The Rockefeller Foundation
For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well being of humanity throughout the world. Today, they pursue this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by enabling people, communities and institutions to be prepared for, withstand, and emerge stronger from shocks and chronic stresses.
The Foundation operates both within the United States and around the world. The Foundation’s efforts are overseen by an independent Board of Trustees and managed by its president through a leadership team drawn from scholarly, scientific, and professional disciplines.
As part of an effort to establish effective and innovative models of youth engagement and participation, the Homeboyz Foundation has partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation to advance its Digital Jobs Africa initiative in Kenya by catalyzing sustainable Information Communication Technology-enabled (ICT) employment opportunities and skills training for high potential but disadvantaged youth.
Microsoft- Corporate Citizenship
Citizenship at Microsoft is about serving the needs of communities and fulfilling their responsibilities to the public. Their mission is to help people and businesses around the world realize their full potential. Their Citizenship work plays a vital role in delivering on that mission as they apply their technology expertise and resources to help solve societal challenges on a global scale. Through Serving Communities, they are helping create a better future for young people and fostering healthier, more vibrant communities worldwide.
The Tukoworks (Kenyan Employability Portal) portal represents a full ecosystem to support workforce development in Kenya for job research and professional skill enhancement. The portal is full-inclusive experience, which provides career-planning resources for visitors to identify their career path and the training gap compared to the requirements. It offers extensive training options for different skills customized to specific target groups and jobs, directing visitors to online and physical locations where they can identify the jobs available, and helping them prepare their applications. The portal also includes a community engagement forum, which serves as a social as well as professional networking function for the youths to exchange their opinion, experience and more.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. The first TEDx Kilimani event, fittingly themed, ‘The Next Chapter’ was held at the Braeburn High school on the 7th of June 2014. The speakers included Heshan De Silva, Billy Sankei, Mark Kaigwa, Esmeralda De Souza, Rabbia Hawa, Denis Ndavi and Jabari Smith. It was a great success with all the participants enjoying themselves thoroughly having listened to these seasoned agents of change share their varied experiences.
Kiva Zip is a pilot program, launched by Kiva, that enables you to make direct loans to entrepreneurs in Kenya and the United States. You can make a loan today for as little as $5. Over time, as your loan is repaid, you get your money back, and you can then withdraw it, or relend it to another entrepreneur.
OIC International is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in developing countries through the establishment of effective and sustainable community-based training institutions. OIC International works in developing countries or emerging markets to teach appropriate marketable skills that enable disadvantaged young men and women to become self-reliant, economically productive, and capable of improving the quality of life for themselves and their families.
OIC International training centers transform hopelessness into hope by teaching job skills and by providing training in human resource development and small business development. To date, OIC International’s network of partner institutions extends to 47 training centers in 19 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. Worldwide, there have been over 100,000 OIC graduates, half of whom are women, who have received education, job training, human resource training, and small enterprise skills development.
OICI also has a major impact in countries where it directly operates food security, rural development and health education programs. OICI’s programs span the African continent, both urban and rural. Their work centers around 7 main sectors: 1. Skills Development 2. Food Security 3. Health 4. Conflict Management 5. Microenterprise 6. Capacity Building 7. Community Development & sustainable Livelihoods