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K-YOUTH MEDIA: EQUIPPING A GHETTO CHILD WITH MEDIA AND FILM TRAINING

Gerald Langiri
February 06 / 2014

K-Youth Media is a non-profit making youth organization founded in 2011 whose main goal is to equip young people from the urban slums of Nairobi, both school going and non school going, with skills on media and communication for their personal and community development.

Its establishment was informed by the ambitious youth who had a strong desire for media but lacked finances to pursue the same. Media and film training has been out of reach for many young people from Nairobi’s informal settlements. KYM offers an exceptional and free training for these youths with an aim of contributing to their economic and social development. To date K-Youth has trained close to thirty young people from Korogocho’s informal settlements as well as surrounding areas.

K-Youth Media conducts six month training for the youth aged 18-22 from the urban slums of Nairobi. The trainees are selected from a pool of application from youth in the urban slums. This program is designed specifically for youth who have finished secondary school education but cannot afford college fees due to financial constraints. The program absorbs youth who are interested in media and film studies and are willing to transform their respective communities.

Over the past two years K-Youth has trained four lots of students from the informal settlements of Korogocho. Through this program the youth have managed to establish their own production companies, while some have secured scholarships to advance their studies. The program has played a key role in engaging young the residents of Korogocho on various issues affecting them. This has been done through community screening and a weekly radio show on Koch FM, a community based radio station. K-Youth intends to continue positively impacting communities through film and photography.

Every year K-Youth Media oversees a graduation ceremony for the students that have been trained in the past twelve months. This being the 3rd graduation K-Youth seeks to make it an exceptional ceremony that will celebrate the exceptional creative work by the youth from Korogocho and surrounding areas. During this event, short films developed by the students as well as photos will be showcased to all in attendance.

This years ceremony will be held at the Alliance Francaise on the 21st of Feb 2014 from 5.00pm and will see us witness the 3rd graduation ceremony and mark K-Youths 2nd Anniversary as well as launch a one week photo exhibition. The event will be a great turning point for the young people from Korogocho and it will bring on board key stakeholders in the media industry as well as film lovers, enthusiasts, international guests and the general public.

K Youth Media

RSVP here or call Solomon Mwendwa on 0723 122 946 or email kyouthmediacentre@gmail.com

“It is our mission to equip young people from the urban slums of Nairobi, both school going and non-school going with skills in media and communication for their personal and community development. In order to meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn't be able to serve those in our community each year and transform the lives of the youth as we have done to date.” Says Solomon Mwendwa.

The Board is the highest decision making organ at KYM. Currently, K-Youth Media has six Board

of Directors that are drawn from all the three partner organizations:

Raphael Obonyo - Obonyo Foundation

James Smart - Obonyo Foundation

Joan Peters - B-Kids Australia

Bernard Wandei - B-Kids Australia

Fredrick Larson - Nacka Nairobi Initiative

Magnus Rossagen - Nacka Nairobi Initiative


Contact Info

K-Youth Media Centre

Kariobangi North, Sanoda House, 1st floor,

P.O BOX 44427- 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Email: kyouthmediacentre@gmail.com

Phone: +254 723122946/+254 711363127

Blog: kyouthmedia.wordpress.com | 

Youtube.com/kyouthmedia |

Twitter: Twitter.com/kyouthmedia

Facebook.com/kyouth

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