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Young Cities Booklet: Kenya

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Recognising that young people are a critical partner in P/CVE, SCN has made young people a priority in its mission to enhance locally led efforts to counter extremism, hate and polarisation globally. Through its youth engagement programme, Young Cities, SCN SCN enhances the role of young people in three pivotal ways: 1) by building their capacity as peacebuilders and leaders; 2) by promoting meaningful youth engagement with and youth-focused policies from municipal officials; and 3) by facilitating opportunities for cooperation between young people and their local government.

SCN worked with young people on the coast of Kenya between 2018 and 2021 and added Nakuru to the programme in 2022. Over four years and three cities, SCN trained 127 young people to develop and manage community based initiatives to prevent hate, polarisation and extremism, supporting 25 of these youth-led projects, which engaged 3.5 thousand young people directly and reached 1.15 million more. SCN also worked with 57 local officials in these cities to develop more inclusive and representative youth policies and organised an exchange in Nakuru to discuss strategies to prevent election violence. This booklet provides a detailed account of that work.


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