Since 2013 the Program has kept over 500 youth engaged in positive activity. Young Generation Center, an orphanage home in Manyatta slum, Kisumu, which was established in 1997 partners with One Vibe Africa for the Education, Music & Arts Program. The program has various classes including: Visual Art, Traditional African Music, Dance, Guitar & Vocals, Poetry, Theatre, Fashion, Photography, and Filmmaking. Our objectives are to
- Provide quality education to bright & needy students through sponsorship
- Provide a safe space for youth to share experiences, stories, and projects
- Give youth a platform to express themselves through music & art
- Preserve culture by teaching youth traditional music
- Provide alternatives to drugs & violence through film, and photography
Why Education, Music & Arts?
Educating youth and providing them with music and arts activities enhances their self-expression, gives them a voice to share stories of their aspirations, inspires, and empowers them toward various creative and professional paths.
Our Instruments of Success
- Number of youth sponsored through formal education
- Number of youth sponsored to Music & Arts activities
- Graduation and retention rate
- Number of youth connected to mentors
- Improved academic performance
Many youth are vulnerable especially when they are not at home or in school. According to The Kenya National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), alcohol and drug abuse is highest among youth aged 15-29. Besides the introduction to cheap drugs and alcohol at a young age, they are often also exposed to risky sexual activity, gangs, and other negative influences that are common in the slums because of lack of inspiration and necessary support systems.
According to the City Council of Kisumu 75% of the urban population resides in tiny makeshift shacks. 52% of the working population earn $38 per month, and live without running water, electricity, or sewage systems. These conditions coupled with lack of role models frustrate many youth. The 2012 Rapid Assessment of Drug and Substance abuse by NACADA indicated that the immediate social environment had an important role in influencing drug and substance abuse among youth. We hope the Education, Music & Arts program will contribute to mitigation of the above issues.
How You Can Help
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