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VOF Week 4 or 5... coming back from youth conference in Kenya but I still love Pulsewire

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I last posted that I was headed to Kenya to lead a youth media team at a peace summit. Internet connection was a fight to get and I had my hands full of things to do, but we had 6 days with 200+ regional youth doing community building, skill development, talking about peace and reconciliation and how to start a business, even youth sexuality (that was a popular one)! I loved it. Working with youth was so inspiring, my job was leading the media team and on the first day when 30 people walked in I said to myself oh no this is a big team... but we divided up, newsletter team, public relations, blogging, photography and video. At the end of the day we needed everyone. We got our conference into The Nation, on Citizen TV and on the radio.

All the computers got viruses and the flash drives got stolen... but at the end of the week, the team was so psyched. They had no complaints. Most of them had never gotten to do such hands on work before, and in the closing evaluation they said they felt trusted and empowered. Wow. We produced a beautiful blog http://peacesummit2009.wordpress.com and connected with Woman's Hope - who I met through a comment in this very forum- go World Pulse!

Woman's Hope is a newspaper in Kenya that is free with the goal of empowering women. Well, they loved the media team too and now we are working together to produce a Youth Hope section. I was happy I could buy the youth team a URL and leave them with some airtime.... I think I will fundraise to get the editor his own laptop.

The experience planning this conference renewed my faith in everything - in the power of the press (written news is still important in Kenya at least) in the power of youth as organizers... in my own skills at planning youth conferences. There are a lot of youth conferences out there, but many of them are not well run, or youth centered. We went for 6 days, cause you need that much time, we put youth leaders and facilitators up front, we focused workshops on skills youth need: writing project proposals and setting goals, talking directly about the political issues of the country, and connecting with decision makers. This is the second conference we have done like this, last year we were in Rwanda, and I think I have found my niche.

Can we really count on governments or big agencies like the World Bank to do youth development? No, human centered civil society orgs must come forward, and put youth needs at the very front and center.

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jadefrank's picture

Thanks for sharing

Hi Emily,

Thank you for sharing your incredible experience in Kenya. What a wonderful project - providing workshops to develop reporting skills for the youth. And it's also exciting that you feel you've found your niche in life - something that I am still struggling with. I'm so glad that you were able to connect with Woman's Hope through PulseWire and collaborate on creating a section for youth in the newspaper. Can you provide the online links for these? And who is the woman from World Pulse that is affiliated with Woman's Hope? I know that I have connected with her, but cannot find her profile. Thanks!

Warm regards,
Jade

shiku steve's picture

its me ! me! me!

Hei Jade
We met and connected well and yes,you are in my community.I met Emily through VOF.Both of us blog-I said blogging is about commenting on other journals,I opened hers to read,and waoh what a surprise !she was travelling to Kenya the same week.Booo! I was travelling out of Kenya the same week.Well she met womans hope director.I have just read from Emiy's VOF week 4,she is to start youth hope programme together with the womans hope team .Live long pulse wire!

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Love Shiku

shiku steve's picture

fabulous work!

That was great Emily! we are sure to prosper with this determination and dedication.Sad I didnt met you. Great that you meet Woman's hope director and connected well.Waoh !cant wait to work together on youth hope programme.Can we start it now ?:)
please join my community .I invited you two weeks ago!

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Love Shiku

consolata's picture

I was honoured!

What a surprice i got from World pulse friend. Emily you made World pulse to be so so real. meeting a friend from Pulse wire is such a treasure since we are Not so many. I treasure each an every moment we shared our future inspirations. What a wonderful friend you are. I believe our meeting was not an accident that we are bound to do so much to ensure we empower our women,girls and the Youths. What about the Kenya Youth Media you initiated.. Wao. It was such a big stride and i believe you and your team will conguer and live up to your desired dreams.
You ended well,that you have found your niche! keep up the spirit dear comrade.
Lets keep the fire burning in this great Network.
Sister,
Consolata

johnsonssempijja's picture

Yes Uganda need u all

Christian Youth Outreach Uganda is a Voluntary Service. And a Community Development Agency for young People based in Uganda that provides innovative and competent support to needy Young People and organizations aimed at stimulating local development initiatives especially among the disadvantaged; as well as developing harmonious relations among people of different backgrounds and cultures. Christian Youth Outreach Uganda is involved in three program areas 1. Community BasedVoluntary Service, 2. To Reach the Unrelated People 3.Education Development Services for Young People around the Villages Of Uganda.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the following projects:

Orphanages and Children homes
Christian Youth Outreach Uganda supports various homes around Uganda that are in need of volunteers to join their teams to work such as Social workers (i.e. Caregivers), Nurses, Manual workers, and Counselors.

Primary and Secondary schools

We are looking for qualified volunteers who can teach in a variety of subjects and who can help in activities such as organization, coordination, and participation in extracurricular activities like athletics, football, drama, music, Cultural, etc.

Agricultural Projects
Christian Youth Outreach Uganda is looking for volunteers who are able and willing to support our agricultural projects by practical and organizational means.

Education
Christian Youth Outreach Uganda created its own Education initiative which is active all over Uganda as a Nation at large. We have a number of openings both at the office and on-site, providing volunteers with a variety of responsibilities.

Head Office
For our head office we are looking for volunteers who can support our activities. Job descriptions can include Proposal Writing and Fundraising, Project Coordination, Marketing, Business Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, ICT, and Finance.

For more information please write to us or visit our website at www.c-youthoutreach.cfsites.org

Volunteer Arrangements

Volunteer pay an Application fee of $ 200. The application fee covers administration, program information, communication transport to and from the airport and a little support to Christian Youth Outreach Uganda projects because we don’t have sufficient funds. This fee is paid to us before the volunteer arrives in Uganda at the project

Below is the program fee break-down which you will need to pay depending on the period of your stay with Christian Youth Outreach Uganda.

Cost for 1 month $ 400

2 weeks $ 300

1 week $ 153

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