Youth After School Initiative (YASI) Uganda Chapter , is a registered Non-governmental, non-partisan, not-for-profit youth empowerment organization operating countrywide with her head office located in Kagoma-Bombo Road, Wakiso District. Registration number is S.5914 / 6337 under registration statute 1989 of the Republic of Uganda. The organization is the bridge that connects school leavers at every educational level to the world of meaningful and fulfilling attainment through capacity building, empowerment and meaningful engagement. YASI philosophy is to enable young people to utilize the acquired skills, knowledge, and potential so as to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life.
YASI was set up after recognizing that many youth did not know what to do with the skills and knowledge they had acquired from school to enable them to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. This was backed by the fact that, the unemployment measure for young people says little about the size of the growing group of young people within a particular cohort who are at risk of not making a successful transition from school to work. These “at risk” youths are caught in a cycle of temporary work, voluntary service, periods of active job searching and inactivity, all of which are not reflected in the unemployment rate measure. It is against this background that YASI embarked on an initiative to create a forum; support programs and projects that offer more pragmatic transition for youth to the world of work.
As a result, YASI has established programmes which include; Community building and participation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment, Human Rights , Governance and Peace, as well as strengthening institutional for effective service delivery of our mandate. We work in collaboration with five (5) member clubs and mainly seven (7) partner organizations which include; Mercy Corps, Better Foundation, Uganda Youth Network, Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) , Citizen Coalition for Electoral Democracy (CCEDU), Gwanga Power, and Insight Global Education. We also work with Government of Uganda through Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development as well as Local Government Units ; and the organisation still welcomes more development partners to come on board and impact a larger constituency. We are convinced that the programmes will play a noble role in enabling young people to proactively participate in the socio-economic and development processes of the country which include improved livelihoods , Peace and freedom.
The organization has a countrywide operational status although currently the initiative majorly focuses on four (4) districts and regions of Wakiso, Kampala, Gulu, Rwenzori sub-region and at National Level. The good lessons and experience gained from these areas will be scaled up to other districts resources permitting. The organization too intends to expand her activities across Uganda and East African Region.
Priority Target Group:
Young people in Uganda largely experience similar or related problems, and equally have similar or related aspirations and issues. However it is imperative to note that young people are also categorized depending on their problems and concerns that may require focused plan of action, while considering the socio-economic and political situation of Uganda. The different categories of youth targeted include; Out of school youths, In-school youths, Adolescent Girls & Young Women, Young professionals and Refugees. The programme targets young people of 12- 38 years of age.
Current Members of the Executive Board include prominent figures in Civil Society sector, Government, and Private sector.