The International Youth Day is celebrated annually as it offers a platform to create awareness on the qualities of youth and the potential they hold towards the development of a society. Under this year’s theme: Green skills for youth – Towards a sustainable future, The Optiven Foundation acknowledges the challenges faced by young people and through their 4 pillars, concentrates on efforts to eliminate these issues. Optiven believes the youth are essential partners to develop a sustainable future and in achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Education and Job Readiness pillar serves to give opportunities and mentorship to the less fortunate and in partnership with Fusion Capital, The Foundation has enabled the youth access education through the Soaring Eagle Scholarship Program (SESP). Moreover, Upside Trust has also come on board to support the young people seeking Technical and Vocational Education and Training(TVET) as the sponsorship program provides financial assistance to the youth who are enrolled in TVET programs in Kenya.

In line with SDG 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, Optiven works to provide youth with opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship directly or indirectly where after a successful trainee program, the youth are employed as Margaret Muturi states, “Currently I am a data analyst here at Optiven Limited after a successful mentorship program 3 years ago. I am grateful because of the positive transformation George Wachiuri and Optiven are imparting in the society and for the opportunity to partner with them.”

George Wachiuri is a champion for the youth as he has provided a platform for the specific group to thrive. The presence of a youthful working force has promoted green skills and innovation spearheading the organisation to a more cleaner, climate resilient and efficient environment that provides sustainability and decent working conditions. He is also calling on the government and stakeholders to invest in young people with the need to create more opportunities for them and the youth have been encouraged to use their skills and talents to make the world a better place.

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