Young people in Kenya face enormous hurdles. Today, the youth unemployment rate is an alarming 65% and growing. Suffering with few job prospects and a slow economy, many young people have been lured into violence fueled by political and tribal conflict.
Mercy Corps, with funding from USAID, launched Yes Youth Can! in order to prevent future unrest and give young Kenyans the chance to shape their own economic futures. Young people lead and manage a fund that provides capital for small businesses and community service projects, engaging them as investors in positive and constructive endeavors.