Young Life Kenya

Reaching the young people of Kenya

Since beginning in 2005, Young Life in Kenya has reached over 90,000 kids through 136 ministries, including high school/middle school students, teen moms, teenagers with disabilities and college students.

92,364 teens
reached in Kenya and counting…


  • Population: 50,349,974
  • Main languages: English, Swahili
  • Kids reached by YLA: 92,364

Kenya summary

Kenya is named after Mount Kenya, the second tallest mountain in Africa. The land that is now considered Kenya was first settled around 2000 BC. In 1890, the British colonized the land until 1963, when Kenya officially became an independent Republic in 1963. Kenya’s population of approximately 48 million is made up of mostly Christians: 45% Protestant, 33% Roman Catholic. However, about 10% of the population identified as Islamic and another 10% participates in their indigenous religion. English is the official language of Kenya, yet almost every Kenyan speaks Swahili. The Kenyan people are a diverse mix of urban and rural, traditional and modern. In Nairobi, one will experience a bustling business district, yet if you travel to a more rural area you will commonly experience warriors armed with spears, driving their cattle to protect them from lions at night.

Kenya celebrated its 11th year in ministry and is one of the largest in Young Life Africa. They pioneered Hands on Training (HOT) which has been replicated in other countries as a way to help leaders see and do Young Life ministry in all its forms – contact work, club, discipleship group and camp.

Our impact

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Growth (2017)
Kids Reached 15,900 43,346 53,524 70,858 92,364 30%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 5,635 7,190 9,095 12,102 13,230 9%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 2,204 3,319 3,770 6,171 7,119 15%
Number of Ministries 69 94 112 125 136 9%
National Staff 13 14 14 18 21 7%
DGL 16 19 34 27 25 -7%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 7,698 10,132 13,910 16,228 17,818 10%

Our ministries

Because not all teenagers attend school, Young Life in Kenya is community-focused, and leaders reach out to teens within their own neighborhoods. The Lord is doing incredible things through Young Life Kenya, and in 2017 over 17,000 kids and leaders heard the truth of Jesus Christ at camp. Every single week over 13,000 kids attend outreach clubs in their communities, and approximately 7,000 of them are involved in small group Bible studies.

We have WyldLife clubs run by volunteer leaders and senior Campaigners. Most of the WyldLife clubs are in primary schools and others are in neighborhoods. We have been having camps for these kids in Nairobi Metropolitan and the Abadares Metropolitan area too. In April 2017, 370 middle school students attended Wyldlife camp in Nairobi and over 260 made a commitment to Jesus!

Currently we have nine active college and university ministries. Since they began, we have had two camps mainly focusing on the college and university students. There are also Campaigners and discipleship sessions going on in these universities and colleges.

Currently we have one ministry in Nairobi that is reaching out to teenagers with disabilities. In some other places, teenagers with disabilities attend other regular clubs and participate alongside other kids. We are looking forward to having special initiatives for the Capernaum ministry in every metropolitan in the coming years.

We have four active neighborhoods that are engaging themselves with teen moms’ ministry. Leaders who are helping with this important ministry are receiving hands on training.

We have leaders who visit the prisons especially the juvenile section. This is mostly during the month of May when we engage our generosity month. Leaders and Campaigner groups get to visit these facilities and offer services there. We are praying and looking forward to organized ministries in these facilities.

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