GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR YOUTH LEADERS (GAYL)
Global Alliance for Youth Leaders (GAYL) was formed soon after finishing a leadership training organized by Commonwealth Youth program (CYP) in 2013 under the Discovering Young Leaders Program (DYLP). It comprises of grandaunts from the different classes that come from different countries in the commonwealth region to help spread the knowledge they had attained in their training as well as contributing to social, economic and political development.
young people are increasingly acting as the agents of change in society, calling for institutions that are more responsive not only to their needs, but to national or global concerns, and providing the energy, creative ideas and determination to drive reform. However, youths in general are disproportionately affected by extreme poverty, unemployment, social exclusion, and lack of access to education. In addition, there are limited policy interventions which address youth issues. In a survey conducted by the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) during July and August 2012, 13,000 young people from 186 countries identified the following challenges that hinder their participation in development:
• Limited opportunities for effective participation in decision-making processes.
• Lack of participatory structures for young people at the community and national level.
• Lack of trust between youth and government institutions and political parties.
• Lack of capacity development for youth and youth organizations.
Lack of commitment and support toward young people
Lack of Mentors to relate with towards their areas of interest(Additional)
Further, The Commonwealth Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment 2007-2015, notes that “Over one billion youths between 2005 and 2015 will enter the labor force end yet there are no one billion jobs waiting for them. This statistics shows that there is need to be a clear relation between development planning and demography in policy a practice but also positive interventions planned like training, employment and education activities” for these youths.
As GAYL our vision lies on the positive interventions that would help youths in all countries mainly the majority of marginalized and powerless groups that are victims of challenges facing the youths. GAYL is committed to equipping youth, youth leaders, youth entrepreneurs and youth stakeholder with the skills, tools and support that they require to serve as change agent’s so that they can impact change projects in their countries, company and communities.