The Youth Cafe serves as a transformative and empowering force capable of showing ways of bringing Africa and the rest of the world closer in a win-win partnership, improving youth welfare and revitalizing communities.
— Willice Onyango

Our Portfolio of current programs

Aggregation by programme teams


Empower. Amplify.Connect.

The Youth Cafe is an award-winning pan-African youth organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Youth participation is essential to our mission. When you empower young people, it helps us build stronger communities and a brighter future. That’s true here in Nairobi and it’s true around the world.

We exist to model and advance youth-led approaches towards sustainable development, social equity, democratic governance, and economic viability practices by utilizing innovative research, policy, and advocacy actions.


Legally mandated and rights-based.

— Principles of Meaningful Youth Engagement

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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.

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.

Our vision

Towards an equitable and fair society in which young people enjoy full social, economic and political rights.



Over the years The Youth Cafe has proved to be so effective in pursuing its objectives and in accomplishing its mission that it has been able progressively to enlarge its scope, now encompassing a number of African countries.

So I want to say particularly to the young people here today, Kenya is on the move. Africa is on the move. You are poised to play a bigger role in this world-as the shadows of the past are replaced by the light that you offer an increasingly interconnected world. And in the light of this new dawn have to learn to see that we are connected, our fates are bound together.
— President Barack Obama, Safaricom Indoor Arena, Nairobi, Kenya

How We Work

Most of The Youth Cafe’’s work is based on multi-stakeholder cooperation, focusing on strong partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations. These partnerships create positive synergy and ensure that common goals are reached jointly and successfully.

Some Of Our Youth Issue Guides

Our core values

  • Shared Responsibility and Acountability: We dependably achieve promised results for team,stakeholders, and community

  • Harmony and interdependence: We recognize that each of us needs all of us and we strive to work together in accord.

  • Creativity and Diversity: We discover and nurture new ideas and innovations and consistently solicit diverse perspectives.

  • Foresight: Sound judgement based on knowledge and understanding of past and present consequences of future decisions.

  • Commitment to community and Ubuntu: We recognize that everyone has a responsibility for the welfare of others.

  • Legacy: We value prominence,being well known for our positive ontributions.

  • Respect: We priorotize the recognition of the dignity of other people in all aspects of organizational leadership and decisions.

  • Ethical Leadership: We promote positive civic engagement and social resposnibilty through an ethic of service and a concern for justice.