Youth from the disadvantaged backgrounds from the informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya experience a lot of challenges for example peer pressure, drug abuse, lack of capital, early pregnancy, school drop-outs, lack of recreational places and facilities, idleness, jobless – just to mention a few. There are a lot of youth related organizations in Nairobi, Kenya who are geared towards sports, community services, music etc; that seeks to engage the youth in making sure they get opportunities to make themselves resourceful in our communities. I believe there is still much that needs to be done by connecting the youth with ‘themselves’, whereby challenging them to be critical thinkers and positive change makers in their communities despite all the challenges that surrounds them. Youth need to be challenged more and urged to be proactive in determining their future and that is one of the goals of Wilsen Initiative. Read More >>
About Wilsen Initiative
The idea of Wilsen Initiative is to spot talents and nurture it to the right direction by providing the much needed platforms for a young person to grow and express themselves starting with Mathare slums in Nairobi and all over Kenya by connecting with the realities and possibilities in life. Some of the important life-skills worth learning for a young person to take lead in their life and become a responsible citizen are for example; developing a positive attitude, self discipline, patience’s, hard-work, tolerance, goal setting abilities, personal branding and being a positive change maker (positive role model). We shall achieve all the above by developing activities around sports for develop concept using the following three core programs… Read more >>
How it all started.
” Wilsen-x is my brand name I’m a charming guy who like’s working with everyone from all race and creed. I love learning new things, socializing and making new friends, exploring new cultures and most especially inspiring the youth in my community and also all over the world through what I’m doing. One thing I have come to learn in the bits and pieces of my life, there is always something, somewhere, somebody or anything of the sort that motivates and inspires you or the opposite. I would urge all the youth around the world to believe in themselves and think about life as a positive vibe…” Read more from the founder of Wilsen Initiative >>
We shall achieve all the above by developing activities around sports for develop concept using the following three core programs;
a) Sports tourism - The main objective of sports tourism is to have a football club which is professionally managed that will give the youths opportunities to learn new cultures, skills and meet new friends. The value sports has in a young person life is immense for example through sport you learn important virtues like teamwork, respect, tolerance etc. The program will encompass a series of friendly matches and tournament participation in Nairobi and around Kenya.
b) Discussion forums & Motivational talks – The main objective of this program is to connect the youths with mentors who will provide advice on careers, market trends and social entrepreneurship ventures among other issues. We shall narrow the gap between the youths in the informal settlements and mentors (role models) in the business class and professional sports personalities through bi-monthly discussion forums at a convenient locations. The idea is to give hope to the hopeless and create linkages amongst diverse groups in our society. People have succeed in life through many means, our key highlights and focus will be people who have succeed using sports, academics, business and not forgetting using their talents. Our key emphasis is in education supported by life skills and talents, I envisage a community where the youths take on responsibility to learn from and with others and follow their interests and talents.
C) Mambo digital program: Mambo means what’s up or hi… in a slang language widely spoken in the informal settlement in Nairobi. In a conversation it goes Mambo? (What’s up or hi) Answered with Poa! (I’m cool). Mambo digital centre would open the platform for youths from the informal settlements access to a community library and Internet connectivity for learning and interacting with people around and beyond while equipping them with relevant skills of sourcing credible information, publishing positive content, security issues and threats, technical skills, creativity and innovation etc. Learn more about our programs >>