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MSU partners with USAID to help create youth jobs, success in Kenya
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USAID Empowered Youth

The USAID Empowered Youth project supports innovative and sustainable strategies, partnerships and youth-led approaches that promote Kenya youth empowerment, connect youth with each other, and increase access and utilization of social and economic opportunities.

Project Goals

High unemployment rates in Kenya disproportionately affect the livelihood and well-being of people ages 15-24, a large part of the population. The economic climate can be especially challenging for those who lack formal education or have disabilities, and at-risk adolescent girls. 

USAID Empowered Youth will increase economic prospects for Kenyan youth by connecting them with demand-driven training in targeted sectors with high growth potential, life skills, and entrepreneurship training, increasing access to finance, and expanding opportunities for youth-led and youth-friendly businesses.

Partnering Organizations

USAID Empowered Youth is a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Michigan State University’s College of Education; two universities in Kenya, Egerton University (EGU) and United States International University-Africa; and organizations that bring youth together; the National Youth Bunge Association and the National Cooperative Business Association Cooperative League of the United States of America (NCBA CLUSA).

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Who we’re engaging with

We must create opportunities where the youth, who provide the labor force needed in any country, can be empowered to be active agents of change in their communities.

Leapetswe malete

project director

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