Kenya, GBV is so rampant that almost every child can vividly narrate a case of violence from home or their neighborhood. According to 2014 Kenya Domestic Household Survey (KDHS), 38% of women aged 15-49 reported physical violence, 14% reported sexual violence, while most cases go unreported. According to statistics, Kenya Police Service received 3,596 defilement cases; 913 of rape; 242 of incest and 124 of sodomy. LVCT Health also reported 5,143 cases of GBV. Out of these, 41% were girls aged 12-17, and 32% were women aged 18-49. Yet, the VOICES of girls and boys are so silent, that when GBV occurs either directly or indirectly, caregivers, media, and authorities give them little or no focus. The impact of GBV on them is far-reaching, making most of them to grow up with trauma and dark memories, which inhibit their social and physical performance.
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a) Teens Weave Stars to End Violence Project (TWSEV)

Directly engaged over 1000 teens in Machakos, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, and Mombasa counties through school-based Safe Spaces, which entailed weaving stars using paper ribbons; a fun-activity that symbolized lighting up the darkness of violence in their lives and communities. Further, our Facilitators (youth) engaged teens in participatory learning about GBV: Forms of GBV, Causes, Gender Stereotypes and Discrimination, Effects, Warning Signs, Respectful Relationships, and Action against GBV.

Over 7500 stars were weaved by teens and facilitators. The stars were displayed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia…as part of the “One Million Stars to End Violence Campaign”
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b) Teens Voices Against Violence Project (TVAV)

In 2018, Teens Voices against Violence (TVAV) project was launched, as Phase 2 of our #End Violence Projects. This project aims to tackle Gender Based Violence by engaging young people (13-19years) to raise their voices and speak about causes & effects of GBV, thereby implore caregivers and authorities to act.

TVAV engages teens in Nairobi’s informal settlements and rural areas to create inclusive safe spaces, where they engage in participatory learning about GBV: Forms of GBV, Causes, Gender Stereotypes and Discrimination, Effects, Warning Signs, Respectful Relationships, and Action against GBV. In groups, participants design creative stories, poems, skits, and songs as a form of educating their communities, caregivers and authorities, on the far-reaching effects of GBV on young people. Finally, young people take the lead to organize community-education activities, where they engage the audience. They are supported by TAP Africa facilitators to hammer down their message on this very pressing issue. Under TVAV, we have directly engaged 1500 young people in Machakos, Nairobi, Kiambu. We continue to implement the school-based activities in Machakos county.

#Youth Unemployment Projects

Problem: Kenya being a very youthful country, youth unemployment is a key hindrance to development. About 80% of Kenya’s entire 49million population is below 35years. According to a 2016 report by the Aga Khan University, over 55% of these are unemployed, 62% of them being women, and 68% being women in rural areas. Youth aged 18-25 years were twice more likely to be unemployed compared to their counterparts aged 26-35years. Further, according to 2011 World Bank and Kenya Government’s reports, 800,000 job-seekers enter the job market each year,yet only 50, 000 (6.25%) find employment in the private sector. Therefore, Youth Unemployment has become a chronic headache to stakeholders in the country, each one trying to find a solution By working with young people (13-19 yrs), we are working hand-in-hand to address youth unemployment. While we equip teens with technical, employability, and entrepreneurship skills, our teens in return train and coach their peers, thereby creating a sustainable system of youth skills development.


c) Teens for Employability & Entrepreneurship Project

TEEP seeks to address the alarming youth unemployment in Kenya by engaging young people (girls and boys, 15-19 years) in rural areas to acquire high-on-demand technical skills, in Digital technology and Agribusiness sectors, as well as complementary employability and entrepreneurship skills. i. After-School Program: Equips teens with technical Digital Skills and Agribusiness skills, through school-based and community based learning workshops and activities. ii. On-the-Job Learning Program: Graduating teens then join TAP Africa Digital Centers and

selected Agribusiness Centers/Farms, where they polish up technical skills and acquire important employability and entrepreneurship skills. The program also offers workshops on complementary skills, such as Financial Literacy, Customer Service, Marketing, Resume writing and Interviewing processes among others.

Life-Skills Training Program

This program aims to equip young people (13-19 yrs) with 21st Century skills and other skills necessary for them to champion positive change in their communities. During day-long workshops, young people are engaged by mentors in participatory learning sessions and games.

Career Guidance & Mentorship Program

The goal of this program is to offer guidance and mentorship on career choices to young people in high school. This enables our young people to make informed career choices, in a job market that is highly

characterized by mismatched skills supply and demand. As such, we contribute towards reducing youth unemployment by exposing young people to high-on-demand career paths, through early stage mentorship and guidance.