The Gambia National Youth Council (NYC) was established by an act of Parliament in the year 2000 with the main function of co-coordinating all youth programmes in The Gambia. The council in addition to its advocacy role also advise Government on matters affecting young people, mobilise and enhance the participation of young people in national development efforts. Young people constitute over 63% of the population and have innate potentials, which need to be tapped for rapid socio economic transformation. The council works for and with young people across the country. At national level it work directly with regional/municipal youth committees in seven administrative regions of the Gambia part of the council and district youth committees at regional level part of the regional committees.
Policy Advocacy & Engagements
The main focus of council's advocacy programmes include policy issues around decent jobs, health, education, agriculture, skills, human rights, climate change, and investment in youth among other strategic issues affect youth development and empowerment in the Gambia. Some of the interventions include: - National Youth Conference and Festival - Policy Dialogue - Youth Policy Monitoring - Strategy Program and Policy engagement with Government
Youth Leadership & Participation
Our strategy to Youth Leadership and Participation includes enhancing the leadership capacity of youth, creating platforms exhibit their skills and interface with duty bearers, supporting youth led initiative and mentoring programs, increasing representation in political offices. Some of the interventions include: - NotTooYoungToRun campaign - Youth Leadership Trainings - National elections support - voter educations, election observations - Mentoring and coaching
Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health / Gender Base Violence
Council operate and manage Youth Friendly Centres' across the country. This centres' provide safer spaces for youth to access sexual and reproductive health information and services; some of the interventions includes ending all of gender base violence especially FGM/C, Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy. - Never Again FGM/C and Child Marriage In My Generation - Inter-generational Dialogues - Youth Forums on GBV - Youth Friendly Centers for SRH services and information
Youth Migration Management
We are engage in both prevention and response to youth irregular migration through awareness creation, employment services and referrals; reception, transit, orientation, psycho- social support and reintegration to returnees. some of the interventions includes: - Training of youth leaders on guidance and counselling, psychological first aid and case management - Orientation and capacity assessment of returnees - Reception of returnees and reintegration - Referral services for empowerment and employment
Peace & Security and Transitional Justice
We engage youth in national security discuss and peace building efforts. Build capacities around UNR2250 and peace building. Council is currently a core team member of the truth, reconciliation and reparation commission of the Gambia. We had conducted national stakeholders consultation on Transitional Justice and TRRC with focus on children and youth involvement. Some of the interventions include: - Training of youth on governance, peace building and UNR2250 - IStand4Peace Campaign - Youth and Children consultation on Transitional Justice; Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission
Youth Economic Empowerment: Employment and Entrepreneurship
We work with our partners and member organisations to promote and provide services around entrepreneurship development, access to finance and business development service, mentoring, networking, skills training and job placements for youth. some of the interventions include: - Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) - Decent Jobs programme - Mentoring and Business development advises
Youth Innovation and ICT
Through our Edukid program we introduce children and youth to ICT skills especially around graphic designing, coding/programming, video-graphy, photography among others. some of the interventions include: - EduKids programmes - Rural Learning centres - Livelihood Skills training in ICT
Our Vision and Mission
- A Vibrant and Empowered Council that enhances youth Empowerment for Self Actualization and serve as Centre of Excellence for effective participation in Sustainable National Development.
- To mobilize and organize youths, through Comprehensive and Systemic programmes for their Empowerment and transformation in to Productive Citizens, with Skills to discover their Worth for greater Participation in Sustainable National development.
Jacqueline SM Sylva
Admin and Finance Manager
Mberry Jobe - Sonko
Programme Officer (Registration and Networking)
Assistant Admin and Finance Officer
Programme Officer (Communications and Advocacy)
IT Support Staff (MOYS)
We are currently working with Government and Development partners such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, YEP among others to implement youth empowerment and development projects across the country. All the implemented projects are in line with the Gambia National Youth Policy and the National Development Plan of the Gambia.