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Gladys Muthara

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Develop Entrepreneurship Skills and Employment Opportunities for Teens With Me

What I'm Leading

A program aimed at developing the employability and entrepreneurship skills of young people (15-19years) to reduce youth unemployment in Kenya.

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 as 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. About 48% of Kenya’s youth would like to go into business, while 26% prefer formal employment in careers like Engineering, Law, Medicine etc. Only 11% of youth would like to become farmers, a situation that intensifies demand for off-market jobs.

TEEP's After-school program targets teens (15-19yrs) in rural areas of Kenya. We aim to reduce youth unemployment by equipping them with high-on-demand technical skills to enable them to either secure employment or to start self-employment ventures to offer services and products whose demand has been unmet due to a skills-gap in STEM. Our focus is Digital & Agri-business skills, in order to leverage on the basic Computer studies & Agriculture courses and resources offered in high-schools.

Digital centers will be established where the program runs to offer digital services like; Online jobs in Data entry and Content writing, Graphic Designing & Printing, Website Designing, Computer Browsing, Digital & Internet Literacy Training, Social Media Literacy, Resume writing, Online courses/studies, Digital Libraries (Books & Revision materials), and Links to resourceful online platforms, education & job opportunities. These centers will be run by teens under the supervision of administrators.

During holidays, teens in the after-school program will be attached in TAP Africa’s Digital Centers, some organizations, and farms. They will also be equipped with life skills, resume writing & interview skills, customer service skills, marketing skills, financial literacy skills, and business management skills.

Teens involved in agriculture will be encouraged & supported to start innovative farming ventures in school and at home, and value addition to their products before selling.

Digital Skills;

The after-school digital skills program outline will include;

  1. Digital & Internet Literacy
  2. Programming
  3. Graphic designing
  4. Basic Computer repairing & maintenance

Agri-business skills;

The after-school agri-business program outline will include;

  1. Climate-smart agriculture
  2. Innovative farming methods
  3. Agricultural Value- Addition

Mentorship; Mentors will be assigned to various groups of teens to guide them through the various stages of skills development, attachment & organizational placements, venture establishment, and marketing.

Workshops;Teens will benefit from holiday workshops to improve their life-skills, challenge them to improve their solution creativity & innovation, meet role models/experts/entrepreneurs in these fields.

Organizational Placements;Teens with sufficient job skills & experience will be supported to secure organizational placements. During the first 6 weeks, the teens will render their services for free, we shall support them. Later, organizations seeking to hire their services beyond that period will be required to pay them a stipend.

Sustainability:The TAP Africa Digital centers shall raise revenues to be used for center maintenance, administrator’s salaries, organizing workshops, and establishment of new centers. TAP Africa will also raise funds through the agribusiness activities by partnering with grocery stores in farmers’ markets & restaurants to enable teens supply their agricultural products. The businesses will remit 15% of revenues to TAP Africa; which will go towards organizing agricultural trips & workshops, paying facilitators’ allowances, purchasing seeds & other necessities for practical sessions.

 

 

Who I'm Impacting

Target group; Teens from Rural areas of Kenya (15-19yrs). Population composition; 50 % Girls, 50% Boys Direct Beneficiaries: First 2 years: 100 teens, 2 schools; one county; 2 computer centers; 2 school-based farms First 5 years: 500 teens; 10 schools; one county; 5 computer centers; 10 school-based farms Other Beneficiaries: Workshops; 5000 teens in 5 years; 50%Girls, 50% Boys Teens Camps; 2000 teens in 5 years; 10 camps; 50% Girls, 50% Boys Indirect Beneficiaries: (People that the direct beneficiaries interact with, inspire and influence, as well as teach some of the newly acquired skills) First 2 years; 2000 youth & adults First 5 years; 5000-10000 youth & adults

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About Me

I founded TAP Africa, a teens-focused initiative that aims to help raise a generation of youths, who are aware of the challenges affecting their communities and are eager to create innovative, sustainable solutions. Through our work, we engage teens in learning and addressing pressing social challenges in Kenya, particularly those directly affecting the youth, like Unemployment and Gender based Violence, thereby helping raise a generation of proactive young people to lead positive change in their communities.

To find out more about TAP Africa...

https://www.tapafrica-1.org/index

My Vision

Raise a generation of socially aware, responsible, and proactive young change agents.

Needs

Help raise funds for starting a Digital Centre;

30 Computers & accessories
30 Tables
30 Chairs
5 UPS'
1Printer

Interests

Economic EmpowermentEducationGender-based ViolenceGirlsLeadershipMen and BoysTechnology & Innovation

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