"Assessing the Impact of the Kenya Youth Employment & Skills (K-YES) Program," by Robert Hartwell

April 20, 2020

For his 2019 summer practicum, MDP student Robert Hartwell assessed the effects of Kenya Youth Employment & Skills (K-YES) Program trainings on youth beneficiaries' employment, social and personal development. Based in Nairobi, Robert's served as a Technical & Vocational Education & Training Intern. (In the photo above, Robert is at left receiving a memento from a colleague on the last day of his practicum.)

"Kenya Youth Employment and Skills (K-YES) is a $21.791 million, 5-year program funded by USAID that began in September 2015. K-YES aims to enhance employment opportunities and the overall labor supply in nine concentrated geographic areas and sectors, through both wage employment and self-employment, for unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18–35) who have not completed secondary education. The program is implemented by RTI International and has included consortium of partners, such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Land O’Lakes International Development, GeoPoll and SSG Advisors, among other local private sector and public organizations and agencies."

To continue reading Robert's key findings, see his Research Brief.