Afrika Youth Space

Welcome to AfRika’s youth space. This is a safe space that will feature great initiatives that youths are taking part in. We know there are many challenges facing the youth out there however, no one is limited when it comes to solving such challenges thus we encourage youths to send us their initiatives so that we showcase them as we tackle those challenges together.

Youth Advisory Board

Emmanuel Mwakera

Youth Advisory Board Chair

Emmanuel Mwakera is a multi-skilled Natural resource specialist, a vibrant youth advocate, writer and an adept digital communication strategist. He is the pioneer president of the Kilifi County Youth Advisory council which is a framework attached to the County Department of Health to facilitate meaningful engagement in various youth programs and also the chairperson of the national Youth Advisory Board under AMREF- Kenya FAYA project which is a research-oriented project working on comprehensive sexuality education in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geography and Natural Resource Management with IT from Maseno University.
Mr. Mwakera currently works as the Head of Communications and the interim HR at Connect To Retain, a community based organization whose programmatic thematic areas include Health, Education, Entrepreneurship and Policy Advocacy. He has been extensively involved in programing aligned to youth and contributed in the development and review of various County policies including the Sexual Reproductive Health/ HIV 2020-2023 strategy. He is also the Chief Editor of YACH Inspire Zone- an e-magazine that produces youth content. With his ‘ Light up a life initiative” He advocates for climate justice and environmental conservation through various environmental programs. He is passionate about utilization of 21st century digital skills to serve humanity

Mercy Kipngeny 

Youth Advisory Board Vice Chair

Mercy Kipngeny is a youth Advocate from Siaya county and the elected YAB vice chair. She champions for meaningful youth engagement in decision and policy making. She graduated from the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and technology with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She is currently working as a case management officer in Siaya working with AYPLHIV to achieve VL suppression while championing for the rights of young people as the Vice president of the Siaya youth Advisory Champions for Health.

Leila Abdulkeir Isaak

Youth Advisory Board Secretary

Leila Abdulkeir Isaak is the Deputy president of Kilifi YAC and the founder of a youth led organization in Kilifi called Power Action Changers(PAC). She is a leader, teacher, Mentor and youth advocate of AYSRHR. She is so passionate in advocating on issues that affect Adolescents and Young People in Kilifi county and Kenya at large. Her greatest achievement is  advocating for change in adolescents and young people health and well-being through provisioning of SRHR information especially the AGYW while influencing policies that will impact change.

Ayuma Leonidah

Youth Advisory Board Member

Ayuma Leonidah is the current president of the Youth Advisory champions for Health (YACH) Mombasa county. She is an undergraduate student at Technical University of Mombasa where she pursued a degree in Community Health. She is currently pursuing the HTS course at LVCT Health Mombasa. She is a young SRHR advocate, a young woman passionate in matters of GBV, Mental Health and Menstrual Hygiene management. She is a peer educator and a passionate mentor. Currently she spends most of her time doing mentorships for high school students at Wings to fly program by Equity Bank and Life Africa under Jielimishe program. Being an alumni of the wings to fly program she has learnt the aspect of giving back and she believes through mentorship, lives are transformed. She also does advocacy and Awareness creation on matters of SRH, GBV ,mental Health and Menstrual Health Hygiene. The end goal of her advocacy work is to ensure that young people get the right information so as to make right choices and informed decisions. Her greatest achievement in advocacy is making someone’s life better and she believes through giving them the right information, they will make right choices and decisions about their future hence transforming their lives. Her greatest motivation in life starts from within her for she believes she is the best and she can do it with one of the greatest quotes that motivates her daily being:

 “STOP WISHING AND START DOING“.

Malcomx Andrew

Youth Advisory Board Member

Malcomx Andrew is a YAB Board Member. He is also an AYP ASRHR advocate, an Event Organizer, Photographer & Marketing professional with 5+ years of experience in social media management, content marketing, and branding. He is currently the Team Lead for Maisha Youth, a network driven to promote positive youth action for a healthy generation. Some of his key advocacy achievements are supporting the AYP programs at the NACC, abstract accepted for presentation at the HIV Adolescence conference in South Africa, & Kenya Respectively. Abstract presentation at the ICASA Conference in Rwanda & a supporting member of the AfRika Platform under AMREF.

Betty Mtuweta

Youth Advisory Board Member

Betty Mtuweta is a member of YAC in Kilifi County. She is a mentor, peer educator and youth advocate on AYSRHR having taken part in local advocacy in Kilifi County. Her greatest achievement is advocating for the development and equipment of youth friendly centers in Kilifi County that can act as safe spaces for the young people and well-being through provisioning of SRHR information especially the AGYW while influencing the implementation of policies that will impact change in their lives at the county. Through her efforts she was delegated to represent young people from her sub-county at the County level on matters regarding their health.

Alvin Mwangi

Youth Advisory Board Member

Alvin Mwangi is a 24 year old youth advocate who is passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) with a specific focus on Access to comprehensive Sexuality Education and Access/Uptake of Youth Friendly Health Services. He is a volunteer advocate with Youth Empowerment Movement Kenya (YEM Kenya). Alvin has finalized a Social work and Community development 3 year Diploma Course and a Project Planning and Management Certificate Course at the University of Nairobi
Some of my Key advocacy Achievements are; I have been part of the Youth team from Nairobi County that developed the Nairobi County Sexual Reproductive health and rights framework 2019 -2021, I have
been awarded by UNAIDs an award towards my work on the Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 on Good Health and Well being in a summit held in India. Also I have led a youth led research project in 3 counties doing a research on Access to youth friendly health services to inform programming and policy change. Currently, Alvin is working on some personal initiatives on SRHR campaigns to pass information on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights to young people in online platforms.
Nairobi, Kenya

@alvinmwangi254

Mercy Kwamboka

Youth Advisory Board Member

Mercy kwamboka is a volunteer in AYSRH from Homabay County. She is a Youth Champion, Youth advocate and she loves working with the community because they are the best creation in this world. She is a student at St. Brendan taking a certificate course in food and beverage. She is always passionate about giving back to the community.