International Youth Alliances for Peace (IYAP) is a youth led/based organization which founded on the 21st of November 2013, which operated from the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka. International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP) believes that young people as the backbone of the country, have the energy as well as creativity with the willingness and ability to perform the tasks differently. They, being an asset to the development of their countries and communities, with the right guidance and support have the ability in order to become influential leaders of positive change. This is why, we at International Youth alliance for Peace facilitate the creation of an interactive platform between young people and a multitude of stakeholders, including the government, civil society, private sector and development partners through many youth-led initiatives.
IYAP was born as a consequence of ambitious vision and enthusiasm of Thirukumar Premakumar, the Founder and President of the organization. IYAP began its journey with just six individuals, who unanimously believed that in the creation of a platform for youth would allow youth themselves to initiate and lead projects addressing the most urgent issues and concerns of the youth around the world.
Today, we have grown from our humble beginning of just six members into a fully structured and hierarchy based youth led organization. We possess a humble pride of adhering to practice the principle of volunteerism and privileged to have a number of committed and hardworking volunteers who willingly dedicate their time and effort in order to ensure that our core principles and values are achieved. All of this have contributed towards the development of IYAP and laid the foundation to become one of the leading youth-led organizations of the country.
Our aim is to see young people undertaking leadership roles in addressing the most urgent issues of the world, supported by their communities, civil society, government and businesses. Accordingly, each year we provide extensive training and facilitation for approximately 500 to 1,000 passionate young leaders, who can grow their potential and receive strategic support to lead community development initiatives. These dedicated and passionate young leaders then implement community development initiatives engaging thousands of young people across the country.
Today, we have grown from our humble beginning of just six members into a fully structured and hierarchy based youth led organization. We are proud of practicing the principle of volunteerism. We are privileged to have a number of committed and hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to ensure our core principles and values. All of this have enabled us to become one of the leading youth-led organizations of the country.
Our aim is to see young people undertaking leadership roles in addressing the most urgent issues of the world, supported by their communities, civil society, government and businesses. Accordingly, each year we provide extensive training and facilitation for approximately 500 to 1,000 passionate young leaders, who can grow their potential and receive strategic support to lead community development initiatives. These passionate young leaders then initiate community development initiatives engaging 10,000 to 30,000 young people across the country.
International Youth Alliance for Peace invests in innovative ideas, convenes interested parties, shares its learning and advocates for change in support of young people being healthy, creative and fully engaged citizens.
An inclusive society that values and supports the full engagement of its young people in the civic, social, economic and cultural life of diverse and environmentally healthy communities.
Young people have important things to say and contribute and we value the participation of young people in decision making and governance.
Young people should have opportunities for meaningful participation in the democratic process and should have leadership roles in the governance of organizations and institutions that work with or make decisions that affect young people’s lives.
We recognize, respect, and value the differences among us and believe that acknowledging and celebrating these differences lead to both stronger individuals and stronger communities.
We all have a place in the economic, social, political, and cultural life of our society and, for our part, we enrich our organization through diversity.
We enjoy what we do and we are proud of it. We mean what we say and we say what we mean. We expect the best of ourselves and the others.
IYAP focuses on a bottom-up and holistic approach which enables individual behavioral change among the young people. In addition, this brings about a systematic change in policy and practice towards a more supportive environment for youth-led development. We deliver grass root level programs in some of the most hard to reach and inaccessible areas, to ensure that no one is left behind. We also support governments and policymakers to engage and interact with young people in formulating decisions that affect the youth.
We also build the capacity of other organizations to work more effectively with, and for, young people. We also engage in research and development, as well as in building tool-kits and manuals for training programs. We provide guidance and generate evidence to share our experience with the global youth sector to ensure we are serving youth in the most coordinated and impactful way possible.