JASIRI Youth Champions Initiative

JASIRI Youth Champion Initiative

The JASIRI Youth Champion Boot camp is an initiative by Pathways Policy Institute targeting youth from the grassroots level who are passionate about advocacy around adolescent and youth matters and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), and climate change. This initiative is based on the power of informed youth influencing change.

The JASIRI Youth Champions Initiative focuses on key areas such as SMART advocacy approach, County Government budget advocacy, climate justice, gender issues, and communication skills, equipping youths to advocate for impactful change in their immediate communities.


The JASIRI Youth Champions Initiative first cohort #JASIRI in 2021 trained 17 youth champions evenly distributed across Laikipia County’s three sub-counties: Laikipia North, Laikipia East, and Laikipia West.  


The second cohort #JASIRI2 included Nakuru and Nyeri counties, training a total of 22 youth champions from the three counties; Laikipia, Nyeri, and Nakuru.


The third cohort #JASIRI3 included new counties, Narok, Isiolo, Samburu, Machakos, and Marsabit, training a total of 38 youth champions from the eight counties; Laikipia, Nyeri, Nakuru, Narok, Isiolo, Samburu, Machakos, and Marsabit.  


The fourth cohort #JASIRI4 phase focused only on Isiolo and Samburu counties training a total of 24 youth champions.  


For the year 2024, Pathways extended the application process to the 47 counties of Kenya and received a total of 916 applicants were received across the country, representing an increase compared to the previous year 2023, where a total of 123 applicants were recorded from 13 counties. From these 29 champions were trained from 11 counties, namely; Isiolo, Nakuru, Laikipia, Samburu, Nyeri, Narok, Marsabit, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua and Kajiado. Making a total of 130 trained JASIRI youth champions.