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1 Transforming Youth from Victims to Social Entrepreneurs

2  We have pioneered the concept of youth service and youth social entrepreneurship in the country.  We train and engage youth and youth-serving institutions in designing and implementation of youth-led service projects/micro social enterprises.  We provide an effective mechanism to youth to re-integrate into the society as active- citizens and not as citizens-in-waiting.

3  There is a youthquake in Pakistan, as 70% of the total population is under the age of 29.  There are no separated programs or policies for disadvantaged, half-educated, socially-excluded youth in Pakistan.  Enormous talent, intelligence and positive energy are being wasted as these young people are being left behind.  Millions of young people are growing up without any hope and desire in life and are falling into disaster’s way.

4 EducationHealthPovertyICTSEmploymentEnvironment

5 From providing services to young people To engaging young people in the delivery of Services

6 From considering young people as problems To treating young people as the most promising resource for the socio economic development of the country

7 Select youth Organize youth Train youth Engage youth Directly Sensitize youth-serving institutions Train staff/principals/teachers Form a service learning team Engage students/youth in designing and implementing service projects Indirectly Over 75 Youth-led Micro Social Enterprises are in operation. Over 100 Youth-led Service Projects are launched.

8 Locations: Lahore, Rawalpindi, Kasur, Quetta, NWFP and Kashmir Outcome: Over 5000 disadvantaged children are trained in basic reading and writing Skills. Currently over 2500 children are getting basic educational services. Education

9 Health Locations: Rawalpindi, Quetta, DheerKot and Bagh Outcome: Over 2600 people of all ages have been benefited from the health services including first aid, reproductive health information, medical services, referral and emergency services

10 Locations: Lahore, Kasur, Rawalpindi, Dheerkot, Bagh, Banu and Quetta Outcome: 40 ICT centers have been established in the most disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities for providing services to 4000 children and young people. Information Communication Technologies

11 Locations: Lahore, Kasur, Rawalpindi, Dheerkot and Banu Outcome: Over 4500 female adults have been trained in basic reading and writing skills as well as provided basic health and nutrition information. Family and Community Development

12 Youth-led: It assists youth to serve rather than to be served. Self-reliance: It helps youth to become self-reliant and contributing members of the society. Work Force: It provides society a large number of workers at a very less expense. Social Exclusion: It combats social exclusion by mainstreaming left-out youth. Training Ground: It provides an excellent training ground for building good citizens.

13  Service Delivery: It develops a service delivery mechanism for the poor and needy.  Employment Policy: It contributes to employment policy by providing work experience to youth.  Head-off Terrorism: It is an effective way to reduce the incidence of neighborhood crime, poverty, drug abuse and terrorism.  Education in Action: It is an effective way to counter balance the years of largely passive education received by students in the classroom.

14 Founder and CEO of YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan meeting with Former USA President Mr. Bill Clinton in Washington, DC. One of the Youth Service Networks of YES Network Pakistan won the regional enterprise award organized by British Council in UK.. British High Commissioner, Ambassador of Philippines and CEO of NAVTEC participating in the celebrations of GEW in Islamabad.

15  Recognized as a profound idea with society-changing potential by Ashoka, Innovators for the Public.  Featured at the International Youth Summits in Egypt and Mexico.  Selected for a major presentation at the Roundtable of world youth leaders.  Selected as the most promising model of youth engagement by GKP.  Featured at the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC.  Selected by the Waldzell Institute in Austria for “Architect of the Future Award”.  Featured at the ILO technical meeting on youth in Japan.  Selected for major presentations at leading international educational institutions such as McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, MIT University in Boston, USA.

16 Existing PlayersOur Organization Focus on the deficits /problems of young people (Problem free youth). We see engaging youth in deliver y of services as a method for youth development as well as contributing to national development. We believe that problem free is good but fully-prepared youth is much better. Existing Players interventions are single domain. Our program is a multiple domain program. It includes several social domains such as youth, family and community. A female youth led literacy center is used as a primary setting for effective positive change in other social domains.

17  In the words of Ms. Susan Stroud, CEO Innovations in Civic Participation “In a country where youth comprise more than three quarters of the population, where the cost of NOT creating meaningful opportunities is felt the world around, I can safely say that there is no youth service program on the global scene that has more promise than the PNYS. “

18 Young people have the potential to change their communities. They lack only the support of their elders to do it.

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