This is Youth Rising International
Powering Community Transformation!
Youth Rising is a youth-led and youth development focused organization on a mission of transforming communities through children and youth empowerment.
At Youth Rising, all our program activities aim at promoting Retention of at-risk children and youth in school, and Remediation of out-of-school youth through alternative education pathways.
United Youth Leadership for Community Transformation.
To offer a platform where young people can create solutions that power community transformation through holistic workforce development and creative youth leadership.
Our Belief System
We believe that all children and young people have a basic right to education and that our nation can only develop if we put youth and children’s education at the center stage.
Our center is a learning space for children and youth to (i) enhance practical and soft skills development, (ii) develop youth talents and assets, (iii) promote health and wellness, (iv) improve access to information and learning (literacy), (v) and create youth economic livelihoods.
Youth Rising is Breaking Barriers to Education.
When my wife and I founded Youth Rising International almost 10 years ago, we had an idea of what we wanted to see in our community but never imagined the kind of impact we would create. Together with partners, we have seen our investments in young people yielding impactful community transformation.
There are so many examples I could give on how Youth Rising is breaking barriers to education but a great example is our current Project Manager, Richard Wafula, who started out with us as a student of Digital Literacy, back in 2015, after failing to join college, due to financial challenges.
He went on to become a student tutor and now an important member of our team. And in 2023, he graduated with his associate diploma in business computing. He now manages our project activities, trains young people in Digital Literacy, supervises staff and manages stakeholder relationships. He is a Young Person on the RIse, powering community transformation.
Our Literacy programs with partner schools try to answer one essential question. How do we ensure that kids love school and enjoy what they learn? Exposing kids to reading materials through our Books on Bikes program and assisting teachers in printing testing materials in the Elevate Program are simple yet impactful activities that are easing the pressure on children and teachers alike while they pursue learning objectives.
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation.” – Nelson Mandela
Youth Rising programs aim at activities that promote the Retention of at-risk children and youth in school, and Remediation of out-of-school youth through alternative education pathways.
Books on Bikes
Youth Rising’s Books on Bikes is a library-on-wheels community outreach and literacy project that intends to improve literacy levels in communities by offering educational resources to children right at their door
N. J. Kanyerezi Library
Neville Jones Kanyerezi Memorial Library is Youth Rising’s community Library that serves the learning needs of Mpumu-Salaama community. The Library, also known as Youth Rising International Library acts as a base for all our literacy activities.
Micro-libraries are innovative self-serving book storage kiosks installed at rural schools that do not have a library. The kiosks hold between 200 – 500 books, and are managed by a volunteer teacher trained library utilization and management.
Youth Rising’s Elevate Program offers schools in rural communities access to printing resources. Schools and teachers registered in the program have access to unrestricted typesetting, printing and photocopying of teacher resources, classroom worksheets and testing materials.
Little Stars Academy
Early Childhood Education in Uganda is currently a struggle for most since it is not offered in public schools. Our volunteers every year enroll 20 – 30 children between 3 – 5 and teach them reading, writing, numeracy and cognitive skills through active play.
The Magic Reader booklet is for children to track books they receive from Youth Rising’s Books on Bikes Program. For every book they read, note it down in this book and complete the assignment with it to get points. For every milestone reached, they collect stars, upgrade to a new level and win a prize.
Business and Life Skills programs are usually 6-month-long youth development programs for teenagers aged 13-17 and young adults aged 18- 35 not in school or seeking alternative means of education and employability.
What it’s all about! One of the things that make Uganda truly unique is its people and their deep-rooted sense of community. …
Youth skills development, poverty, and unemployment are prominent global concerns in Africa as a continent where the population of young people between the ages of 15–24
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Youth Rising's Expert Team
These wonderful people make it all possible
Co-Founder and Team Leader
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director