Partner since 2011


Investment to date: $334,000


Students in 2016: 280


Cumulative Students: 423


Global Education Fund worked with local leaders to develop a new program in Kenya in 2007.  Based on local inputs, it was decided to focus on a leadership and scholarship program for urban youth living in Nairobi, in the slum communities of Embakasi.  In 2012, GEF institutionalized this work by creating an independent entity – Global Education Fund Kenya (GEF Kenya) – with its own local board and governance structure. Since then, GEF Kenya has continued to operate a competitive scholarship, leadership, and mentoring initiative, called the Young Leaders program, for girls and boys who otherwise would be unable to enroll in and finish secondary school.  IN 2013, GEF Kenya created a database of past and present Young Leaders to enable ongoing monitoring and tracking of the youth as part of its broader monitoring and evaluation system.

GEF Kenya is overseen by a local Board of Trustees of well-respected Kenyan women and men and is led by a local Kenyan Executive Director.  In 2014, GEF Kenya took stock of its experiences, including seeking feedback and ideas from parents, young leader alumni, teachers and other local stakeholders. The result is a new strategy for GEF Kenya that builds on the lessons from the past. GEF Kenya continues to provide scholarship support for a smaller group of promising youth and engage them in leadership and entrepreneurship training. It is also now piloting a new young leaders program to reach many more youth through after school clubs. Alumni from the program have been trained to serve as peer mentors and co-facilitators of the clubs, and collaboration with other local youth focused experts and organizations such as Ashoka are being strengthened.

Over the long term, GEF Kenya intends to help create a youth system that will in turn identify leadership potential, develop, and deploy a cohort of next generation leaders of character and competence, who are able to innovate around effecting positive change in their respective communities and contribute towards promoting social transformation and economic growth in Kenya.


  1. Provide secondary scholarships and social emotional support to increase access, perseverance, and achievement in secondary education among vulnerable youth from the Embakasi district of Nairobi.
  2. Provide a coherent and relevant skills-building program to develop and nurture character and enhanced capacity for leadership and enterprise for selected vulnerable youth from Embakasi
  3. Provide service learning opportunities, enterprise education, career and job readiness training's to aid in the transition post secondary for youth in Embakasi.


  1. Increased access, retention and achievement for secondary education for 20+ Young Leaders Scholars in the original program.
  2. Increased access to revised young leaders curriculum with after school clubs in 7 secondary schools reaching over 240 students (55% girls)
  3. Provide transitional support for at least 20 young leader program alumni, through job readiness training, enterprise education and development, and through volunteer service and learning opportunities, including serving as peer mentors for secondary students in young leaders after school clubs