Amidst the general uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of organisations across various industries were faced with significant hurdles when attempting to recruit talented, self-motivated youth to fill the vacancies in their offices. However, as a result of this forward-thinking initiative by IYAP, these organisations were presented with the opportunity to engage with potential candidates and recruit them as interns. The 280 youths had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a diverse group of host organisations such as engineering firms, divisional secretariats, women and youth development centres, disability organisations, Samurdhi banks and many others. Throughout their internship period, the typical work week for the interns consisted of 4 days of work at the host organizations and a discussion and training on Fridays in the respective district. This enabled them to recap their week’s performance and key learnings, identify the needs and challenges and discuss and share their experiences with each other. IYAP collaborated closely with all host organisations to ensure that the interns were able to gain the most knowledge and experience from their stint while putting their skills into good use.
Implemented by the International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP) and Global Communities and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the SYA is a 12-month project that targets youth aged 18-29 to improve their civic awareness, leadership skills, participation in community improvements, and decision-making processes.
The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Youth Activity (SYA) implemented by the International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP) and Global Communities, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is successfully empowering Sri Lanka’s youth and helping create the next generation of leaders who are empathic, committed, and inspirational.
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