The One Stop Youth Centres are innovative and ground-breaking spaces that provide a meeting place for young people to come together to access information and resources critical to youth-led development programmes and projects. The main objectives of the centres
- Employment and Capacity Building: replicable systems for vocational training and apprenticeships in place with increased employment opportunities, gender and age mainstreaming, new employment ideas, and slum upgrading.
- Crime Prevention: progress on crime and delinquency prevention, and support to the empowerment of youth in difficult circumstances.
- Urban Governance: young people as active participants on issues of governance.
The One Stop Youth Centre, Nairobi
The One Stop Youth Centre in Nairobi is a pilot initiative aimed at creating effective and sustainable models for urban youth development and employment. It does this through collaboration between UN agencies and their member states, local, national and international youth organizations, NGOs and local authorities.
UN HABITAT coordinates this pilot, one of the projects under the Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) on Urban Youth Development in Africa. The Global Partnership Initiative was established to learn from best practices on addressing the diversity of challenges facing youth today in urban communities. GPI seeks to develop systems to enable youth to make sustainable decisions and facilitate inter-generational transfer of values. This partnership promotes meaningful involvevement and engagement of young people in creating solutions for the issues they face, and creates enabling environments for them to take action.