Who We Are
We are here not for income, but for outcome
Youth Rising is a youth-led and youth development focused organization with the sole objective of creating safe and vibrant community youth spaces for vulnerable young people and at-risk youth. In our centers, they get the training and the skills they need to access economic opportunities and pathways to employment. Additionally, young people attain leadership skills, reproductive health skills and join a larger network of young people in their community through which they build relationships for business creation and employment linkages.
Why Youth Rising?
Youth Rising is a response to several youth development issues in Uganda that include:
- The high youth unemployment challenge with over 80% of 15–30-year olds who constitute over 70% of Uganda’s population has no access to employment.
- Seven out of ten girls do not complete primary education. This very huge demographic dividend lacks skills and economic opportunities to change their livelihoods as they grow into adulthood without careers.
- In Uganda, young people generally face higher-than-average rates of HIV/AIDs, teenage pregnancy, early marriage and substance abuse coupled with limited educational and economic opportunities.
This is very evident in most Ugandan communities as many youths are non-schooling and/or unemployed and instead turn to risky behaviors and crime, such as theft and prostitution to sustain their livelihoods. In 2015, it was estimated by the Uganda AIDS Commission that 567 Young people aged between 15-24 years get infected with HIV every week and of these 363 are Girls!
Uganda still has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and it is estimated that 1 in 4 girls aged 15-19 is already a mother or pregnant with her first child, making Uganda among the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Young people essentially depend on poor households for their livelihoods; creating the situation of intergenerational and persistent poverty.
UNFPA’s The State of Uganda Population Report (2014), indicates that between 54% and 66% of the country live on $1 per day and between 73 % and 84% live on $2 per day. At Youth Rising, we believe that the resiliency, creativity, and innovation of these very same young people in hardship can power community transformation.
We position our community centers as safe spaces for young people that are caught up in these statistics, to meet and chat a way forward to a new career and increased economic opportunities.