The Kenya Airlift programme for youths in and out of schools is reportedly gaining traction due to its sponsorship to pursue further studies and job opportunities abroad.
Form four and undergraduate students were identified and trained before they applied virtually online to access higher education in the USA.
Upon successful completion of the studies, the youths sought employment opportunities in the USA.
A beneficiary of the Programme, Wilfred Mwiti, while sensitizing youths at Nyamecheo in Ibeno ward, however, disclosed the criteria for selection.
Representing the Programme’s co-director, Dennis Kiogora the beneficiary explained bright youths who had completed form four and university students with a first degree qualified for the scholarships.
Over 100 youths had since benefited with others scheduled to join 20 colleges in the USA as from February this year.
Kisii county ‘’minister’’ for Culture and Sports, Eric Miyienda, observed the Programme will assist many youths grappling with the runaway unemployment crisis in the country.
He commended the initiators of the Programme and urged them to open an office in the county to guide the youths.
Kisii school principal Fred Mogaka stressed on the urgent need to expose the youths to the Programme to save them from indulging in social vices.
According to the principal, parents should protect learners on holiday owing to the harm some of them had fallen into.
BY MUSA MARANGA