Community Building and Participation
YASI believes that within any community there is a wealth of knowledge, talents, and experience which, if creatively applied, can be channeled into collective action to improve the communities' livelihoods and freedom. YASI intends to pursue good community building through provision of high quality instruction and support services that help people to recognize and develop their ability, potential and organize themselves to respond to problems and needs which they share. By working closely with the communities, YASI has established mutually beneficial relationships with both public and private entities. Community building has taken place both in neighborhoods and within communities of interest. An assessment and prioritizing of community needs has been made for a joint redress. This intends to support the establishment of strong communities which actively participate in the control and use of assets to promote social justice and help to improve the conditions that affect their lives. It will also enable community and public agencies to work together to improve the quality of government.
We honour working with communities where we bring everybody on board including civic leaders, activists, professionals and citizens to improve certain aspects of local communities.YASI Community practioners work alongside people in communities to help build relationships with key people and organizations as well as identifying common concerns. This has always created opportunities for the community to learn new skills and act together to change the relationships between ordinary people and people in positions of power which fosters Community building based on social inclusion, justice , trust, equality and mutual respect, aspects that are key in enabling everyone to take part in issues that affect his/her life. The above has been arranged in the way that empowers individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to affect change in their own communities. A number of skills have also been realized through forming large social groups (clubs) working for common agenda.
YASI has used a number of approaches in building community which include; community economic enhancement, civic education, social capital formation, leadership participatory development, non-violent action, ecologically / environmentally sustainable development, community-based participatory research, community participation and participatory planning. Thus, YASI programs and the communities in which they exist are shaped by their reciprocal relationships.