Empowering Youth through Sport

Empowering Youth through Sport — About

About Empowering Youth through Sport

Nairobi is the most economically-empowered city in East Africa. It has been called the "green city of the sun," and with close to 3 million people, it is also home to giraffes, zebras and lions. Througout your three weeks, you will discover how different the bustling city of Nairobi is from the rural town of Iten near the Rift Valley in Western Kenya. The people, climate, and culture all change as you leave the city.

Sports, from soccer to yoga to marathons, are all important to a wide range of people in Kenya, and this will become apparent as you move through your time in Kenya.

Course Description

Regular participation in physical activity and sport is essential for positive health outcomes and is a tool utilized to empower youth around the world. Cultural and environmental circumstances can either facilitate or challenge opportunities and efforts among youth.

Students will be introduced to different individual and community organizations to learn how physical activity and sport extends beyond just bodily movement and exercise, but provides long-term opportunities for youth. Students will engage in service projects and discuss activity in the context of Kenyan culture, while remaining cognizant of their own American culture.  

Travel Warning

The US State Department has issued a Travel Warning that affects this program. Visit the US Department of State website for the full text.

The Learning Abroad Center is currently working to submit a petition to the University of Minnesota's International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC), the committee responsible for making decisions related to the Travel Warning Policy, for the Empowering Youth through Sport program.

Students and parents can email Jessica Hartnett or call 612.625.2571 if they have questions or concerns about safety on the Empowering Youth through Sport program.

Housing & Meals

Your housing will be combination of homestays and hotels depending on location. Specific details will be provided as the program itinerary is finalized. 


Excursions will take place in Nairobi and in Iten, near the Rift Valley. Your orientation will take place at Nakuru National Park, where you will combine a safari with preparing for your three weeks in Kenya. You will also visit several sports academies and youth foundations in Nairobi and Iten.

Group Flight

You will fly with the group to Kenya, and can choose to fly back with the group, or deviate your return flight. The Learning Abroad Center will book your flight for you, and the cost is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. If you deviate your return flight, the additional cost will be billed to you directly. Do not book your own flight. You will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

This program is led by Daheia Barr-Anderson, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology (CEHD). 

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