John Nduati is among a group of young people who have gathered at Shalom House, Nairobi, for a two day workshop on Career Guidance and Entrepreneurship. At 19, Nduati is passionate about the arts and knows exactly what career he would love to undertake however financial. Constrains and adequate knowledge on how to enroll for an appropriate coarse have hindered him from pursuing his dream career.
This is a story that replicates with many other young people attending this particular workshop. Many were not able to complete their high school due to poverty or got into the wrong group of friends thus dropping out.
The two day workshop has been organized by Amani an Italian organisation, MAECI- Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Corporation and Koinonia Community. It is aimed at empowering the youth who are past Koinonia Community beneficiaries at the various centers. Jackline Achieng a business trainer and Kenneth Kariuki a counselor are the trainers present and they are looking to help this group of young people come up with practical goals and objectives that will see them become financially stable.
The rate of unemployment is increasing by the day and if these group of youths are able to get started on their career paths or businesses it goes a long way to reducing the number of unemployed youth in the country. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and for this particular group is to get to know what they truly desire to accomplish in life in terms their goals and objectives. The number one thing about goals and objectives is to ensure that they are practical and also set timelines on when and how they intend to achieve them.
This particular workshop is not just a two day thing, but opens an opportunity for mentorship where the trainers will monitor their growth and help them out with any challenges they may encounter in their journey to attaining their goals and objectives in life. Koinonia Community and Amani also did promise to do follow ups and support the youth where need be so long as they put in the required effort towards achieving their goals