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THE YOUTH CAFE

Founded in 2012, The Youth Cafe is the largest press freedom organization in the world. At The Youth Cafe:

We see a future where young people have expanded economic opportunities , contribute to their communities and are on their way to becoming more responsible members of the society. This society features a responsive and accountable government that delivers the services its citizens need at the level of service they deserve. This society includes active youth-actors who play a key role in safeguarding democracy and development. These young peole also engage actively with government to provide feedback from the grassroots on the changing realities facing them and the emerging needs for which services and policy must evolve to meet. This society is composed of young people who are informed about their role, empowered to play it and equipped through the right infrastructure, appropriate technology and relevant policy and legislation. We see in this future a continent that is making inclusive progress towards elimination of poverty, creation of wealth and the establishment of capable and developmental institutions.


In the Kenya, The Youth Cafe is a registered as a company with limited guarantee carrying out the mission to empower and amplify the voices of young people working both internationally and in the Kenya. With an office in Nairobi, the Kenya team works with the The Youth Cafe works towards this future by building the capacity of young people using evidence-based approaches that help them play their role effectively. We facilitate the exercise of their capacity by providing the tools where possible or the knowledge. Where the right policy, information, capabilities, infrastructure and partnerships are in place, we believe the future we see can become a reality.

WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME ADVOCATES WITH RSF USA?

Students can work with The Youth Cafe in two ways: you can become a student member and/or you can start an The Youth Cafe university chapter.

WHAT IS The youth cafe UNIVERSITY CHAPTER?

The Youth Cafe university chapters are membership-based groups that give students the opportunity to raise awareness among their peers of youth empowement issues all over the world.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING INVOLVED IN THE YOUTH CAFE UNIVERSITY CHAPTER?

As part of the The Youth Cafe university chapter network, members create a formalized structure in which to engage in human rights activities, take part in local and international initiatives, and develop important leadership skills and global experience.

If you are an aspiring journalist, human rights activist, or simply want to raise awareness about press freedom issues in Africa and abroad, getting involved in an official The Youth Cafe chapter can bring direct access to inaccessible knowledge and connections.

Credentials Benefits and Activities:

  • Engage in human rights activities by taking part in local and international initiatives

  • Develop important leadership skills and global experience in a formalized structure

  • Organize at least three main events a year around the five main The Youth Cafe events:

    • International Youth Day (April/May);

    • Design Thinking Workshop (March 12th);

    • State of the Youth Report (May 3rd);

    • The Youth Cafe Leadership Prize (December);

    • Or documentary film screenings, mobilization campaigns, petition drives, fundraising events, and area festivals or fairs related to media/journalism with the assistance of The Youth Cafe.

Educational Benefits:

  • The Youth Cafe chapter updates

  • Optional discussion topics for university chapter meetings

  • Films to screen as they become available for The Youth Cafe

  • Potential speakers

  • Practical information for student journalists such as legislation for journalists in the US, tips on cyber security issues, etc.

HOW CAN YOU START A UNIVERSITY CHAPTER OF the youth cafe AT YOUR SCHOOL?

If at least 5 student members of The Youth Cafe are currently enrolled at your University and want to raise press freedom issues and create The Youth Cafe chapter, submit an application packet with an action plan to our Nairobi office at info@theyouthcafe.com.

In your plan of action, explain why you want to create a chapter, what issues/areas of the world are you most interested in, how you will be able to spread the word about press freedom and engage fellow students and the community, and what professors/staff (if any) will be involved in your chapter.

You should get necessary administrative approval from your university, including faculty support if needed.

Application packet needs to include:

  • Action plan (2 pages max)

  • Confirmation that your university does not require approval for new student groups or acknowledgement that you are working on approval with your university (acceptance as The Youth Cafe university chapter will be contingent on university acceptance if this is the case)

  • A copy of your bylaws (you can use the template we provide here) can be scanned and emailed to info@theyouthcafe.com or can be mailed to: The Youth Cafe , PO Box 4162, Nairobi, 00100

If your submission is accepted, you will receive your accreditation and some helpful materials (posters, map, postcards, etc) to officially launch the chapter in your university.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU ONCE WE ARE RECOGNIZED AS A UNIVERSITY CHAPTER OF The youth cafe?

The three basic ingredients to a successful chapter are leadership, programs, and membership. Nothing effective will happen without officers who lead and provide membership with programs and activities through which they can realize their own goals and aspirations.

We encourage you to organize at least three main events a year to raise awareness of press freedom issues. These events could also be good opportunities to raise funds for The Youth Cafe. You should send the funds raised to our Nairobi office, which will be able to send fiscal receipts to the donors.

We request that you send us an annual activity report (2 pages max with pictures of events) at the end of the year.

The Youth Cafe looks forward to assisting you in your exciting and worthy adventure! Contact info@theyouthcafe.com to register your new chapter.

WHICH UNIVERSITIES HAVE the youth cafe uNIVERSITY CHAPTER?

  • Kisii University

  • Moi University

  • Kirinyaga University

  • Embu University

CAN I BECOME A STUDENT MEMBER OF RSF USA WITHOUT STARTING A CHAPTER?

You can become a student member of The Youth Cafe without joining a university chapter. By emailing us your intent to join from your school account you can enjoy these great benefits to help you become a better advocate for press freedom around the world:

  • Personal membership certificate

  • Monthly newsletter with international on-the-ground report and Kenya events, job announcements and networking opportunities

  • Advocacy toolkit including a printable State Of The Youth Map, analyses detailing youth development ions around the world, and regional analyses

  • Exclusive invitation to The Youth Cafe events across the world