Youth Development Foundation (YDF) is a Non-profit, Non Government Organization, founded in 2007, by a like-minded group of young individuals from diverse faith backgrounds. It has since been recognized as a youth focused organization that effectively works with the youth towards achieving its vision of a vibrant, tolerant and pluralistic society. YDF serves as a network of diverse youth, which works for: developing youth, and element that effect youth directly or indirectly, in different capacities, promoting pluralism and respect for religious diversity, and countering the growing trend of violent extremism among youth in Pakistan. Thus, bridging gaps among youth through; interfaith dialogues, friendly relationship and human based coexistence. The philosophy of YDF focuses on Youth as its primary target as they will be important in the long run. YDF wants to promote religious freedom and cultural diversity not as an alien or foreign concept, but tries to indigenize this idea through local symbols. Through grass root advocacy and social initiatives, YDF has helped in training the new generation of youth entrepreneurs.
Youth Development Foundation has its network of staff and offices spread to about 15 districts and 3 provinces of Pakistan. Currently, YDF has about 21 full time employees and 4 part time employees. Apart from this YDF has an outstanding network of volunteers in some of the remote areas like South Punjab and KPK which number to around 658 (female 255, male 403). YDF has 4 offices in areas of Lahore (Head Office), Multan, Karachi and Faisalabad and a network of dedicated staff members throughout Pakistan. YDF also has its strong network of supporters and partners, which include Aawaz-Response Fund-DFID, Umeed-Jawan - USAID, World Faith Central, Swiss Mission Office, Karachi Youth Initiative, United States Institute of Peace, Pakistan-United States Alumni Network, ACUMEN, Emerging Leaders of Pakistan and others. YDF also has a large network of Local Supporting Organizations in all most every district of Pakistan. Until now YDF has signed MOUs with about 20 different organizations in almost every area of Punjab, some areas of Sindh and KPK (Khyber Pakhtun Khawah). These organizations include the following but not limited to Centre for Dialogue & Action, FCC; Debating Society, University of Engineering & Technology; FAIZ Resource Foundation; Punjab University; Punjab Youth Ministry and the other important partners. Through its innovative projects, YDF has been able to bring positive cultural changes in Pakistan in four provinces by directly affecting thousands of youth. YDF is working in Peshawar city which is one of the most volatile regions of Pakistan. After successful completion of our projects in Peshawar, Karachi (Lyari, Korangi and Sultanabad), YDF can now proudly say that it has worked in the hardest of environments and has a long experience, on engaging grass root youth activists through innovative initiatives on sustainable basis. Thus transforming the culture of intolerance and hopelessness into culture of tolerance and hope.
Project in Glance:
• Partnership for Peace (PFP) 2015-16, funded by (UKAID, AAWAZ-RF), Bahawalpur, Khanewal, Lahore, Peshawar
• I AM KARACHI- Diversity Tours- Funded by (USAID-Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI), Karachi.
• Partnership for Peace (PFP) 2014-15, funded by (USAID, UMEED JAWAN), Multan, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran and Bahawalpur
• Diversity Tour to Worship Places 2013-14, funded by (USAID, UMEED JAWAN), Multan, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran and Bahawalpur
• Diversity Tours to Worship Places, Karachi (Lyari, Korangi, Sultanabad) 2014, with Karachi Youth Initiative (USAID, KYI)
• Program of Women Empowerment and Reform (POWER) 2012-13 funded by US Education Foundation in Pakistan and US Embassy Islamabad.
• Diversity Tour to Worship Places 2013-14, funded by United State Institute of Peace (USIP), Lahore, Gojra, Faisalabad, Sangla Hill, Nankanasahib, Rawalpindi, Islamabad.
• Citizenship and Conflict Management Training, Awareness Sessions on Active Citizenship, Identity and Conflict Management, Youth Exchange visits in Multan 2014, funded by (CYAAD, DAI UKAID)
• Diversity Talk Series 2013-14, funded by Swiss Mission Office. Lahore and Faisalabad
• Diversity Tour to Worship Places 2012-13, funded by Swiss Mission Office. Lahore, Gojra, Faisalabad, Sangla Hill, Nankanasahib, Rawalpindi, Islamabad.
• Women Adult Education and Peace-Building 2011-2013 funded by World Faith. Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh Lahore, Gojra Faisalabad.
• Arms Down! A campaign launched in Lahore funded by Religion for Peace & SPADO. Lahore, Kasur, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura.
Youth Empowerment, Peace, Interfaith Harmony, Minority Rights and Civic Education, Women Empowerment.
Paid Staff (full time and part time):
21 full-time Paid staff
4 part-time paid staff
Volunteers: More than 658(255 female, 403 male) youth volunteers and members in districts Lahore, Faisalabad, Sangla Hill, Rawalpindi, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran , Bahawalpur, Peshawar and Karachi.