YUVA. Youth United in Voluntary Action
Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for 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.
YUVA is registered under Section 8(1) of the Registration of Associations Act.
- Registration number: 14125 (Download Certificate of Registration)
- Charitable institution for the purposes of Income Tax Act 1995. Read: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3
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 of having those people involved [in this journey] who are young in spirit. Even a 70-year old person can be young. Being young in spirit means being dynamic, lively and adaptive to change.
How does YUVA benefit children & youth?
- Power and influence – A democratically elected national board raises the profile of issues that matter to children and young people, and influences local opinion formers. Additionally, control or influence over a budget, funding community projects, translates 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 that their concerns are being acted on.
- Understanding and development – Children and young people gain new skills and develop valuable experiences. Representation promotes the understanding 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 policy makers – YUVANs help local officers and their wider partners understand the issues that affect children and young people, as well as 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 wider 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 the work they undertake 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 have a duty to inform, consult and involve people in the running of some local services, as well as a duty 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 take part in consultation or other engagement mechanisms.