The population of young people on the continent of Africa is growing at an unprecedented rate and with this comes many advantages and disadvantages. The young remain one of the most vulnerable groups on the continent due to lack of opportunities to create meaning in their lives. Many have talents, skills and interests that remain undeveloped and not nurtured.
This creates a latent risk of instability in many of the African countries and in order to avoid that, the young people must take their space and make something meaningful out of their lives and for their societies as well. In Kenya, the powerful use of technology has seen a new startup, Vibe Campo, bridging this gap by helping the youth find their true worth. The use of technology to this end is a phenomenal thing considering how fast technology is changing and the vast advantages it brings towards creating development for nations. Vibe Campo is a social network that enables young people to discover, explore, and grow their talents, skills and interests.
Kenyan young people have benefitted from the services that Vibe Campo offers. It is an ambitious project that is yielding some positive results. It was started in 2013, and up to date it now enjoys a user base of fifteen thousand users. When users interact on Vibe Campo, they gain points and these points are called tips. The goal is for users to create posts, join groups and set targets that can be achieved. On Vibe Campo there are communities, where people of like minds are brought together. These could be people brought together in Innovation, Software, Art, etc. Communities give users the opportunity to create goals and making sure these have been accomplished.
The site has re-branded since it was launched in 2013. It now includes many user-friendly features. Through the points (tips) gained on Vibe Campo when interacting, users can use these to redeem certain products like hoodies, t-shirts and multi-coloured wrist bands branded Vibe Campo. Mentorship is also one of the services offered by Vibe Campo. The way the site has been re-branded allows the user to enjoy the site and be conversant. It is a lively initiative with keen intentions on harnessing the potential in the youth.
Vibe Campo Goals allows users to check in when working on a project, and fellow Vibe Campo users can offer advice. Vibe Campo’s Goals feature affords users the chance to participate, nurture and grow their talents and projects to completion. With Vibe Campo, you showcase your talents, share them with others and inspire some people, while also getting advice. One asks questions, and like-minded people answers these questions.
Young people from Kenya and the rest of Africa should join this social network, if you have the passion to develop yourself. Young entrepreneurs can track their goals, pitch their talents and participate among similar minds. Goal check-ins keep track of a person’s talent and what they are doing. Users are rewarded for inviting friends and general use of the site