SOURCE: National Cooperative Business Association

National Cooperative Business Association

February 09, 2011 10:01 ET

Yes Youth Can! Project Awarded to NCBA's CLUSA International Program

Project Empowers Youth in Kenya to Build Entrepreneurial Skills, Develop Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) - The National Cooperative Business Association's CLUSA International Program has received an award of $2.5 million to administer a project under the USAID/Kenya Yes Youth Can! program. The program aims to encourage youth voice, youth entrepreneurship and youth leadership.

Yes Youth Can! is an initiative to empower African youth and supports the creation of effective national and local networks of youth leaders to advocate peacefully for meaningful reforms of the government and economy. In announcing the program, President Obama declared that "Africa's future belongs to its young people."

In its two-year project, CLUSA International will partner with two national, Kenyan non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Youth Foundation of Kenya (YFK) and Participatory Approaches for Integrated Development (PAFID), to support youth. The project will empower youth to participate effectively in political leadership and governance and build entrepreneurial skills to engage in activities that enhance socio-economic status. CLUSA's work under Yes Youth Can! will focus its implementation in the Coast Province, an area that saw a rise in gangs and gang related violence during the post-election violence of 2007-2008. 

Headquartered in Washington, the National Cooperative Business Association creates cooperative connections across all sectors of the nation's more than 29,000 cooperative businesses, including agriculture, food distribution and retailing, childcare, credit unions, purchasing, worker-owned, housing, healthcare, energy, and telecommunications cooperatives. The CLUSA International Program has helped develop cooperatives and other sustainable businesses in over 100 countries since 1953. CLUSA currently implements 23 projects in 10 countries. To learn more about NCBA, visit

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