U.S.: Young Kenyans: 'Yes Youth Can!'

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A U.S. government-backed program is telling young Kenyans that "Yes Youth Can!" in a political program designed to improve leadership skills that carries overtones of President Barack Obama's election message.

Hundreds of young Kenyans gathered Tuesday for the program's first county-level meeting. The initiative, though, has caused anxiety among Kenyan politicians who fear the $45 million project is a way to oust them from power, prompting the U.S. Embassy to issue several clarifications.

U.S. Ambassador Scott Gration said in an email Tuesday that the U.S. is not empowering young Kenyans to overthrow the government. He said there is a leadership vacuum in Kenya that the country's youth need to be prepared to fill.