What’s in a Name? The Youth Empowerment Programme Naming Challenge!

By Caroline Gathuru

Over 75% of the population are below 35 years old, the ceiling at which the category of “The Youth” is defined. It follows swiftly that the energy sector must respond to the continually arising needs of young people to take the mantle and drive sustainable energy programmes forward.

In a bid to address this challenge the institution of a capacity building programme for the youth has taken root and is set to bring young people together to steer energy matter.

This Youth programme is inspired by the rising number of unemployed youth in the energy space and the current trend by employers going for trained, skilled and experienced persons for the available jobs, capacity that young people naturally do not have and need to acquire.

The program aims to equip graduates with the energy skills and experience they need to position them for employment and self-employment. This will be achieved through high level training, mentorship and internships in relevant and beneficial work places.

With this exciting programme in mind, the next step that presented an intriguing challenge was – what to name it! And in true democratic format, a mini poll was launched to establish what would be best suited. Respondents proposed different names with participants indicating what they felt the programme should be baptized, and 15 different names were forwarded for consideration.

a) Name  Proposals

  • Youth in Energy Training Initiative –  YETI
  • Youth In Energy Training Initiative – YIET
  • Energyzed Youth Program-  EYP
  • Youth in Energy Program  – YEP
  • Youth In Energy Efficiency Program – YEEP
  • Youth & Energy Initiative –  YEI           
  • Youth Energy & Leadership Programme – YELP
  • Young Energy Professionals Programme – YEPP
  • Energizing Young Leaders Programme – EYLP
  • Youth Energy Empowerment Programme – YEEP
  • Energy Engagement Youth Initiative – EEYI
  • Youth Energy in Action Programme  -YEAP
  • Youth Energy in Action Initiative – YEAI
  • Transforming Energy Youth Initiative – TEYI  
  • Young Energy Transformers Initiative – YETI

All 15 names were entered into the with members requested to select their first, second and third choices and to indicate the reasons why they had settled on those specific choices.

b) Results

First Choice

The highest ranking was at 30% followed by two entries at 20% and the remaining three at 10% as follows:

  • Youth Energy Empowerment Programme – YEEP 30%
  • Youth in Energy Training Initiative – YETI -20%
  • Youth in Energy Efficiency  Programme – YEEP 20%
  • Youth in Energy Programme – YEP -10%
  • Young Energy Professionals Programme –  YEPP 10%
  • Youth Energy in Action Programme – YEAP 10%
Second Choice

Once again the highest ranking was at 30% followed by two entries at 20% and the remaining three at 10% as follows:

  •  Young Energy Professionals Programme – YEPP 30%
  • Youth Energy Empowerment Programme – YEEP 20%
  • Youth Energy and Leadership Programme – YELP 20%
  • Youth in Energy Training Initiative – YETI 10%
  • Youth in Energy Efficiency  Programme – YEEP 10%
  • Youth and Energy Initiative –  YEI 10%
Third Choice

Yet again the highest ranking was at 30% followed by two entries at 20% and the remaining three at 10% as follows:

  • Youth Energy and Leadership Programme – YELP 30%
  • Youth Energy Empowerment Programme – YEEP 20%
  • Youth and Energy Initiative –  YEI 20%
  • Youth in Energy Training Initiative – YETI 10%
  • Energyzed Youth Programme – EYP 10%
  • Youth in Energy Programme – YEP – 10%

c) Final Results

And finally – after computing the most popular names from the range of first second and third choices that the respondents chose the results are as follows:

  • Youth Energy Empowerment Programme – YEEP Total 70
  • Youth Energy and Leadership Programme – YELP Total 50

And a tie between

  • Youth in Energy Training Initiative – YETI Total 40
  • Young Energy Professionals Programme – Total YEPP 40

And therefore without further ado, the people have made their choice – the youth energy programme with forthwith be aptly named:

Youth Energy Empowerment Programme – YEEP!

It is YEEP’s intention to bring Energy Transformation vide the vehicle of passionate youth, seeking to develop and implement energy programmes and lead in the energy sector both locally and globally.

To partner with Eenovators in this youth programme, kindly reach out on info@eenovators.com  

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