SambaSports Youth Agenda is a social platform created in February 2018 by youth and friends of youth from Kwale County, Kenya, to inspire and influence behavioural transformation in young boys and girls, through the use of targeted, integrated Sports&Skits activities.The formation of SambaSports Youth Agenda was necessitated by a growing concern on the rate at which, teenagers and youth from Kwale, and Coast region in general, were degenerating to junks and drug addicts, juvenile criminals, forced labourers as well as suffering massive cases of trafficking in persons and the HIV/AIDS scourge.
Kwale County is a proven hot spot for some of the most sensitive, emergent social problems, and their damaging outcomes. From the available statistics, Kwale paints a grim picture in relation to drugs and substance abuse, child trafficking and sexual exploitation, radicalization and violent extremism as well as youth susceptibility to HIV and AIDS pandemic.
SambaSports uses the Targeted, Integrated Sports&Skits approach to “colour the world” of young people and to minimize their pull into juvenile habits predisposing them to drug abuse and juvenile crime. By making the lives of young people attractive, worth waking up to, with opportunities to explore positive influencing places and things, and the constant platforms to express themselves verbally, emotionally and skillwise, SambaSports greatly mitigates the vulnerabilities and risks of adolescents and teenagers to indulge in drug abuse, juvenile Crime and violent extremism.
Integrated because the sports events include life skills technique training sessions, sensitization talks by organizations dealing with drug addicts rehabilitation and peace building, edutainment skits and performances to drive lessons into the adolescents, guest speeches by reknown academicians, engineers, doctors, advocates and other role models who motivate them to focus on education and discipline as a way of marketing their talents and shaping their lives.Apart from the targeted integrated sports and skits, SambaSports also offers three more products to further prevent adolescents and teenagers from drug abuse and juvenile crime. These are:
1. Parental engagement to help mothers understand their roles in preventing way ward habits for their adolescent children. Trainings for parents done on this services.
2. Community service and motivational exposure visits for adolescents to colleges, universities and industries to influence the desire to build various careers.
3. Safe incubation Spaces, including resource centres for adolescents and teenagers learn life skills, to read motivational books and have access to an array of positively influential reading materials such as magazines, researches, journals, papers on matters affecting young people