1. Leadership Development - At Wesustain, we believe that working with African youth as full partners in change efforts recognizes them as leaders of today, prepares them as leaders of tomorrow, and enriches our communities along the way. We aim to strengthen youth leadership and engagement in sustainability issues through facilitation of initiatives and trainings that include:
Enhancing Career development skills – These days, more than a quarter of leaders in the workplace are aged between 20 and 34 years old and with the huge number of startup companies being established every year, this figure is sure to increase significantly over the next decade. Success at the workplace has never been a very important factor in molding young people to be responsible leaders. Wesustain, therefore, supports the growth and leadership experience of the young people in the network through tailored career development programs. In order to assist them to remain a step ahead of the pack, we help them acquire the most wanted skills that will guarantee their success in today’s workplace. Our programs help them assess where they stand, in terms of the required skills, and to find ways of polishing the areas they are not doing so well in.
Personal Development Programs - As young people grow up, they build skills and knowledge that are important to them, as they become more independent and mature. Since we exist to fully engage African youth in the world around them as agents of change towards sustainability, we are left with no option but to consider their personal development as an important factor to think about and work towards. Some of the issues we address through our personal development program include:Increasing self-awareness by:
- Learning new skills, including communication, visioning and goal setting, life planning, etc.
- Developing self-respect and self-esteem.
- Building strengths and talents.
- Enhancing quality of life.
- Improving health.
- Enriching social abilities.
- Fostering independent living skills such as educational planning, money management, bill paying, etc.
- Managing transitions and rites-of-passage.
We achieve these needs through:
- Self-led learning workshops
- Communication training
- Inspirational sessions
- Action to develop skills campaigns
- Self-motivation sessions and,
- Group activities.
Networking - Wesustain is a social network platform that exists to create a sense of belonging, build a common identity that inspires alternative action, and to allow its members to pursue shared interests. Through Wesustain seminars, workshops, events, and social media campaigns, give the youth a chance to connect with their fellows on the other side of the country or continent. The WeSustain network is structured to make it more beneficial to jointly work together towards a similar goal of enhancing sustainable lifestyles in the African continent..
Mentoring and coaching – Aspiring young sustainability leaders need someone they can turn to for advice, guidance and support on sustainability and leadership issues. Wesustain, therefore, acts as the prime facilitator and the means of access to mentors such as leading sustainability experts, retired executives or relevant professionals in other fields. We have developed a structured mentoring program that will assist our participants in building these valuable relationships.
2. Awareness Creation - Believing in a cause is a quality intrinsic to human nature. Prof. Wangari Maathai believed in environmental conservation and Nelson Mandela had a strong belief in a society free from racism. At WeSustain, sustainable living is a cause dear to our heart. Armed with strong and organized sustainability awareness campaigns, we remind both the local and regional stakeholders about fundamental socio-economic, and environmental problems in Africa; educate the community, and build the foundation for addressing emerging social problems.
To fill the knowledge void on sustainability matters among the youths, Wesustain Africa engages university and college students to promote the wider concept of sustainability through involvement in various activities including:
3. Projects - The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the new global agenda to enable all humans to live a safe, peaceful and prosperous life within planetary boundaries. But how can we engage African youth on the SDGs? Wesustain sees the 17 SDGs as a goldmine for designing innovative solutions to the socio-economic and environmental challenges faced by the African continent. The aim of the Wesustain projects is to assist Kenya and other African countries achieve the targets in the Sustainable Development Goals before 2030. We achieve this by giving students an opportunity to apply class-acquired knowledge in real-life sustainability projects on:
- Poverty eradication
- Food Security and Nutrition / Sustainable Agriculture
- Biodiversity management
- Water and Sanitation
- Health and population dynamics
- Sustained and inclusive economic growth
- Renewable Energy
- Sustainable Infrastructure and,
- Climate Change