Soweto Youth Initiative can be traced back to 1999 as a Scout movement unit. The Scout movement trained the youths in basic skills in such as cooking, cleanliness, discipline etc. As the founders carried Scout activities of the unit, they realized that the youth in the unit experienced such challenges as drugs abuse, teenage pregnancies and alcoholism in their families. They felt obliged to assist them tackle these challenges.
In this regard, in 2005 they changed the Scout unit to Soweto Youth Initiative which was a Self Help Group. The Self Help Group aimed to cater for the welfare of the youth members.
The group catered for school fees, student stationary, and also carried out clean up events, distributed sanitary towels and held youth forums to empower the members.
Soweto youth initiative (SYI), Head Office; Soweto Slum Kahawa West , Nairobi, Kenya. www.sowetoyouth.weebly.com
In 2010, it was realized that Soweto Youth Initiative excluded the young adults who had
initially benefited from the Self Help Group but wanted to continue the interaction. The
need to be all inclusive of the community needs arose and as such additional programs were
added such as; Children Program, Nishike Mkono, Annual Events and Volunteers Program.
In 2017 Soweto Youth Initiative was officially registered as a Community Based Organisation
to cater for the community needs of nurturing, empowerment and their social economic
Our mission; To educate, nurture and empower the community to achieve a sustainable social, economic livelihood.
Our purpose; to help young people do better thing in the society.
Motto; together we move.
Our main events;
We focus on the following major events