The Centre for the Study of Adolescence is an independent non-partisan, nonprofit organization established in 1988. The purpose
of the centre is to advocate and implement policies and programs
that enable young people to exercise choice, access to services, and participate fully in activities that promote their health and well-being. Kenya’s population is youthful with over 60% of the population being children and young people below the age of 24 years. As they grow up into adults, this generation, irrespective of background is confronted by similar social, political, health and livelihood issues.
Critical problems affecting the youth are those associated with the transition to adulthood with early and unprotected sexual activity in the era of HIV/AIDS. Many young people lack access to correct information and services mostly due to their poor and disadvantaged position in society- poor economic and social status with most infrastructures including the health systems designed to serve the needs of the adult population. The result is increased vulnerability to negative sexual health outcomes including STI/HIV infection, teen pregnancy, unsafe abortion, leading to high maternal and neonatal death, and school dropout among other factors. Programming for youth people at the national level in Kenya is recent. The development of appropriate policies to address the ASRH and development needs of young people is also recent with most efforts being achieved in the past decade.