The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teenagers

Have you ever come across a book that held you captive from the first to the last page?

That’s what reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers” by Sean Covey was like for me.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

So, what are these 7 Habits in a nutshell?

  1. React: Blaming everyone for your troubles, for example “your parents don’t want to listen,” or “studying is hard,” “nobody cares”
  2. Begin with no plan in mind: Here’s the Kenyan version of this habit. “Yoh! Form niaje?” “Twende kwa akina nani, tuchill” “YOLO”
  3. Put first things last: Why is it that when you’ve got to study or clean the dishes, it’s always easier to say you’ll watch a movie or a series first or chat then you’ll get to it?
  4. Think Win-Lose: This is the one where you want to do something and you go ahead and do it, who cares if you hurt your friends or join a wrong clique? I mean, can’t they see how much fun I’m having?
  5. Seek first to talk, then pretend to listen: Yeah, nishasema…
  6. Don’t cooperate: No one wants to join a group where that guy or chic is. They are weird and “I don’t do weird.”
  7. Wear yourself out: Do everything else and forget the most important so that when it’s time to get something actually done- like study, you are too exhausted to think straight.

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The Journey Begins

Hello and welcome to Teens Kenya.

Analysts state that close to 200 million of the population in Africa is aged 15 and 24 years (Read about it: here) . Now, this makes Africa the youngest continent, but it is also worrying because of the trends of unemployment, quality of education and more so the economic growth.( Africa Youth Facts)

How then could we ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and knowledge that would help see them through life?

So, we came up with Teens Kenya: an initiative that seeks to empower teenagers in Kisumu County, aged 13 to 19 with positive life skills that would not only increase their awareness, but would also see them actively participate in developing their communities.

It has been a long journey with a lot of challenges mostly towards the launch, establishment and scale up of the initiative, but this is the year of action!

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Community service at Kibera Primary School as a YALI Participant