INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ALLIANCE FOR PEACE (IYAP)
Founded on the 21st of November 2013, International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP) is a youth led organization which is located at the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
IYAP was born as a consequence of ambitious vision and enthusiasm of Thirukumar Premakumar, the Founder and President of the organization. IYAP began its journey with just six individuals, who unanimously believed in the creation of a platform for youth, which allows youth themselves to initiate and lead projects addressing the most urgent issues and concerns of the youth around the world.
Today, we have grown from our humble beginning of just six members into a fully structured and hierarchy based youth led organization. We are proud of practicing the principle of volunteerism. We are privileged to have a number of committed and hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to ensure our core principles and values. All of this have enabled us to become one of the leading youth-led organizations of the country.
Our aim is to see young people undertaking leadership roles in addressing the most urgent issues of the world, supported by their communities, civil society, government and businesses. Accordingly, each year we provide extensive training and facilitation for approximately 500 to 1,000 passionate young leaders, who can grow their potential and receive strategic support to lead community development initiatives. These passionate young leaders then initiate community development initiatives engaging 10,000 to 30,000 young people across the country.
To invest in innovative ideas, convene interested parties, share the knowledge and advocate for change, in support of working towards sustainable social development via youth empowerment.
We are a youth led organization working towards building a world, supporting mutual understanding and respect.
Our Core Values
- Youth Engagement
- Civic Engagement
- Excellence and Integrity
IYAP focuses on a bottom-up and holistic approach which enables individual behavioral change among the young people. In addition, this brings about a systematic change in policy and practice towards a more supportive environment for youth-led development. We deliver grass root level programs in some of the most hard to reach and inaccessible areas, to ensure that no one is left behind. We also support governments and policymakers to engage and interact with young people in formulating decisions that affect the youth.
We also build the capacity of other organizations to work more effectively with, and for, young people. We also engage in research and development, as well as in building tool-kits and manuals for training programs. We provide guidance and generate evidence to share our experience with the global youth sector to ensure we are serving youth in the most coordinated and impactful way possible.