It has grown into a values-based Leadership training and development program with a key focus of developing effective leaders in different spheres of influence who possess strong constructive values. The program pays attention to building character, leadership capabilities and positively transforming the mind-set of youth in leadership and governance. This is done through individual coaching (as the main tool for behavioral change), training sessions, team building. experiential learning and peer reviews.
The overall objective is to improve the effectiveness of young legislators in the Kenyan political space to be champions of ethical, transparent and accountable governance both at national and local government level through capacity building training that establishes purposeful, effective and values-based leaders in their respective areas of assignments.
Established in 2018, the program started with a pilot phase that targeted young individuals elected into public offices such as Senators, Women Representatives, Members of Parliament and a few Members of County Assembly. In 2019/2020, we introduced a one-year Fellowship program intentionally targeting Members of County Assembly known as the Leading Young Fellowship. This year, we are running a Master Class that targets specific areas of growth for young leaders in elected offices and a Visionary program for young pastors in Full time ministry.
Leading Young operates in partnership between Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association, Kenya Young Members of County Assembly Association, International Christian Centre – Nairobi and the Ford Foundation
"History teaches us that when it matters most, it is to the youth that we have always turned to."
"I believe that Africans have the power to change Africa. That is the power that we give to our youth."
"The transformation that has to take place in Kenya is in the heart of the Individual. It has to start on the inside to go outside."
"The youth are the trustees of our country's posterity. We do not want a generation growing up wanting to get even."
May – October 2021
The Leading Young Master Class
A comprehensive learning experience for outstanding young leaders (under 35) in elective positions (MCAs, MPs, Women Reps, Senators)
April – November 2021
A leadership capacity building program for church leaders in full time ministry to equip church leaders with essential leadership principles and skills.