JAY4T Receives National Diversity and Inclusion Opportunities for Youth Employment Award

JAY4T Receives National Diversity and Inclusion Opportunities for Youth Employment Award

We are delighted to announce the outcome of the DIAR Awards 2022, where we were crowned the winners of the award category: Best Inclusion Opportunities for Youth Employment Award, which celebrates organizations that have employed strategies that address youth unemployment in Kenya. Our Executive Director, Johanssen Obanda, received the trophy on March 18, 2022, during the DIAR 4th Edition Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. 

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Johanssen says, “Our work is founded upon diversity, equity, and inclusion – and that has been our strength all along. Every young person in our team contributes their unique brilliance and we end up co-creating innovative solutions that potentially open doors of employment for hundreds of thousands of young people.”

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We have co-created two social entreprises with young people including Sote Tule – an agribusiness Social Enterprise that connects farmers to households, allowing them to sell their products directly and increase their profit margin; and KaaKazini which connects skilled tradesmen to households, offices, and industries through a web platform, enabling for rapid hiring, capacity development, and economic empowerment.

JAY4T recognizes that our current community is not fully equitable. We have established DEI policy, and priorities to ensure that JAY4T actively seeks out opportunities to include those who are underrepresented or marginalized, to include them in our decision-making, learn from their perspectives, amplify their voices, and, ensure that they have opportunities for growth in our organization. We pledge to:

  • Create a welcoming community, one that is open to challenging assumptions about diversity, equity, and inclusion, to ensure that all individuals/groups can fully participate
  • Expand our international engagement
  • Continue to broaden partnerships with other organizations that have diversity programs to support broader community engagement activities
  • Provide training and educational resources specifically targeted to young people that have historically been underrepresented
  • Recruit without bias for all JAY4T activities and actively seek participation from groups that are discriminated against, underrepresented, and marginalized

Nolali wase Dolophini and JAY4T Collaborate to Promote Quality Education

During this International Day of Education, Jabulani Youths for Transformation is glad to announce our collaboration with Nolali wase Dolophini to promote literacy for children and youth in Kisumu County, Kenya, and in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Nolali wase Dolophini is a Xhosa Phrase with the direct translation “a villager from town”.  Nolali wase Dolophini Book Club aims to bridge the rural – peri-urban – urban literacy divide and ultimately the rural – peri-urban – urban education divide. 

 

The Book Club is open thrice weekly to young people between the age of 6 and 15 years.  Through our collaboration, we will bring together young people from both organizations once every month virtually for knowledge sharing between the young people, cross-cultural and cross-continental learning, and monitoring and evaluation.

 

Access to quality education improves the learning capabilities of young people. Unfortunately, some homeless children and children living in low-income communities in Kisum still experience the challenge around education by lacking access to learning materials, learning infrastructure, and sufficient attention from tutors due to the big student-teacher ratio. According to the research by Maoulidi, Moumie. (2008). EDUCATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR KISUMU CITY, KENYA, National and local authorities must also address issues of quality by training teachers and must enhance equity by targeting vulnerable groups such as girls and poor children. 


We are continuously building synergies with private companies, civil society organizations, and government agencies to collaboratively narrow the gaps in access to quality education for children in Kisumu. This is in line with our objective of fostering positive youth development. 

Acknowledging SDG4 Enablers in our Ecosystem

Tore’s Foundation works to empower young people to develop their critical thinking and discover their voice through debate in order to transform their communities and engage politically. 

Worldreader is a nonprofit organization bringing reading to children in underserved communities.

Junior Achievement provides age appropriate, experiential and turnkey in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: Entrepreneurship, Financial literacy and Work readiness.

SOMAPP works to transform education using technology, ensuring opportunities for all in accessing quality education focusing on skills of the future, leaving no one behind