YUVA. Youth United in Voluntary Action
Founded in 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with the simple aim of creating a better future for the children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.
Today, YUVA is one of Africa’s largest and most active youth-led organisations.
YUVA is registered under Section 8(1) of the Registration of Associations Act.
- Registration number: 14125 (Download Certificate of Registration)
- Registered with the National CSR Foundation: NCSRF/2017/0491
- Registered with the Mauritius Council Of Social Services: (Download Certificate of Registration)
- Charitable institution for the purposes of Income Tax Act 1995. Read: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3
- Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC)
The birth of YUVA as a non-profit making NGO and Charity institution marks the beginning of a journey of ensuring a brighter future for the children and youth of Mauritius. YUVA embodies the belief that those involved in this journey are young in spirit. Even a 70-year old person can be young. Being young at heart means being dynamic, lively and adaptive to change.
How does YUVA benefit children & youth?
- Power and influence – A democratically elected national board raises issues for children and young people and influences local opinion formers. Additionally, controlling or influencing a budget and funding community projects translate that influence into action.
- Getting their voices heard – YUVA programmes ensure that children and young people of Mauritius are more informed about and involved in local decision-making. They can see that they are being listened to and their concerns are being acted on.
- Understanding and development – Children and young people gain new skills and develop valuable experiences. Representation promotes the knowledge of social work, local democracy and political processes.
- Positive representation – YUVANs (appellation of members/volunteers of YUVA) represent children and young people in the media, countering negative stereotypes and promoting positive images.
How does YUVA benefit local authorities?
- Informing policymakers – YUVANs help local officers and their more comprehensive partners understand the issues that affect children and young people and their needs and opinions, leading to better-informed decisions.
- Developing civic identity – Participating in social work, volunteerism and politics at a young age can become a lifelong habit that leads to greater participation in the democratic process and broader civic society. More will be interested in local/regional elections – voting or even standing as candidates.
- Increasing legitimacy – YUVA provides a voice for a section of the population that often goes unheard. Representation of children and young people lends credence and focus to their work with adult politicians.
- Improving services – Youth representation acts as a catalyst to strengthen local accountability and improve services for children and young people, making them responsive, user-driven and cutting costs long-term.
- Fulfilling statutory duties – Local authorities must inform, consult and involve people in the running of some local services, as well as a commitment to promote democracy – particularly to children and young people.
- Helps recruit a diverse group of children and young people – YUVA programmes raise the profile of youth participation and youth democracy in local areas. They help encourage young people to participate in consultation or other engagement mechanisms.
The Sound of YUVA is Calling