Focus Areas: Youth Capacity Development; Gender Equity. Occupation:Youth Program Specialist at MS ActionAid Denmark;
Team Leader at TAP Africa;
Gladys Muthara holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her strong believe in the potential of youth to bring about sustainable development in Africa, has led her to design, initiate, and implement innovative capacity building projects targeting youth in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana; through TAP Africa, ActionAid Ghana, World Pulse, VSO/ICS, and World Youth Alliance. She is deeply passionate about helping young people, especially girls, realize their full potential, thanks to her own personal experiences and over 8 years of interacting with thousands of young people as a mentor in various platforms, across Kenya & beyond.
Gladys has served as a World Pulse Project Facilitator for the Women & the Web Alliance project, which aimed at taking 600,000 young women online; She helped young women leaders in Kenya and Northern Region of Ghana, to acquire digital literacy & internet skills, crucial for enhancing economic empowerment, improving their work as change leaders, and amplifying their voices as advocates for women’s rights. She is also an ICS International Return Volunteer, who helped implement The Inclusive Neighborhood Spaces program, to improve the quality of education in Nigeria.
Gladys is an Engineers Without Borders, Canada, Kumvana Fellow 2018, where she under-took a Leadership-fellowship program aimed at nurturing her skills as a Systems-Change leader. She was also selected as one of the 20 World Pulse Global Featured Change-makers on International Women’s Day 2018. In 2016, she became a World Pulse Advanced Digital Change-maker, after being selected as one of the 30 grassroots women leader-beneficiaries, globally. As a UN Women’s Empower Women Champions for Change Mentor 2016/2017, she served as a mentor to Global Champions for Change in Nigeria. As a Champion for Change, Gladys advocated for Women’s Economic Empowerment and participated in Digital Campaigns such as #BreakTheGlass, #HerStory, & #Iam (wo)man. She has participated in various international and regional conferences/forums, among them, the Engineers Without Borders' XChange Conference 2018 in Hamilton, Canada, UN Sec. General’s High Level Panel Consultation on Women’s Economic Empowerment (UN Women) in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, The Africa Facilitators Conference (IAF-Africa) in Nairobi, among others. In addition, Gladys is a budding Public Speaker, who has spoken in various public forums, such as the EWB Kumvana Gala Dinner, in Calgary-Canada 2018 (Topic: Establishing Systems for Gender Equality); University of Alberta’s International Development Week, Edmonton, Canada, 2018 (Topic: Using Art to Engage Kenyan Youth); UN WOMEN/SEED Africa Symposium, 2016 (Topic: Online Safety for Women Entrepreneurs), and Lari Youth Empowerment Program Launch (Topic: Youth & Leadership).
Finally, Gladys has lent her voice towards alleviating the plight of girls by writing articles that tell her story in the frontlines of championing change in the grassroots and has been recognized and featured on platforms such as Time.com, Ananke Magazine, ICS Newsletter, World Pulse, Daily Nation Kenya, and Taifa Leo among others.
Role: International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Communication Correspondent
Occupation: Social Inclusion Specialist
Susan Waruingi is a Social Inclusion Specialist with VSO Kenya. She has designed and facilitated Social Inclusion workshops as a VSO/SI consultant for various Development programmes' Stakeholders, in both Non-Governmental and Government sectors, in counties such as; Nairobi, Nandi, Kirinyaga, Machakos, Migori, Kisumu, Murang'a and Isiolo.
Susan is also the Projects Lead for TAP Africa’s #End Violence Projects which include, Teens Weave Stars to End Violence (TWSEV) and Teens Voices Against Violence (TVAV). Currently, she is leading the project’s activities in Machakos, as well as the GBV Action Research in this county, which shall inform Phase 3’s development.
A volunteer at heart, she has worked in Nigeria as an International Citizen Service (ICS) Volunteer, where she helped implement “Improved Livelihoods Project” in Osun State. Susan is an Alumni of AIESEC University of Nairobi chapter where she was the Team Leader of the Global Community Development Program. Currently, she is a volunteer with YEVON Kenya.
Susan also serves as the International Association of Facilitators’ Communication Correspondent. https://www.iaf-world.org/site/regions/africa
Focus Areas: Public policy and Youth Empowerment Occupation: Researcher & Youth advocate
Fridah Ndoro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and International Studies from the University of Nairobi, having majored in International Security. Yearning to champion social change, she began by volunteering at International Transformation Foundation (ITF); a youth led non-profit organization, where she now serves as a board member.
Fridah is TAP Africa’s Project Lead for Teens for Employability and Entrepreneurship Project (TEEP), whose idea she brought forth. She joined the initiative as a fundraiser and, later, became a Project Coordinator in Nairobi during the Teens Weave Stars to End Violence and Teens Voices Against Violence projects. Fridah also lobbied and educated Kajiado county youth on available government resources for youth empowerment.
She has participated in various international and regional youth conferences, among them; United Nations Conference 12th and 13th in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was a delegate to Argentina and Palau, respectively. Here, she made major contributions on discussions such as “Averting Conflict by promoting a culture of peace and security through dialogue.”
Fridah also participated in the 2015 Global Fundraising Conference, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She was also among the team evaluating the achievements of “Building Empowering Environment for Youth Employability (BEE) Project” in Philippines.
Fridah is a fellow of the International Young Professionals Foundation (IYPF), Australia, which engages young leaders in online learning and peer to peer mentorship on Leadership and Social Change, Project Planning, Crowd Sourcing and Accountability, as well as Sustainability.
Fridah “birthed” the idea of TEEP project, which was informed by her engagements at the Fellowship and her research work on current issues affecting the youth and the country.
As a champion for Youth Empowerment, Fridah is interested in opportunities that will enable her to learn & create positive change in the lives of young people. Her ambition is to become an African Governments’ Adviser on youth.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Community Resource Management, Kenyatta University;
Certificate in Public Management in Social Transformation, Arizona State University.
Sofina Merinyo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Resource Management (CRM) from Kenyatta University and a certificate in Public Management in Social Transformation from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing her Masters’ Degree.
Sofina is the Co-founder of Isanga Digi-tech project, an initiative that aims to improve Education Access in Taita Taveta County. Her passion for youth development has led her to work and volunteer with various youth-focused organizations, in various capacities over the years.
Sofina is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumni, having been selected by the Regional East African YALI platform alongside other outstanding young African Leaders, from 14 countries. She is also an Imara Fellowship Alumni.
Sofina (passionately known as Nelsoni) is also very passionate about media and events planning, and serves as a part time MC. In 2015, she won the MC of the Year Award.
Ambition: Champion Youth Inclusion Occupation: Project Coordinator at TAP Africa
Anthony Ngatia holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science with IT, from Maseno University in Kenya. His greatest desire is to see transformed society, which uphold the crucial role of youth as agents of change in their country This has driven him to team up with like-minded individuals and work towards realizing his vision.
During his tertiary studies, Anthony interacted with young people from different walks of life. The partiality of society on various development agendas based on class, age, gender, and tribal lines in Kenya and various African countries, pushed him to dream about the possibility of a world that knew inclusion.
Anthony is the Organizing Secretary of the Kenya Political Science Organization, which works towards the realization of an inclusive world, where no one is discriminated.
Currently based in Makueni County, Anthony promotes youth voices by advocating for social change and mentoring the youth on positive values and virtues in some of the county’s schools.