This initiative was first launched in 2018 by philanthropist Dr. Manu Chandaria in an effort to economically empower the youth through equipping them with relevant ICT and entrepreneurship skills that will inevitably provide necessary knowledge for job creation which will improve their livelihoods.
The CYEP comprises two main programs: Training and Mentorship opportunities for start-ups, since the inception the CYEP Program has successfully trained 1400 youth. These youth are from across different counties, namely Machakos, Meru, Kwale, and Nairobi. The program, however, seeks to reach and empower more youth in the coming years with an aim of impacting more than 1 million youth in Kenya by 2030. This vision is set to be realized thanks to the support from the State Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs.
This initiative seeks to build Public and Private partnerships with relevant institutions, corporations, and organizations. The program is founded on the key pillars of economic empowerment, driven by relevant skills development, strong business innovation, and entrepreneurial skills that will enable the youth to realize their full potential.
At Safal Group, there are four key focus social investment pillars, and they include: Environment, Shelter, Health and Education. Under the Education pillar, where the CYEP program falls, there are other various programs running such as The Mabati Technical Training Institute which offers disadvantaged young men and women the opportunity to acquire skills that will enable them to sustainably participate in the workforce in order to support themselves and their families. Another initiative is the Safal Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature whose objective is to promote and raise awareness of published Kiswahili manuscripts.
In support of the program, it was noted that more than 50 employees from Mabati Rolling mills had committed themselves to mentoring the students. A move that would further encourage the students and solidify lessons learnt from the program.