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The National Youth Council is a state corporation domiciled in the Ministry of ICT,Innovation and Youth Affairs which came into being after the enactment of National Youth Policy (NYP) (2007) and the National Youth Council (NYC) Act (2009). The NYC Act 2009 was operationalized in December 2012 following nationwide wide youth elections held as per the NYC Election Guidelines 2011. The need to have a National Youth Council was created after heightened attention to youth issues in response to the post-election violence experienced in the country in January 2008 and in adherence to international obligations on youth empowerment specifically, the African Youth Charter. The Council is a youth empowerment platform and provides an elaborate structure that facilitates the participation and inclusion of the youth in governance, national affairs and ensures programmes are youth centered and driven


To enhance youth capacity and active participation in social, political and economic prosperity through strategic consultations, engagements and partnerships.


To be the dynamic institution championing youth empowerment, unity and inclusion for National prosperity and stability.


  • Participation
  • Equity and Fairness
  • Professionalism
  • Patriotism
  • Integrity and Accountability
  • Innovativeness and Creativity
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity
  • Volunteerism and Community service


  • Research on youth issues Dialogues (Intergenerational)
  • Town halls and youth Cafes
  • Leadership and governance training
  • Youth nomination to decision making bodies
  • Youth mobilization for national and international events/ activities
  • Support policy development to ensure inclusion of the youth agenda
  • County Youth Empowerment forums- Sports, talent shows, cultural festival, exchange programs and much more
  • Joint activities with stakeholders


The Council has registered a number of achievements since its establishment in the year 2012. Notable among them is the following;

  • Setting up theSecretariat
  • Development of NYC Strategic Plan (SP), launch and     implementation: Development and Approval of Human Resource (HR)Instruments
  • Delinking and independence in Council operations


  1. Social media presence, Production and distribution of IECmaterials
  2. Events-intergenerational dialogue forum, pre-devolution      youth conference, international youth day celebration
  3. Media briefs and Pressers
  4. Inaugural National Youth Convention -June 2014


  • The Council Lobbied for implementation mainstreaming and inclusion of youth in governance. The Council has secured representation in: National Employment authority (NEA), Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF), National Council for Nomadic Education of Kenya (NACONEK), National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC).
  • At the Counties levels,the Council has lobbied for youth representation and inclusion to be anchored in legislation.
  •   The NYC played a central role in the review of the National Youth Policy (NYP) (2007) and the NYC Act, 2009. The NYC Bill (2019) is currently at parliament.


In 2007, the Kenya National Youth Policy was formulated to facilitate youth empowerment, particularly inclusion through meaningful participation and effective representation. Thereafter, the National Youth Council Act, 2009 was enacted on 31st December 2009, while the president accented to it to become law in 2010.The Act establishes two organs, namely National Youth Council which is a body Corporate and the Youth Advisory Board that has a purely advisory mandate. Members of each organs serve in office for a three-year term.

The first NYC elections were held between May 2011 and December ,2012 where 16 youth were elected as members of the Council two from the former eight provinces.  The election was designed to start form the sublocation level to give equal opportunity to all Kenyan youth to participate in the creation of the Council. The first term of the Council members expired on 9th December 2015. Elected youth who served in the first term and had not attained the age of 35 years or gotten appointments to other public office were reappointed in May 2016 for a further term which expired in May 2019. 


The NYC exists primarily to champion youth issues by nurturing youth leadership; ensure inclusion, meaningful participation and representation of youth in all spheres of development. In addition, NYC is actively involved in the processes of formulating policies that directly affect young people. The Council is in the process of reviewing the NYC Act, 2009 to facilitate its reconstitution.