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 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.
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.