There is a perception among rural youth that the only option for advancement is to migrate to urban areas where schooling and employment are seen as more accessible. This attitude threatens to drain rural communities’ most valuable resource, their youth.
The Juhudi Youth Initiative was created with the objective of generating the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to support and expand local educational and economic opportunities for Mugunda youth between the ages of 15-25.
Juhudi means energy in Swahili and reflects our goal to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of Mugunda’s youth to empower them to improve not only their own quality of life but their community’s as well.
Juhudi Youth’s starting point revolves around a methodology known as Community Asset Mapping, which strives to identify existing assets, skills and resources in the community that can be mobilized to address a common concern.