ALUMNI SPEAKER SERIES

  • 1st Alumni Speaker Series at Murang’a University of Technology
  • The first Kenya Alumni Engagement Speaker Series seminar was held on 4th March, 2021 at Murang’a University of Technology. The speaker, Ms. Cecilia Wairimu a youth mentor, gender advocate, a community change agent and an alumnus of two U.S. Government funded programs i.e. Multinational Exchange Sustainable Agriculture and Young Africa Leadership Initiative, extensively addressed the issue of mental health which has affected many youths and encouraged the young people to be resilient.

  • 2nd Alumni Speaker Series at University of Embu
  • The second Kenya Alumni Engagement Speaker Series seminar was held on 19th April, 2021 at University of Embu. The speaker was Ms. Jacqeline Omol a Principle Persecution Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, an alumnus of two U.S. Government funded programs i.e. Nelson Mandela Fellowship and Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI). facilitated an interactive discussion on Peace, Security and Rule of law.  She urged each participant to have an achievable goal on what they would do towards ensuring that there is peace and security in the nation.  The event culminated in the formation of an Embu County Alumni Chapter.  The Chapter will among other things enable the Youth undertake initiatives that will address peace and security in the community.

  • 3rd Alumni Speaker Series at Meru University of Science and Technology
  • 4th Alumni Speaker Series at Laikipia University
  • 5th Alumni Speaker Series at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Nairobi Campus.
  • The day’s theme was “The Rule of Law” which was addressed by speaker Nickson Oira, who has several years of experience managing governance, democracy and conflict management programs with both local and international organizations in Kenya. He explained the various challenges to having a society that respects the rule of law and what one needs to do to address this challenge, such as understanding your rights.

  • 6th Alumni Speaker Series at Kisumu Hotel, Maseno University.
  • 7th Alumni Speaker Series at Machakos University.
  • A team from the Kenya Alumni Engagement Programme visited Machakos University for its 7th alumni speaker series. The day’s theme was ‘Economic empowerment’ with the key speaker being Mr. Martin Ngoni, an alumnus of the Ohio Program, a U.S. Government-funded programme. He encouraged the young people to engage in agricultural activities, especially through agricultural technology and innovations, which reduces the unemployment gap among the youth. He also stated the key drivers are the young people and women.

    He concluded by saying, “The agriculture sector plays a vital role in the Kenyan economy. It accounts for 65 per cent of the export earnings and provides livelihood (employment, income and food security needs) for more than 80 per cent of the Kenyan population and contributes to improving nutrition through the production of safe, diverse and nutrient-dense foods. Therefore, agriculture is the solution to achieving President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda and creating opportunities for the young people instead of relying on the white-collar jobs.”

  • 8th Alumni Speaker Series at Western Ambience Hotel in Busia.
  • The 9th Alumni Speaker series was held at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute.
    The 9th Kenya Alumni Engagement Speaker Series seminar was held on 7th May, 2021 at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute. The theme for the series was health and was facilitated by Mr. John Mathenge an alumnus of the Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI).
  • The 10th Alumni Speaker series held at Kapenguria Vocational Training Centre, West Pokot.
    The 10th Kenya Alumni Engagement Speaker Series seminar was held on 7th May, 2021 at Kapenguria Vocational Training Centre, West Pokot. The program aims at engaging alumni of U.S government exchanges in enhancing Peace and Security, Economic Empowerment, Health and the Rule of Law in Kenya. The day’s theme was Peace and Security with the key speaker being Mr. Brian ChonaAlumni of the U.S government –Exchange program 2018 under the patronage of the American Council for young political leaders (ACYPL) in Washington DC and Minnesota.He is also a facilitator for peace and security for young leaders (PYPA) Academy.He encouraged the young people in West Pokot to enhance peace within the neigbouring communities.
  • The 11th Alumni Speaker series held at Technical University of Mombasa.
    The 11th Alumni Speaker Series at the Technical University of Mombasa. The day’s theme was enhancing peace and security in our communities, with the speaker being Ms. Shamin Juma, an alumna of YALI.