Name of organization:
Youth Advocacy Network Pakistan (YAN)
Description of organization:
YAN imparts advocacy skills to young people and raises awareness amongst youth and other stakeholders to advocate for their rights. The organization was formed in 2005 by a group of youth volunteers across Pakistan.
YAN identified lack of support structures provided to minority students in universities, despite the fact that the Government of Pakistan implemented quotas. This, in turn, has led to an increase in conflicts based on culture, language, location and religion differences among students. To address this issue, the project seeks to sensitize and train students as Young Advocates for Peace and establish Youth Peace Clubs in select public universities, with the aim of promoting conflict resolution and harmony on interfaith and cross-cultural issues.
By the end of the project, YAN expects to:
- Identify and sign partnership agreements with five public universities in Pakistan;
- Hold orientation seminars about the work of YAN and Young Advocates for Peace (YAPs) at each university, with 200 attendees at each seminar;
- Identify four YAPs at each university, with each YAP undergoing a three day Training-of-Trainer course;
- Form Youth Peace Clubs by YAPs at their respective universities, with the goal of engaging 20 members through peer education;
- Hold advocacy dialogues at each university during National Youth Peace Week, convening 500 participants; and
- Develop a website and other information, education and communication materials, targeting 20,000 visitors.