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OPEN YOUTH CENTRES

Provide low cost structural spaces for collaborative design thinking, learning and recreation.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The plan is to create open, positive and welcoming spaces in low income communities where the youth can connect, create, learn and inspire whilst giving them a voice in the design of the spaces, the choice and development of programs with the idea of fostering a sense of ownership of the spaces. It is based on the belief that problems are better solved by those who experience them if given the space, time, tools and audience. Project implementation will be done by building low cost structures which serve as both collaborative design thinking & recreational spaces for the youth as well as provision of manuals for activity guidance, mentorship and workshops on employment readiness, financial literacy, etc. 

Ultimately the project aims to provide eventual economic empowerment for the youth utilising the centres by facilitating funding for creative/viable projects (kickstarter projects) to bring these projects to life. The intended output will serve to foster creative and innovative projects that are community oriented. Moreover, the educational/life skills gained in the process are bound to broaden horizons.

WHO BENEFITS?

The project targets youth in low income areas.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

I am from Kenya and currently live in South Africa working as a postdoctoral researcher in Gravitation & Astrophysics. I'm looking for collaborators on this project. — The centre design is sourced from a collaborator, Kyra Romero, of The Open Science Centre

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

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