A critical component in making the KL-YES program and by extension AFS Kenya programs successful is the development of program alumni and a self-sustaining alumni infrastructure. We are highly aware of the need to provide continues and appropriate alumni programming and support so that the goals of the program can be successfully met.
However the above effort could not be realized without the participation of committed and active alumni. Unfortunately, the Kenyan alumni have not been fully devoted to the development and sustenance of alumni programming. This could be partly because of a not so clear unity of purpose and direction.
It was therefore proposed that an Alumni National Forum be organized so as to create conducive environment to define the alumni overall mission and purpose, define structural roles and responsibility and hopefully lay a foundation of a sustainable alumni programming.
In light of the above AFS Kenya organized a very successful 3-day Alumni National Training in Malindi from 20th – 23rd April 2015 for 30 active KL-YES alumni of different cycles.
The objective of the training was;
1. To understand concept of Project Management – proposal writing, program grants etc
2. Define an Alumni Structure and develop a road map for an Alumni Association
3. To understand the AFS concept of Intercultural Learning
One of the main outcomes of the training was the formation of a transitional structure with a head alumnus and 4 assistants that was tasked among other responsibilities modalities of creating a Kenyan alumni association under a proposed name of KAYA (Kenya Association of YES Alumni). The team comprised of Christine Odera (as head alumni) assisted by Chandni Khan, Daniel Mbugua, Edwin Njenga and Amos Leyian.