By Shillah Raymond
The Kenya YMCA, under the umbrella of the Africa Alliance of YMCAs has today launched the second edition of the annual YMCAs Career Expo and Beyond!’ dubbed ‘CareerManenoz II’. This was done at a breakfast meeting at YMCA Central Branch along Statehouse road. The event brought together youth from across the country, Civil society partners, Media and other distinguished guests including Jato Syongoh, Stake Holder Engagement – Team Leader at KRA as the Chief Guest
CareerManenoz II, is a follow-up to the successful maiden CareerManenoz 2016 that saw:
Speaking during the launch, Jato Syongoh, said It’s time to harness the potential of the informal sector for economic growth. The sector comprises of Youth, enabling youth enterprises to establish, incubate and thrive will reform the tax regime. The partnership with the YMCA will delve on business preparedness and will bring on board public sector to compliment on the supports offered to youth businesses including NHIF, NSSF and Finance institutions.
Mr Jato added that KRA and YMCA are at a high level of negotiation to achieve this worthy cause and leveraging on the YMCAs youth employment and enterprise development strategy and it’s network of branches countrywide as a conducive space to engage with youth. Mr. Jato assured support on the CareeerManenoz initiate and reiterated the need for private and public sector partnership, in creating economic opportunities for youth and as a result achieve improved GDP.
CareerManenoz is our answer to supporting the economic growth of Africa through a process of harnessing the youth potential to become invaluable assets for themselves, companies, the nation, the continent and the world at large. The Expo; is not only an opportunity for young men and women to interact with industry and get real time opportunity for guidance, mentorship, recruitment and even job placements, but also an avenue to continue accessing the same through the YMCA Youth Spaces in our branches in different parts of the country beyond the expo.
According to Jared Musima, the National General Secretary of Kenya YMCA, through the campaign and the YMCA’s ‘Career Expo and Beyond!’ programme, YMCAs will work with partners to ensure follow up and support to targeted young people. “Youth will be assimilated into the different Youth Empowerment Spaces hosted by the YMCAs countrywide for ongoing mentoring, coaching, interaction, support and handholding,” Musima said.
The YMCA will offer entrepreneurial training and business start-up support, ongoing career and peer support, and youth friendly holistic development through the application of the Subject to Citizen (S2C) approach that is founded on self-knowledge, unlocking potential, and connecting to opportunity.
The expo this year, will be held on 1st – 3rd November 2018. It has been deliberately designed to coincide with the celebration of the day of the African Youth commemorated throughout the continent. The theme for CareerManenoz is Connecting Youth and Opportunities bringing together 3000 Young People for a careers and enterprise experience and over 20,000 beyond the expo.
The Expo will feature:
(1) A Stop Youth Poverty Procession
(2) A Symposium taking the form of Interfaith, Intergenerational and intersectoral Dialogue on the Youth Employment Crisis
(3) Business Clinics
(4) Vibes and Hot Benches – which are live conversations and debates with duty bearers and opinion leaders and role models on pressing Career, entrepreneurship and life issues
(5) Hangouts – Experiential spaces for youth to dirty their hands on creative and innovation in ICT, Agribusiness and Creative Economies
(6) Exhibitions – Public and Private sectors will showcase different products, services and solutions for youth employment and enterprise development
(7) Alternative Rave – An after party Celebrating the Expo and Youth Creativity and Innovation beyond the Expo.
A Youth Employment and Enterprise Development Ecosystem: Involving Youth Mobilization with fun activities, followed by a process of Self-awareness, unlocking youth potentials through competency development in line with current and future work trends, enabling self-fulfillment by connecting Youth with exciting employment opportunities and placements including ability to set up and run sustainable enterprises.