Best Ideas 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Lennards Juakali Academy
Published on June 28, 2021 um 15:56
Explain your idea in details:
Poverty all over the world remains a crisis and while many developing countries grapple with it daily only a few have dealt with it. Unemployment and lack of basic skills to work in a workplace exacerbates poverty to a large extent. Lennards Juakali Academy is a startup youth skills and training academy to be located in Muranga county for at-risk youths aged 18 to 35 years. The Academy seeks to equip these youths with basic Artisan skills to empower them to become self-employed or secure the basic entry level jobs. Statistics from the Kenyan national census held in 2019 showed that 75% of the population were youths aged 18 to 35 years, further, Kenya Bureau of Statistics show that 3 in 5 unemployed persons are youths which shows the unemployment crisis in the country. The cost of starting a business in Kenya is significantly high which daunts youths ambitions of starting businesses with the majority delaying their ambitions as they look for capital albeit with no skills to be employed. Vocational training costs are still very expensive despite the governments efforts in wavering the fees the at-risk youths especially from disadvantaged backgrounds still cannot pursue or finish school In Kenya, the major category of the unemployed youths are at-risk because they either live in slums or are young parents, or they did not complete their basic education level or they scored poor grades in the basic education final exams. These youths are unemployed and lack basic skills and training to earn a means of livelihood employed or self employed. Lennards Juakali Academy targets these youths with an aim of assisting them to bridge these gaps of unemployment and eradicate poverty in Kenya. Using a training module comprising artisan skills training clustered into Technical: module : Fashion design, baking, and plant nursery Entrepreneurship module : business management.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The business targets to recruit 200 young adults aged 18 to 35 years within its first year of operation in 4 cohorts of 50 trainees each.during this period the trainees will undergo the training and upon its completion facilitated to begin their business or become employed. The success of the business will be calculated with the number of trainees who complete the training and the feedback from their employers or the record of their business performance.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Lennards Juakali Academy is a not-for-profit business model with an aim of providing employment option to its trainees. However, in order to fund its operations the founder will invest 1000$ in the first year of operations while the trainees will be required to pay 1000 Kenya shillings as fees for the 8 weeks training and certification. The Academy will be run by the founder in collaboration with volunteer trainers and mentors.
My name is Hellen Miano am 33 years old a Fashion and Design graduate of the University of Eldoret with a passion for youth empowerment and poverty eradication. My training career spans to 7 years, all of which revolve around training young adults in fashion and design skills. In this journey I have been employed by institutions and have trained many young adults who have now settled to becoming entrepreneurs while some have risen ranks in their workplaces. I relocated to Muranga in Central Kenya where I have faced problems acquiring a job in spite of my job experience and educational background, which has challenged me to think of what it must be for the many unemployed youths I see. This has motivated me to start my own business to reach out to at-risk youths who have not succeeded in getting any skills so that I can offer them skills that will not make them think of looking for jobs but will make them become entrepreneurs.
Stage of Idea
Lennards Juakali Academy