Institutional principles or values are integral part of the National Youth Service culture which in turn creates a sense of identity, belonging, direction and purpose among its members.
In pursuit of timely provision of quality services and instant response to national emergencies, the Service will be guided by the following core values as articulated in its strategic plan
- Team Spirit
The National Youth Service is a voluntary work and educational programme for young Kenya citizens.
Servicemen and Servicewomen always participate in National Parades, carrying spades instead of rifles as a symbol of disciplined manpower to support National Development. They are also a familiar sight at exhibitions, agriculture shows and other ceremonies where thy act as crowd-control. Members of the Service are prohibited from joining or forming a trade union.
The Act of Parliament that brought life to the NYS on September 1st, 1964 has the following goals; to facilitate the provision of work experience for young persons with a view to their employment to encourage participants to develop, a sense of responsibility and of service to the country; and self-respect and respect for authority; to promote among participants, values of discipline, democracy, citizenship and cooperation.