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Ali Raza Khan is an amazing world pioneer in moving society to this very different definition of success in growing up. He demonstrated how thousands of poor young people, of whom little was expected, could almost immediately, if challenged respectfully, create teams and substantial changes and profits. Does your daughter have this power? If you care for her or for your society, please read this book carefully.

Bill Drayton | CEO Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

“What is the biggest challenge facing our youth today? Our limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can achieve. Ali Raza Khan’s groundbreaking work with youth in Pakistan shows why many of our assumptions are wrong and how *little* it takes to unleash the changemaking potential inherent in young people.”

Charles Tsai | Sr. Manager, Social Innovation Partnerships Fossil Group

I am witness to Ali Raza Khan’s pioneer work in the field of Youth-led Changemaking. Ali has transformed several thousand students of the Punjab Vocational Training Council from victims to changemakers through his innovative Changemaking Intelligence Test. He has provided a remarkable Tool to unlock the Changemaking Intelligence inherent in young people.

Faisal Ijaz Khan Chairman | Pun jab Vocational Training Council

The concept of Changemaking Intelligence has contributed a lot to the development of young women in our region. It has broken down traditional barriers for women. It has made young women self-reliant and job creators. Many of our students, after participating in the Changemaking Intelligence Test, have established their own businesses. The scope of Changemaking Intelligence is very large.

Prof. Dr. Ghazala Yasmeen | Vice Chancellor, Women University Mardan

This is a splendid and inspiring read about the author’s insightful experience of working with young people. As an educationist, I have witnessed extraordinary positive changes in several hundred female students who have participated in the Changemaking Intelligence Test. This book offers simple and practical steps to create an inclusive society by transforming young women from passive beneficiaries to changemakers. This is a brilliant piece of work offering new pathways and solutions to deal with present and future challenges. Highly recommended and endorsed.

Prof. Dr. Uzma Quraishi |VC, The Women University Multan

The Changemaking Intelligence Test has awakened dormant abilities of our students. I believe politicians should come and see what real change means. This initiative has broken down many structural, cultural and attitudinal barriers to build a changemaker campus. It is very practical and tangible. I am grateful to Mr. Ali for bringing a new vision to our campus.

Prof. Samina Bukhari | Registrar, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi

Changemaking Intelligence Test changed the way I perceive my capabilities, possibilities and potential.

Sahar Pirzada | Women University Mardan

It made me realize that I have the potential to bring a positive change in the society bit by bit.

Zeest Mehmood | Government College University

It has completely changed my self-concept in the shortest period of time. I became hero from zero.

  Mudassar Rehman | Vocational Training Institute Jhang

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“This is not only a splendid read about the author’s 21-year journey of working with young people, but also a spectacular and insightful book about the power of youth-led changemaking. As the president of a public leadership program that has engaged over 800 next generation youth leaders from 70 countries around the world, I have seen first-hand how employing unique youth-led changemaking models can transform outstanding young change agents into self-actualized, globally-minded public leaders and game changers. The book provides compelling evidence because it is based on facts and not assumptions. It is not only informative for stakeholders who wish to design, align and deliver structures that can support youth, but most importantly, an excellent tool for youth themselves who wish to start their changemaking journey in their communities and countries around the world. Outstanding and highly-recommended!”

Diane de Mailly Nesle Sauvé | President Jeanne Sauvé Foundation

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Ali Raza Khan’s work over many years to empower young people to make a positive difference in their communities through YES has been an inspiration to me and many others in the youth civic engagement field globally. With YES, Ali has tapped into an enormous reservoir of young people’s desperation to make a difference, rather than to exist in a state of despair. ”YES! Youth-led Changemaking” not only serves as a much-needed guidebook about effective programming, but it also describes Ali’s personal journey over the past two decades. This is important, because we often fail to look behind the programs to understand the personal values and very personal decisions that have been the generators of successful programs. I also admire Ali for having figured out how to take YES to scale. There are many examples of excellent youth empowerment programs in countries around the world, but very few social entrepreneurs have figures out how to scale them up, which Ali has done. How many people can claim to have provided the opportunity to so many young people to change their lives and the lives of their communities? Ali deserves our congratulations and our support.

Susan Stroud | CEO, Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)

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Since 2005, when Ali Khan was elected as an Ashoka Fellow, we have been celebrating and learning from his work. YES is not just an incredibly impactful organization but a harbinger of the movement of global youth from powerlessness to changemaking. Through his work Ali saw, over 2 decades back, that young people everywhere have the power to transform themselves and their societies, even in parts of the world known more for their challenges than opportunities. Since then, Ali’s work has contributed to grow this power exponentially, aided by the historical shifts in technology, media, and the global economy. Now it is absolutely vital to equip young people everywhere to channel this power to take charge of their future and this is why YES is not just relevant to Pakistan today but absolutely necessary to the world. Ali says “we must challenge every young person every day to become a changemaker”. This is a core part of Ashoka’s mission and this book YES! Youth(led) Changemaking serves as an essential blueprint for all youth organizations seeking to change systems and mindsets, and for any social change leader who wants to catalyze the kind of transformation that Ali has. In my interactions with Ali I have always been amazed by his humility and appetite for learning and as I read this book and reflect on the totality of Ali’s journey I see this thread in every aspect of his life and work. We are grateful and honored to have him as part of our community.

Maria Clara Pinheiro | Director, Ashoka’s Global Fellowship

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“In a world that demands more and more positive changemakers, Ali and Thomas represent two young and energetic entrepreneurs who impacted the lives of countless young people. This book is testimony to a long and challenging journey to build ‘YES’ and to let young people in Pakistan discover their true passion. Ultimately, I believe the world would be a better place if people were given the opportunity to discover their true compass. In that sense traditional education fails all over the world and often literally ‘kill’ the creativity and innovation that children are naturally equipped with.”

Christoph von Toggenburg | Head of Social Engagement, World Economic Forum

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“This is the journey of a visionary young man, Ali Raza Khan, whose first job as a non-government employee exposed him to a national resource and treasure: the youth of Pakistan. This generation, he observed, lacked faith and confidence in their abilities and uncertainty about their future. Using the foundation of his own upbringing and the inspiring example of his own mother, Khan established a non-profit called Youth Engagement Services (YES). This book describes the creative approach to youth empowerment and its implementation of a mission to create the space in which the next generation of citizens of Pakistan can actualize their true desire for a future with dignity and hope.”

Dr. Amir Lakhani | Chairman Sumar Lakhani Foundation, USA

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“Mr. Khan has written a success story of a Youngman’s belief in the potential of other young men. He initiated the idea to introduce ‘Youth led change making projects’ and ultimately YES (youth engaging Service). Author has thrown light on various aspects of youth, ranging from definition, dimensions, feelings, problems, challenges as well as covered all facets of youth led change making. Book is a guideline for all who want to be a change maker or who wish to take the responsibility of driving youth to create a difference. It will definitely be helpful in impacting the lives of both ‘the youth’ and ‘those’ who want to give youth a chance. I being a teacher/researcher strongly believe that encouragement and confidence in some ones capabilities can enhance performance of that individual. I am a witness of many such transformations, but that’s just a matter of accepting a challenge to change the mind-set. We are all living in a less trusted environment, which is not always about others, but for ourselves too. We need to re-write the software of our beliefs. I agree with Ali, when he says ‘its time for us to be open and brave’. So by selecting the ‘choice of change making’, we can create value, make progress and break barriers. Well done Ali Raza Khan, many young souls are following you for good.”

Dr. Azra Yasmin | Dean, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

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“This book is a commendable effort of translating the outcome of the author’s over two decades’ journey of youth engagement. It is a creative blend of knowledge, skill and attitude of youth-led change making as well as a practical manifestation of his strong belief system, conviction, and enthusiasm. Ali Raza has successfully proved the importance of youth engagement in social entrepreneurship as a single remedy for many social, economic and moral ills. He has presented “what, why, how and by whom” of youth engagement remarkably well in this book. His youth-led change making model is surely an evidence of seeing the youth as a solution rather than a problem. I am optimistic that this book can surely be a guiding document for many stakeholders including policymakers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, universities authorities, parents, and social activists to come forward and channelize the unprecedented energies of youth.”

Dr. Marium Din | Assistant Professor, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad

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“Reading this book is like witnessing Ali’s journey of change, first hand. The greatest achievement of this book, in my opinion, is that it has taken the amorphous concept of ‘youth empowerment’ and turned it into a tangible and achievable reality. Youth everywhere will find outlined in this book, the steps that need to be taken for living a life that is not just productive but also meaningful”.

Rfia Rauf | Senior Grants Officer, National Rural Support Program (NRSP)

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“Around our planet, growing smaller and closer with each technological advancement, people seem to focus on the problems, especially the societal challenges concerning marginalized people. Ali Raza Khan looks across the same landscape others deem to be bleak and sees possibilities. This visionary has spent his career demonstrating that the solution is all around us; the solution is our young people. Through the YES Network in Pakistan, Ali has demonstrated again and again that those with the least resources and greatest need can also be the most remarkable source of viable solutions. These solutions, in the form of socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurial endeavors are transformative for individuals and communities! In their new book, *YES! YOU(TH) LED CHANGEMAKING*, Ali Raza Khan and Thomas G. Jakel show anyone invested in youth how they too can empower youth to be positive change makers wherever they may be!

This book will uplift, encourage, and energize you, as you learn the easy process for transforming young people from passive recipients of program designed to address societal problems into active, engaged community members who come to understand they have the creative capabilities within themselves to make positive changes in their lives and communities!

I met the young ladies of the YES! Network of Pakistan at the SAGE (Students for the Global Entrepreneurship) Competition in Moscow, Russia in 2014. The Pakistani team was professional, intelligent, creative, determined, and caring, outstanding representatives of their country and the YES! program. Our team of urban youth from Pittsburgh, PA, USA found them to be friendly, interesting, and inspirational. Through this experience, I reached out to Ali Raza Khan to learn more about his program and inquire if there was any way to facilitate a connection between his young people and ours. Over the years, I have learned more about Ali, his career trajectory, passion for positive, empowering change and youth engagement,and way happy to find a kindred spirit.

Join us! *It is my dream the fruits of our collective labors, multiplied by all of the youth our work touches, becomes the catalyst, and these young, empowered positive change makers from every walk of life create a better future for our planet and all of its people, creatures, and places.”

Maureen Anderson | M. Ed. Activities Manager & SAGE Adviser, City Charter High School

A Note on the Author

Ali Raza Khan is a social entrepreneur, speaker, activist and author. He is responsible for the rise of the phrase “Youth as a Solution” a concept that has initiated a change in the role of young people in society. He has also coined the term “Changemaking Intelligence” to introduce a new kind of intelligence in society. He has invented the most effective, efficient and sustainable method to turn young people into changemakers after testing it with several thousand young people. He has busted this myth that changemaking is possible only by a few.

Ali is the harbinger of the youth-led changemaking movement in the world. He has given enough evidence that how thousands of young people of whom little was expected could almost immediately if challenged respectfully create teams and substantial changes and profits.

Ali is the founder and CEO of Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan, a social enterprise established in 2002 to create, activate and multiply spaces for youth-led changemaking. Ali is taking both direct and institutional change approach to foster a culture of youth-led changemaking and social innovation. Ali has helped tens of thousands of young people start their own profitable changemaking ventures. He has contributed in development of many Youth-led Changemaking programs and bodies.

Ali has planted the seeds of youth-led changemaking and social entrepreneurship in over 1200 educational and vocational institutions. Ali has served as a consultant, board member, advisor, trainer and partner for many local and international organizations. Ali has been invited to speak in more than 30 countries of the world. Ali has received many local and international awards and acknowledgements for his achievements. He is given the title of ‘Sauvé Scholar’ by the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation in Canada. Ali is also given the title of ‘Architect of the Future’ by Waldzell Institute of Austria. He is a fellow of International Ashoka Network. Ali holds a MSC Degree in Human Resource Management and Development and a Master’s Degree in Political Science.

Ali can be contacted at the address below:

Ali Raza Khan

Founder & CEO

YES Network Pakistan



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