Sustainable Youth Development Foundation (SYDF) is a youth led, non-political and not for profit Community Based Organization. It was established on 12th November, 2015 by the General Meeting in Kifumbira, attended by many village members and elite persons from different villages in Mulago III parish but legally registered on 9th August, 2016 under Reg. No. KAW/16.038. SYDF was formed basing on the willingness of the community people with the target of dealing with the present socio-economic problems faced by the youths in different villages of Mulago III Parish by means of good understanding and sharing the problems to find the best solutions through open discussions and inclusive decision making. From March 2015 to November 2015, SYDF implemented and was involved in a number of community activities like mobilizing the youth in community cleanings and HIV/AIDS awareness sensitization. “SYDF” refers to a methodology or community-based process that evolved from 10 years of experience from Save Street Children, working with street and community vulnerable children.
Vision: SYDF visualized a youths' generation that is poverty free, socially, economically self-reliant and conscious about basic rights and human dignity.
Mission Statement: SYDF works to assist the youths and young people at grass root level to find access to sustainable development in society with due dignity to solve their own social-economic problems.
Core values of the organization are:
1.Respect for human rights
7.Respect for the rule of law
The Objectives/Aims of SYDF include:
I.To facilitate the youths' engagement in community, national and international processes in promoting positive, sustainable and progressive development.
II.To promote youth awareness and responsiveness to development issues and improve access to information on youth and policy issues at community levels.
III.To facilitate and promote the capacity building of community stakeholders that are working with vulnerable youths and the youths taking part in positive, sustainable and progressive development.
IV.To equip the youths with skill in public social responsibility, accountability, leadership and offer spiritual mentorship.
V.To empower the youth fight against HIV/AIDs and drug abuse
§Entrepreneurship skills' development
§Quality and marketable hands on skills' training
§Talent Identification, development and management
§Public social responsibility, accountability and spiritual mentorship.
§Physical skills' capitalization
§Proper Identification and utilization of resources
§Environment and relations' management
§Civic education and governance and spiritual mentorship.
§Drug abuse, sexuality and HIV/AIDs
·Entrepreneurship skills’ training
·Bible Study (Spiritual mentorship)
·Assisting in Counseling and psychosocial support
·Vocational training (if the volunteers brings the skills)
·Governance and leadership training
·Participating in community outreaches
SYDF has different programs, it depends on the volunteers skills and interest where to engage, there is room for new activities.
Volunteers with social work skills but also other professions are very welcomed.
Volunteers are supposed to be at office at around 9:30am and work will finish at around 4:00 pm (except during holidays).
However, in some cases volunteers may work longer hours.
It takes 10,000 Ug.Shs (to and from) from UPA to SYDF offices in Mpererwe by Bodaboda
At UPA Guesthouse in Nansana or a host family in Nansana
Comments from UPA
The placement at SYDF can be interesting since we offer volunteers opportunities to be fully engaged in different activities ranging from young people to youths and community projects. It requires a volunteer who loves working with young people and flexible.
Most of the young people can communicate in English; otherwise, translation is also possible at the project with the project staff and other volunteers
Uganda Pioneers' Association (UPA) is a voluntary non-governmental organisation registered with the National NGO Board (ref. S5914/114). UPA aims atpromoting community based development,intercultural co-operation and youth participation through voluntary work.