Life-skills from high school into college & real life!
This includes, but is not limited to, helping prepare willing, passionate and visionary youth to further seek admission and scholarship into top, world class institutions.
This is a PROCESS and not an EVENT, therefore it takes TIME as MINDSETS need to be transformed, developed and grow. Unlearning, learning & relearning.....
We celebrate the Case Study of Yuri Coret, as seen by clicking here
Our Value Addition includes;
- Self discovery – students first need to know themselves; their gifts, abilities, learning styles, dreams, goals and vision
- Identify possible careers – based on knowing themselves
- Prepare for their careers – based on post secondary institutions, such as universities
- Plot your educational journey – setting of goals, timelines for short, medium and long term goals
- Establish a career path – based on current & emerging challenges in the job and careers market locally and overseas
- Establish Life & Soft skills
- Launch entrepreneurial projects through proof of concept, pilot projects, scale up projects
- Why Leadership? Case study of success of UAE
- Confidence Building; Understanding self; Identifying gifts, abilities, talents
- Branding; Profile writing, Presentation & Public Speaking (confidence II)
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
- Emotional intelligence (EI), AQ, SQ, HQ,
- Negotiation & Dispute & Conflict Resolution
- Success principles, paradigms, beliefs & attitudes
- Entrepreneurship & Business Skills
- Keys for Academic Success; Top World Class University admissions & scholarships
- Job Ready Skills, Team building, Group Work
- Optional Extras: Professional Specific Mentorship through Job Shadowing & online sessions, TBA. We truly appreciate collaboration with Corporates, that include but are not limited to; BIDCO Africa, Davis & Shirtliff, Kenya Power, Kenya Institute of Highways & Building Technology (KIBBT), Standard Media Group (KTN), Nation Media Group (NTV), Citizen TV, KBC TV, K24 TV, Zuri Awards and others. Full list is available by clicking here
They include, but are not limited to, Joan Nekoye (Brown University, 2020), Eric Fairweather (Minerva Schools 2019) mentored Joshpat Lowoi (Duke University, 2018) mentored by Ernest Ochieng (Harvard University, 2016), Yuri Coret & Boniface Omina (African Leadership University, 2023).
The success of our Peer Mentoring model was well demonstrated many whom Ernest (Harvard, 2016) has positively inspired, impacted and influenced many such as Yuri, Boniface, James, Josphat, Eric and others.
Ernest was mentored at Alliance High School by George Gathiani (Washington University in St. Louis, USA 2015), who was mentored by Brian Ngugi (African Leadership Academy & Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany, 2019). Brian was mentored by Nyamawih Charo (Bath University, UK 2015) and Wambui Mburu, graduate of ALA and Oklahoma State University, USA.
Need we say more??
What is the AKAD Gap Year Program?
This consists of ten (10) core sessions of 35 contact hours) & optional field sessions.
The soft skills provided in the Gap Year Program include, but are not limited to the following SoftSkills, LifeSkills and Essential Skills; Confidence Building Critical Thinking Problem Solving Leadership Development Communication Negotiation, Group Work & Team Building Time Management, Project Management Stress Management, Relationships & Mental Health Entrepreneurship & Research Branding & Public Relations Self Defense - Shotokan Karate Presentations with assignments in between.
Our training format is by participation in a Socratic fashion. This requires active participation by all - not just sitting back and falling asleep. This is delivered within a fun environment with experiential team-building methodology.
Sufficiently motivated youth who show cause, are provided opportunity to demonstrate these skills through engaging with Adult Mentors in their areas of passion and interest. In the past this ended with the privilege of attending Kenya's annual National Prayer Breakfast with H.E. President of Kenya, Deputy President, Senators, Governors and other industry leaders for exceptional youth.
Our First Field Event for the GAP Year 2024 will be combined with Session 3 of 10 on Tuesday 30th January 2024 at the UN HQ offices in Gigiri, Nairobi
Due to security reasons, we are to arrive at the UN HQ entrance gate on or before 8:30am, as it can take up to one hour to have access entry.
The session is officially part of the UN commemoration of the Holocaust with our agenda as follows;
1. Begin by going through the art exhibition in the lobby area
2. This will be followed by a 1-hour walking tour of the UN Offices at 10:00am (at their standard fee, to be advised). Cost of this is to be met by us individually.
Kindly ensure you wear WALKING SHOES and not high heels or other uncomfortable footwear.
3. This will be followed by a 1 hour diplomatic session & panel discussion with speech by Ambassador of Israel among others and discussion with other students present. (11:00am – 2:00pm). Location is CR 1 in UNON so that you do NOT GET LOST in the premises.
4. Followed by our informal AKAD debriefing session, with tea/snacks at your own cost. At best, and if lucky - will include a UNON Guest Adult Mentor for an hour.
5. Kindly sort out your transport logistics to and from the UN HQ in Gigiri, directly opposite the US Embassy. Know what public vehicles to take. Give yourself enough TIME to get there and back. Planning & managing logistics to and from such events is your responsibility.
Hint: at best collaborate with your fellow AKAD mentees and travel together.
6. Entry into the UN premises requires a PICTURE ID such as your school ID. This is a high security zone, with heavily armed security from the Diplomatic Police and US Marines. Do not be in possession of anything that may cause your arrest, injury or death.
- Core Event at MOW Sports Club that include soft skills such as Public Speaking and how to get admitted to Ivy League Universities, talk by Don Muirori
- Mentorship through sports at MOW Sports Club
- NGEC meeting, Laico Regency Hotel and here
- GBV meeting at Silver Springs Hotel
- KBC Radio (Journalism & broadcasting)
- Cellulant Corporation (Software Engineering - Blockchains & IoT).
- Medicine & GBV with Nairobi Women's Hospital
- Metereology with the Kenya Met Department
- Software Engineering with Africa's Talking Ltd.
- Community Service at Lenana School, Kitengela International School and Vigil Schools, Kawangware
- Video testimonial by Francis Wahome, currently admitted to the African Leadership University (Rwanda) is available here.
- Video talk on Public Speaking by Eric Kimonyi, graduate of TUK is available here
- For photos of activities, please visit our Facebook page "Akad Africa" or click here
Yuri Coret, July 2019
Following the successful accomplishment of the borehole renovation project in Kawangware Primary School, we were able to have a handing over event today at the school. We have sustainably impacted over 2100 students representing more than 1000 households in Kawangware slum.
Furthermore, we have contributed to the fulfillment of 9 SDG goals. I want to say a great thank you to the Davis And Shirtliff Head Office , AKAD Africa , Public Image, and PACE (Promoting Access to Community Education), Kenya for supporting me through this journey. We will be hopefully extending the project to 2 more schools in Nairobi. — at Kawangware Primary School.
A PARENT'S TESTIMONY
Here is a wonderful testimony from a parent received yesterday, regarding impact of our one-on‐one mentoring, following a session in January 2020.
Thank you for your time on Monday morning. To me it was epic.
The key questions you asked my daughter - what do you have to offer, what value will you bring to the table, what solutions will you bring to the community. . were the very questions I have been grappling with over the past weeks as I write my application for my PhD. I thought that my daughter was getting exposed to a very great timely opportunity -talking to you that day.
At 19 this was a significant way for her to think through her choices.
Even better, the fact that you linked all categories of her person - spiritual, academic, gifting, personality together, was on point and really made me glad - many young people flow with what the world presents to them. They rarely think of who they are and what they have to offer.
Your analogy of climbing the stair well and realising that that wasn't the right stair case made me think again about how for me as a parent - my desire has been to get my daughters' to succeed - so I am likely to allow them to walk through a door of opportunity - even if it quite wasn't the right fit ??♀ stood out for me.
Your discussion on the build up of a deliberate personal brand was wonderful. . . The detail of verifying, measuring and deliberate visibility as presented was so timely.
All in all I realised that you were truly doing what you were called to do. Something that God prepared you to do many years ago.
I was so happy to have escorted my daughter because I learned a lot from your discussion. I asked myself - what exactly I was aiming for. .
Have a good night
Previous Case Study Activities
- Sat 25th February 2017: Minerva Schools information & scholarships session at Premier, Best Western Hotel
- Mon 20th February 2017; African Leadership University, School of Business event at Sankara Hotel
- Fri 17th February 2017: Gender
Based Violence at Silver Springs Hotel
- Wed 15th February 2017: Community
Service at Vigil School, Kawangware, Nairobi
- Tue 14 February 2017: Negotiation Training,
- Fri 10th February 2017: Political
Leadership; Gender Financing with the Centre of Multiparty Democracy (CMD)
and Narc Kenya.
- Sat 11th February 2017: Mindspeak at Norfolk
Hotel with John Mahama, former president of Ghana.
- Thur 9th February 2017; Cellulant
Corporation - a technology business in the mobile and digital services’
sector in Africa.
- Thur 7th Feb 2017: Confidence Building
& Personal Branding.
- Thur 7th Feb 2017: Pitching with DEMO
Africa at the Boma Hotel
- Fri 3rd Feb 2017: Women in Leadership
with KEWOPA and Narc Kenya
- Thur 2nd Feb 2017; United Nations
office in Nairobi tour
- Fri 27th Jan 2017: Retirement
Benefits Authority day at the Intercontinental Hotel
For photos of activities, please visit our Facebook page "Akad Africa" or click here
The advantage to participants is that community service verifies and measures your philanthropic contribution to society.
This is of value to youth seeking to demonstrate value addition to their profiles, when seeking possible admission and scholarship opportunities in overseas institutions (where an "A" grade is not enough). Community Service is one of the five basic pillars AKAD provides assistance to our mentees.
As a result, several youth engage with collaborative programs, especially those that add value to the less fortunte. These have included engaging with youth in slum schools and areas, such as Mathare, Kawangware and others.
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Location of MOW Sports Club, Nairobi South C, Kenya
James is the founder and chief executive of Beespoke Honey, a business that deals in all things apiculture. He sits in the Executive Committee of the Alliance High School . He is in the Youth Delegation holding talks with the Zambia High Commission to foster collaboration between youth of the two countries.
James is an Associate, Peer Mentor and Mentee and a final year student taking Construction Management at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is the Construction Management student representative in the Interactive Construction Management Student Organisation ( ). He is also the 2023 winner for the Construction Management student competition by the Association of Construction Managers in Kenya ( ). He is a certified Financial Analyst by offers guided KCSE tuition services through the owing his excellent KCSE results and the desire to make the learning model easier for students.
James is passionate about youth leadership and impact, and sits in the Nairobi youth planning committee at the Church On The Rock Ministries. Here, among others, he engages youth in spiritual matters through music and art. James is the chairperson of the youth ministry in his church. He’s also a drummer and band leader for chapter.
James is an old boy of The (2019). At the Alliance High School, he was part of the pioneering team of "Ambassadors for Clean Content among Minors", a campaign aimed at protecting children from harmful content online, in conjunction with the . . This saw him represent 66% of the total children population, who access the internet on a daily basis from accessing harmful content. James has undertaken the where he has and continues to benefit in personal development, building his network and giving back to society through mentorship. In this capacity he has managed to practice and show his leadership skills during field events such as representing , various dinners and galas such as the He has taken it a step further and has been mentoring students at
James was the former president of the AKAD club in where he learnt and practised leadership skills. He was also the Alliance Badminton Team Manager, leading his team to victories in several inter-school tournaments. He was in the Christian Union (CU) committee and Chapel Committee as Technical Team Director and Public Relations Officer of the Peace Club. He participated in community service opportunities through leading clubs that included, but are not limited to visits to old people’s homes, Sunday school, hospital visits and children homes.
James’ mission is to pursue excellence. This entails providing solutions in the construction industry and in in the startup space. He aims to start a contracting firm in the future and to provide cutting edge innovations in construction. He also aspires to join the corporate space in leadership and management consultancy. On the entrepreneurial side, James aims at starting and funding startups for a better world.
David Kariuki is the Research and Policy Development lead for Malindi constituency.
He is also team lead at a small startup, CAES a company that is contributing in efforts towards electric mobility. David is also the immediate former 21st President of the General Assembly at the Kenya Model United Nations; a student run, youth led, non-governmental organization affiliated to the United Nations Information Centre with a base of more than 1,500 students.
He is also an Associate, brand ambassador, and peer mentor at AKAD AFRICA under Dr. Rev Julius Weche and has featured alongside his mentor on National Television speaking on the significance of value based mentorship and intentional parenting. Apart from his co-curricular academic activities, he also a member of the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) as a Youth focal Point and as the chair of the economic diplomacy sub-committee; as well as Umoja Summit Party as a youth executive. He formerly chaired the Economic diplomacy youth sub-committee at KNCCI.
David graduated from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, top of his class with a Summa Cum Laude (First Class Honors). He was a Judge at the 2021 Go Gaga Experiential’s, ZURI AWARDS. He has previously featured at a KIPPRA conference speaking on Sustainable mobility.
David is passionate about the youth, and their economic empowerment, specifically through the African Continental Free Trade Area. This has enabled him be selected as part of design thinking workshops for the Mastercard Foundation's African workforce development ecosystem and Policy and Thought Leadership. He borrows his life’s philosophy from his Alma Mater, The Alliance High School “Strong to serve.”
- Costs for core events at MOW Sports Club include tea & snacks.
- Costs exclude transport, internet, third party & field trip costs.
- Field trips & activities are at cost (which vary), payable in advance and subject to space availability.
- Field trips are available subject to collaborative partner agreements, and given on a competitive basis - which includes but is not limited to, assessment of submitted Monitoring & Evaluation Essays from Core activity events (please see essay writing format below).
- Timetable details of field trips will be provided to successfully registered participants on a need to know basis.
- By registering, all participants confirm that they have the discretion and are healthy enough to participate in physically straineous team-building activities
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