Community-based organizations (CBOs) play a critical role in creating and advancing solutions to the most pressing issues that disproportionately affect local communities. Our work with Firelight involves a cluster of seven youth-led CBOs focused on promoting youth leadership, role modeling and mentorship in the eastern and southern parts of Kenya, and will intentionally incorporate a gender-lens approach given the disproportionate barriers that girls face to learning. Our partnership is anchored on the shared belief that young people are the most powerful resource to create change. Youth are critical voices in chartering new solutions and territories for themselves and their communities.
We have abundant evidence that community-driven systems change is feasible, effective and achievable. We have the models and resources ready for anyone who is prepared to take the leap and join this movement for a stronger, more effective, more just version of global development. A better future is calling to us all – now it’s up to you to seize the opportunity.