Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC) considers it imperative that the youth, who make a large percentage of the Kenya’s population, should be trained to engage in positive thinking. This means, at the risk of many giving up in life, directing energies to activities that are counter-productive to one’s own future and learning to think positively is a step towards the realization that alternatives exist. Perhaps, and admittedly so, alternatives may not be the most attractive but if they are soberly and properly approached they may offer a better future.
Think positive Alternatives Exist (TPAE) has three components. First, that every human being has talents (gifts). These talents need to be discovered and nurtured. In a near-survival context, turning to one’s talents is an important step towards self-discovery. Second, talents should be used to develop innovative ideas. Living in a competitive world makes it difficult for the less endowed with resources to develop. Given motivation and where possible capacity and resources youth can develop extremely innovative ideas. Third, while developing innovative ideas the youth would also come to the realization that it is upon them to demand just and fair systems of governance. Their creativity and future as a nation depends on how much space and time each one has to bring the best of talents that exist.
TPAE is a program that brings together youth (and young adults) who have completed high school, university or other learning institution for training on self-awareness, innovation techniques as well as discussing ways in which the government and the civil society can promote innovative ideas they come up with.