The RHRN2 program promotes meaningful participation of adolescents and young people in all their diversity in SRHR programming in Kenya. In this approach, the program has established and positioned the Youth Executive Board (YEB) at the apex of its governance structure to ensure that the young people’s voices are heard and considered in the design, delivery, and implementation of the SRHR programs.
The YEB is composed of 9 young people aged 18-23 years drawn from Kisumu, Nairobi, and Mombasa Counties. The members of the board are competitively recruited through a rigorous process that involves call for application, interviews, and orientation to ensure the most appropriate balance of gender, region, inclusivity and diversity in representation. The program provides the YEB an opportunity to shadow learn and develop relevant practical skills and competencies; role model in programme work while creating opportunities for themselves for growth in skills and competencies in selected areas such as presentation skills in advocacy; and obtain practical on-the job training in varied areas including SRH education, social media advocacy, communication, writing. This is to enable them to grow and develop the requisite competencies necessary in the implementation of SRHR programs for young people in all their diversity.
The YEB is fully involved in the annual work planning processes to ensure the activities are aligned to the needs of young people; attend the activities of the country partners and all capacity strengthening workshops of the coalition; individually and collectively create SRHR and advocacy content during international SRHR days.