Life Skills

Youth, which refers to people ages 10 to 24, is a dynamic time of life, as many physical, social, and psychological changes that occur during our lifetimes occur during this timeframe. Between childhood and adulthood, attitudes are defined, long-term skills are acquired, health behaviors are formed, and life courses are charted. This is the period when youth aspirations and capabilities can be nurtured. The development challenge is to capitalize on the assets of youth, while modifying those behaviors, cultural norms, and social conditions that threaten their health and well-being For most young people, change of behavior is viewed as being hard and unattainable. Our experience demonstrates that a gap exists between knowledge and information on one hand and change of behavior on the other. Helping individuals develop and internalize life skills can bridge this gap. Life skills, in this case, act as a link between mitigating factors, that is knowledge of positive behavior and their benefit and behavior change, which is action.

The problem that SAYA addresses is the negative modes of behavior that expose youth to risks of the life such as teenage pregnancy and its shattering effects on human development. There are two causes to this problem.
• First, the Youth lack adequate knowledge of the cause-effect inter-relationship of life situations.
• Secondly, the youth lack adequate life skills to translate the knowledge and information of what to do into how to do it and how to access and utilize the enabling factors of doing it.
Life skills therefore create the capacity and will to choose from alternatives and implement the desired choices. In both the short and long run life skills translate knowledge of what to do, into how to do it, and provide the enabling factors for doing it. Behavior change is a gradual process that requires continuous support from ones immediate and distant environment. The support young people get from their immediate communities, guardians and givers is invaluable in this process.


Vocational training in juvenile facilities-Kiringiti Rehab Centre-Kiambu County

The institutions not only aim at changing behavior but also making an individual contribute positively to society by independently sustaining themselves and supporting their families. To achieve this, the SAYA visited the facility and covered on life skills, HIV/AIDS, STIs, drugs and substance abuse. The team also distributed Sanitary towels to the girls.