Youth mentor Mahmoud Noor has urged leaders in the Coast region to draw their focus to youth development.
Noor says youth are more vulnerable to societal evils among them drugs and crime adding that if fully engaged in development activities, they will be dissuaded from the menace.
Addressing a youth dialogue forum on self reliance at the Swahilipot Hub in Mombasa on Friday, Mr. Noor said youth can be fully involved in technology and art so that they use the digital space in earning a living.
He noted youth from other parts of the country are embracing technology and art to sustain their living urging Coastal youth to embrace such efforts.
“We have been encouraging our youth to focus more on development issues, however we want to see our leaders and the parents too fully involved in the economic growth of these youth,” revealed Mr. Noor.
The Swahilipot Hub Patron expressed hopes in the youthful generation saying the script was slowly changing with many of them involving themselves in small entrepreneurship activities as well using their talents in making ends meet.
“Though slowly, the situation is positively changing, we only need support from the local community and leaders so that we fully achieve positive transformation for the youthful generation in the region,” he revealed.
He however urged the youth to have self-driven motivation in becoming independent.
He said despite vast talents, knowledge and capacity, some have failed to take a bold step in applying for government revolving funds so that they initiate economic projects.
He appealed to those facing various challenges in accessing the revolving funds to seek guidance from their colleagues at the art ad technology centre for assistance.