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.

Become a YUVAN

Official Registration.

YUVA is registered under Section 8(1) of the Registration of Associations Act.

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?
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.