I am a member of other youth networks, including: Young Men Christian Association, African youth parliament, taking it global, Kenya Red Cross Society, National Organization of Peer Educators, co-founder of a Kenyan youth network. i.e. Youth Peoples Congress.
I have six years experience in HIV/AIDS work, working with youth both in/out of school, urban and rural set up, including those directly affected by tribal clashes and the effects of the recent post election violence.
I have skills in public speaking, inter personal, facilitation, information technology, report writing, proposal writing, coordinating work plan and activities.
I have represented youths in conferences including the National HIV and AIDS Peer Education Conference-(Nairobi 06 and 08) where l presented a paper on home based care challenges and successes, Global Youth Employment Summit-(Nairobi 2006), Twenty-fourth session of the governing council/global ministerial environment forum of the United Nations of the Environment Program-(UN Headquarters Nairobi 2007).
I was also awarded the best volunteer by Kenya Red Cross-(2004).
Being a member of GYCA and TIG, I have participated in online discussions/chat sessions, updates and contributing feedbacks on important GYCA documents in regards to issues on HIV.
My personal goal is to work in a dynamic and challenging organization that will enhance my capacity and potential in life which will offer personal growth and development.
My vision for GYCA is to improve on young people’s access to health and HIV information through internet and other IEC materials in resource constrained areas, increase the membership base of GYCA in East Africa and work with GYCA staff/members in networking regional and international groups working on HIV advocacy while at the same time expanding opportunities across the globe in promotion of Millennium development goals. In addition, empower vulnerable youth of all races with relevant knowledge, skills, right attitude and provision of appropriate, affordable and accessible services through friendly approaches in addressing HIV and other health related issues thereby enhance behaviour change process and subsequent reduction of HIV prevalence.
The vision will be achieved through well structured and organised events together with GYCA Members/youths who are affiliated to local, national and international organizations by designing an integrated approach in reaching youths with information and friendly services through outreach sessions such as; Open talks, road shows, live chats, focused group discussion, information sharing via internet, exhibitions, experience sharing, trainings, youth reflect and review sessions, youth open fun days/concerts, team building activities and magnet theatre together with other disadvantage youths in the community. This will go along way in achieving my vision.
While information is available on HIV and health related issues, Ignorance among the youths makes it hard for them to accept the challenges they face and therefore remain a hindrance in seeking information thereby calling for an integral approach that will offer them youth friendly services. This will make it difficult for it to be implemented without the available and required resources.
Behaviour change is also a process and that this might take time for it to effect change into the life’s of young people. This should not be emphasized as it will take effect as time goes by.
Shortage of resources might pose a challenge in implementation of activities and youth led initiatives/projects. And lastly, lack of feedback from the GYCA members/youths in regards to them not contributing on important GYCA documents and activities.
This and other factors will make it difficult in realizing this vision.
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