YOUTH VENTURES INITIATIVES BOARD AND STAFF
Youth Ventures Initiatives (YOVI) is governed by 8 board members as follows:
Mr. Thomas Mango – Board Chairman. Thomas is a development worker and has experience in HIV /AIDS response having been leading health programs in Busia County for over 20 years. He is also engaged in peace building, conflict resolution and disaster management initiatives across Kenya and Uganda. He holds a Masters Degree in Disaster Management.
Douglas Njiiri – Board Treasurer. Is currently a businessman running his own enterprise. He holds an MBA degree in finance. He has previously worked in donor-funded health programs including those by Management for Health and USAID. He is well versed and familiar with donor requirements and reporting.
Dr Jane W Munene (PhD) – Board Secretary / Chief Executive Officer. Jane has over 20 years experience in development work in health, entrepreneurship and governance including expertise in Organizational Development and Research. She has worked for International NGOs in Kenya and managed donor-funded programs by such donors as the World Bank, USAID, UN, DANIDA, AHF and others.
Ms Lucy Gakuo – Member of the board– She is among the first girls YOVI got in contact with at the villages of Mathira East, Nyeri County. She was among the first peer counsellors to be trained and has been involved in mobilizing and reaching out to young women and men with empowering information and services. She also got trained, through YOVI program, on how to generate a business idea. She joined the board of YOVI as a voice of other youth. Currently, she is running her own business at the village in Karatina which she started after attending YOVI training program. She is outstanding and articulate of youth issues and is often invited to local meetings by the government, local leaders and churches.
Mr Lawrence Muchori – Member of the board – We partner with the local churches and Lawrence being a leader in the local church has helped build that link with the church. He is active in the Christian Education department of the PCEA church which deals with young people. He is a retired civil servant and worked in the Ministry of Education before. He is instrumental in mobilizing and building our partnership with the government at the county level.
Mr David Yator –Member of the board – Is a member of the board and recently graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of Nairobi. He has a passion for community programs especially those that concern the youth. He is instrumental in organizing marathons.
Eng. Samuel Ogege – a member of the board – an Engineer who has a passion for community work. He volunteers his time at the local Anglican church youth department.
Mr Joseph Kimangi – Member of the board – a business person who also is influential in the local community supporting community ventures including those that touch on the welfare of young people.
Youth Ventures Initiatives works largely with Community Facilitators/peer counsellors who live within the communities where we work. Our first program in Nyeri has 80 facilitators /peer counsellors at Mathira East who are trained to carry out activities at all times. Our program in Mukuru slums has 40 peer counsellors. From our experience, this has helped to build the community with a permanent resource of personnel that is readily available to support community initiatives and government programs within villages. At Siaya and Homabay / Migori, we are mobilizing to train community facilitators/peer counsellors to help and support our programs. YOVI deems this as a more sustainable approach as donor funds are erratic.
Dr Jane W Munene (PhD) –Chief Executive Officer. Jane has over 20 years experience in development work in health, entrepreneurship and governance including expertise in Organizational Development and Research. She has worked for International NGOs in Kenya and managed donor-funded programs by such donors as the World Bank, USAID, UN, DANIDA, AHF and others.
Mr. Steve Bosire: Program Officer: He has over two years of experience in health programming. He has a degree in Public health from Kenyatta University.
Mr. Daniel Odipo: Program Support Officer: He has a Diploma in Community Health and has received Counseling Skill Training. He has a long experience in health programming.
Ms. Daisy Abwao: Program Assistant/communications: She is passionate about health programming and has a degree in Public health from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology (JKUAT). She also ensures smooth communication with our partners as well.
Mr James Muchangi: Program Assistant: He has substantial experience in donor-funded programs by USAID and government-supported ones. He has a diploma in Community Health. He is passionate about community work and has skills in health and entrepreneurship and community mobilization.
Mr. Daniel Kinungi: Program accountant: He is a skilled accountant and has worked for corporate and churches in financial systems management. He is a qualified CPAs. He ensures our financial systems are up to date
Ms Ruth Cege: Office Administrator: Ruth is our Office Administrator and supports to keep our documentation as well as communication with other organizations. She is able to provide support to all our programs.
Mr Richard Muhoro: Logistics Assistant Officer: He is a skilled logistician and valuable to our work and especially when we have to mount sports and marathon campaigns. He is able to support procurement and logistical support to all our programs.