Youth Ventures Initiatives (YOVI) is a non-profit, non-partisan non-governmental organization that has a commitment towards youth empowerment. It was started in 2008 and loosely existed till 2009 when it was formally registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kenya. YOVI recognizes that the youth remain among the most marginalized and disempowered citizens in Kenya. A significant number of young people are unemployed, idle and lost to substance and drug abuse. Their idle status makes them an easy target for recruitment into all forms of vices including extremism and violent related groups and gangs locally and internationally. The youth criminal behavior is fired by idleness and feelings of having been left out by society and general apathy. This is compounded by the fact that resources are minimal and there is not enough for everyone. Those living in slums of Nairobi and other towns are even in worse off situation.
Also youth lack vital information necessary for them to remain healthy. They lack information on dangers of substance and drugs abuse. They are also unaware of healthy behavior choices that could keep them from contracting HIV. Those that abuse drugs and alcohol are at risk of contracting HIV infections.
Parents are lost for words and remain short of strategies to help out their youths. Often there is communication breakdown between them and their youth.
This scenario underscores YOVI strategic choices and priorities.