Changemaker Institute Award

The British Council, Proskills UK Group and Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan have launched a project titled “Changemaker Institute Award” for schools and colleges. The purpose of Changemaker Institute Award is to create and recognise schools and colleges that are interested in embedding student-led social innovation as a core value and in building supportive environments for changemaking across the entire institution.

The British Council, Proskills UK and YES Network Pakistan will provide a structured support to the interested institutions to navigate through the process of achieving the status of “Changemaker Institute Award.”

This support includes:

  • Changemaking Campus Scan
  • Creation of a Changemaking Team
  • Launching Changemaking Competitions
  • Startup Funding and Mentoring Services to Students to Drive Change
  • Holding Changemaking Exhibitions
  • Changemaking Curriculum Development
  • Awarding Changemaker Institute Status
  • Plugging into other Global Changemaker Institutions

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Certificate Distribution

YES organized two-tiered Social Enterprise Competition in the leading higher education institutions of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan to encourage students to think creatively and innovatively in designing a solution for addressing a problem, and to motivate them to make money while also making a difference.  During the tier one, Show Your Creativity Competition was organized to encourage the students to take on an enterprising activity/business through provision of a small loan ranging between one and five thousand rupees for a period of two to four weeks. At the end of the tenure each student returned the original loan, while kept the profits made. YES involved 565 students in carrying out a wide range of social enterprise projects. At the end of the competition, certificate distribution ceremonies were held to reward and acknowledge the contributions of students. These ceremonies were attended by the head of their institutions. The heads and Vice Chancellors of the higher education institutions highly appreciated the initiative and expressed the need of continuing it in the future.       

 

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Showcase Event on Peace

3 showcasing events were held in the SM school, Vocational Training Institute Jhang and St. Mary’s High School Gujranawala under the banner of Youth Social Enterprise Competition on Peace. These events were held to showcase the talents and projects of students on peace to wider public. These showcase events were attended by the young people, students, parents, teachers and community members. The showcasing events helped to promote the projects of the students. Sports competitions, live performances, storytelling, drama, display of products were held during the competition.

 

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The Emerging Entrepreneur Competition

The Emerging Entrepreneur Competition ended on a high note. Amongst the total 79 Vocational Training Institutes in Punjab where the Emerging Entrepreneurship Competition was carried out, 76% were successful in gaining profit whereas 17% of the groups were unable to cover their costs and 7% were at break even. A deeper analysis explains the percentage of success stories via region i.e. South, North and Central Punjab. In southern Punjab, 91% of groups had profitable businesses whereas 9% were at breakeven. In northern Punjab, 72% groups made profit, 22% experienced losses and 6% made no profit and no less. In central Punjab, 68% of the groups were successful in collecting profits whereas 24% were unable to do so; the remaining 8% were at breakeven.

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Launching of the Emerging Entrepreneur Competition 2015

The competition has been launched in the vocational training institutes of the central region of the Punjab.

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Certificate Distribution Ceremonies of the Show Your Creativity Project

Certificate Distribution Ceremonies of the Show Your Creativity Project held in the leading Higher Education Institutions of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan were held from 18th April to 19th April 2015. For more information please visit the Facebook of the YES.

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Acting Provincial Director USAID Punjab Maggie School

Acting Provincial Director USAID Punjab Maggie School along with Muhammad Waseem Ashraf, Adviser, Stabilization & Governance paid a visit to YES office to get an update about the ‘Advancing Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education’ Project. The visit was made on 14th April 2015.

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Three Days Training on Social Entrepreneurship.

The training was held with the students of the Vocational Training Institute NainSukh Lahore from 13th to 15th April 2015 under the Youth Social Enterprise Competition on Peace.

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Social Entrepreneurship Session at Petaloid Higher Secondary School.

Social Entrepreneurship Session was held on 18th March with the faculty members of the Petaloid Higher Secondary School based in Kahna, Lahore.

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Social Enterprise Competition on Peace

A session on social enterprise was held on 17th March with the faculty members of the S.M Girls High School in Lahore. The faculty members were oriented about the concept of social entrepreneurship and provided an opportunity to engage their students in designing and delivering peace building projects.

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Ali met with Ms. Nancy Lindborg, the President of United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Ali met with Ms. Nancy Lindborg, the President of United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The purpose of the meeting was to share progress being made in carrying out the first-ever social enterprise competition on peace in the country. The meeting was held in Lahore on 13th March 2015.

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Ali spoke at ‘National Networks for Social Innovation’ session in Washington, DC

Ali spoke at ‘National Networks for Social Innovation’ session in Washington, DC during the AshokaU conference. The purpose of the session was to highlight the progress made by different countries for the promotion of social entrepreneurship.

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Ali gave a talk at AshoakU Event in Washington, DC

Mr. Ali was invited to speak at the AshokaU event in Washington, DC from 26th to 28th Feb 2015. The AshokaU Exchange is the largest global convening for social entrepreneurship education, bringing together 650 individuals representing over 150 institutions from 40 countries. The Exchange empowers you to make lasting change at your institution.

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Ali featured on Virgin and Reuters Websites

Ali featured on Virgin and Reuters Websites. The interview was taken during his trip to London.

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Mr. Ali gave a talk in London at Youth Convention

Mr. Ali gave a talk on Youth Engagement at Youth Convention in London organized by the Pakistan Higher Commission Office in UK. The convention was attended by the Pakistan Higher Commissioner, students and a wide range of stakeholders from different fields. The other speakers include Kristiane Backer, Peter Oborne, George Fulton, Dr. Amina Yaqin, Tommy Hutchinson, Fida Hussain, Kubair Shiazee, Sanam Kubra and Shazia Khawar. The event was held at SOAS Brunei Hall London on 14th February 2015.

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Mr. Ali joined Social Enterprise Advisory Group of the British Council

Mr. Ali invited by the British Council to join the recently formulated Social Enterprise advisory group of the British Council to provide insights and support for building the ECO system for the promotion of social enterprise in Pakistan. The first meeting of the advisory group was held on 6th Feb in the British Council office in Islamabad to identify key areas for intervention.

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Award Ceremony of the Emerging Entrepreneur Competition 2014

YES organized the award ceremony of the Emerging Entrepreneur Competition 2014 on 30th Jan 2015 in Lahore . The ceremony was attended by the top leadership of the Punjab Vocational Training Council, focal persons of the participating vocational training and institutes and the winning teams of the students. YES provided cash rewards to the winners.
A cash reward of Rs. 100,000 was given to the highest scoring team of the students of the winning A cash reward of Rs. 100,000 was given to the Focal Person of the winning VTI. A cash reward of Rs. 100,000 was given to the Principal of the winning VTI. A cash reward of Rs. 75,000 was given to the Regional Manager of the winning VTI. A cash reward of Rs. 5, 0000 was given to the Area Manager of the winning VTI. A cash reward of Rs. 25,000 was given to the supporting teacher of the VTI.

A special cash award of Rs. 100,000 was given to the overall winning team of the students

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International Youth Delegation Visit to YES Office

An international youth delegation visited YES office on 12th Jan 2015 to learn about the YES programs. The delegates met with Mr. Ali, CEO, YES and youth teams that participated in the different social entrepreneurship competitions of YES.

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Launching Ceremonies of Youth Social Enterprise Generator

Launching Ceremonies of Youth Social Enterprise Generator Project in 10 Higher Education Institutions based in Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.

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YES Network Pakistan and NRSP has joined hands to launch Rural Youth Social Entrepreneurs Network (RYSEN) project

YES Network Pakistan and NRSP has joined hands to launch Rural Youth Social Entrepreneurs Network (RYSEN) project in the country to inspire young people from disadvantaged rural backgrounds to become social entrepreneurs and business entrepreneurs.

In this connection, a series of open sessions were held from 30th Dec to 3rd Jan 2015 in Khushab district to inform and select youth for participation in the project.

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Launching of Rural Youth Social Entrepreneur Network (RYSEN) Project

YES and NRSP joined hands to launch Rural Youth Social Entrepreneur Network (RYSEN) Project at grassroots level to inspire young people from disadvantaged rural backgrounds to become social entrepreneurs and business entrepreneurs.

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Launching Ceremonies of Youth Social Entrepreneurship Project held in 10 higher education institutes of Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.

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Active Citizens Trainings

YES organized a series of four days training workshops for young people in different locations of Lahore. These trainings were held in Saghian (29th to 1st Nov 2014), Shadman (15th to 18th Dec 2014) and Khana (15th to 18th Dec 2014). Each training was attended by 35 young people. At the end of these trainings students developed their social action projects for addressing critical needs of their communities.

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Peace Competition Session in NainSukh

YES organized an orientation session on social entrepreneurship for the faculty members of the vocational training institute in 12th Dec 2012. The session was attended by the faculty members and the students.

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Meeting with CEO, NRSP

Mr. Ali met with Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO, NRSP at his office on 11th Dec 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange work and to identify areas of mutual collaboration. It was decided in the meeting that YES will launch youth engagement program in NRSP grassroots infrastructure to empower rural youth with social entrepreneurship ideas for social action.

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Ali with the Senior Management of Descon

Ali met with the senior management of Descon Company to explore the possibilities of partnership. The meeting took place at the technical institution of Descon in Lahore on 6th November 2014. It was decided in the meeting that the Descon will seek YES services in starting youth social entrepreneurship program in its institute. YES will carry out a wide range of activities to develop an echo system for the engagement of young people in entrepreneurial activities.

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Ali met with Mr. Werner E. Liepach, Country Director, Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank is in process of developing its next five year strategy. In this regard, a meeting was held on 30th October 2014 in Lahore. During the meeting, Mr. Ali shared his work, ideas and thoughts regarding the urgency and need of recognizing youth as a major partner in development process of Pakistan. Mr. Ali also highlighted the fact that there is a serious youth disengagement crisis in the country and the Asian Development Bank should understand that no developmental plan can succeed without the meaningful engagement of youth. The meeting was also attended by the leading experts from the different fields.

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Ali attended Conference in Vietnam

Mr. Ali participated in an international conference entitled “Bringing Learning Home” in Hanoi, Vietnam to deliver advice about the ways of addressing skills gaps and employability issues. Mr. Ali shared his youth engagement models with the delegates from over 30 countries. The dates of the conference were 25th and 26th October 2014.

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YES Launched Peace Competition in Schools

YES launched Social Enterprise Competition on Peace launched in schools (St. Anthony’s Faisal Town, St. Anthony’s Cantt, Kinnaird Academy School of Presbyterian Church and VTI Governor House). An orientation session was held with the teachers of these schools to build their capacity in the field of social entrepreneurship and to educate them about the process of launching the competition in their institution.

 

50 hours TOT workshop supported by USAID

The 50 hours training of trainers workshop supported by USAID ended on a high on Sunday (29th Sep 2014) with 40 participants from diverse higher education institutes from Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan region being awarded “Youth Social Entrepreneurship “ certificate, having completed their seven days of training.

The training was organized by YES Network Pakistan under ‘Advancing Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education’ project funded by USAID’s Small Grants & Ambassador’s Fund Program.

The workshop infused a new spirit among the participants to bring a positive change in the country by training and engaging young people in the field of social entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO YES Network Pakistan said, “This was the first time that representatives from higher education institutes from Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan had come together to
learn about youth social entrepreneurship. I could see the workshop really opening their eyes to the need for unleashing the entrepreneurial talents of youth to become changemakers and innovators, something that seems
virtually absent in their institutions. There was so much enthusiasm, energy and a hunger for change.”

A key feature of the training was that it was experiential means learning through the process of being a participant on the course. Participants had spent one day in the field to apply gained knowledge and skills. All the participants developed a social enterprise plan while working in the field to address a local problem by following both earned and unearned strategies.

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Gold Medal

We are delighted to share with you that the team trained and financially supported by the YES and the British Council won gold medal in one category of the SAGE World Cup 2014 held in Moscow, Russia. The team also won ‘Promising Tax Payer’ Award from the Federation of Migration Russia.

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Emerging Entrepreneur Competition Launched in Central Region.

YES launched the emerging entrepreneur competition in the vocational training institutions of PVTC located in the central area of the Punjab. The competition is launched in partnership with the Sumar Lakhani Foundation. The orientation session was attended by the representatives of 32 vocational institutions. A total of approximately 3200 young people will be engaged in the emerging entrepreneur competition by these institutions for a period of four weeks. The session was held on 19th August 2014 in Lahore.

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Project Opening Ceremony of Social Enterprise Generator Project in Quetta

Project Opening Ceremony of Social Enterprise Generator Project in Quetta on 19th August 2014. The opening ceremony was attended by the representatives of leading higher educational institutes.

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Project Opening Ceremony Held on 23rd July to Commemorate the Initiation of Social Entrepreneurship Education and Opportunities in Gilgit-Baltistan

The YES Network Pakistan organized an opening ceremony of ‘Advancing Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education’ project funded by USAID’s Small Grants & Ambassador’s Fund Program to celebrate commencement of the project in Gilgit-Balochistan.

The project will promote creativity, innovation, critical and analytical thinking among the students of the leading higher educational institutions of Gilgit-Baltistan. The overall objective of the project is to nurture a new generation of young social entrepreneurs who are change agents and change makers within their communities and the country at large. The YES has signed MOUs with the Karakoram International University, National College of Commerce and Science, Gilgit College of Commerce and Economics, the Human and Enterprise Development Institute and the Karakoram Model School and Degree College.

With USAID’s assistance The project will be implemented in two phases. During the first phase, social acceptability of the program will be created by developing a team of trainers in the partner institutions on the concept of youth social entrepreneurship. During the second phase, a series of orientation sessions and competitions will be held by the team of trainers to grow innovation and entrepreneurial culture amongst students of their colleges by involving them in entrepreneurial ventures, using their creativity, ingenuity, and energy to start businesses and solve problems.

“With USAID’s support through the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Project, our long-term goal is to inspire and equip young people to become agents of positive change through their involvement in civil society, economic development and their communities.” said CEO of YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan

 

National Management College

Mr. Ali Khan invited by the National Management College to serve as a ‘Review Panelist’ for its 15th Senior Management Course comprising 90 participants from various occupational groups of the Federal and Provincial Governments. Mr. Ali participated in the event on June 25th 2014. After reviewing the work of the group, Mr. Ali gave a talk on youth engagement strategies.

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YES Network Pakistan and USAID Partnership

YES Network Pakistan and USAID are currently partnering to introduce and institutionalize the concept of social entrepreneurship in the Higher Education. Our purpose is to build support, expertise and opportunities to enable a college/university led eco system to foster a culture of social innovation in higher education. For update please visit:
http://usaidsgafp.yesnetworkpakistan.org/

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Ali meets with Miranda Swanson

Ali meets with Mianda Swanson, Skills Partnership Manager, British Council to share the work done in the field of social entrepreneurship in the TVET sector of Pakistan. The purpose of the meeting was to review the work done
and plan for the future. The meeting was held on 27th May 2014.

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Visit of UK Delegation

A UK delegation comprising of representatives from Chamber of Commerce,Blackburn College, Bradford College and Proskills visited the YES office.The delegation met with Mr. Ali Raza Khan and learnt about the programs of YES. The delegates also shared the work of their respective institutions. A lot of synergy was found out between the work of YES and UK institutes. At the end of the meeting it was decided that possibilities of joint collaborations will be explored for advancing and strengthening each other work. The delegation paid visit on 28th May 2014.

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International Youth Delegation Visit

An international youth delegation visited YES office to learn about the work of YES in the field of youth engagement on 9th May 2014. The young delegates were from 12 countries. They highly appreciated the efforts and youth engagement models of YES.

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The Emerging Entrepreneur Competition Launched in North Punjab

YES launched the emerging entrepreneur competition in the vocational training institutions of PVTC located in the northern area of the Punjab. The competition is launched in partnership with the Sumar Lakhani Foundation. The orientation session was attended by the representatives of 32 vocational institutions. A total of approximately 3200 young people will be engaged in the emerging entrepreneur competition by these institutions for a period of four week. The session was held on 5th May 2014 in Chakwal.

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Ali Gave a Talk to the Seeds of Peace

The talk was organized by the Seeds of Peace Pakistan office in Lahore on 26th April 2014. The purpose of the talk was to share the work done by Mr. Ali in the field of youth engagement and social entrepreneurship as well as to inspire young people to take social action.

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Talk in Lahore College for Women University

Ali gave a talk in Lahore College for Women University on youth engagement and social entrepreneurship. The talk was attended by the faculty members and the students of the university. After the talk it was decided that a MOU will be signed between YES and the University for training and engaging students in designing and implementing of social enterprise projects. The talk was held on 23rd April 2014.

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YES Featured on the Business Plus TV Channel

Mr. Ali shared that YES Network Pakistan was featured on Business Plus TV channel in the talk show. The objective of the show was to highlight organizations, individuals and/or ideas that are working in manners alternate to the mainstream in the development sector.

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World Bank Consultation Session Round II

Mr. Ali participated in the consultation session round 2 of the World Bank on 24th March 2014. The consultation session was attended by the leading practitioners working in diverse fields to share the main challenges and opportunities in Pakistan today. The feedback will be incorporated into the next five years World Bank Country Partnership Strategy.

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International Delegate Visit

An international delegation of 25 eminent practitioners working in the field of youth development and social entrepreneurship visited YES office  on 19th March 2014. Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO, YES briefed the delegation about the work done by the YES in the field of youth engagement and social entrepreneurship. A special session was also arranged by the YES to showcase the social enterprise projects of young people living in low-income communities. The delegation listened to the stories and projects of young social entrepreneurs. The delegation highly appreciated the work of YES in the field of youth social entrepreneurship.
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Social Action Projects Training held for 52 Schools in Skardu

YES organized 5 Social Action Training’s for 52 government schools of Sakrdu and Ghanchi from 13th to 15th March 2014. The duration of the each training was three days. The training was attended by the principals, teachers and the students of the schools. The training imparted knowledge and skills regarding the establishment of student-led social infrastructure for the launching of social action projects.

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Ali interviewed by Dr. Lina

Mr. Ali interviewed by Dr.Lina and Anar Bhatt on the topic of social entrepreneurship. The purpose of the interview was to gain key insight from the leading practitioners working in the field of social entrepreneurship about the scope and potential of social enterprise development in Pakistan. The findings of the interview will be fed into the global policy dialogue for designing a holistic social entrepreneurship program. The interview was taken on 8th March 2014.

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The Emerging Entrepreneur Competition

YES Network Pakistan and Sumar Lakhani Foundation have launched the Emerging Entrepreneur Competition to enable young people living in poverty to experience the thrill of being an entrepreneur. The competition will stir up a creative energy among children and young people that has been dormant for many years. From this competition, the children and young people will be provided an opportunity to start an enterprise, get an access to capital and sell their products and services. The competition will teach the basic principles of an enterprise development to young people by a hands-on approach. YES and Sumar Lakhani Foundation believe that young people cannot discover their entrepreneurial strengths until they are provided practice atmosphere. The participation in the competition is free. YES organized a training session for the teachers of 23 vocational training institutes operating under Punjab Vocational Training Council located in southern Punjab to equip with them the knowledge and skills of engaging their students in the competition.

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Winner Announced of the National Social Enterprise Challenge 2013

We are delighted to share with you that the students team led by Ms. Aqsa Mansoori and facilitated by Ms. Shugafta from Poly Technical Institute Karimabad has won the National Social Enterprise Competition 2013. Heartiest congratulations to the winning team. We must say that all the participating teams demonstrated great commitment
and innovation. It was very difficult for the judging team to pick the winner. We would like to appreciate all the teams for putting up a great effort.
All the best.
YES Team

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Connecting Classroom Program Launched in 52 Schools of Sindh Province

YES Network Pakistan organized 5 trainings for the 52 schools located in Sindh Province from 18th to 20th Feb 2014. The trainings were held in Hyderabad, Tandoadam, Badin and Khipro. The trainings were attended by the principals, senior teachers and students of the 52 schools. The duration of the each training was three days. The training equipped the teachers and students with the knowledge and skills of launching and implementing social action projects.

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Connecting Classroom Program Launched in 20 Public Schools of the AJK

YES Network Pakistan organized two trainings for the 20 public schools located in AJK from 11th to 13 Feb 2014. The trainings were attended by the principals, senior teachers and students of the 20 schools. The duration of the each training was three days. The training equipped the teachers and students with the knowledge and skills of setting-up student council and carrying out social action projects.

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Celebration Event

A celebration event was organized to acknowledge and reward the contributions of young people living in Kotli, AJK on 7th February 2014.  During the event, the young people shared their accomplishments and challenges while executing their social action projects with the audience. The event was attended by the local notables.

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Active Citizens Workshops

YES Network Pakistan organized two Active Citizens Workshops to equip young people with knowledge and skills of planning and executing social action projects in communities.  The trainings were held from 3rd to 7th Feb 2014 in Lahore. The trainings were attended by over 70 young people. The duration of the training was four days.

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Public-Private dialogue on 21st Century Schools

The YES Network Pakistan and the British Council held a public-private dialogue on 21st Century Schools as part of their roadmap for anchoring the future of education in Pakistan.  The dialogue offered unique and unparalleled opportunities for re-imaging and re-designing schools for the 21st century in innovative ways. Students, teachers, community stakeholders and intellectuals shared ideas and approaches to creating 21st Century Schools. Speaking at the event Federal Minister for Education, Mr. Baligh ur Rehman

said “We realize that the state of education is not up to the standards and the resources are not in place as they should have been, but the Government is willing to improve the access and quality of education and development of national curriculum is one of the recent initiatives”

Panel discussions took place on the challenges and opportunities in current education system, reimagining the schools in the context of 21st century and how do we collectively get there. Addressing at the event, Mr. Tony Jones, Acting Director British Council said “We’re talking about the future of schools and education system, where Teachers and students from around the world can connect to each other. A world where the flow of learning happens in any and all directions, where collaboration rather than memorisation is the driving force, where a learning tool created in one part of the world can benefit student anytime, anyplace, anywhere, where the act of learning is not bound by the textbook or the classroom, but extends into the outdoors, into the home and across the devices that make our world more and more connected everyday”

Addressing at the event, Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEP said “One of the key messages which I hope this public-private dialogue will help to send out is that policy development should not be seen as the preserve of a few specialists. Those involved at the ‘front line’ of service delivery, whether in schools or out-side schools have a vital role in helping to gauge what is deliverable.”The overall purpose of theses dialogues would be to generate new knowledge, understanding and coordinated action among collectives. A large number of students from public and private sector schools also displayed models on 21st century schools, gender equality and citizenship education. The British Council and the YES Network Pakistan also carried out an array of exciting and innovative competitions to spark new thinking and solutions in a mindful and creative ways that account for a diversity of ideas, perspectives and approaches to learning.

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Youth Innovation Market Place

YES Network Pakistan organized a Youth Innovation Market Place in the Governor House Punjab on 30th Dec 2013 to showcase the Social Action Projects (SAPs) of young people. The event was attended by several hundred people. During the event, the young people shared their experiences, challenges and accomplishments while running their SAPs. An innovation place was established to showcase the work of young people. Young people were very excited by the fact that they did not only meet the unmet service need of the people but also generated a lot of profit. Many young people expressed that they wanted to continue their projects in order to become self-reliant and contributing members of the society.

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Ideas Selected for the National Youth Social Enterprise Competition on Peace 2013

YES Network Pakistan announced the selection of the most promising ideas of young people for the first-ever National level Social Enterprise Competition on Peace. A total of nine ideas have been selected from across Pakistan including Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK and Fata. The winning teams of the competition are from different faiths, backgrounds and cultures. The only thing common in all the winners is their desire to contribute in a creative and responsible manner for peace building efforts. All the winning teams intend to use music, sports, media (videos) and information technology while designing and delivering creative and innovative peace projects that focus on tolerance, conflict resolution, reconciliation and developing interfaith harmony.

YES Network Pakistan has launched first-ever Youth Social Enterprise Competition on Peace to inspire young people to become social entrepreneurs who develop innovative solutions for peace building in unstable and volatile locations around the country through sustainable enterprise. The competition has encouraged young people especially those young people living in troubled and conflict stricken areas of Pakistan to design and deliver innovative projects which promote peace and coexistence among people from different faiths, sects and cultures. YES Network Pakistan organized a three days training on the concept of social entrepreneurship for the winning teams from 26th to 28th Dec 2013 in Islamabad.

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National Social Enterprise Challenge 2013

The National Social Enterprise Challenge 2013 was held in Islamabad from 22nd to 24th Dec 2013. The Challenge was attended by 10 teams of students from across Pakistan. The first day of the Challenge was dedicated for the training and refinement of the social enterprise plans of the students. The theme of the challenge was peace.

Now, in its sixth year, the competition continues to nurture and unleash entrepreneurial talent of the young people of the Pakistan. Many milestones have already been achieved in the current year.

  1. The competition facilitated and backed around over 1500 students of technical college from low-income families to start their own ventures for social, financial and environmental benefit with a mix of nominal cash, orientation and support.
  2. Developed entrepreneurial drive (raising awareness and motivation) among 10000 students of technical colleges.

III.        Sensitized and oriented over 1000 teachers of technical and vocational colleges of Pakistan.

  1. Developed a team of 24 master trainers at national level to train and engage teachers and young people in social entrepreneurship activities and competitions.

The YES Network Pakistan received over 600 submissions nationwide from the students of technical and vocational institutions. After being judged by a panel of professionals, 10 innovative ideas of students have been selected from across Pakistan for participation in the National Enterprise

Challenge 2013 scheduled in Islamabad on 24th December.

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Launching of Entrepreneurship Education in Catholic Schools

YES Network Pakistan organized an orientation session on entrepreneurship with the teachers of the Catholic Schools on 5th December 2013 at YES office. The session was designed to begin the process of forming a core group of teachers to roll out the entrepreneurship education in all the Catholic Schools. The session provided knowledge to the participants about the topic and the process of integrating the concept of entrepreneurship in the curriculum of the schools. The session was conducted by the Mr. Ali Raza Khan CEO, YES.

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Launching of Social Enterprise Competition in Southern Punjab

YES Network Pakistan launched the Emerging Entrepreneur Competition in the Sothern Punjab to train and engage students of technical institutions in designing and implementation of business ideas. In this regard, a one day session was held in Bahawalpur on 28th November 2013 with the focal persons of 24 leading technical institutions to orient them about the process of launching the competition in their respective institutions.  YES is planning to engage twenty three hundred (2300) students from low-income families living in the Southern Punjab in the competition.

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Visit of Helen Murley to YES Office

Ms. Helen Murley, Executive Director Human Resource, British Council visited YES office to meet with core facilitators of the Active Citizens Programme on 28th November 2013. During her stay, Ms. Helen also met with the CEO of YES to exchange information and views about youth engagement programmes in Pakistan.

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Social Action Projects Celebration Event

A celebration event was organized to appreciate and reward the contributions of young active citizens on 29th November 2013 in Bahawalpur. The ceremony was attended by 160 people. During the event, the contributions of young girls who carried out social action projects in the field were admired by the local community stakeholders. At the end of the ceremony, certificates were distributed among all the young girls who implemented social action projects.

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Active Citizens Workshop in Bahawalpur

Three training Active Citizens workshops were organized with the female youth in Bahawalpur from 26th November to 29th November 2013. The workshops were attended by 120 female youth. The duration of each workshop was four days. The workshops aimed at equipping female youth from low-income communities with a wide range of skills such as planning, communicating, developing, organizing, team building, budgeting and partnership building. During the workshops, all the female youth were involved in dialogues, debates and open discussions related to the challenges being faced by the country. The striking feature of the workshops was the development of social action plans by the female youth to address a serious community need. The evaluation of the workshops revealed that the female youth found the workshops very informative, enriching and useful.

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Active Citizens Workshop in AJK and Lahore

YES organized two trainings of Active Citizens Program in Lahore from 29th October to 1st November and three trainings in AJK (2 in Kotli and one in Nikal sector) from 9th to 13th November. The trainings were attended by 160 young people. The duration of the each training was four days. During four days, young people were oriented and trained on a wide range of topics related to civic engagement. At the end of the trainings young people were divided into groups/teams for social action.

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Ali speaks at Forman Annual Social Entrepreneurship Practicum

Mr. Ali was invited to speak at the Forman Annual Social Entrepreneurship Practicum on 20th November 2013.  The event was attended by the leading business and social entrepreneurs of the country. Mr. Ali was asked to share his story of starting first-ever youth engagement movement in the country to inspire young people to embrace the concept of social entrepreneurship for addressing serious developmental challenges.

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Enterprising Pakistan Booklets

These booklets present inspirational stories of young people from Pakistan we worked with to enable them to be more creative and self-confident, to encourage innovative business start-ups and to enhance their role in society, such as tackling critical problems in their local communities. These young people became socially minded entrepreneurs who understand the positive impact they can make to society, by using creative and innovative approaches to promote social inclusion and prosperity. Each of these entrepreneurs is a passionate role model for many other young people, encouraging them to foster their entrepreneurial talent for wider community and societal benefit. We believe you will find the stories in this booklet inspirational, powerful and exciting and we hope they will encourage potential entrepreneurs to go for it!

You can download the booklets from the links below:

http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-skillsforemployability-enterprise-and-innovation-enterprising-pakistan.htm

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 Ali meets with the UK Senior Minister of State

Ali meets with the British trade delegation led by UK Senior Minister of State, Baroness Warsi to share the work of the YES and the British Council in the field of youth social entrepreneurship in Pakistan on 4th October 2013 . The meeting was also attended by the Brtish Council’s local partners. During the meeting,several key areas were identified for future action to enhance the effectiveness of the Skills Projects in Pakistan.

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Orientation Sessions on Social Enterprise Competition 2013 in KPK Province

YES Network Pakistan and the British Council organized a series of orientation sessions in the technical and vocational institutions of the KPK Province to develop an entrepreneurial drive among the students. These sessions were held in Mardan, Kark, Noshera, Bhaitakht and Haripur. A large number of students and teachers participated in these sessions. The students were also encouraged to participate in the Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Competition 2013. The action pictures of the sessions can be viewed at the Facebook account of YES Network Pakistan.

https://www.facebook.com/TheYESMedia?sk

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Ali attended Employer Engagement Seminar in UK

The seminar was organized by the British Council to review the UK’s approach to engaging employers through sector skills organizations and industry groups and to provide participants with opportunities to network with leading and international experts in the field of employer ownership of skills. The delegation from Pakistan included high profile public servants (Minister and Bureaucrats). On the last day of the seminar, the delegation from Pakistan gave a collective presentation to share key learnings, local challenges and future plans to improve, refine and develop apprenticeship programs. The seminar was held from 23-27 September 2013 in London.

Ali meets with the World Bank Country Director

The World Bank invited YES Network Pakistan to participate in the consultation meeting in Lahore on 12th September 2013 in the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore. During the meeting, Mr. Ali met with the Country Director, World Bank and shared his views about the need of incorporating a comprehensive youth engagement strategy in the public and private institutions of Pakistan to overcome important developmental needs and youth disengagement.

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Ali shares panel with a delegation from the United Kingdom

Ali gave a talk at the seminar “What Can I do for Pakistan” held in University of Management Sciences in Lahore on 12th September 2013. The British delegation was led by Mr. Tommy Hutchinson, CEO of I-Genius, which is a world community of social entrepreneurs with members in over 200 countries.

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Michelle visits YES Network Pakistan

Michelle, Regional Director Education British Council visited YES Network Pakistan on 5th September 2012 to meet with the Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO YES Network Pakistan. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange views about the on-going programs and to explore the possibilities of future partnership building. The meeting was also attended by other delegates from the British Council.

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Orientation Sessions on Social Entrepreneurship in Sindh Province

YES Network Pakistan and the British Council organized a series of orientation sessions in the technical and vocational institutions of the Sindh Province to develop an entrepreneurial drive among the students. These sessions were held in Sukkar, Larkana, Hyderabad and Karachi. A large number of students and teachers participated in these sessions. The students were also encouraged to participate in the Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Competition 2013. The action pictures of the sessions can be viewed at the Facebook account of YES Network Pakistan.

https://www.facebook.com/TheYESMedia?sk 

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Orientation Sessions on Social Entrepreneurship in Punjab Province

YES Network Pakistan and the British Council organized a series of orientation sessions in the technical and vocational institutions of the Punjab Province to develop an entrepreneurial drive among the students. These sessions were held in Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpu, Khanewal, Lahore, Jhang, Sargodha, Jhelum, Chakwal, etc. A large number of students and teachers participated in these sessions. The students were also encouraged to participate in the Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Competition 2013. The action pictures of the sessions can be viewed at the Facebook account of YES Network Pakistan.

https://www.facebook.com/TheYESMedia?sk

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Training of Trainers on Youth Social Entrepreneurship

A TOT was organized on Youth Social Entrepreneurship by the YES Network Pakistan and the British Council on 3rd August 2013 in Islamabad. The purpose of the training was to equip and engage faculty members of the technical, educational and vocational institutions of Pakistan with advance knowledge and skills of social entrepreneurship. The training was attended by the participants from across Pakistan.

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Training Workshop on Social Enterprise Competition on Peace

Young leaders hailing from across Pakistan pledged to design and deliver innovative projects which promote peace and coexistence among people from different faiths, sects and cultures during a one training workshop on Youth Social Enterprise Competition on Peace organized by YES Network Pakistan.

The training aimed to enhance the capacity of young leaders from different faiths to serve as a facilitator for training and engaging local young people in designing and delivering social enterprises geared towards reconciliation and peacebuilding. Held on 29th June in Islamabad, the training was attended by 16 young people from across Pakistan including FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEP YES Network Pakistan stated that “The striking feature of the project is that it is led by young people from different faiths, sects and backgrounds who believe in divine universal principles of love, respect, care and compassion. We believe that youth of our country have the ability to design and deliver homegrown solutions to resolve conflicts and tensions.”

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Social Enterprise Model Co-designing Workshop

Mr. Ali participated in the Social Enterprise Model Co-designing workshop of the British Council in Marriott Hotel, Islamabad from 30th May to 31st May 2013. The purpose of the workshop was to share various models, strengths and best practices in the field of social entrepreneurship.

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The Emerging Entrepreneur Competition

YES launched ‘The Emerging Entrepreneur Competition’ in the Vocational Training Institute Governor House Lahore and St. Anthony’s High School. MR. Ali Raza Khan, CEO, YES conducted orientation sessions in both the institutions to motivate and inspire students to participate in the competition. The sessions were attended by over 500 students. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Ali said, “The competition helps young people to move beyond their fears and turn their passion and skills into profitable enterprises. From this competition, the young people are provided an opportunity to start an enterprise, get an access to capital or a product of their choice and sell their products and services. The competition teaches the basic principles of an enterprise development to young people by a hands-on approach. YES believes that young people cannot discover their entrepreneurial strengths until they aim high. If they are afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone then there would be a very rare chance that they will be able to discover the entrepreneur within them. It is true that sometimes young people need opportunities or circumstances that inspire the entrepreneur out of them.”

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Active Citizens Project

YES Network Pakistan organized 4 days Active Citizen Workshop to train and engage young people in different areas of Gilgit, Baltistan for carrying out social action projects at grassroots level in the areas of the greatest need.

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Signing of MOU

YES Network Pakistan and University of Management Technology (UMT) Signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Introducing and Institutionalizing the Concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship in the disciplines of Center for Entreprenuership & Innovation (CENTIN).

The MOU signing ceremony was held at the UMT on 5th April 2013. The MOU was signed by Rashid Hussain, Director, CENTIN and Mr. Ali Raza Khan, Chief Executive Officer, YES Network Pakistan. This joint initiative will help young people to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to start their own social enterprises.

The partnership is the outcome of the successful experience of implementing ‘Show Your Creativity Project’ in the UMT by YES Network Pakistan. YES launched the competition last month to encourage young people to design and deliver social innovative ideas for change. YES provided seed funding of Rs. 3000 to 5000 to each team of students and asked them to return the amount after two weeks. During the MOU ceremony, students presented their ideas. 10 teams presented their ideas. All the teams received positive feedback and appreciation from the judges.

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INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE 2013

Five countries – Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam are competing for the title of Global Winner helped by UK students from the
Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, who will be supporting each national team to develop their ideas.Winners will be chosen by the public voting and a panel of judges. The judges will be looking at creativity, message clarity, relevance, and overall impact. The winning team will be given professional development to help them in their entrepreneurial activities.

Public voting will start on 19 March and end of 26 March and the winners will be announced on 3 April 2013.
Watch the finalist videos and choose your favourite team.

http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-skills-for-employability-project-enterprise-skills-challenge-2013.htm

Vote for your favourite video here
http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-skills-for-employability-project-enterprise-virtual-challenge-2013-vote.htm

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Launching Ceremony of Youth Social Enterprise Generator in Hashoo Foundation

Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan has established the Youth Social Enterprise Generator at Hashoo Foundation in Chitral on 14-3-2013. Youth Social Enterprise Generator is a joint initiative of AKRSP and YES Network Pakistan. The purpose of this initiative is to inspire youth, staff members and local stakeholders to understand the need of promoting the idea of Social Entrepreneurship among youth. Under this project, YES Network Pakistan has carried out a wide range of activities such as training of trainers, engagement of master trainers and launching of social enterprise challenges. The Launching ceremony was attended by the representative of civil society, Generlists, and young people.

Launching Ceremony of Youth Social Enterprise Generator at Abdul Wali Khan University Bacha Khan campus Chitral

Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan has established the Youth Social Enterprise Generator at Abdul Wali Khan University Bacha Khan campus Chitral on 16-3-2013. Youth Social Enterprise Generator is a joint initiative of AKRSP and YES Network Pakistan. The purpose of this initiative is to inspire youth, faculty members to understand the need of promoting the idea of Social Entrepreneurship among the students. Under this project, YES Network Pakistan has carried out a wide range of activities such as training of trainers, engagement of master trainers and launching of social enterprise challenges. The Launching ceremony was attended by the representative of civil society, Generlists, and young people.

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Mr. Ali gave a talk at the University of Management and Technology on Social Entrepreneurship.

Ali gave a talk at the University of Management and Technology on Social Entrepreneurship. The talk was attended by the students and faculty members of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CENTIN). Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Rashid Hussain, Director CENTIN, said that the talk has opened doors for student’s engagement in the field of social entrepreneurship. Many students expressed their strong desire to participate in the social enterprise competitions of YES Network Pakistan. At the end of the talk, Mr. Ali was given a shield on behalf of the Rector of the University.

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Youth Talent Show

A Youth Talent Show was organized by YES Network Pakistan on 24th Feb 2013 at Ghizer, Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan. The purpose of the event was to encourage youth to show their hidden talents and abilities. During the show children participated in a wide range of interesting activities such as drawing, poetry, debate and singing competition, etc. The show was attended by parents, adults and the representatives of different educational institutions based in Ghazir. The talent show was highly appreciated by the local people as it provided them a great entertainment.

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Winner Announced of Social Enterprise Challenge 2012

We are delighted to announce that the Social Enterprise Challenge 2012 is now officially closed! The quality of works was very high and it was very hard to choose only one
team.

We have a winner!

Congratulations Vocational Training Institution (VTI) Jhang Team led by Ms. Muqaddas Rafique Tabssum for winning the National Enterprise Challenge Competition 2012!
For remaining 8 teams, it is not the time to get saddened. All of you deserve applause for your active participation and contributions. It is a big achievement for all of you to qualify for the competition. All of you have a great opportunity to make your mark by showcasing your talent and creative abilities in implementing your ideas for change. If you will perform well you will likely to get many more opportunities. Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated, and ask you all to keep posting, keep us up to date with news of their projects!

Thank you all for participation in our competition.

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Award Ceremony of FATA Projects

20 distinguished youth teams from FATA each receive a Rs.50, 000 cash award from the YES Network Pakistan for their innovative ideas to make a difference in their communities. The awards ceremony took place at The Hotel Pak Continental on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. The purpose of the Youth Social Entrepreneurship project in FATA is to prepare young people to become social entrepreneurs. The project helps students to develop enterprise capability, communication and planning skills, team work, problem solving and leadership. Young people are encouraged to be creative and think outside the box. It is the only initiative in the FATA, which provides training, exposure, financial assistance and recognition to youth for bringing social change in the society. Launched by the YES Network Pakistan, the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Project has recently completed its first run. The Youth Social Entrepreneurship Project was implemented in three phases. During the first phase, social acceptability of the project was created by conducting a series of open and sensitization sessions with the representatives of educational, technical, religious and civil society institutions on the concept of youth social entrepreneurship throughout FATA. During the second phase, a comprehensive 50 hours training on the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship was organized for participants from a range of backgrounds (CBOs, Religious Institutions, Educational Institutions and Youth Activists) with the purpose of nurturing and promoting entrepreneurial culture amongst young people of FATA. In the third phase, master trainers were engaged in rolling out the concept of social entrepreneurship in their respective areas and institutions. Over 4,000 young people were given orientation on Social Entrepreneurship and the process of getting involved in the field of social entrepreneurship. 20 young teams from across FATA were selected for technical and financial assistance to start their social enterprises. These social enterprises intend not only to direct the energies of the youth of FATA towards addressing serious local issues but also provide them an opportunity to make an earning for them.

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National Level Youth Enterprise Challenge Award 2012

A National level Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Competition 2012 was held in Lahore on 11th December 2012 at Miraj Hotel. Nine youth teams were selected to participate in the National Enterprise Challenge 2012. Organized by the YES Network Pakistan and the British Council, the Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Award is into its fifth run and is open to all young people studying in technical institutions across Pakistan. Before the competition, one day social entrepreneurship training was held with the youth teams to give tips and guidelines for effectively participating in the competition. The competition started at 9.00 A.M. and ended at 5.00 P.M. During the competition, all the nine teams were given a problem and asked to come up with a unique and innovative idea for improving the situation within a given fixed budget. By the end of the day, teams were asked to submit their idea for judgment through the completion of three documents such as their innovative idea, competitor’s outline, money matters and a 90 seconds presentation. The winner of the competition will be announced in the first week of January 2013.

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International Conference on Schumpeterian Entrepreneurship 2012

Mr. Ali presented a paper on social entrepreneurship at international conference on Schumpeterian Entrepreneurship and the Spread of
Entrepreneurship from December 9th to 11th 2012 at Avari Hotel, Lahore. The title of the paper was “Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan: The Road Less Traveled.” The other keynote speakers of the conference included Prof. Emeritus Dr. Horst, Dr. Paul D. Reynolds, Prof. Eme. Dr. J. Hanns, Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha, Prof. Dr. Dinesh N. Awashi, Prof. Dr. Allan Gibb and Prof. Dr. Norris Kruggar.

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Ali speaks at TEDx FC College

Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO, YES Network Pakistan was invited to speak at TEDxFCCollege on December 8th, 2012. The theme of the event was “Innovation- Harnessing the Hidden Revolution.” The speakers were selected on the basis of their ideas for change and improvement in the existing structures preset in Pakistan. The other speakers include Mr. Amin Hashwani, Ms. Mashal Peerzada, Mr.Muhammad Adeel, Mr. Najib Jutt, Mr. Zeeshan Zafar Hashmi and Ms. Zehra Ali.

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Award Ceremony in University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

An award ceremony was held on 7th December 2012 at New Senate Hall of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. The ceremony was organized to provide seed money to top two ideas of the Social Enterprise Challenge Competition held in the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. The ceremony was attended by students, faculty members, head of departments and representatives of different societies. During the ceremony an appreciation award was given to Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO, YES on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for his contributions in introducing and launching several initiatives in the field of social entrepreneurship in the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. At the end of the ceremony, certificates of participation were provided to all the participants of the  social enterprise challenge competition.

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YES featured in “Developing Synergies among EU Grant Projects” Workshop

The Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program of YES Network Pakistan featured in a workshop “Developing Synergies among EU Grant Projects” on 15th No, 2012 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO, YES gave a presentation at the occasion. The workshop was attended by the representatives of European Union, Dutch Government, German Government, OXFAM, Care International, Concern Worldwide, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), Plan International, Technology Upgrdation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC), Hytech Vocational and Technical Training Foundation and Punjab Vocational Training Council.

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Launching of Youth Enterprise Generator in Universities

First-ever Youth Social Enterprise Competition held in the University of Science and Technology, Bannu and the University of Malakand. YES Network Pakistan had launched for the first time Youth Social Enterprise Competition in the leading universities of FATA to equip and engage young people in designing and implementing innovative social change ideas. Before the competition, YES organized a series of sessions on social entrepreneurship for the capacity building of the faculty members and young people. Young people were encouraged to submit ideas for social change. YES selected eight ideas of students for seed funding. Speaking at the occasions, the Vice Chancellors of both the universities highly appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan for engaging and training the faculty members of universities on youth social entrepreneurship initiatives.

Launching in MALAKAND UNIVERSITY ||Read more: http://uom.edu.pk/youth.php

 

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Orientation Session on Youth Enterprise Challenge 2012

Pictures of the youth social enterprise session held on 4th October, 2012 at Mehran College of Commerce, Mirpur

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Active Citizens Workshop

YES Network Pakistan organized a four-days training ‘Active Citizens Workshop’ in Kotli to train and engage young people in designing and implementing social action projects. The Active Citizens Programme is an initiative of the British Council to empower and engage young people in addressing issues which are affecting their lives and the lives of many other people. The training was attended by 30 young people from mostly low-income communities. During the four-days’ workshop, young people were also sensitized and educated on a wide range of topics such as identity, culture, gender, debate, conflict resolution, decision making, social enterprise plan development, etc. The outcome of the training was the development of social action projects by the young people to address local developmental issues which are left due to absence of resources.

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Three Days Training of Trainers Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship

YES Network organized three days ‘training of trainers’ workshop in Islamabad from 15th to 17th October 2012 in Hotel Pak Continental. The training was attended by the representatives of AKRSP, Hashoo Foundation and Abdul Wali Khan University. The major goals of the three days trainingwere to provide participants with the opportunity to acquire and practice skills in facilitating social entrepreneurship training programs and to enhance their abilities to design training session plans. The purpose of the Training of Trainers workshop was to establish a core team of trainers in Chitral, who have relevant skills in planning, designing, supporting and organizing social entrepreneurship courses and trainings for the positive development and engagement of young people. The workshop provided knowledge, skills, connections and resources to participants to play an instrumental role in advancing the movement of Social Entrepreneurship in Chitral. After the training all the participants of the workshop will be engaged in their respective areas in a wide range of activities for building-up an entrepreneurial culture in Chitral. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Ali Raza Khan said, ‘It is heartening to see the growth of social enterprise idea throughout Pakistan. The inclusion of AKRSP, Hashoo Foundation and Abdul Wali Khan University will play a catalytic role in advancing the agenda of social entrepreneurship across many sectors of the society.”

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Personal Development Session

YES Network Pakistan organized a personal development session for the faculty members of the SLS School system in Islamabad on 13th October 2012. The purpose of the session was to inspire teachers to adopt personal development approach in dealing with personal and professional challenges and designing new initiatives. The session was highly appreciated by the faculty members. The session was conducted by Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO, YES Network Pakistan.

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Four Days Business Competition organized at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Four days small business competition was held at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad from 7th to 10th October 2012 for students. The competition was carried out to cultivate entrepreneurial skills among youth through organizing business competition to address leading causes (psychological, economical and social) of their lacking the capacity for launching their own businesses. It was found out that students seriously lack the consciousness of starting a business and the capacity for being their own boss. A business competition under the name of “Show Your Creativity”was organized in the leading University of Agriculture, Faisalabad by providing small loan money to students to establish businesses and make money. Extraordinary scenes were witnessed during the competition. The event was attended by over 5,000 people of all ages. Young students established different stalls of food, household items, jewelry, embroidery, sports, etc. A total of 19 young teams participated in the competition. The winning team earned a profit of Rs. 28,000 in just four days.

The competition was organized in the light of MOU signed between YES and University of Agriculture to introduce and institutionalize the concept of social entrepreneurship. It was felt that loose and free environment should be created that advocate tolerance toward failure and inspire students to be entrepreneurial. The students were encouraged toward adventure. The said strategy contributed immensely in rolling out the social entrepreneurship project by creating a kind of entrepreneurship practice atmosphere among students. According to the Chairman, Rural Sociology Department “It is first time that such an event has taken place in our university where so many people had participated. The competition has developed a new mindset among students that they can also earn and run a business.”

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Session on Youth Social Enterprise Award 2012

Pictures of the Youth Social Enterprise session held on 27th Sep 2012 at Ambassador Hotel in Lahore with the Principals and Coordinators of Vocational Training Institutions operating under Punjab Vocational Training Council.

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Session on Youth Social Enterprise Award 2012

Pictures of the Youth Social Enterprise session held on 25th Sep 2012 at Royal Taj Hotel, Hyderabad with the Principals and Coordinators of Technical Institutions operating under Sindh TEVTA.

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Session on Youth Enterprise Challenge Award 2012

Pictures of the youth social enterprise session held on at 24th Sep 2012 at Sarwan Hotel in Karachi with the Principals and Coordinators of Technical Institutions operating under Sindh TEVTA

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YES and Agha Khan Rural Support Program has joined hands

YES Network Pakistan and Agha Khan Rural Support Program signed a MOU to launch Youth Social Enterprise Generator (YSEG) in the universities of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The Youth Social Enterprise Generator will conduct several activities to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit among young people.

The Youth Social Enterprise Generator will have the following activities:

  1.     Conduct trainings for faculty members and students on the concept of social entrepreneurship
    II.    Facilitate research in the field of social entrepreneurship
    III.  Conduct social enterprise competitions for students
    IV.   Conduct dialogues, seminars and sessions on social entrepreneurship
    V.     Integrate the concept of social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of various disciplines
    VI.   Build linkages with local and international organizations for the promotion of social entrepreneurship
    VII. Provide interest-free loan facility to support innovative ideas of students

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Session with Journalists on Youth Engagement- a solution to all problems

YES  Network Pakistan organized a sensitization session on Youth Engagement – A Solution to our Problems for journalists of Pakistan. The purpose of the session was to equip and engage journalists in promoting Youth Engagement as the most promising strategy for addressing the problems of Pakistan.

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Ali conducted session with leading NGOs of Pakistan

Ali conducted three hours training session with the representatives of leading NGOs of Pakistan to introduce the topic of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise and to bring business practices to nonprofit organizations and international development agencies, encouraging their sustainability through earned income.

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One Day National Level Training of Trainers Workshop

One-day national level Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop was organized on 14th July at Pak Continental Hotel, Islamabad for the faculty members and young social entrepreneurs of technical institutions of Pakistan. The training was organized by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. The workshop focused on providing advanced level knowledge and skills to the participants on the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and on generating interest for the integration of social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of the technical institutions. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from across Pakistan.

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Launching of Youth Enterprise Generator in MAJU

YES Network Pakistan and British Council have launched Youth Enterprise Generator Project in Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad.

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Launching of Youth Enterprise Generator in VUAS

YES Network Pakistan and British Council have launched Youth Enterprise Generator Project in Veterinary University of Animal and Sciences, Lahore. The session was attended by the Vice Chancellor, Deans, Faculty members and the students.

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Seminar on Youth Social Entrepreneurship

Mr. Ali Raza Khan gave a talk in Agricultural University, Faisalabad on 27th April,2012. The session was attended by the Vice Chancellor, Deans, faculty members and a large number of students. The purpose of the session was to increase the knowledge of the participants about the concept of social entrepreneurship and to inspire the students to participate in social enterprise challenge competition.

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Session on Youth Social Entrepreneurship in COMSATS Institute of Technology in Islamabad

On 18th May 2012, YES Network Pakistan organized a session on Youth Social Entrepreneurship with the students of COMSATS Institute of Technology in Islamabad. The purpose of this session was to sensitize the students to the concept of youth social entrepreneurship. In this interactive session, they were also trained to design a professional social enterprise plan and encouraged to participate in the various social enterprise generator opportunities currently being offered by YES Network. It was motivating to note the enthusiasm of the students. They were keen to share their ideas through group work and wanted to tackle issues ranging from awareness for dengue to setting up small energy units to solve the energy crisis of their communities. Miss Sana Zia, Animator Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program conducted the session.

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Engaging Young Leaders of Pakistan Forum

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The South Asia Center is now accepting applications for Engaging Young Leaders of Pakistan forum. The application and instructions are attached in .pdf  and .docx. Please forward widely!  We are seeking young, dynamic men and women from across Pakistan who have *not* previously traveled to the US or Europe. The Engaging Young Leaders of Pakistan project aims to identify, cultivate, and support young people in Pakistan, ages 18-30 that have the potential of becoming future leaders in their country by providing them with resources and opportunities to strengthen their engagement within civil society.

This program will build a forum of engagement and collaboration for young leaders from Pakistan to discuss and make an impact on issues such as democracy and Islam, economic development, employment, and governance, with the goal of supporting the next generation of leadership in the country. The in-person forum will involve bringing approximately 15 young leaders from Pakistan to come to the United States for a 10-day visit with policymakers, student groups, community leaders, diaspora communities, and regional experts. An online forum will be built to facilitate sustainable idea exchange among participants and with the broader community in Pakistan, the region, and the world.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Between 18 and 30 years of age
  • A citizen of Pakistan, currently residing in Pakistan
  • Willingness and ability to travel to the United States
  • Ability to communicate (written and oral) in English
  • No previous travel to the United States or Europe

This project is supported in part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Hashoo Group in Pakistan.

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YES Network Pakistan featured in a document produced by the Planning Commission of Pakistan

YES Network Pakistan featured in a document produced by the Planning Commission of Pakistan on the Framework for Economic Growth.

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Mr. Ali featured in Daily newspaper

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Mr. Ali participated in an international conference on Youth Service in Italy

Mr. Ali participated in an international conference on Youth Service in Italy from 4th March to 8th March at the Rockefeller Foundation conference center in Bellagio. This meeting presented an important opportunity to discuss the current status of the national youth service field; assess challenges, opportunities  and priorities; and discuss the future role of International Association for National Youth Service. The conference was attended by the representatives of leading organizations in the field of youth service and engagement. Mr. Ali chaired a session on 8th March on finding new ways to support National Youth Service locally and globally.

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Global Virtual Enterprise Challenge 2012

Your chance to vote for your favourite video and win an iPod

British Council’s Enterprise Challenge engages young people in competitions that develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Each National winning teams has produced a short video of their enterprising idea so you can vote for your favourite video and help your chosen team become the British Council’s Global Enterprise Champions. A random voter from each participating country  (Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Uzbekistan) and the UK will have a chance to win an I-Pod.

Teams of young people in participating countries are asked to develop a business idea from a set scenario which they present to a panel of judges which includes employers, entrepreneurs and Ministerial representatives. Teams compete with other national teams to become the National winners.

National winners are then asked to produce a short video which represents their entry to Global Skills for Employability Enterprise Challenge. This year participating countries include Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The theme of their presentation is “If the Olympic / Paralympic Games were to take place in your country, what business would you develop?”

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Launching Ceremony of Youth Social Enterprise Generator in Universities

YES Network Pakistan organized three launching ceremonies of Youth Social Enterprise Generator project. These ceremonies were organized inSukkar IBA, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIAS) and Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.

The ceremonies were attended by several hundred people including faculty members, students and head of the institutions. Each ceremony was attended by over 250 people. During the ceremonies, representatives of British Council and YES Network Pakistan spoke to the audience and highlighted the need of incorporating social entrepreneurship course into the curriculum of higher education. The ceremonies were steered by the trained faculty members and students of these universities. During the ceremonies, case studies and ideas for social change given by young people were shared with the audience with the view to inspire them to join this new initiative. The heads of all the three institutions highly appreciated the efforts of British Council and YES Network Pakistan for launching Youth Social Enterprise Generator project in their University/Institute.

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Launching Ceremony in Sukkhar IBA

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Launching Ceremony in Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIAS)

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Launching Ceremony in Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam

 

 

 

Orientation Sessions on Social Entrepreneurship

In order to ensure that Youth Social Entrepreneurship advances in the right direction and by the right people, it is important to create a second line of leadership who can provide adequate and sustained backing. YES Network Pakistan has trained a team of master trainers to advance the agenda of Youth Social Entrepreneurship in an organized and systematic manner in both technical and educational institutions of Pakistan. YES Network has equipped faculty members and students of 11 Universities and 2 Technical institutions (Government College of Technology, Karimabad, Karachi and Government College of Technology, Raiwand, Lahore) with adequate knowledge and skills for rolling out the concept of youth social entrepreneurship in their respective institutions.

Each workshop focuses on clarifying the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and on generating interest for the integration of social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of the technical and educational institutions. Several interesting exercises were conducted to identify gaps in the existing education system and to explore new ways of empowering and engaging young people. During one of the exercises, when faculty members of technical and educational institutions were asked to visualize where do they see young people of their institutions after three years. Majority of them wrote that they would be seriously struggling to find a place and job in the society. They would be more frustrated due to our inability to prepare them for smooth transition to work. It was very interesting to note that an overwhelming majority of the participants had no knowledge about the concept of social entrepreneurship. The orientation sessions encouraged innovative and creative thinking among participants. The workshop provided essential technical knowledge, tools, opportunities and resources to the participants to further explore the topic of social entrepreneurship and to take solid steps in rolling out youth social entrepreneurship education in their respective institutions.

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Winner Announced for Youth Social Enterprise Challenge 2011

We know that you will be anxiously waiting to hear the results of the competition. We have received the results from our distinguished panel of judges. Our panel of judges was comprised of key figures from social development field. Before we let you know the winner of the competition, we must express our heartfelt thanks to all of you for participating in the competition. We were so pleased to have such a fantastic response. All of you have done a remarkable job and we are proud of you.

Finally, YES Network Pakistan is delighted to announce that Government College Technology (GCT) Karimabad has won Youth Social Enterprise Challenge 2011. Many congratulations to the GCT Karimabad team. You have demonstrated great team work and commitment. Remember that it is not the end of the competition. The real challenge is now ahead of you to get your idea translated into action as planned. It is just the beginning

For remaining 9 teams, it is not the time to get saddened. All of you deserve applause for your active participation and contributions. It is a big achievement for all of you to qualify for the competition. All of you have a great opportunity to make your mark by showcasing your talent and creative abilities in implementing your ideas for change. If you will perform well you will likely to get many more opportunities.

We look forward to work with you.

Best wishes,

YES Management Team

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National level Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Competition

A National level Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Competition 2011 was held in Lahore on 13thDecember 2011 at Amir Hotel. Ten teams of young people were selected to participate in the National Enterprise Challenge 2011. Organized by the YES Network Pakistan and British Council, the Youth Social Enterprise Challenge Award is into its fourth run and is open to all young people studying in technical institutions across Pakistan. The Youth Social Enterprise Award was implemented in two phases. During the first phase, social acceptability of the program was created by conducting a series of sensitization sessions with the representatives of over 1400 technical colleges on the concept of youth social entrepreneurship. During the second phase, a series of orientation sessions were held to create awareness about the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship and to nurture and grow innovation and entrepreneurial culture amongst students of technical colleges. Over 20,000 students of public and private technical colleges are given orientation on Social Entrepreneurship and the process of getting involved in the competition. Over 1,000 ideas were received from the young people studying in technical colleges of Pakistan. 10 young teams in between the ages of 16 to 21 were selected to participate in the National Challenge to compete with each other. Before the competition, one day social entrepreneurship training was held with the teams to give tips and guidelines for effectively participating in the competition. The competition started at 9.00 A.M. and ended at 5.00 P.M. During the competition, all the ten teams were given a problem and asked to come up with a unique and innovative idea for improving the situation within a given fixed budget. By the end of the day, teams were asked to submit their idea for judgment through the completion of three documents such as their innovative idea, competitor’s outline, money matters and a 90 seconds presentation.

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Mr. Ali participated in policy dailogue

Mr. Ali Raza Khan participated in the policy dialogue on “Building the bridges between universities and communities” in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 7th & 8th December 2011. Speaking at the panel discussion, Mr. Ali said that “Universities have so much to offer in the shape of students, teachers, parents and physical infrastructure such as buildings, labs, libraries, etc. to address the real challenges of the communities. On the other hand, communities provide excellent settings to students to use their gained knowledge and skills in real life situations for meeting the unmet service needs of the society.  It provides an opportunity to youth to become self-reliant and contributing members of the society. It helps them to break the serious disconnect with the society.” Over 30-40 senior level high profile delegates from the key stakeholder groups involved in the university-community knowledge exchange agenda, for example: Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors, senior policy makers from higher education ministries, national agencies, NGOs and foundations, sector research centres, international and national donor organisations and apex agencies representing community interests from the following countries: UK, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka participated in the dialogue.

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Programs of YES Network Pakistan featured at the opening day of the 12th Annual Population Research Conference in Lahore.

We are pleased to share with you that Service Learning, Youth Social Entrepreneurship and Youth Service Programs of YES Network Pakistan featured at the opening day of the 12th Annual Population Research Conference in Lahore. The theme of the conference is “Pakistani Youth: The Ultimate Resource”. The conference is supported by UNFPA, UNICEF, Population Council and the David Lucile Packard Foundation. Mr. Ali Raza Khan, Chief Executive Officer of YES Network Pakistan was invited to speak at the first plenary session of the Conference. The conference was attended by representatives of leading international organizations, media, Vice Chancellors of leading Universities of Pakistan and several hundred young people. The work of YES Network Pakistan was highly appreciated and endorsed by everyone. Mr. Ali was also given an award of appreciation.

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Social Entrepenureship & Service Learning Education

We are delighted to share with you that YES Network Pakistan has integrated the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and service learning into the curriculum of 155 Vocational Training Institutes of Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC). PVTC is an autonomous corporate body established by the Punjab Government through the PVTC Act of 1998. Its mission is to alleviate poverty through Muslim charity (Zakat) and private sector participation by imparting demand driven skill training and enhancing employability for disadvantaged youth. YES Network Pakistan carried out a series of activities to incorporate the concept of social entrepreneurship and service learning in the curriculum of PVTC.

The duration of social entrepreneurship and service learning course is fifty hours. This includes 10 hours of actual class work to assist participants to get familiarized with the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and the process of development of a social enterprise plan and 40 hours of field work to carry out a service learning project to solve local community problems as part of education. The mark allocation of the course is based on the attendance (10%), unscheduled quizzes (10%), field work (50%) and presentation of field work by the participants (30%). Several thousand students of the PVTC are now being engaged in designing and implementing innovative community-based service learning projects to make a difference in the lives of other.

We would like to express our special thanks to Chairman PVTC, Mr. Faisal Ijaz Khan for his extraordinary leadership, judgment and initiative. A short time ago, we sat together to develop a road map to incorporate social entrepreneurship and service learning in the curriculum of PVTC and we were thinking “we will make this happen” and now today it has happened.

We would like to acknowledge the contributions of British Council for enabling YES to introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship in all technical institutions of Pakistan. I must express my heartfelt thanks to Mr. Salman, Regional Skills and Business Manager and Mr. Hasan Siddique, Projects Manager for their unstinting support to YES Network Pakistan to accomplish this milestone. We are very excited and hope you are too on this unprecedented success.

I would also like to express my thanks to Fazal Noor, Country Representative, Ashoka and Susan Stroud, CEO, Innovations in Civic Participation for their encouragement, guidance and technical assistance.

There are loads of exciting things happening and we hope to share with you more delightful achievements and developments soon.

Please click to view the steps taken to integrate Youth Social Entrepenureship & Service Learning.

With best wishes,

Ali Raza Khan
CEO YES Network Pakistan/Ashoka Fellow

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YES Network Pakistan has integrated the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship into the curriculum of University of Agriculture Faisalabad.

We are delighted to share with you that YES Network Pakistan has integrated the concept of youth social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of University of Agriculture Faisalabad.

YES Network Pakistan carried out a series of activities to introduce and sensitize faculty members and students of University of Agriculture Faisalabad about the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and its need in the perspective of growing youth unemployment and unrest in Pakistan.

These efforts culminated in a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) between YES and University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The course has been included in the curriculum of two disciplines (Population Sciences and Rural Sociology). We have received a letter of appreciation from the Chairman’s office which is enclosed herewith for your kind review. It is also noteworthy to mention here that the course is also included in the postgraduate prospectus 2011-12 (see attachment). We are very thrilled on this remarkable and historical achievement.

We must acknowledge the role played by the worthy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan and Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad Maan Professor & Chairman Rural Sociology Department University of Agriculture Faisalabad in providing us unflinching support to bring this change.

We look forward to work with more dedication and enthusiasm to make youth social entrepreneurship a top priority in Pakistan.

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Service Learning Project Launched in Catholic Schools

YES Network Pakistan has launched Service Learning program for the first time in the educational institutions of Pakistan. YES Network Pakistan has been conducting sensitization sessions with the principals of the leading schools for the integration of the Service Learning concept. Recently, the Catholic Board of Lahore has approved the implementation of Service Learning program. YES Network Pakistan has trained and engaged over 350 teachers in the designing and implementation of Service Learning projects.-

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Workshops on Youth Social Entrepreneurship with Youth-Serving Institutions

YES Network Pakistan conducted sensitization workshops on the concept of youth social entrepreneurship with the principals and senior instructors of approximately 1100 (eleven hundred) technical institutions across Pakistan. Each workshop focuses on clarifying the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and on generating interest for the integration of social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of the technical institutions. Several interesting exercises were conducted to identify gaps in the existing education system and to explore new ways of empowering and engaging young people. During one of the exercises, when principals of technical institutions were asked to visualize where do they see young people of their institutions after three years. Majority of them wrote that they would be seriously struggling to find a place and job in the society. They would be more frustrated due to our inability to prepare them for smooth transition to work. It was very interesting to note that an overwhelming majority of the participants had no knowledge about the concept social entrepreneurship.

The sensitization workshops encouraged innovative and creative thinking among participants. The workshop provided essential technical knowledge, tools, opportunities and resources to the participants to further explore the topic of social entrepreneurship and to take solid steps in rolling out youth social entrepreneurship education in their respective institutions.

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshops in Punjab Province

Workshop in PVTC Punjab- Lahore

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Workshop in TEVTA Punjab- Bahawalpur

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Workshop in TEVTA Punjab- Lahore

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Workshop in TEVTA Punjab- Murree

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshops in AJK

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Workshop in Mirpur

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Workshop in Muzaffarabad

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshops in Blouchistan Province

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshops in Khayber Pakhtonkhan

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshops in Sindh Province

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Workshop in Hyderabad

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Workshop in Karachi

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Workshop in Sukhhar

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Workshops on Youth Social Entrepreneurship with Youth

YES Network Pakistan conducted orientation workshops on the concept of youth social entrepreneurship with the young people throughout Pakistan. The purpose of the workshops was to provide an opportunity to young people to learn and be inspired for taking positive action in the society. During each workshop, several exciting and interactive sessions were held to engage young people in developing critical knowledge and skills regarding social entrepreneurship. The first session of the workshop focuses on dealing with two important questions: What is social entrepreneurship? And, what is the difference between business entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. The second session aimed at developing critical thinking among young people about their future. Young people were asked to visualize where they see themselves after completing their diplomas and degrees. Majority of young people were very skeptic and pessimistic about their future. They were of the views they would be looking for jobs. The third session focused on identifying key characteristics of social entrepreneurs? Young people were informed that the key characteristic of a social entrepreneur is his/her ability to invent new ways of solving old and persistent problems. Young people were given an interesting problem and solution identification exercise. Young people found out that it was very easy for them to identify problems in comparison to identify new solutions. The fourth session focused on sharing the process of development of a social enterprise. Young people were encouraged to design a social enterprise by selecting a local problem. The hardest part for young people was to create an in-built revenue generation model for their ideas. The last session of the workshop focused on preparing young people to share their ideas impressively and assertively.

The students were very excited to participate in the sessions as many of them expressed that it is for the first time that they have developed this feeling that they can also become self-reliant and contributing members of the society. At the end, young people were asked how they would like to view their communities now and whether they tend to focus on problems—or possibilities. Almost all the young people stated that now they would like to focus on creating and delivering solutions rather than discussing problems.

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship in AJK

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Khayber Pakhton Khwan

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Workshop in Bajor

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Workshop in Buner

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Workshop in Nowshera

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Punjab

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Workshop in Green Town Lahore

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Workshop in Islamabad

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Workshop in Lahore with Disable Youth

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Workshop in Multan

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Workshop in Rawalpindi

 

Workshop in COTHM Lahore

 

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YES Network Pakistan has integrated the concept of youth social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of University of Agriculture Faisalabad.

We are delighted to share with you that YES Network Pakistan has integrated the concept of youth social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of University of Agriculture Faisalabad.

YES Network Pakistan carried out a series of activities to introduce and sensitize faculty members and students of University of Agriculture Faisalabad about the concept of youth social entrepreneurship and its need in the perspective of growing youth unemployment and unrest in Pakistan.

These efforts culminated in a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) between YES and University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The course has been included in the curriculum of two disciplines (Population Sciences and Rural Sociology). We have received a letter of appreciation from the Chairman’s office which is enclosed herewith for your kind review. It is also noteworthy to mention here that the course is also included in the postgraduate prospectus 2011-12 (see attachment). We are very thrilled on this remarkable and historical achievement.

We must acknowledge the role played by the worthy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan and Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad Maan Professor & Chairman Rural Sociology Department University of Agriculture Faisalabad in providing us unflinching support to bring this change.

We look forward to work with more dedication and enthusiasm to make youth social entrepreneurship a top priority in Pakistan.

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Mr. Ali featured in The Daily Dawn Newspapper:

Mr. Ali Raza Khan featured in The Daily Dawn Newspaper on 14th August 2011. Please see the news clipping.

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National Level TOT on Youth Social Entrepreneurship

A National Level TOT on Youth Social Entrepreneurship was organized on 29th July in Amer Hotel Lahore. The participants of the TOT were selected from across Pakistan including AJK. Majority of the participants have been working with British Council and YES Network for the last three years under Youth Enterprise Challenge Award Competition. The purpose of the TOT was to introduce the participants to new youth social entrepreneurship products and to enhance the knowledge and skills of Master Trainers for the promotion of the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship in the technical colleges of Pakistan. These Mater Trainers will be engaged in carrying out a wide range of activities to promote entrepreneurial spirit among young people and youth-serving institutions. British Council and YES Network Pakistan will provide administrative and nominal financial assistance to Master Trainers for conducting their activities.

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TOT on Youth Development for AKRSP staff

YES Network Pakistan organized six days training of trainers on youth development for Agha Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) staff in Ambassador Hotel Lahore from 17th to 22nd June 2011. AKRSP requested YES Network Pakistan to sensitize and train its staff members in the field of youth development. AKRSP is in a process of launching a macro Youth Leadership and Employability Program in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral. During the training, AKRSP staff members were also oriented about the leading programs of YES Network Pakistan. They were given the chance to interact with the beneficiaries of the programs of YES Network Pakistan.

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YES establishes first-ever Youth Enterprise Generator

The YES Network Pakistan, in partnership with University of Agriculture Faisalabad-Pakistan announced Friday a new five year initiative for the establishment of a Youth Enterprise Generator to provide entrepreneurship education, infrastructure, skills orientation, access to interest free credit, business management skills, local and international exposures and peer networks to the youth of Faisalabad.

The MOU signing ceremony was held on Friday 29th April 2011 between YES Network Pakistan and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The ceremony was held at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The MOU was signed by Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture Faisalabad and Mr. Ali Raza Khan, Chief Executive Officer, YES Network Pakistan. The Youth Enterprise Generator program will help young people to gain the appropriate knowledge, skills, resources and attitudes they need to secure jobs or to start their own businesses or social enterprises. YES Network Pakistan will partner with leading regional and international organizations to develop and implement high-quality and results-oriented youth-engagement initiatives. These initiatives will aim at building and promoting an entrepreneurial culture and spirit among young people.

“Through the Youth Enterprise Generator program, our long-term goal is to inspire and equip young people to become agents of positive change through their involvement in civil society, economic development and their communities.” said CEO of YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan.

YES Network Pakistan is proud to launch this program to help the young people of Pakistan to set the direction of their working careers. YES Network Pakistan has launched several initiatives to support youth-led development in the country. Our role is to provide young people with the tools they need to play positive and constructive roles within Pakistani society.

Ali speaks at UN Conference

Ali speaks at UN Conference on Least Developed Countries in Istanbul from 9-13 May 2011.The conference was chaired by the Secretary General United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon. During the conference special sessions on youth development and entrepreneurship were also held to highlight the need of engaging young people in least developed countries. At the end of the conference, a resolution was developed and unanimously endorsed by all the participants of the conference recognizing the talents and abilities of youth to contribute in the development of their countries. It is very striking to note that the resolution highlights the importance of starting service learning, youth service and youth social entrepreneurship in least developed countries for mainstreaming youth into development process, as proposed by YES Network Pakistan.

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YES launched Young Ambassadors Program

The Young Ambassadors Program is a leadership development program for senior or graduating high school seniors. The goal of the program is to create a team of young champions in the field of service learning via the YES Network Pakistan organization and its resources. This program is providing new experiences and resources to young people and prepares them for a lifetime of leadership and community service. YES Network Pakistan organized a series of workshops with students with a passion and commitment for the promotion of service learning. The workshops helped students to groom and polish their unrealized potential. Central to the Young Ambassador program is the principle that young people drive opportunity, engagement and change for other young people.

Please click the link below to view the pictures:

http://www.yesserviceacademy.com/news/leadership-training-of-the-prefects/

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Session with Parents on Child Development

YES Network Pakistan has conducted a series of sessions on all-round development of children with the parents of leading schools of the Lahore such as Sacred Heart Convent High School Thornton Road Lahore, St. Anthony’s High School, etc. The sessions were attended by several hundred parents of the students studying/enrolled in classes from Kindergarten to Tenth Grade. During the sessions with parents, several critical and sensitive areas pertaining to the all-round development of children were discussed. The topics included:

  • Early childhood development
  • How to bring out the best in children?
  • Need of Service Learning
  • How parents can help their children to get the most out of school?

Meeting the needs of growing children

The sessions were highly appreciated by the parents. A few of the parents feedback is given below:

  • “It has been a thought provoking experience for us to participate in the session.”
  • “The session has opened our eyes.”
  • “We never realized before that we have such a major influence on our children.”
  • “It has been a great learning experience. We would like to request the Principal to start a summer course for parents.”
  • “Before attending the session, we always said that our children are bad but now we realized that we as parents are too bad.”
  • “We have for the first time realized the mistakes we had made while dealing with our children.”

Ali meets with former U.S President William J. Clinton

Ali had the honor and privilege of meeting with former US President William J Clinton in Washington DC. Ali was introduced to the President by Susan Stroud, CEO of ICP. President congratulated Ali for starting up first youth service program in Pakistan. Mr. President shared with him about his recent visit to Pakistan and his plans of starting-up a comprehensive campaign on HIV/AIDS prevention in Pakistan through his Foundation.

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Launching of first Youth Service Program in Kashmir

YES Network Pakistan/Pakistan National Youth Service (PNYS) has launched first youth service program in Kashmir to engage local young people in community building process and relief activities in earthquake affected communities as well as to promote social entrepreneurship among young people.

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KSB Pumps Company Limited, Pakistan Joins Hands With YES Network Pakistan

KSB Pumps Company, Limited, Pakistan joins hands with YES Network Pakistan to strengthen and expand its proven model of youth engagement in earthquake affected communities of Pakistan. Country Director, YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali expresses his deep gratitude to CEO, KSB, Mr. Mohammad Masud Akhtar, for recognizing the value of engaging young people in re-building lives and infrastructure. Mr. Ali welcomes KSB on the board and believes that it will not only be mutually rewarding experience for both the organizations, but also serve as a trail blazer for many other private companies to consider such investments as high yielding social investments.
Youth-Friendly Certificate granted to KSB Pumps Company Limited, Pakistan by Ali Raza Khan, Country Director YES Network Pakistan, for demonstrating outstanding commitment to disadvantaged young people.

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Ali selected as an Ashoka Fellow

We are pleased to share with you that Ali Raza Khan , Founder and CEO of Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan/PNYS got elected as an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka is a global network of leading social entrepreneurs.

For more information please visit www.ashoka.org

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Ali speaks at GPF in Washington, DC

At the outset, I would like to express deep gratitude to Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), US State Department and Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) for granting me the honor of participating in the 5th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum and conducting a study tour to help connect with other service programs/organizations for information exchange and potential synergies. It was a very productive, uplifting and mind broadening experience of participating in GPF and afterwards connecting with several service related organizations in USA. It helped me immensely in:

  1. Establishing new bonds.
  2. Building partnerships.
  3. Exchanging of experience and good practices.
  4. Increasing understanding of various types of service programs.
  5. Further increasing the momentum of first youth service program in Pakistan.

EVIDENCE OF NEED

In the year 2003, Pakistan National Youth Service movement was launched in Pakistan with the objective of helping young people to re-brand their image in the society and to promote young people as the most promising resource available in meeting societal needs. The idea is to provide a structured opportunity to young people to show-off their talents, creative abilities and potential as well as to bring change in their communities. Within a period of three years, Pakistan National Youth Service has involved over 800 service volunteers in a wide range of community building activities in partnership with several local, national and international organizations. With the help of our service volunteers we have established over 150 female adult literacy centers, 10 skill development centers and conducted several pilot studies on youth issues.

Despite all these successes we believe it is still a long way to go to reach out to millions of young people who are waiting for someone to believe in them and to create a culture of youth service in the country. The other evidence of need is as follows:

  1. Pakistan at the moment houses largest number of youth in its history. 70 % of the total population is under the age of 29.
  2. Unprecedented increase in violence, crime and terrorist activities.
  3. Lack of structured and organized opportunities for the engagement of young people.
  4. Continuously increasing high service needs of the society.
  5. Pressing need for effective and ethical leadership.
  6. Avoid wasting most precious human potential.
  7. Lack of caring adults and safe places for young people.

OVERVIEW OF IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

DATE HIGHLIGHTS
3rd April to 5th April ·         Participated in the Global Philanthropy Forum.

·         Spoke at the Forum about my experience of running youth service campaign in Pakistan. Received very encouraging response from the delegates.

6th April Had a meeting with Corporation for National and Community Service staff to exchange service programs and methodologies of implementing service related projects.

In the afternoon, I had a meeting with National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC) staff. We gave each other presentations about our on-gong service programs and activities. I studied their field operations and organization.

6th April Had a meeting with ICP staff to exchange information about service programs and also to identify areas of partnership for future.

In the evening Susan Stroud hosted a wonderful dinner for me at her home which was attended by ICP staff. During the dinner we continued discussions about our programs, challenges and future plan of action for building up youth service movement in other Asian countries.

7th April Had a meeting with USAID’S Equip3 Program staff and shared in detail about our strategies of involving and engaging youth service volunteers. The meeting was attended by several partners of EQUIP3. It was decided in the meeting that possibilities of implementing a joint project will be explored to further scale-up current service programs in Pakistan. In this regard, since my return several developments have been made in terms of how, where, when and who will be involved and approached for joint venture.

In the evening I departed to Mississippi for meetings and exchange of experience with youth service volunteers working in the hurricane affected areas.

8th April I joined Hands on Network team in Biloxi to learn about their efforts and experiences. I was very warmly welcomed by the service volunteers. I spent three hours working with the service volunteers in de-cluttering affected houses. After that I went to their coordination center where I was given briefing about their operations and management of service volunteers. It was a very enriching experience to learn about the methods and mission of the organization. It was very heartening to see the enthusiasm and spirit of the service volunteers.
9th April I joined Disaster Americorps Team. I was given a tour by the team to its project locations. After that I was given a comprehensive presentation about the activities of the service volunteers. We exchanged various pieces of information with each other such as recruitment and management of service volunteers as well as reporting formats.
10th April I joined Habitat for Humanity at the Yankee stadium. I enjoyed working with the service volunteers till lunch. During lunch I had the opportunity to exchange information with team leaders and supervisors about our rehabilitation efforts in the earthquake affected communities. It was very interesting to note their operations and style of working with youth service volunteers. In the evening I departed from Biloxi to Washington, DC.
11th April Had a meeting with Heads Up organization. I was given a detail presentation about the projects and activities of Heads Up. It was interesting to learn about its model of involving educational institutions for the promotion of youth service.

In the afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting with Larry Schwartz from US Department of State. I was accompanied by Susan Stroud, CEO of ICP. I shared with him briefly about my trip and experiences of implementing youth service campaign in Pakistan and the pressing need of launching new service programs for mainstreaming young people in the region for accomplishing many societal goals. Discussions were focused on the status of youth in the region and strategies to promote use of youth service in the different countries of the region. Special emphasis was put on identifying mechanisms that would increase attention and investments in youth service. The outcome of the discussion was to think up a plan to introduce, enhance capacity and strengthen current youth service programs in the region. In this regard, a paper prepared by ICP and me was submitted to Larry Schwartz. I also invited him to visit our project locations in his upcoming visit to Pakistan.

12th April On 12th April, I visited Ashoka organization and had several meetings with the relevant staff members. Being an Ashoka fellow from Pakistan it was a lovely meeting with them. I had also the honor of meeting with Bill Drayton, Founder and Director of Ashoka to share my work and future plans. My meeting enabled me to increase my understanding of the operations of Ashoka and also to explore new areas of collaboration in the filed of youth development and involvement.

It would not be wrong to say that the inspiring discussions, field visits and excellent new ideas put forward have filled me with confidence that we will be able to make serious inroads in addressing the challenges that plague the meaningful engagement of young people for their personal development, family development and community development. This trip has helped me to develop friendly, peaceful and empathetic relationships as well as to increase mutual understanding and respect by promoting personal, professional and institutional ties between PNYS and organizations in the United States.

There were many lessons learnt regarding the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of youth service programs. My interaction with several service related organizations helped me to further enhance my knowledge and skills in the recruitment, screening, orientation, training, supervision and recognition of service volunteers.

I would like to thank you US State department, ICP and Global Philanthropy Forum for making it possible for me to enlighten myself with several best practices and new thinking. I re-affirm my commitment that I will spare no efforts to make use of all the gained knowledge, skills and social capital for strengthening and scaling-up youth service programs in Pakistan.

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Ali gets selected as an “ARCHITECT OF THE FUTURE” by Waldzell Institute in Austria

Ali gets selected as an “Architect of the Future” by Waldzell institute in Austria. Ali is one of 12 young individuals selected from all over the world. During the Walzell meeting 2006 in Austria, all the selected young leaders presented their projects and thoughts on the topic of change. For more information please visit www.waldzell.org

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Ali attended ILO/Skills-AP/Japan Regional Technical Meeting on Developing Skills and Employability for young people in Asia and Pacific (13th-16th Feb, 2007)

YES Network Pakistan’s frontline project entitled PNYS was selected for a major presentation at the meeting. Mr. Ali Raza Khan, Founder and CEO of YES Network Pakistan was invited to serve as a resource person. The participants contributed by presenting information on their experience and their organization’s current activities on one or more of the following four selected themes. They also participated in discussions.

  1. Lost Opportunities: 15 to 19 years old
  2. Learning while Earning: Young people at work
  3. What do young people need to know?: Priority skills
  4. Making good choices: Career guidance and counseling

It is indeed a matter of great honor for YES Network Pakistan, that its frontline project is one of the three youth projects selected for the meeting. We are indebted to Youth Engagement Network (YEN) of UN and ILO for granting this unique opportunity to us.

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YES Network Pakistan launches its Youth Service Program in Tribal areas of NWFP

YES Network Pakistan introduced its proven Youth Service Program in the Tribal areas of NWFP province of Pakistan to provide a constructive alternative to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged youth. Under this program, we have established so far 25 Micro Social Enterprises with the help of previously socially excluded and over looked local young people. These Micro Social Enterprises are providing a wide range of services including education, skills development, computer education, counselling and training to the local community members. It is not only helping the community members but it is also helping the young service providers who are running these Micro Social Enterprises through revenue generation and personal development. We are receiving a high volume of requests from many other young people for starting this program in their communities located in the tribal areas.

We are exploring funding possibilities to expand our program in NWFP province. Please join us in reaching out to many forgotten and vulnerable young people.

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YES Network Pakistan is in the process of launching Service Learning Program in the leading Educational Institutions of Pakistan

YES Network Pakistan has been holding sensitization sessions on Service Learning with the principals of the leading educational institutions of Pakistan. The whole idea of conducting the sessions is to raise awareness among the principals/teachers about the need and significance of providing opportunities to students to use their knowledge and skills for designing and implementing service projects within and outside schools for their all-round development. We are in process of launching this program in the Sacred Heart School and Saint Anthony’s School.

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British Council joins YES Network Pakistan in launching first ever Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition in TVET Colleges

British Council joins YES Network Pakistan in launching first ever Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions across Pakistan. The award focuses on inspiring young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity and is open to all technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions across Pakistan.The students from selected institutions will be asked to identify a common social problem from their society and work towards a suitable solution for the problem using the sector they are specializing in.

The final selected students will be given an opportunity to showcase their ideas to general public during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Islamabad in November 2008 and finally to represent Pakistan in the British Council regional Enterprise Award Event in March 2009.

The selected students will be given a substantial grant to work on their project. Their travel and accommodation costs will be jointly borne by the British Council and Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network.

 

YES Network Pakistan has been selected to serve as a national host for the celebration of the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week from 17th November to 23rd November 2008. For one week, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Dozens of countries are coming together for the first time to host Global Entrepreneurship Week, a global initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark. For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, please visit www.unleashingideas.org

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YES Network Pakistan selected as a host for Global Entrepreneurship Week

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined Carl Schramm of the Kauffman Foundation in starting the countdown to Global Entrepreneurship Week, 17-23 November 2008, the world’s biggest single event celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship amongst young people.

From November 17 – 23, 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week will connect young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others will participate in a range of activities -online and face-to-face – to harness the energy of social networking, to connect people taking action in their local and global communities and to celebrate entrepreneurship across the globe.

Global Entrepreneurship Week will blend into the fabric of everyday life, engaging young people in school, at home, on the web and at work. Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs will be inspired and emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills, networks and values needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.

YES Network Pakistan has developed a comprehensive plan for not only celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week but also for building up the momentum for the institutionalization of Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan. To read our plan please click here

If your are interested in joining us please contact us at yesnetworkpakistan@gmail.com or info@pnys.com

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Ali selected as a YSEI Fellow

Ali has been selected as a YSEI Fellow under the Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) Programme. YSEI is a Global Partnership Programme supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).YSEI Fellows are those young social entrepreneurs entrepreneurs who have shown great commitment to the improvement of their communities.

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Highlights of the celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week Festival 16th-19th November, 2008

Spectacular and unprecedented scenes of joy, excitement and hope were witnessed during the first-ever celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week Festival in Pakistan. The event was held at Pakistan’s premier Auditorium the Rawalpindi Arts Council from 16th to 19th November 2008. The event was organized under the theme of “Advancing Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan”. The Youth Global Entrepreneurship Week Festival was organized by YES Network Pakistan in-collaboration with British Council and KSB Pumps as well as leading educational institutions of Pakistan. Over 500 young delegates took part in the event. These delegates came together to share ideas, experiences and visions of how they can take the lead in promoting positive change in their communities and becoming active and contributing citizens of the society.

During the festival a wide variety of inspirational activities were carried out such as orientation workshops, youth social entrepreneurship competition, poster competition and interactive theater competition on the theme of “Youth as Change makers” to inspire young people to embrace innovation, creativity and imagination.

The other striking feature of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Festival was the establishment of youth innovation market place through which young social entrepreneurs of YES Network Pakistan and its partner institutions showcase their ideas and service projects to others. YES Network Pakistan invited its young social entrepreneurs operating throughout Pakistan to share their service projects, success stories and challenges.

Despite of high security risks and fragile law and order situation in Pakistan, several notable dignitaries and personalities such as British High Commissioner Mr. Robert Brinkley, Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao, Secretary of Youth Affairs Mr. Ashfaq, Chief Executive Officer NAVTEC Mr. Athar Tahir, Country Representative World Population Foundation Mr. Qadeer Baig, etc attended the event. In addition to that representatives of several public and private organizations such as UNFPA, UNDP, Ministry of Social Welfare, Chamber of Commerce, etc also attended the event.

On 16th November, YES Network Pakistan organized an orientation session on youth social entrepreneurship to prepare the students of 5 selected colleges for the upcoming Social Entrepreneurship Competition on 19th November. These 5 colleges were selected to participate in the final round of youth social entrepreneurship competition organized by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. The sessions started at 10.AM and finished at 5.00 PM.

In addition to that, YES Network Pakistan organized a poster competition on the theme of “Youth as Change makers” among the young people of colleges and organizations. All the participants of the competition drew wonderful and inspirational posters highlighting the role of youth in bringing change in their communities. The young people also shared through posters the challenges and status of the youth in our society. A total of 46 posters were received. YES Network Pakistan constituted a team of experts to select top three posters for cash prize.

The first and second prizes were won by Government Waqar-u- Nisa College for Women Rawalpindi. The third prize was won by Rawalpindi Arts Council.

On 17th November, YES Network organized an interactive theatre competition on the theme “Youth as Changemakers”. YES Network Pakistan selected 6 teams for participating in the competition. All the six teams gave outstanding performances. A team of well renowned experts was constituted to select the winner of the competition. Based on the exceptional performance of Government College for Women Satellite Town Rawalpindi, they were awarded the first prize.

Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi College was declared second and Inspire Group of Young Girls from Lahore was declared third. The winners of the competition were given cash prizes by the Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao.

The dawn of 18th saw several hundred young boys and girls dressed in colorful costumes lined in the Rawalpindi Arts Council compound eagerly waiting to enter into the premises of Rawalpindi Arts Council for celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Mr. Abdul Moqueet, Youth Service Volunteer of YES Network Pakistan was the master of the ceremonies, while welcoming distinguished guests and general public he began the proceedings of the day with the introduction of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and YES Network Pakistan to the general public. After the introduction an interactive theater performance of the winner of the last day competition was held to highlight the theme of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The performance was highly appreciated by all the chief guests and young people. After the interactive theater performance, British High Commissioner Mr. Robert Brinkley was invited to share his thoughts and views about the whole event. The High Commissioner appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan in stimulating youth social entrepreneurship in Pakistan and organizing youth social entrepreneurship festival. He said that it is an honor for British Council to work with YES Network Pakistan in promoting youth social entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

Highlighting the significance of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mr. Robert Brinkley stated that today in over 75 countries young people are sharing their talents, potential and creative abilities for bringing change in the society. He talked about how young people bring new ideas and fresh ways of thinking to help themselves, their families and their communities.

Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao appreciated the efforts and accomplishments of YES Network Pakistan. The Ambassador stated that it augers very well for the future of Pakistan that such a unique initiative has been taken to channelize the energies of youth towards constructive pursuits. He further said that he is very pleased to meet with the young social entrepreneurs of YES Network Pakistan and he is very impressed with the work being carried out by them in the field.

Chief Executive Officer NAVTEC  Mr. Athar Tahir congratulated YES Network Pakistan for organizing youth social entrepreneurship festival. He said that it is the need of the hour to design and implement such youth programs. He further stated that NAVTEC is also making sincere efforts to equip young people with sound knowledge and skills so that they can become contributing members of the society.

Secretary Youth Affairs, Mr. Ashfaq Sahib also appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan for introducing the youth service program in the country. He shared that Ministry of Youth is in final process of launching youth policy and we will work in close collaboration with YES Network Pakistan for the positive development of young people of Pakistan.

Country Representative World Population Foundation, Mr. Qadeer Baig expressed his felicitations to YES Network Pakistan for promoting youth social entrepreneurship in Pakistan. He stated that today a vast majority of population is comprised of youth population and unfortunately there is no youth policy in Pakistan to cater the needs of these young people. He said that World Population Foundation is planning to organize a youth summit to identify new ways and means of empowering youth of Pakistan.

Country Representative YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan expressed thanks to all the chief guests and participants for participating in the event. He said that in Pakistan, the entire nation’s security and economic well being is in jeopardy because so many of our young people are left behind and ignored from the societal and economic mainstreams and are falling into disaster’s way. There is a youth quake in Pakistan, as 70% of the total population is under the age of 29. It is not only an enormous opportunity but also an enormous challenge. There are no separate 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. He said that our idea is based on the concept that we should stop treating young people as empty vessels into which we pour our wisdom and instead we should treat young people as the most promising resource available to us in developing a new societal structure and meeting the high service needs of our communities. It is a program that envisions young people as part of the solution rather than part of the problem and a major force to bring positive change in the communities. We have demonstrated at various locations that once these socially excluded, marginalized, under-served and half-educated young people are provided structured opportunities to prove themselves they can be change champions.

A very thought provoking case study of a young social entrepreneur Mr. Frayad Masih of YES Network Pakistan who is blind by birth was also presented on the occasion. Mr. Frayad shared the experiences and challenges faced by him during his childhood. He shared with the participants that when he was a kid his parents never counted him as a member of the family. He was considered a liability. There were tears in the eyes of most people after listening to his experiences. He never gave up and worked very hard to get the basic education. He stayed determined despite of many challenges and failures. After completing his basic education and diploma in computers, he joined one of the Youth Service Networks of YES Network Pakistan in Lahore to teach the children of his community. Soon after he was given the opportunity by YES Network Pakistan to set-up his computer center so that he can transfer computer skills and knowledge to poor children. He shared that recently he has trained a batch of 12 young people in basic computer skills. He feel so happy due to the fact that he has been able to make a difference in the lives of the children of his community. He further said that despite of many hardships he is fully determined to continue to work hard and render services to his people. He urged all the young people sitting in the hall to waste no opportunity of helping others. He said that if he can do something for the poor children why cant those young people who have sight are waiting for things to happen. He urged the people to support such initiatives so that other disabled young people may not waste their lives in misery. This case study created a deep impression upon the people and was an eye opener for many in the audience.

 

Several songs and poetical pieces were introduced at various spots during the programme. These were highly appreciated and enjoyed by the audience. They were related to the morale of the youth and spurring them on to higher efforts. These pieces were presented by the boys and girls of the YES Network Pakistan which lent a musical touch and dramatic force to the programme and inspired the audience to be the difference that makes a difference.

style=”font-size: x-small;”> YES Network Pakistan also invited his youth service volunteers operating in other parts of Pakistan to share their work, experiences, challenges and accomplishments. Volunteers from Azad Kashmir while sharing their thoughts had tears in their eyes as according to them the youth service program has provided them an opportunity to once again stand on their feet after the devastating earthquake. They further stated that youth service program has assisted so many young people especially young girls to re-integrate into the society as active citizens and to become self-reliant.

YES Network Pakistan presented certificates of participation to all its service volunteers and participants of the competition. The awards were given by the chief guests and board members of the YES Network Pakistan.

At the end, Governing Body Member of YES Network Pakistan Mr. Junaid Ahmed Qazi expressed vote of thanks to all the participants of the events. He said that your participation in the event has sent a very positive message to the youth of Pakistan that they are not forgotten. He particularly thanked all the chief guests for attending the event despite of security risks. He also thanked all the young people, media personnel, representatives of organizations, etc for gracing the occasion.

Country Representative YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan expressed his heartfelt thanks to Mr. Junaid Ahmed Qazi for displaying outstanding leadership capabilities in organizing this event. He also thanked all the members of the YES team for demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication. He particularly thanked Hafiz Javaid Iqbal, Mr. Mujataba Qazi, Mr. Abdul Moqueet, Ms. Sitwat Farooq, Ms. Sidra Afzal, Mr. Jamil Hyder, Mr. Rameez Shahzad, Ms. Fauzia Qamar, Ms. Farzana Bashir, Ms. Anam Shaukat, Mr. Usama Waleed, Mr. Waqas Javed, Mr. Shahbaz Rasheed and Mr. Babar Hussain for their hard work and contributions without which it would not be possible to organize such a huge event.

A special chart was prepared to get the feedback of the high dignitaries and participants of the event.
Following are the few comments received from the guests and participants of the event.

  • “You have all done a fantastic job. It has been a really inspiring event. Thank You Everyone”. British Council
  • “Congrats to the YES Network Pakistan for organizing this event and for its work and accomplishments empowering the youth through entrepreneurship”. Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao
  • “Excellent YES Network Pakistan, the event is very timely. Ministry of Youth Affairs will work with you to accomplish better future for our youth”. Secretary Youth Affairs Mr. Ashfaq
  • “Well done keep it up”. NAVTEC
  • “Excellent event, I dream to celebrate the event in the same way in my city for youth” SR
  • “Definitely, YES has come out with a brilliant platform for youth of Pakistan”. Aarzoo
  • “Unique and excellent” Unknown
  • “It was awesome” Zaidi Yasmeen
  • “The event has been organized very nicely. Should organize it on regular basis to promote our youth”. Sana Shaukat
  • “This event has brought tears into my eyes. I have dedicated my life for YES”. Engineer Raees Asif
  • “The management was superb. Great experience”. Anam Waqar
  • “From security point of view it was also great and best event”. SHO New Town

On the 19th November 2008, Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition was held among the 5 selected technical and vocational colleges of Pakistan. These 5 colleges were selected out of 27 colleges. The purpose of the competition was to inspire young people aged between 16-21 to embrace creativity and innovation and involve them in entrepreneurship programmes. This competition is a joint initiative of YES Network Pakistan and British Council to create an entrepreneurial culture in Pakistan. All the selected five teams were given sealed envelops at the beginning of the day containing the challenge. Each team worked from 9 to 5 to develop their ideas and projects on the given theme. At 5.00 PM all the five teams submitted their ideas and projects for change. After that each team were given 90 seconds to present their ideas. YES Network Pakistan and British Council has established a panel of renowned development workers to choose one winner of the competition. The result of the winner will be announced at the end of the November 2008.

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YES Network Pakistan organized two sensitization workshops for principals and senior staff of technical and vocational colleges in-partnership with British Council

YES Network Pakistan organized two sensitization workshops for the 27 principals and senior staff of the technical and vocational colleges on the topic of Youth Social Entrepreneurship in-partnership with British Council in Lahore and Karachi. The purpose of conducting these workshops was to assess current levels of knowledge of the principals about youth social entrepreneurship, create awareness about the topic and to share the upcoming enterprise challenge in the month of November 2008.

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Ali speaks at the ninth annual Population Research Conference in Lahore

Ali speaks at the ninth annual Population Research Conference in Lahore from 2-4, 2008. During the conference a technical session was held on the theme of “Education, Skill and Employment Challenges for Youth: Security Dimensions”. Ali was invited to share his experiences and model of engaging disadvantaged youth in transforming themselves from victims to leaders. The other distinguished speakers were Dr. Grace Clark, Dr. Saeed Shafqat, Mr. Zafar Mueen Nisar and Ms. Tayaba Batol.

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YES Network Pakistan launches Smart Youth Program for encouraging school and college going students to assist disadvantaged youth

YES Network Pakistan has launched Smart Youth Program to encourage well-placed youth studying in colleges and schools to assist disadvantaged youth living in low-income communities to transform themselves from victims to leaders. Read More….
For becoming a Smart Youth  Apply now

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Pacific Institute for Women Health joins YES Network Pakistan for stimulating entrepreneurship among female youth living in low-income communities

Pacific Institute for Women Health has joined YES Network Pakistan for stimulating entrepreneurship among female youth living in low-income communities for addressing gender discrimination and reproductive health issues. Under the said project, young girls from disadvantaged communities will be encouraged to think up new ideas and ways of empowering other girls and women.

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First youth social entrepreneurship competition organized by YES

YES Network Pakistan is pleased to announce the winner of the first youth social entrepreneurship competition organized by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. According to the results, Vocational Training Institute (VTI) Jhang team has won the competition. Our heartiest congratulations to the entire team of VTI Jhang. The winning team will be given an amount of Rs. 250,000 (interest free) to launch and implement their idea of change in their community. The winning team will also be invited to participate in the regional challenge planned in the month of March aboard by British Council. The 4 runner up teams will be provided a seed funding of Rs. 60,000 each for carrying out their service projects.

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Highlights of the Award Distribution Ceremony

An award distribution ceremony in honor of the winning and 4 runners up teams was organized by YES Network Pakistan and British Council on 15th January 2009 in Lahore. The ceremony was held in British Council’s premises. The ceremony started at 10.30 AM and ended at 12.30 PM. Ms. Sue Beaumount, Country Director British Council, Mark Stephens, Deputy Director British Council and Maria Afzal, Head of the Programmes British Council along with other concerned staff members participated in the ceremony. The ceremony was graced by the Regional Director of British Council, Mr. Gerry Liston. For more information related to the Award Distribution Ceremony,

Please click the following link.

Highlights of the Award Distribution Ceremony

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Ali speaks at the international conference on “Communities in Action: People and Practice” in Manchester

Ali speaks at the international conference on “Communities in Action: People and Practice” in Manchester from 28th to 29th January 2009. YES Network Pakistan model of working with young people was featured in the session aimed at showcasing good practices from around the world of working with young people. This conference provided a unique opportunity for practitioners to come together to share learning and identify good practice. There will be opportunities to consider some of the underlying issues that create tensions between local communities and to look at practical and creative ways to resolve these.
The topics of the conference included:

  • Young people – education, employment and engagement.
  • Civil society – connections and networks.
  • The role of education, culture and media in promoting community cohesion.
  • How businesses contribute to the well-being of communities.

Featuring internationally renowned speakers, the conference brought practitioners together from around the world to:-

  • Share experiences, strengthen understanding and build good practice internationally in community relations and cohesion.
  • Establish new international networks around the community cohesion agenda and support long-term learning in these areas.
  • Explore some of the issues that communities are facing globally and begin a dialogue on how these issues can be addressed.
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Youth Service Network of YES Network Pakistan won the Regional Enterprise Challenge Competition in U.K

We are delighted to share with you that one of our recently established and trained Youth Service Networks has won the Regional Enterprise Challenge Competition organized by British Council and Make Your Mark in UK. Their winning idea is an integrated waste management system to collect organic household waste from around the city (and to convert it into gas, organic fertilizer/biocompost and electricity. Amazingly, considering the idea was first conceived in November last year, the project is already underway and the team will use the prize money to expand the business. 20% of their profits go to producing sustainable shopping bags for the city as overuse of plastic bags is currently a real problem.

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Ali spoke at the Arab Reform Forum held in Alexandria, Egypt

Ali spoke at the Arab Reform Forum held in Alexandria, Egypt from 27th February to 3rd March 2009. The Forum was attended by the delegates of approximately 50 countries. The aim of the Forum was to feature the work of proven young leaders and to encourage the young people of Arab countries to embrace innovation, imagination and responsibility in addressing the issues being faced by their communities. Ali was invited to speak and participate in a panel discussion on the opening day of the Forum. During the panel discussion several questions were asked about his experience, lessons learnt, accomplishments and challenges. Dr. Ismil Seraj concluding the panel discussion stated that “the participation of Mr. Ali has contributed in developing a good image of Pakistan and that after listening to him I can say that the youth of Pakistan is not less than the youth of entire Asia. He thanked Mr. Ali for his participation and contribution to the Forum”.

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Ali participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Kansas City, U.S.A

The event was attended by the representatives of over 75 countries. During the event discussions were held regarding the preparation of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009. An opportunity was provided to the representatives of the participating countries to share their accomplishments and challenges during the celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008. Mr. Ali spoke at the opening day of the event. A special ceremony for signing of Memorandum of Understanding for the celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 was held with the representatives of the participating countries.

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YES joins Asia Pacific Future 100 Fellowship Program

Yes Network Pakistan joins Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (FYSE) for the Asia Pacific Future 100 Fellowship Program. This program is launched to identify young entrepreneurial talent and to promote youth entrepreneurship as a solution to many problems being faced by youth and communities. Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO of YES Network Pakistan is the member of the jury of the Asia Pacific Future 100 Fellowship Program.

For more information and to apply for this program, visit the following links.

www.fyse.org

Asia Pacific Future 100 Fellowship Program

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YES Network Pakistan, British Council and NAVTEC

After the unprecedented success of the last year Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition, YES Network Pakistan and British Council along with NAVTEC has signed an agreement for the launching of the 2009 competition.

For more information please visit the following link

Flier YSE

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ICT Training Program launched for the teachers

YES Network Pakistan has launched an ICT training program to eqiup teachers and youth with basic ICTs skills. In this regard, over 300 teachers have been trained to use ICT as a tool for personal development and for training young students with ICT skills.

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Service Learning project launched in the leading Catholic Schools

YES Network Pakistan has launched Service Learning program for the first time in the educational institutions of Pakistan. YES Network Pakistan has been conducting sensitization sessions with the principals of the leading schools for the integration of the Service Learning concept. Recently, the Catholic Board of Lahore has approved the implementation of Service Learning program. YES Network Pakistan has trained and engaged over 350 teachers in the designing and implementation of Service Learning projects.

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An emergency project launched for the children of IDPs

YES Network Pakistan has launched a project to provide shelter, relief, care and education services to the children of internally displaced families. YES Network Pakistan has created a local service delivery mechanism by mainstreaming young educated girls of the internally displaced families for providing these services.

Please click the following link for more information.
IDPs Project

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Ali speaks at the Expert Group Meeting in Islamabad

Ali speaks at the Expert Group Meeting in Islamabad organized by UNIFEM and Planning Commission of Pakistan on July 1, 2009. The purpose of the meeting was to share six promising strategies selected by UNIFEM and Planning Commision for promotion of education. YES Network Pakistan’s Model of Youth Service was selected as one of the six models.The meeting was chaired by Advisor to Prime Minister Miss. Shehnaz Wazir Ali. The other prominenet government functionaires who attended the meeting include Deputy Chairman Planning Sardar Asif Ali and Secretaries of different government departments.In addition to that, several UN agencies, international organization and NGOs attended the meeting.

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Sad demise of Mr. Mansoor-ul-Hassan Bhatti

We express great grief over the sad demise of our honorable Program Manager Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Mansoor-ul-Hassan Bhatti. He was the great asset of the organization. May God rest his soul in peace. YES Network Pakistan will never forget his contributions for the organization and for the development of the youth.

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Launching of “Bridging Digital Divide” Project

YES Network Pakistan has launched the “Bridging Digital Divide” project to assist teachers and principals of leading schools in acquiring brand new laptops. This project has been launched to fill the vacuum existing in the area of ICTs in schools. During the first phase, YES trained the teachers of the schools in basic ICTs skills and in the second phase YES has launched this project to ensure the access of ICT technology to the teachers involved in the trainings.

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Ali speaks at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on “Youth Social Entrepreneurship”.

The Social Entrepreneurship Forum for Youths (SEFFY) was jointly organized by NUS Business School’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (CSEP) and NUS  University Scholars Club (USC). The event was attended by youths aged 17-25. The event was organized to introduce the topic of youth social entrepreneurship to youth and to promote entrepreneurial spirit among youth. Three young entrepreneurs were invited to share their programs, stories and accomplishments with the young people for inspiring them to embrace innovation and imagination in addressing issues that are affecting the world. The speakers included:

  • Mr Ali Raza Khan (Pakistan): YES Network Pakistan
  • Ms Reeze Fernandez (Philippines): Rags 2 Riches
  • Mr Tong Yee (Singapore): School of Thought
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YES Network Pakistan held nationwide open sessions on the topic of “Youth Social Entrepreneurship”.

YES Network Pakistan held nationwide open sessions on the topic of “Youth Social Entrepreneurship” for the principals/lead teachers of over 400 technical colleges in collaboration with British Council and NAVTEC. The purpose of the sessions was to sensitize the principals/lead teachers about the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship and to share with them Enterprise Challenge Award 2009. The sessions were held in Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta. The sessions have created a lot of enthusiasm among principals to integrate Youth Social Entrepreneurship program in their institutions.

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Sensitization Sessions held on Youth Social Entrepreneurship with the Principals of the Technical Institutions

YES Network Pakistan in collaboration with British Council and NAVTEC organized two sensitization and training sessions with the Principals of 60 technical colleges. The workshops were held in Lahore and Mirpur on 10th November 2009. During the workshops, principals/lead teachers were provided knowledge and skills about youth social entrepreneurship. The participants were also provided training in designing and implementing youth-led projects. All the participants were very enthusiastic to learn about youth social entrepreneurship. The participants ranked the workshops very high and strongly recommended to others.

British High Commissioner Robert Brinkley and his wife graced with their presence

British High Commissioner Robert Brinkley and his wife graced with their presence Youth Social Entrepreneurship workshop in Mirpur organized by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. The workshop was held from 11th to 13th November 2009. The workshop was organized to train and equip young people with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills as well as to enable them to participate in the enterprise challenge competition during the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009. During the workshop, an innovation market place was also organized to showcase the projects of seven selected teams of AJK. Speaking at the occasion, British High Commissioner appreciated the efforts of YES in promoting youth social entrepreneurship in the country.

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YES Network Pakistan organized a wide range of activities

YES Network Pakistan organized a wide range of activities to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in Pakistan throughout the month of November. A wide range of activities were carried out to stimulate and promote Youth Social Entrepreneurship. The major events which were carried out during the GEW include Youth Social Entrepreneurship workshop, Enterprise Challenge, Induction Workshop, Poster Competition and a series of indigenous events at the community based outlets of YES Network Pakistan.

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British High Commissioner Robert Brinkley and his wife graced with their presence Youth Social Entrepreneurship workshop in Mirpur

British High Commissioner Robert Brinkley and his wife graced with their presence Youth Social Entrepreneurship workshop in Mirpur organized by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. The workshop was held from 11th to 13th November 2009. The workshop was organized to train and equip young people with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills as well as to enable them to participate in the enterprise challenge competition during the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009. During the workshop, an innovation market place was also organized to showcase the projects of seven selected teams of AJK. Speaking at the occasion, British High Commissioner appreciated the efforts of YES in promoting youth social entrepreneurship in the country.

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Winner Announced for the National Enterprise Competition 2009

The winner of Youth Enterprise Award held at national level has been announced by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. The winner of the competition is the team of young people from Government College of Technology Multan. The winning team will participate in the Regional Enterprise Competition organized by British Council in March 2010. The winning team will be provided with a cash reward of One Hundred Thousand Rupees and a digital camera for documenting and sharing their project activities. Our best wishes for the winning team and we hope that they will perform well in the next round.

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Training of Master Trainers was conducted at the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshop held on 28th August 2010

Training of Master Trainers was conducted at the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshop held on 28th August 2010 in Lahore at Amer Hotel. The participants were representatives of 16 technical institutions who participated in the activities of Youth Social Enterprise competition during the last two years. Later each Master Trainer conducted 5 sessions on the topic of Youth Social Entrepreneurship in their technical institutions. They sensitized over 2000 teachers and students on the topic of Youth Social Entrepreneurship.

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Service Learning Exhibitions

Service Learning Exhibitions were held in the leading Catholic Schools to display the service projects of students to general public. The service learning exhibitions were attended by a wide range of stakeholders such as parents, businessmen, community members, political leaders, etc. During the Service Learning Exhibitions, 210 service projects of students were displayed. These projects focused on addressing critical needs of the school, community and the society. Please visit the following links to see the picture galleries of the service learning exhibitions.

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Open Sessions Held in Mirpur on Youth Service

YES Network Pakistan in-partnership with British Council organized two open sessions in Dhudyal and Chakswari locations of AJK. The purpose of the open sessions were to sensitize the local community members about the need of engaging youth in addressing local developmental issues and to identify areas for youth social action. Despite of the fact that the weather conditions were not good and it was raining most of the time, still a large number of people of all ages participated in the sessions. Around 200 people attended the open session in Dhudyal and around 130 people attended session in Chakswari. At one point, there was no space available for seating in both the sessions. People were so excited to participate in the program. They were so keen to start the program in their communities. YES Network Pakistan received several requests from the nearby villages of these locations to organize and start youth service program. Surprisingly, many people who are living in U.K also attended the event and showed a lot of enthusiasm to participate and contribute in the program. The events were attended by all segments of the population.

Following is a snapshot of the proceedings of the sessions:

  • The stage secretaries of both the sessions were local youth (male and female youth).
  • During the sessions, key community stakeholders shared the opportunities and challenges being faced by the communities.
  • A case study of a young girl living in Kashmir (working as a social entrepreneur in YES Network Pakistan) was presented at both the sessions program to inspire and motivate male and female youth.
  • An orientation was provided on the concept of youth service (youth engagement in re-building communities) by YES Network Pakistan.
  • A question and answer session was held at both the sessions after the sharing of the youth service strategy.
  • Information material and handouts regarding the submission of ideas were distributed among the people.
  • Feedback was taken from the participants of the session on a feedback poster. Participants expressed a lot of joy and excitement. They showed their great interest in participating in the program.

The outcomes of the sessions:

  • Over 330 people were sensitized about the concept of youth service as a strategy for youth development and community development.
  • A community-based committee has been formulated to facilitate and supervise the future activities in the communities.
  • The sessions helped the local communities to identify areas for action in future with the help of local youth.

Next Steps

  • Submission of ideas by local youth
  • Selection of youth (in-consultation with local committee) based on their ideas
  • Youth Organizing
  • Youth Training
  • Oath-taking of Youth
  • Transfer of Funds
  • Youth Engagement

Service Learning Course Manual Developed

YES Network Pakistan has developed first ever Service Learning Course Manual for the educational institutions of Pakistan. This Service Learning Course Manual is developed in the light of successful experience of implementing first-ever service learning program in leading Catholic Schools by YES Network Pakistan. This first-ever Service Learning Course Manual is developed with the perspective of integrating the concept of service learning into the curriculum and cultivating positive values among students as well as to mainstream students into the development process of Pakistan. It is a big step forward to connect children learning to practice. It is for the first-time that service learning program has been formally launched in the leading educational institutions of Pakistan. It has been a very successful year for YES Network Pakistan as it has introduced and institutionalized the concept of service learning in the leading Catholic Schools. Over 200 service learning projects were designed and implemented by students of all ages. Over 8,000 students participated in the project. Each student spent 20 hours in providing service to others. This Service Learning Course Manual will inspire many other educational institutions to enrich learning process of students and to enable them to acquire positive values such as empathy, compassion, caring and respect. This manual is divided into three sections. The first section explains the need and significance of service learning program in Pakistan. The second section explains the process of bringing service learning to classroom. The third section explains the impact of service learning program on teachers and students. It will also present a wide range of service learning ideas implemented during the first year.
Please visit the following link to view the Service Learning Course Manual.

Service Learning Course Manual

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Ali spoke at the National Workshop on youth organized by Ministry of Youth and RSPN

Ali spoke at the national workshop on youth organized by Ministry of Youth and RSPN. The workshop was attended by the Ministry of Youth and Secretary of Youth as well as several representatives of public and private organizations. During the workshop, five models of youth development were presented to the audience. YES Network Pakistan model of youth engagement was also featured at the workshop. Speaking at the occasion, the secretary of Youth Ministry appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan for designing and implementing innovative youth service programs and expressed his desire to work together with YES for promoting its pro-active model of youth engagement in Pakistan.

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Ali spoke at the International Conference on Youth Social Entrepreneurship in London

Ali spoke at the international conference on youth social entrepreneurship in London. The conference was attended by the representatives of 24 countries. Ali spoke at the panel discussion on the opening day of the conference. During the first panel discussion of the conference, three models of youth engagement were featured. YES Network Pakistan’s model was one of the featured models. The conference was organized by the British Council. The conference was attended by the representatives of the technical institutes and private sector. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to delegates to share, learn and build new partnerships.

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YES Network Pakistan has established Service Academy

YES Network Pakistan has established Service Academy on 14th June, 2010 in collaboration with Catholic Board of Education, Lahore to promote the concept of youth service in the country. The Service Academy will be the hub for coordinating, facilitating and training teachers of youth-serving institutions operating under Catholic Board of Education, Lahore. The Service Academy will impart trainings to the teachers of the schools with a view to develop their capacity, professional competency and ethical standards for efficient dispensation of teacher’s knowledge and skills in schools. The Service Academy will provide a very cost-effective way to low-performing schools to enhance their capacities and overcome their challenges. The Service Academy will design and deliver comprehensive courses and trainings to staff members of Catholic Schools throughout the year (especially in summer vacations) for the realization of the Strategic Plan.

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Youth Social Entrepreneurship Training Workshop

Youth Social Entrepreneurship Training Workshop was held in Islamabad on 30th April, 2010 for the principals and faculty members of eleven leading technical institutions. The workshop was graced by Chairman TEVTA AJk. Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman TEVTA, Mr. Raja Muhammad Arif Khan appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan for introducing the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship and training the representatives of technical institutions. He also expressed thanks to British Council for supporting the initiative.

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Completion of First Course on English Language and ICT Skills (from 14th June to 22nd July 2010) at the Service Academy

Service Academy – a joint initiative of Yes Network Pakistan and Catholic Board of Education, Lahore has successfully passed out its first batch of English language and I.T skills Course on 22nd July 2010. The course participants threw a thanks giving party to the staff members on 23rd July 2010. The ovation of welcoming the faculty members was marvelous. The petals of flowers manifested that they absorbed and digested the course thoroughly. The participants gave the impression that they had developed a sense of feel for the language; the mirth and work went side by side which was the hall-mark of the course. It was very well organized and well conducted function where they expressed their feelings and shared their experience of being here. The program included some very interesting items like caricaturing the staff members in a pleasant way and the appreciation was so candid that it showed the heartfelt emotions of the participants and reflected their warmth of spirit which they exhibited throughout the course. The spectrum of entertainment was varied and demonstrated the skills of the singers having a taste of vocal and instrumental music. Fabulous performances in songs and poetry recitation displayed dynamic aptitude of the participants. The program ended at a rocking dance show by all the members.

Please visit Service Academy website for more information. http://www.yesserviceacademy.com/uncategorized/21/

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The sisters of leading educational institutions have successfully passed the English Language and ICT Skills Course (from 25th July to 13th August 2010) at the Service Academy

The Service Academy of YES Network Pakistan and Catholic Board of Education, Lahore has successfully passed out its second batch of English language and I.T skills Course on 13th August 2010. The participants of the course were sisters of leading educational institutions. At the end of the course, the sisters expressed that they have gained a lot of knowledge from this course which will help a lot in their professional lives.

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Leadership Course (from 2nd August to 13th August 2010) at the Service Academy

The Service Academy of YES Network Pakistan and Catholic Board of Education, Lahore has successfully passed out its third batch of participants. Leadership Course for the Principals was started at the Service academy to help the Principals in understanding the concept of Leadership and to help them to develop a critical self awareness about their Leadership styles as well as to differentiate between Management and Leadership. The course was being conducted by local and foreign staff.

Please visit Service Academy website for more information. http://www.yesserviceacademy.com/news/leadership-course/

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Completion of Fourth Course on English Language and Professional Development (from 16th August to 27th August 2010) at the Service Academy

The Service Academy of YES Network Pakistan and Catholic Board of Education, Lahore has successfully passed out its fourth batch of participants.The participants of the course were teachers of leading educational institutions. At the end of the course, the teachers expressed that they have gained a lot of knowledge from this course, which will be very helpful in their professional lives.

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Representatives of 16 technical institutions

Representatives of 16 technical institutions from all over Pakistan participated in the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Workshop held on 28th August 2010 in Lahore at Amir Hotel. The participants of the workshop were representatives of technical institutions who participated in the activities of Youth Social Enterprise competition during the last two years. Each participant will hold 5 sessions on the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship at their institutions. The participants gave excellent feedback about the course.

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Website of Service Academy has been launched

Website of Service Academy has been launched by YES Network Pakistan. Service Academy is a joint initiative of YES Network Pakistan and Catholic Board of Education, Lahore. The link to the website of the Service Academy is www.yesserviceacademy.com

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Launching Ceremony of Youth Enterprise Generator

We are delighted to share with you the pictures of the launching ceremony of the Youth Enterprise Generator at University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The launching ceremony was attended by over 1500 people including representatives of local and international organizations and young people. It is for the first-time that any University has established a Youth Enterprise Generator at the campus in Pakistan. Under Youth Enterprise Generator a wide range of products and opportunities will be offered to young people to become business and social entrepreneurs. The chief guest of the event was Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Other notable guests included Mr. Fazal Noor, Country Representative Ashoka, Mr. Salman Shahzad and Regional Manager. Skills for Employability Program, British Council

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Success Stories of Young Social Entrepreneurs

We are pleased to share the success stories of young social entrepreneurs of Youth Enterprise Challenge Award- a join initiative of British Council and YES Network Pakistan. You can view these stories by clicking on the following links:

Ali participated in the first-ever Young Professionals Forum

Mr. Ali Raza Khan participated in the first-ever launched Youth Professional Forum of Commonwealth. He was invited to participate in the first meeting of the Forum in Cardiff, U.K from 12th-15th March 2011.

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Voting for Regional Enterprise Competition begins

The voting for Youth Regional Enterprise Challenge has started. The voting will be open from 28th February till 10th March. All the national level winning teams from across South Asia have prepared and submitted video documentary of their work for public voting. Please visit the following link to view all the videos of the youth teams.
Regional Enterprise Competition 2011

You can also access the said link through British Council Pakistan website link below as an alternative.
Voting for Regional Enterprise Competition

We hope that you will vote for the best team.

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Delegation of Catholic Board of Education sent by YES Network Pakistan

YES Network Pakistan sent a delegation of Catholic Board of Education to participate in 9th Global Youth Service Conference held in Egypt from 25th to 27th October, 2010. The delegation comprised of Secretary Catholic Board of Education, Mr. Maxwell Shanti, Sr. M. Nilanthi and Sr. Parveen Rehmat. The members of the delegation shared their views about the impact of implementation of Service Learning Programs in their schools and their future plans.

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Service Learning Exhibition

Service Learning Exhibition was held at St. Anthony`s High School Cantt. Lahore, on 15th December, 2010. The students showcased their service learning projects at the exhibition. The CEO of YES Network Pakistan was invited as the Guest of Honor.

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Social Entrepreneurship Sessions

YES Network Pakistan in-partnership with British Council has organized a series of Social Entrepreneurship Sessions in all the provinces of Pakistan including AJK for the principals/teachers and young people of technical institutions. The sessions were held to introduce the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship to the principals/teachers and young people of technical institutions and to invite them to participate in the Enterprise Challenge Competition Award 2010. During the session, all the participants were engaged in a variety of interactive activities to explore the topic of Social Entrepreneurship. The participants were given interesting solution identification exercises to encourage innovative and creative thinking among them.

Snapshot of the sessions held in 2010

Direct Beneficiaries

S. No. Date of Sessions Venue No. of Participants Sessions held with
1. 28-8-2010 National Level workshop held at Amir Hotel 16 Principals
2. 31-08-2010 GPI Bahawal Pur 38 Students/Teachers
3. 21-09-2010 GPI Lahore 700 Students/Teachers
4. 22-09-2010 GPI Multan 111 Students/Teachers
5. 05-10-2010 Punjab Level Workshop Held at Ambassador Hotel Lahore 39 Principals
6. 05-10-2010 GPI Township Lahore 65 Students
7. 29-10-2010 Sindh Level Workshop Held at GPI Karim Abad Karachi 91 Principals
8. 31-10-2010 NWFP level Workshop Held at Dream Land Motel 58 Principals
9. 3-11-2010 COTHM 86 Students and Teachers
10. 11-11-2010 Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) Lahore 26 Principal
11. 11-11-2010 Baluchistan Level Workshop Held at Boys Scout College in Quetta 42 Principal
Total 1272

Indirect Beneficiaries

No. of Sessions No. of Students No. of Teachers
37 Sessions conducted by Master Trainers 1269 209

Social Entrepreneurship Sessions held in Lahore

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Social Entrepreneurship Sessions held in Islamabad

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Social Entrepreneurship Sessions held in Karachi

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Social Entrepreneurship Sessions held in Multan

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AJK Enterprise Challenge Competition

Organized by the YES Network Pakistan and British Council, the Enterprise Challenge Award is into its second run and is open to all young people studying in technical institutions from around the AJK. The Enterprise Award is implemented was two phases. During the first phase, social acceptability of the program was created by conducting a series of sensitization sessions with the representatives of over 70 technical colleges on the concept of youth social entrepreneurship. During the second phase, a series of orientation sessions were held to create awareness about the concept of Youth Social Entrepreneurship and to nurture and grow innovation and entrepreneurial culture amongst students of technical colleges. Over 410 students of public and private technical colleges are given orientation on Social Entrepreneurship and the process of getting involved in the competition. Over 40 ideas were received from the young people studying in technical colleges of AJK. 5 young teams in between the ages of 16 to 21 were selected to participate in the AJK challenge to compete with each other. These teams were from the following technical colleges in AJK:

  1. Muslim College of Commerce
  2. Mehran College of Computer Sciences
  3. Poly Technical Institute Rawlakot
  4. Vocational Training Institute Kotli

Each team was comprised of not less than 3 and more than 5 members. The judging criterion was based on the following points:

  1. Innovativeness of product/service
  2. Positive impact on the community
  3. Display
  4. Presentation (Each team were given 5 minutes to make a presentation about their idea.)
  5. Financial Viability

The competition was won by the students of Muslim College of Commerce.
All the five teams have been provided one hundred thousand each to roll out their social enterprises. The winning team of the AJK competition is provided an opportunity to participate in the National Level Competition in Pakistan during the first week of December 2010.

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National Youth Enterprise Challenge Competition 2010

A National level Youth Enterprise Challenge Competition 2010 was held in Lahore on 12-12-10 at Amir Hotel. Nine teams of young people were selected to participate in the National Enterprise Challenge 2010. YES Network Pakistan received over 200 ideas from young people studying in technical colleges of Pakistan. Before the competition, one day social entrepreneurship training was held with the teams to give tips and guidelines for effectively participating in the competition. The competition started at 9.00 A.M. and ended at 5.00 P.M. During the competition, all the nine teams were given a problem and asked to come up with a unique and innovative idea for improving the situation within a given fixed budget. By the end of the day, teams were asked to submit their idea for judgment through the completion of three documents and a 90 seconds presentation. On the Challenge Day, each team submitted their idea using the format set out below:

  1. An Ideas Sheet, describing their idea.
  2. A Competitors’ Outline, identifying the target audience, competitors and what is unique about their idea.
  3. Money Matters, which shows the estimated costs of bringing their idea to life and any surplus, if applicable.
  4. A Presentation, in which each team gives a brief 90-second presentation to sell their idea to the judges.

All the entries of the competition will be judged by a panel of judges belonging to education and social sector.

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Graduation Ceremony organized by YES Network Pakistan

YES Network Pakistan organized a Graduation Ceremony at its Service Academy for the participants of the Summer Courses on 8th January 2011. For more details please visit the website of Service Academy.

http://www.yesserviceacademy.com/uncategorized/gallery-of-graduation-ceremony/

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Relief Project launched for the Flood-affected Communities

YES Network Pakistan has launched a relief project for the flood affected communities in Kot Adu. The project is helping local youth to help themselves in re-building lives and meeting high service needs of the affected communities in an organized and structured manner. The project is enabling local young people and adults from flood affected communities to establish or re-establish community-based social service projects to meet the unmet services needs of their communities. The young people are working in teams for providing a wide range of services in the areas of the greatest need to flood-affected people.

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Winner Announced for the National Enterprise Competition 2010

The winner of Youth Enterprise Award held at national level has been announced by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. The winner of the competition is the team of young people from Vocational Training Institute, Green Town, Lahore. The winning team will participate in the Regional Enterprise Competition organized by British Council in March 2011. The winning team will be provided with a cash reward of One Hundred Thousand Rupees and a digital camera for documenting and sharing their project activities. Our best wishes for the winning team and we hope that they will perform well in the next round.

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Ali Raza Khan spoke at the national level Roundtable

Ali spoke at the national level Roundtable on Youth Development and Economic Growth organized by the Planning Commission of Pakistan and UNDP on Tuesday, 25th January, 2011 P-Block, Pak Secretariat in Islamabad. The round-table conference on youth was structured around four themes:

  1. a) Youth Education and Skill Development;
  2. b) Communities, Social Networks and Youth Mobilization
  3. c) Youth Social and Economic Entrepreneurship and
  4. d) Benefits of Urbanization and Geo-Spatial Agglomeration.

Ali spoke at the Youth Social and Economic Entrepreneurship session. The session was chaired by Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq, State Minister/Deputy Chairman Planning Commission. It was also Co-Chaired by Robin Raphael (U.S Coordinator for Economic Development to Pakistan). The Guest of Honor of the session was Mr. Rauf Engin Soysal, UN Secretary General Special Envoy. During the presentation, Ali shared leading programs of YES such as Service Learning, Youth Service and Youth Social Entrepreneurship. He also emphasized on the need of giving a new look at the young people and their potential. He seriously challenged the traditional thinking and practices of working with youth. He said that we must focus on young people’s strengths rather than their failings. Almost all existing programs are designed to deliver services to young people failing to view themselves as important assets in delivering services to others. Our model focuses on what should be included in the lives of young people rather than what should be eliminated from the lives of young people. He said that Service Learning, Youth Social Entrepreneurship and Youth Service Programs should be seen as a development tool which can enable us to meet our social service obligations and achieve our development goals by drawing on the skills, energy and resources of young people. These programs should be considered as the most effective strategy for prevention of youth problems and social economic and democratic development of the country. All the participants and guests appreciated the work of YES for the promotion of youth-led development in the country. It was also decided that the planning commission will incorporate all these programs in the youth policy.

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Planning Commission of Pakistan

Planning Commission of Pakistan has included the leading programs (Service Learning, Youth Service and Youth Social Entrepreneurship) of YES Network Pakistan in the policy brief on youth. It is a great achievement of YES that for the first time all the major programs of YES are included in policy document produced by the planning commission of Pakistan.

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Ali participated in the first-ever Young Professionals Forum

Mr. Ali Raza Khan participated in the first-ever launched Youth Professional Forum of Commonwealth. He was invited to participate in the first meeting of the Forum in Cardiff, U.K from 12th-15th March 2011.

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PCP Certification of YES Network Pakistan

We are pleased to share with you the findings of external evaluation report of YES Network Pakistan. The external evaluation was carried out by Pakistan Center of Philanthropy (PCP). PCP seeks to facilitate altruistic efforts of national and international donors by establishing effective linkages between the donors and non profit civil society organizations. PCP evaluated YES Network Pakistan for certification against standardized parameters in Internal Governance, Financial Management and Programme Delivery. Each category contains a certain number of parameters with each being assigned a score against which our organization was assessed. Internal Governance, Financial Management and Programme Delivery have 26, 25 and 29 parameters respectively.

Being a medium-sized organization, we have scored very high in all the evaluation parameters. We have scored 92% in Financial Management, 97% in Program Delivery and 69% in Internal Governance. The minimum score required to obtain certification is 600 out of 1000 but we have scored 870 out of 1000. Please see the table below:

Certification Score Sheet

Evaluation Parameters Total Scores Minimum Scores Required Scores Obtained Strength (Percentage) Remarks
A B C C/A (%)
Internal Governance 300 150 207 69% Qualified
Financial Management 300 150 275 92% Qualified
Programme Delivery 400 200 388 97% Qualified
Total 1000 600 870 87% Qualified

South Asia Regional Enterprise Winner 2011

One of the Youth Service Networks established under  “Youth Enterprise Challenge Competition” project of  British Council and YES Network Pakistan  has won the South Asia Regional Enterprise Competition 2011. It is a matter of great honor that Youth Service Network of British Council and YES  has won the Regional Enterprise Award twice in three years. British High Commissioner Mr. Adam Thomson congratulated YES Network Pakistan for their contributions in training and engaging the winning team effectively. British High Commissioner also congratulated the winning team of the South Asia Regional Enterprise Competition.

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Ali won Azm-e-Alishan Award 2011

We are delighted to share with you that Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO of YES Network Pakistan has been bestowed with AZM Award 2011 by the leading media companies of Pakistan. The award is given to recognize unsung heroes of Pakistan. Mr. Ali was given this award on account of assisting several thousand young people in setting-up community based social enterprise across Pakistan including AJK. The award jury was headed by Mr. Shaukat Tarin, former Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Minister for Finance, Revenues, Economic Affairs. The other jury members include Mr. Arif Nizami, Mr. Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami and Ms. Seema Taher Khan. The award ceremony was shown on 23rd March on all the leading channels of Pakistan. For more information please visit http://awards.azmealishan.com/winners/

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Service Learning Project Launched in Catholic Schools

YES Network Pakistan has launched Service Learning program for the first time in the educational institutions of Pakistan. YES Network Pakistan has been conducting sensitization sessions with the principals of the leading schools for the integration of the Service Learning concept. Recently, the Catholic Board of Lahore has approved the implementation of Service Learning program. YES Network Pakistan has trained and engaged over 350 teachers in the designing and implementation of Service Learning projects.