Youth First | Kenya
Background + Situation
Youth First is currently being piloted in Kajiado and Tharaka Nithi counties, with nomadic (Maasai) and rural populations.
Working in partnership with BasicNeedsBasicRights Kenya and SOWED Kenya, 70 schoolteachers will be trained and approximately 1,000 students in 34 schools will participate in the initial 2-year (2018-19) pilot program. Rigorous quantitative and qualitative assessments are being conducted to evaluate and document program outcomes.
CorStone Response | Youth First Kenya
Youth First Kenya, an integrated resilience and health training program, seeks to build social and emotional assets, such as coping skills, character strengths, and positive self-regard, as well as improve adolescent health.
Students who are well equipped with such internal resources coupled with stronger external supports have been shown to experience reduced rates of depression, have improved social skills, remain in and be more engaged at school, and perform better academically.
Youth First is a teacher-facilitated, school-based program in Kenya that draws from the latest research in resilience, positive psychology and social-emotional learning, in which potential risks or threats to wellbeing are addressed by boosting internal assets and external supports. The program focuses on teacher engagement and addresses issues of gender equality, gender relations, and gender rights, and is specifically designed to ensure equal attention is paid to skills development in girls and boys.