AOSK – Sisters Led Youth Empowerment Initiative was founded in 2020 when the association realized the need to expand the provision of quality services to disadvantaged and vulnerable youth of 15 – 25 years to champion for sustainable human development. This was conceived based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) report (2017), which outlines that the unemployment rate among this group was estimated at 13%. Kenya is no exception because young women and men account for 37% of the working-age population. It seeks to empower vulnerable and disadvantaged youth across the country through skill development, mentorship and provision of seed capital. The pilot phase of the project (2020/2021) has empowered 3830 youth across Kenya with 42 businesses of 200 youth operational. The project is funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation.
Enhanced skills development and job-creating opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth aged 15-25 years’ old
The project targets 7200 youth aged 15- 25 years. The pilot phase of the project was implemented through 21 sisters-led technical training institutions in 11 AOSK Units (AUs). Phase one of the project is being implemented by 36 Catholic technical training institutions across 17 AUs including Kakamega, Machakos, Kitui, Mombasa, Nairobi, Murang’a, Kisumu, Eldoret, Ngong, Embu, Meru, Homabay, Nakuru, Nyahururu, Isiolo Vicariate, Kitale and Nyeri.