Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)

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Project overview

Unemployment in Kenya stands at 40%, with 70% of those unemployed between 15-35. This high level of unemployment contributes to escalating incidents of crime and insecurity in the country. Among the urban poor, the majority of young people have little or no workplace skills and are therefore largely excluded from productive economic and social life. In Mathare, a slum district of Nairobi home to 800,000 people, many female youth turn to prostitution as a means of livelihood, with male youth resorting to joining gangs and engaging in criminal activities. MYSA works with 24,000 young people per year, integrating a work-readiness curriculum into weekly football leagues spanning the city – from teaching their beneficiaries FIFA-certified skills such as coaching and refereeing, to targeting youth in the slums and training them to fill vacancies in the construction sector, to foundational entrepreneurship skills so that young people are well prepared should they want to start their own businesses.

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Project data

  • Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)
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  • Sport type: Football
  • Social issue: Health