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The National Youth Service (NYS) is the pride and backbone of our nation whose focus has been to help the youth discover and develop their potential since 1964.

H.E. The President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta decided to re-launch the program in 2013 as a way of connecting with and encouraging young people to seek vocation considering that they are the future of our Nation.

NYS is bigger and better this time around allowing for more recruits – we are now looking to take over 20,000 from the original 4000. This means that you, you, and even YOU can join us and share in the joy of being a part of something that’s bigger than yourself – your COUNTRY.

The National Youth Service is a government department established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 208 Laws of Kenya) on 1st September 1964. The twin purposes were to create a pool of technical, disciplined and organized human resource to undertake national development programmes and to alleviate youth unemployment in both formal and informal sectors by providing skills necessary for employment while promoting national cohesion. These objectives remain relevant to date.


To catalyze a transformative youth empowerment in Kenya

The organization

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.



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Biometric Registration of All Community Youth (Cohorts)

Engaged under the NYS Youth Empowerment Programme


The NYS has launched the biometric registration of all Community Youth engaged under the NYS Youth Empowerment Programme. The exercise commenced on Thursday 28th January 2016 from 8:00 am in all 69 Constituencies where the Programme had been running and will continue until completed in the next six days.

With the re-launch of the National Youth Service after 50 years, The service has successfully managed to recruit and train 10,740 young men and women who had their pass-out on 23rd of April 2015.

NYS will soon add Gikomba market to its list of achieved milestones. The famous market known for it affordable second hand clothes and merchandise.

NYS will undertake cleaning in various parts of the market.

The national youth service top 100 officers under the leadership of the Director General Dr. Nelson Githinji this past week held a team building session in Naivasha. 

To the naked eye the rebranding and restructuring of the Kenya National Youth Service may seem new, fresh and exciting. However for those who have closely followed the intricate process that has been the new beginning of NYS it is clear that it has been a very deliberate process and extremely well thought out; resulting in unprecedented results. 

From left at the dais, Dr. Nelson Githnji Dir, General NY, Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, Dep, Gov Jonathan Mueke, Devolution C.S Ms. Anne Waiguru, Kiambu Gov. William Kabogo among other stakeholders.


"I joined the National Youth Service in the year 1986 just after I completed my A levels. I believe the discipline and work ethic that was instilled in me is what has led me to become what I am today."
William Samoei Ruto,
Deputy president of the Republic of Kenya