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					Transforming Youth from Victims to Social 1 Entrepreneurs
Our Vision YES Network Pakistan envisions a society where all young people particularly poor and at-risk young people are valued without any discrimination as the most promising resource for socio-economic development. Our Mission Our mission is to be a catalyst for stimulating social entrepreneurship among youth especially poor and socially-excluded youth to develop new ideas for providing affordable goods and services to local communities. We equip youth and youth-serving organizations with necessary knowledge, tools and resources for designing and implementing youth-led service programs.

Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan
Listen Learn Serve

Annual Report 2009

Winning Team of Enterprise Challenge Competition 2009 organized by British Council in UK.

YES NETWORK PAKISTAN WWW.YESNETWORKPAKISTAN.ORG

Table of Contents

1. Message from Founder & CEO of YES Network Pakistan…………………………………3 2. List of Board Members………………………………………………………………………4 3. Organizational Profile ……………………………………………………………………..5-6 4. Our Theory of Change………………………………………………………………………7 5. Our Programs i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program…………………………………8-9 Service Learning Program……………………………………………….10-11 Youth Service Program (Youth-led Projects)……………………………12-15. Global Entrepreneurship Week Program…………………………………6-20 IDPs Program…………………………………………………………….21-22 Assessment and Analysis Program……………………………………….23 ICTs Program…………………………………………………………….23

6. International Recognition…………………………………………………………………..24 7. Interview with a Youth Service Volunteer………………………………………………..25-29 8. Annexure i. ii. 9. Audit Report A…………………………………………………………………………...30 B……………………………………………………………………………31

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Message from the Founder & Chief Executive Officer

The year 2009 has been the most exciting year of YES Network Pakistan. This year YES Network Pakistan has not only strengthened its activities but also broke new grounds for institutionalizing the concept of youth service and youth social entrepreneurship in the country. YES Network Pakistan continued to build partnerships with leading international organizations such as British Council, Global Knowledge Partnership, Pacific Institute for Women’s Health, etc for the promotion of youth service and youth social entrepreneurship programs. YES Network Pakistan has made sincere efforts to begin and streamline our programs in the youth-serving institutions of Pakistan. In this regard, YES Network Pakistan has trained and engaged over 20 technical and educational institutions in designing and implementation of youth-led projects. YES Network Pakistan has launched for the first time Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition in the technical institutions of Pakistan with the objectives of inspiring young people to embrace innovation, creativity and imagination in addressing issues that are hurting them and their communities. The overall results have been very encouraging and inspiring as many of these institutions have engaged young people in developing micro social enterprises. In-view of the gigantic challenges being faced by our country, I firmly believe that our strategy of engaging and mainstreaming young people into the development process is the only way out. It is fateful time in our history. It is high time for us to fine tune our thinking and approaches. Without change there will be no change. It is time for us to treat young people as the most promising resource in the country rather than the problem. We see young people of Pakistan as a part of solution rather than as a part of the problem and a major force to bring positive change in the communities. Our country is in desperate need of the creative abilities of its young people. Through our programs we have demonstrated that once young people are provided opportunities they have the capacity of transforming themselves from victims to social entrepreneurs. We have achieved several unprecedented successes. One of our Youth Service Networks has won the Enterprise Challenge Competition 2009 in UK organized by the British Council. Our program was featured at several international platforms such as Arab Reform Forum in Egypt and Global Entrepreneurship Congress in USA. Without any iota of doubt, these accomplishments were not possible for YES Network Pakistan without the matchless support of our board members, staff, volunteers and partners.

Ali Raza Khan

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List of Board Members

Mr. Ali Raza Khan President Ms. Kulsoom Miraj Vice President

Mr. Mian Altaf Ahmed Treasurer

Mr. Junaid Ahmed Qazi General Secretary

Mr. Hafiz M. Javed Iqbal Office Secretary

Mr. Sami Ullah Khan Board Member Ms. Tanveer Mujahid Board Member

Ms. Rooshey Hasnain, Ed. D. Ex-officio Board Member Ms. Aliya Khalid Ex-officio Board Member

Ms. Uzma Quresh Ex-officio Board Member

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Organizational Profile Known nationally and internationally as the first Youth Service organization in Pakistan, Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan has been at the forefront to pioneer and advance innovative youth service programs in the country to assist disadvantaged young people to transform themselves from victims to social entrepreneurs. YES Network Pakistan is affiliated with International Association for National Youth Service and has strong ties with leading service oriented organizations in the world. YES Network Pakistan has played a pioneer role in introducing and promoting youth service and youth social entrepreneurship programs for in-school and out-of-school young people. YES Network Pakistan holds a unique position in the country as it is the only organization in the country at the moment which is providing service learning opportunities to both educated and less educated as well as socially-excluded youth especially those who are living in low-income communities in an organized and systematic manner. As a respected youth serving organization, it is committed to excellence in both developing new youth engagement programs and building partnerships with public and private organizations for the institutionalization of youth service policies and programs in the country. Our model has been acknowledged and featured at several major international platforms such as ILO, Global Philanthropy Forum, Mc Gill University (Canada), Concordia University (Canada), Massachusetts Information Technology University in Boston (U.S.A), International Youth Employment Summit in Mexico, Waldzell Meeting in Austria, Arab Reform Forum in Egypt, Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Kansas City, USA, International Conference on Communities in Action: People and Practice” in Manchester UK, etc as the most promising and pro-active strategy for youth development and meeting the high service needs of the society. YES Network Pakistan has pioneered the concept of treating disadvantaged youth living in low-income communities “as a solution, not as a problem” in the country. We work directly and indirectly with young people. Directly, we provide seed financing and incubation services to poor youth for the establishment of community based micro social enterprises. Indirectly, we train and engage stakeholders such principals, senior teachers, NGOs representatives in developing and implementing youth-led service projects. Our youth service programs have assisted several thousand youth especially in-school- and out-of-school disadvantaged and socially-excluded young people in transforming themselves from dependants to service providers. Ashoka Innovators for the Public, a global organization that pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship has recognized our Youth engagement program as a profound idea with society-changing potential. We have received several international awards and appreciation from world renowned leaders and think tanks like former U.S.A President, Bill Clinton, former Malaysian Prime Minister, Muhathir Muhammad, Late Ms Benazir Bhutto etc. We have been working with various local, national and international organizations in the country. YES Network Pakistan strives to create a society where all young people particularly disadvantaged and at-risk young people are valued without any discrimination as the most promising resource available to meet personal and societal needs. Founded in 2002, Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan is a legally registered non-profit organization. It is operating in major provinces of Pakistan including

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Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. It has the honor of working with leading national and international organizations. The board members of YES Network Pakistan are highly experienced and qualified professionals. They are working with leading national and international organizations such as UNDP, UNICEF, National Commission for Human Development, University of the Punjab and Family Planning Association of Pakistan. We have a highly qualified staff, who between them have over 100 years of experience of planning, implementing and evaluating social development programs.

In addition to that, YES Network Pakistan has an extensive network of contacts in the youth service sector, including many professionals who have pioneered the concept of youth service in many countries. Mr. Donald Eberly who served as the Executive Director of National Service Secretariat USA for nearly three decades, i.e; from 1966 until 1994 is the advisor of YES Network Pakistan. The President of YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan is the elected member of the International Association for National Youth Service. In addition to that, YES Network Pakistan is actively promoting the concept of youth service at regional and global levels. YES Network Pakistan is at the moment working in close collaboration with Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), a Washington DC-based non-profit organization to promote youth service and civic engagement in the South Asia.

Regarding financial management system, YES Network follows Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Accounting Standards. Special consideration is given to strong internal controls including segregation of duties, authorization and approval of transactions. All financial transactions are duly authorized, verified and approved with supporting documents and then recorded in an Accounting Software which has the ability to generate Financial as well as Management Reports. At the end of every fiscal year financial statements are audited by external auditors.

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Our Theory of Change

From considering Youth as a Problem

To considering Youth as a Solution

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Our Programs

YES Network Pakistan has launched first-ever Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition in-partnership with British Youth Social Entrepreneurship Council to introduce and institutionalize the concept of youth Competition social entrepreneurship. The initiative is taken to inspire young people to embrace innovation, creativity and imagination. Under this initiative, YES Network Pakistan trained and engaged principals and lead teachers of 27 technical institutions in designing and implementation of youth-led projects. The list of the organizations attended the trainings organized by YES Network Pakistan is attached herewith as an annexure A. Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Numbers 1. 300 technical colleges were reached out 2. 27 principals and lead teachers of technical colleges were sensitized and trained on the topic of Youth Social Entrepreneurship 3. 25 young people in between the ages of 16-21 were trained in developing and implementing social enterprises 4. 5 technical colleges were provided seed funding and free trip to Islamabad and Lahore for trainings and exposure 5. 1 winner of the competition was provided an amount of Rs. 532,500 and free trip to UK. Impact of the Competition Pre-situation No trainee had awareness regarding meaning of Youth Social Entrepreneurship. Post-situation In post-test evaluation, more than 90 percent trainees had some or more awareness regarding the meaning of Social Entrepreneurship.

Data show that 29 percent trainees had no Remarkable improvement is seen in post-test awareness regarding difference of business evaluation. It is observed that 100 per trainees had entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship some or more awareness regarding difference of business entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. A very high majority of trainees (88 percent) had Outstanding improvement is seen in post-test no awareness about what it takes to be a social evaluation as 88 percent of trainees had some or entrepreneur higher awareness regarding subject of the question majority of trainees (63 percent) had no awareness A high level improvement in awareness is observed about how to develop Social Enterprise Plan where in post-test evaluation as 100 percent trainees had as 17 percent were close to zero score on the scale some or higher level awareness regarding how to 0 to 10 develop Social Enterprise Plan.

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Continued: Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition A short description of the 5 technical institutions which were provided training and seed funding: Institution Vocational Training Institute Govt. College of Technology Govt. Vocational Training Institute for Women Rahim Yaar Khan College of Technology Jinnah Endeavors Institute of Technology Location Jhang Position Winner Seed Funding Rs. 250,000 Idea Integrated Solid Waste Management Cultivation of Mushroom Skill Development of Poor Female Youth Tree Plantation

Naushehra Faisalabad

Runner up Runner up

Rs. 50,000 Rs. 50,000

Rahim Yaar Khan

Runner up

Rs. 50,000

Multan

Runner up

Rs. 90,000

Manufacturing of Low-cost UPS

An Unprecedented Success
The Winning Team of National and Regional Enterprise Challenges. They were awarded Rs. 532,500 and free trip to UK.

“Participating in the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition in UK was lifechanging experience for us as it had given us a sense of purpose and identity.” Winning Team of Regional Enterprise Challenge held in U.K.

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Our Programs

YES Network Pakistan is a national leader in service learning programs. It has played a pioneer role in introducing and Youth Service Learning promoting youth service and youth social entrepreneurship Program programs for in-school and out-of-school young people. YES Network Pakistan holds a unique position in the country as it is the only organization in the country at the moment which is providing service learning opportunities to both educated and less educated as well as socially-excluded youth especially those who are living in low-income communities in an organized and systematic manner. Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan launched the Service Learning Program in the leading Catholic Educational Institutions of Pakistan. During the last two years YES Network Pakistan has been conducting sensitization sessions with the Principals of leading educational institutions of Pakistan. This year YES has been invited to roll out the program in the 11 leading Catholic Schools. The list of the 11 institutions is attached as an annexure B. YES Network Pakistan has evolved the following model to start and institutionalize Service Learning Program in the schools.

Service Learning is the most exciting teaching methodology. Principal St. Joseph School

Service Learning has generated unprecedented enthusiasm among students to learn and serve. Ms. Nayar Teacher Sacred Heart School

Service Learning is a powerful strategy to promote all-round development of students. Principal St. Anthony’s School.

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Continued: Youth Service Learning Program

Outcomes of the Service Learning Program
 Principals/Lead Teachers of over 11 Technical and Educational Institutions Sensitized.  Over 350 Teachers Trained and Engaged in Designing and Implementing Service Learning projects.  11 Service Learning Committees Established.  Over 100 youth-led Projects developed by Students.  Over 7000 students are engaged in developing and implementing Service Learning Projects.

Memories of the Training Workshops with Principals and Teachers

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Our Programs

YES Network Pakistan has launched first-ever youth service program in the country with the view of mainstreaming Youth Service Program young people into the development process. YES Network Pakistan has developed a unique methodology to help young people to become self-reliant and contributing members of the society. YES Network Pakistan has evolved the following model of engaging young people living in low-income communities.

Under this program, YES Network Pakistan has supported over 250 youth in setting-up and strengthening around 50 micro social enterprises in the areas of education, ICTs, health, environment and skill development. These young people are provided orientation, training, seed-funding and on-going mentoring services. All these micro social enterprises are youth-led. Over 90% of these micro social enterprises are female-youth led. These micro social enterprises are providing services to over 30,000 people of all ages.

Glimpse of Youth-led Projects Supported by YES Network Pakistan

Location: Bagh (Azad Kashmir) Service Rendered: Formal Education Setting: Rural Project Beneficiaries: (Over 200 Children (per year)) Support Provided by YES in 2008-9: (Training and Financial Assistance)

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Continued: Youth Service Program

Glimpse of Youth-led Projects Supported by YES Network Pakistan

Location: Dheerkot (Azad Kashmir) Service Rendered: Skill Development Setting: Rural Project Beneficiaries: (Over 60 young girls (per year)) Support Provided by YES in 2008-9: (Training and Financial Assistance)

Location: Kotli (Azad Kashmir) Service Rendered: Formal Education Setting: Rural Project Beneficiaries: (Over 300 Children (per year)) Support Provided by YES in 2008-9: (Training and Financial Assistance)

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Continued: Youth Service Program

Glimpse of Youth-led Projects Supported by YES Network Pakistan

Location: Bagh (Azad Kashmir) Service Rendered: Coaching Setting: Rural Project Beneficiaries: (Over 400 Children (per year)) Support Provided by YES in 2008-9: (Training and Financial Assistance)

Location: Batapur (Lahore) Service Rendered: Education Setting: Rural Project Beneficiaries: (Over 300 Children (per year)) Support Provided by YES in 2008-9: (Training and Financial Assistance)

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Continued: Youth Service Program

Glimpse of Youth-led Projects Supported by YES Network Pakistan

Location: Batapur (Lahore) Service Rendered: Education Setting: Rural Project Beneficiaries: (58 young boys and girls (per year)) Support Provided by YES in 2008-9: (Training and Financial Assistance)

Location: Rawalpindi Service Rendered: Education Setting: Rural Project Beneficiaries: (150 children, young boys and girls (per year)) Support Provided by YES in 2008-9: (Training and Financial Assistance)

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Our Programs

Spectacular and unprecedented scenes of joy, excitement and hope were witnessed during the first-ever celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week Global Entrepreneurship Week Festival in Pakistan. The Program event was held at Pakistan’s premier Auditorium the Rawalpindi Arts Council from 16th to 19th November 2008. The event was organized under the theme of “Advancing Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan”. The Youth Global Entrepreneurship Week Festival was organized by YES Network Pakistan in-collaboration with British Council and KSB Pumps as well as leading educational institutions of Pakistan. Over 500 young delegates took part in the event. These delegates came together to share ideas, experiences and visions of how they can take the lead in promoting positive change in their communities and becoming active and contributing citizens of the society. During the festival a wide variety of inspirational activities were carried out such as orientation workshops, youth social entrepreneurship competition, poster competition and interactive theatre competition on the theme of “Youth as Changemakers” to inspire young people to embrace innovation, creativity and imagination. The other striking feature of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Festival was the establishment of youth innovation market place through which young social entrepreneurs of YES Network Pakistan and its partner institutions showcase their ideas and service projects to others. YES Network Pakistan invited its young social entrepreneurs operating throughout Pakistan to share their service projects, success stories and challenges. Despite of high security risks and fragile law and order situation in Pakistan, several notable dignitaries and personalities such as British High Commissioner Mr. Robert Brinkley, Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao, Secretary of Youth Affairs Mr. Ashfaq, Chief Executive Officer NAVTEC Mr. Athar Tahir, Country Representative World Population Foundation Mr. Qadeer Baig, etc attended the event. In addition to that representatives of several public and private organizations such as UNFPA, UNDP, Ministry of Social Welfare, Chamber of Commerce, etc also attended the event. On 16th November, YES Network Pakistan organized an orientation session on youth social entrepreneurship to prepare the students of 5 selected colleges for the upcoming Social Entrepreneurship Competition on 19th November. These 5 colleges were selected to participate in the final round of youth social entrepreneurship competition organized by YES Network Pakistan and British Council. The sessions started at 10.AM and finished at 5.00 PM. In addition to that, YES Network Pakistan organized a poster competition on the theme of “Youth as Changemakers” among the young people of colleges and organizations. All the participants of the competition drew wonderful and inspirational posters highlighting the role of youth in bringing change in their communities.

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The young people also shared through posters the challenges and status of the youth in our society. A total of 46 posters were received. YES Network Pakistan constituted a team of experts to select top three posters for cash prize.

The first and second prizes were won by Government Waqar-u- Nisa College for Women Rawalpindi. The third prize was won by Rawalpindi Arts Council. On 17th November, YES Network organized an interactive theatre competition on the theme “Youth as Changemakers”. YES Network Pakistan selected 6 teams for participating in the competition. All the six teams gave outstanding performances. A team of well renowned experts was constituted to select the winner of the competition. Based on the exceptional performance of Government College for Women Satellite Town Rawalpindi, they were awarded the first prize.

Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi College was declared second and Inspire Group of Young Girls from Lahore was declared third. The winners of the competition were given cash prizes by the Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao. The dawn of 18th saw several hundred young boys and girls dressed in colorful costumes lined in the Rawalpindi Arts Council compound eagerly waiting to enter into the premises of Rawalpindi Arts Council for celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Mr. Abdul Moqueet, Youth Service Volunteer of YES Network Pakistan was the master of the ceremonies, while welcoming distinguished guests and general public he began the proceedings of the day with the introduction of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and YES Network Pakistan to the general public. After the introduction an interactive theatre performance of the winner of the last day competition was held to highlight the theme of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The performance was highly appreciated by all the chief guests and young people. After the interactive theatre performance, British High Commissioner Mr. Robert Brinkley was invited to share his thoughts and views about the whole event. The High Commissioner appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan in stimulating youth social entrepreneurship in Pakistan and organizing

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youth social entrepreneurship festival. He said that it is an honor for British Council to work with YES Network Pakistan in promoting youth social entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

Highlighting the significance of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mr. Robert Brinkley stated that today in over 75 countries young people are sharing their talents, potential and creative abilities for bringing change in the society. He talked about how young people bring new ideas and fresh ways of thinking to help themselves, their families and their communities.

Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao appreciated the efforts and accomplishments of YES Network Pakistan. The Ambassador stated that it augers very well for the future of Pakistan that such a unique initiative has been taken to channelize the energies of youth towards constructive pursuits. He further said that he is very pleased to meet with the young social entrepreneurs of YES Network Pakistan and he is very impressed with the work being carried out by them in the field. Chief Executive Officer NAVTEC Mr. Athar Tahir congratulated YES Network Pakistan for organizing youth social entrepreneurship festival. He said that it is the need of the hour to design and implement such youth programs. He further stated that NAVTEC is also making sincere efforts to equip young people with sound knowledge and skills so that they can become contributing members of the society.

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Secretary Youth Affairs, Mr. Ashfaq Sahib also appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan for introducing the youth service program in the country. He shared that Ministry of Youth is in final process of launching youth policy and we will work in close collaboration with YES Network Pakistan for the positive development of young people of Pakistan. Country Representative World Population Foundation, Mr. Qadeer Baig expressed his felicitations to YES Network Pakistan for promoting youth social entrepreneurship in Pakistan. He stated that today a vast majority of population is comprised of youth population and unfortunately there is no youth policy in Pakistan to cater the needs of these young people. He said that World Population Foundation is planning to organize a youth summit to identify new ways and means of empowering youth of Pakistan. Country Representative YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan expressed thanks to all the chief guests and participants for participating in the event. He said that in Pakistan, the entire nation’s security and economic well being is in jeopardy because so many of our young people are left behind and ignored from the societal and economic mainstreams and are falling into disaster’s way. There is a youth quake in Pakistan, as 70% of the total population is under the age of 29. It is not only an enormous opportunity but also an enormous challenge. There are no separate programs or policies for disadvantaged, half-educated, socially-excluded youth in Pakistan. Enormous talent, intelligence and positive energy are being wasted as these young people are being left behind. He said that our idea is based on the concept that we should stop treating young people as empty vessels into which we pour our wisdom and instead we should treat young people as the most promising resource available to us in developing a new societal structure and meeting the high service needs of our communities. It is a program that envisions young people as part of the solution rather than part of the problem and a major force to bring positive change in the communities. We have demonstrated at various locations that once these socially excluded, marginalized, under-served and half-educated young people are provided structured opportunities to prove themselves they can be change champions. A very thought provoking case study of a young social entrepreneur Mr. Frayad Masih of YES Network Pakistan who is blind by birth was also presented on the occasion. Mr. Frayad shared the experiences and challenges faced by him during his childhood. He shared with the participants that when he was a kid his parents never counted him as a member of the family. He was considered a liability. There were tears in the eyes of most people after listening to his experiences. He never gave up and worked very hard to get the basic education. He stayed determined despite of many challenges and failures. After completing his basic education and diploma in computers, he joined one of the Youth Service Networks of YES Network Pakistan in Lahore to teach the children of his community. Soon after he was given the opportunity by YES Network Pakistan to set-up his computer center so that he can transfer computer skills and knowledge to poor children. He shared that recently he has trained a batch of 12 young people in basic computer skills. He feels so happy due to the fact that he has been able to make a difference in the lives of

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the children of his community. He further said that despite of many hardships he is fully determined to continue to work hard and render services to his people. He urged all the young people sitting in the hall to waste no opportunity of helping others. He said that if he can do something for the poor children why cant those young people who have sight are waiting for things to happen. He urged the people to support such initiatives so that other disabled young people may not waste their lives in misery. This case study created a deep impression upon the people and was an eye opener for many in the audience. A special chart was prepared to get the feedback of the high dignitaries and participants of the event. Following are the few comments received from the guests and participants of the event. 1. “You have all done a fantastic job. It has been a really inspiring event. Thank You Everyone”. British Council 2. “Congrats to the YES Network Pakistan for organizing this event and for its work and accomplishments empowering the youth through entrepreneurship”. Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J. Yambao 3. “Excellent YES Network Pakistan, the event is very timely. Ministry of Youth Affairs will work with you to accomplish better future for our youth”. Secretary Youth Affairs Mr. Ashfaq 4. “Well done keep it up”. NAVTEC 5. “Excellent event, I dream to celebrate the event in the same way in my city for youth” SR 6. “Definitely, YES has come out with a brilliant platform for youth of Pakistan”. Aarzoo 7. “Unique and excellent” Unknown 8. “It was awesome” Zaidi Yasmeen 9. “The event has been organized very nicely. Should organize it on regular basis to promote our youth”. Sana Shaukat 10. “This event has brought tears into my eyes. I have dedicated my life for YES”. Engineer Raees Asif 11. “The management was superb. Great experience”. Anam Waqar 12. “From security point of view it was also great and best event”. SHO New Town On the 19th November 2008, Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition was held among the 5 selected technical and vocational colleges of Pakistan. These 5 colleges were selected out of 27 colleges. The purpose of the competition was to inspire young people aged between 16-21 to embrace creativity and innovation and involve them in entrepreneurship programmes. This competition is a joint initiative of YES Network Pakistan and British Council to create an entrepreneurial culture in Pakistan. All the selected five teams were given sealed envelops at the beginning of the day containing the challenge. Each team worked from 9 to 5 to develop their ideas and projects on the given theme. At 5.00 PM all the five teams submitted their ideas and projects for change. After that each team were given 90 seconds to present their ideas. YES Network Pakistan and British Council has established a panel of renowned development workers to choose one winner of the competition. The result of the winner will be announced at the end of the November 2008.

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Our Programs

Internally Displaced People Program

YES Network Pakistan launched a relief program for the children of internally displaced people of Malakand division. Under this program, YES Network Pakistan established schools with the assistance of local young girls to provide education, care and counseling services.

The program aimed at helping local female youth to help themselves in re-building lives and meeting high service needs of the affected communities in an organized and structured manner. YES Network Pakistan selected 6 young girls as teachers for providing services to 180 children. These girls were from IDPs. The reason behind the selection of these girls was to bring them back to a normal life. 180 IDPs children were enrolled by these young girls. YES Network Pakistan provided support material to the teachers’ i-e school stock registers, attendance registers and admission register so that the teachers could maintain the data of the children admitted in the school. YES Network Pakistan provided stipend to 6 young girls in advance so that they can meet their basic needs. The advantages of engaging young girls from the internally displaced families were following:    Easy to connect with vulnerable children Rapid assessment of the needs of the vulnerable children Easy to communicate with the vulnerable children as they speak the same vernacular language

Outcomes of the Project  Established two schools for providing services to 180 affected children.

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6 educated young girls trained and engaged as teachers from the internally displaced families.

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180 poor and neglected children mobilized and enrolled for education.

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180 Children provided books, edibles and sports equipment.

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A grassroots level committee of notable has been established to oversee the issues faced by the teachers of the school and update YES team about these issues.

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Our Programs

Assessment and Analysis Program

One of the activities of YES Network Pakistan is to undertake various research projects relating to the positive development of youth especially in the fields of education, health, reproductive health and Youth Social Engagements. The staff of the organization includes a team of demographers and researchers who are well qualified and experienced in the field of research and evaluation.

In this regard, YES Network Pakistan carries out a research project every year in collaboration with Punjab University Social Work Department. Last year, we carried out two researches. The first research was on identifying the specific deprivations of students studying in the Madrasas and the second research was on exploring the current level of knowledge, skills and attitude about social entrepreneurship among students studying in the leading educational institutions of Lahore. Presently Catholic Board of Education Lahore, that manages a large network of schools in the country, has desired to get their system of schools evaluated. YES Network of Pakistan has agreed to undertake the evaluation. As a pilot project, evaluations of 11 schools are carried out as specified by the management. The purpose of these evaluations is to help the schools in improving learning environment, teaching techniques, building healthier culture and identifying loopholes.

YES Network Pakistan has launched a comprehensive ICT training program to equip the teachers of leading schools with the latest ICT skills. In Pakistan digital divide is ICT Program increasing every hour. There are millions of teachers who have no access to modern ICTs tool for their personal and professional development as well as for the development of their students. In-view of the huge vacuum existing in the area of ICT, YES Network Pakistan has launched a comprehensive program which comprises of the following components: 1. Capacity building of teachers in ICTs 2. Website development of schools 3. School management software for the schools YES Network Pakistan has already trained over 300 teachers in basic ICT skills. We have developed websites of the 12 leading schools. We are in process of finalizing “School Management Software” to assist teachers in managing students, to assist principal in supervising the performance of teachers and to assist parents in monitoring the progress of their children on-line.

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International Recognition

Founder and CEO of YES Network Pakistan, Mr. Ali Raza Khan meeting with Former USA President Mr. Bill Clinton in Washington, DC.

British High Commissioner, Ambassador of Philippines and CEO of NAVTEC appreciated the efforts of YES Network Pakistan at GEW in Islamabad.

One of the Youth Service Networks of YES Network Pakistan won the regional enterprise award organized by British Council in UK.

YES Network Pakistan’s work has also been featured at the following international platforms:  Featured at Arab Reform Forum in Egypt  Featured at the Civil Society Conference in UK  Recognized as a profound idea with society-changing potential by Ashoka, Innovators for the Public.  Featured at the International Youth Summits in Egypt and Mexico.  Selected for a major presentation at the Roundtable of World Youth leaders.  Selected as the most promising model of youth engagement by GKP.  Featured at the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC.  Selected by the Waldzell Institute in Austria for “Architect of the Future Award”.  Featured at the ILO technical meeting on youth in Japan.  Selected for major presentations at leading international educational institutions such as McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, MIT University in Boston, USA.

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Interview with a Youth Service Volunteer

Name (Entrepreneur): Saima Haider Age: 24 years Sex: Female Education: B.Sc. Address: Atto Kay Awan, Batapur, Lahore. Why did you join YES? Following were the reasons for participating in the YES Networking Pakistan:       It is working particularly for the young people In this programme everybody is given an opportunity to express himself/herself. All the members work together and there is a continuity of responsibilities that all the members work in a chain and sense of we feeling develops. Nobody is burdened during working conditions and distinctive attitude is not adopted. Ambitions are encouraged. Opportunities are provided to create own resources.

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Best guidance and training is provided when needed.

Above were the reasons due to which I participated in the YES Network Pakistan. What kind of assistance was provided by YES Network Pakistan to you? In the beginning we were provided with the accessories of computer with which we introduced the courses (DOS, Office, In-page, GW Basic) for boys and girls at a very low fee of Rs. 200/- per student. After that we were provided funds for starting a Primary School. We started it where standard, modern education is imparted with a very low fee.

Are the services provided to you helpful to you? Explain (How)? Yes! We might not have been able to provide computer literacy facilities to so many girls, had we not been provided initial help. The girls who were not in a position to pay fee might have been sitting in their homes without education, might not have been able to come out and neither might been able to create resources for themselves. Similarly those boys and girls come to the school who used to work during the day hours, keep playing in the streets all the day or were involved in committing petty crime like stealing by going in the hands of miscreants. But now all of them are getting education. What is the name of your project? Inspired Training Center Where is the project situated – in villages or in city? Villages (Atto Kay Awan) What sort of services you are providing through this project? Computer literacy, School, Skill (Stitching) What was the situation in your community before starting the project?     The girls were not allowed to get education from boys. It was considered very bad for girls to go out of the community. There was no Computer Center in the community, which charged less than Rs. 200/- as fee. Due to domestic circumstances small kids were forced to work.

Why did you start this project? Following were the requirements before starting this project:  The mothers were worried and were hopeless about their children, coming in the NCHD Literacy Center. The reason being that they (children) might not be able to earn.

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The girls, who were very much fond of getting education but were unable to do so as they did not have sources to pay the fees. This situation compelled us to do something for them. Small kids, who were supposed to be getting education and busy in games, were compelled to work. Due to these awful conditions we decided to impart free education to these children.

What are your major successes? Our major successes are:         More than 1000 boys and girls have been getting computer literacy.

100 children are getting benefit from our school. There are more than 300 households where women and girls are having their income enhanced through stitching and embroidery. The young people have got the platform, which helps them to go forward. Fully conducive atmosphere is provided to the girls of the community and now they seem to be fully confident. In the beginning we had no identity but now every one knows us. In Islamabad Entrepreneurship we got third position. In the training programme of stitching and embroidery under the ORIX Bank we secured first position twice.

To how many people you have provided your services to date? (Men, Women, Children). Up till now we have provided services in the field of education, training and computer training to more than 600 households. How many hours you give per week? 60 hours. How much monthly income you are getting out of this project? 10,000/- rupees. How are you utilizing this income? Payment of salaries to teachers, utility bills, wages to women and other educational expenditure. Have you provided employment to other young people for running this project? Yes! How much monthly income you provide to young people? What are their ages? Farzana Saima Bashir Rs. 1,000 27 years Rs. 1,000 33 years

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Rs. 1,500 Rs. 1,000

24 years 24 years

Has any prominent change occurred in your life after participation in this project? And how this has affected your family? I am fully confident and by the grace of Almighty Allah I have got the courage to face ups and downs of the life. Due to this project I work in the community. Having interaction with the people I get practical information and gain new experiences. In spite of the fact that I am a girl I am creating resources myself. On this point not only the members of my family but the people of the community also feel proud because the girls of the community are now working hand in hand and creating resources to meet their educational expenses. In view of the time you have given to the project, are you satisfied with the results? Explain. Yes! I am satisfied with the results and the time given because:      Boys and girls of so many families are getting education due to our efforts. Many skilled persons were jobless but now they have got the jobs due tour efforts. Many households are having their kitchens functioning. Many educated persons have got the platform through which they can progress and become successful persons. My team and myself are successful as our families are with us.

Do you think that this project has played an important role in giving you a new identity in the community? Explain. Yes! Now I have an identity in the community. The people know me by name and by my services. My team and myself are known by the name of “Inspired Group” because like other educated person we did not keep ourselves bound and silent in the homes and neither we created problems for our parents. We got this important guideline from YES Network Pakistan that “young people are not the problem but are solution of the problem”. We not only bear our own expenses but also try to make other young people to be able to create their own resources.

Do you consider yourself as a change-agent? Do you think that you have impressed young people of the community for adoption of positive attitude?

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Yes! I am a change agent because I was alone first and then from one we became 15 and gradually this number is increasing in to hundreds. In this number not only young people are included but also old ones and children. All of them are trying their level best to create better atmosphere.

What sort of knowledge, skills and attitude you have gained after participating in the project?

I have learnt a lot e.g:      To teach children according to their psychology. To create tips for computer literacy classes. It was very difficult job but I accepted it as a challenge. To prepare samples of stitching and embroidery. I faced many difficulties in preparing samples of cutting but I was able to make the drafts etc. for the purpose successfully. Handling the management of a school is a big challenge, which includes the satisfaction of the parents of the children and following the rules and regulations. Doing the fieldwork in the community and conducting survey.

What sort of experiences you have gained after participation in the project and what have been the results? My team and myself have gained a lot after participation in the project. I can work for the welfare of the people now not only in my own area and city but also out of the city. Recently I have worked with the team of YES Network Pakistan in Nowshehra for the welfare of the displaced people. It carries a lot of importance for me. Was the starting of a social service project commendable job? Yes! Will you suggest entrepreneurship to young people? Yes, of course the young people should join Entrepreneurship because the country will progress if the young people make the progress. The progress of any country is linked with the progress of its nation. What advice you will give to them? I would advise the same thing that we should serve fellow human beings. Almighty Allah has created all of us with the aim to serve the humanity. Therefore instead of getting help we should render help to others as far as possible.

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List of Technical Institutions

Name of Institutions Pakistan Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management Govt. Polytechnic Institute for Women National Institute of Leather Technology ABC Academy of Business Computers Govt. Mono Technique Institute Vocational Dastkari School Govt. College of Education in Commercial Practices SMA Rizvi Textile Institute Govt. College of Education in Commercial Practices CAD Master Computer Training Institute Govt. Polytechnic Institute New World Academy of Computer Sciences Vocational Training Institute, Vehari Seed farm Road, RAEDC Complex Vocational Training Institute Govt. College of Technology Rahim Yaar Khan College of Technology Jinnah Endeavors Institute of Technology RSLN Govt. Vocational School (TEVTA) Govt. College of Technology Govt. College of Technology Govt. Vocational Training Institute for Women Quaid-e-Azam Institute of Technology Govt. College of Technology Peak Solution College of Commerce & Technology Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (ITHM) Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Hazara University Govt. Polytechnic Institute Annexure: A

Location Karachi Karachi Karachi Karachi Tando ALLAH Yaar Karachi Gharo, Dist Thatta Karachi Tando ALLAH Yaar Karachi Dadu Dist: Nasirabad Qamber Shahdad Kot. Vehari Jhang Multan Rahim Yaar Khan Multan Lahore Rasul, Dist: M.B.Din Faisalabad Faisalabad Khanewal Naushehra Lahore Lahore Hazara Thakt Bhai Mardan

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List of Educational Institutions

Annexure B St. Anthony's High School Faisal town, Lahore Sacred Heart Cathedral School, English Medium Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Urdu Medium St. Anthony's High School, Sarfaraz Rafiqui road, Cantt St. Dominic's Girls High School Don Bosco High School (English Medium) Don Bosco High School (Urdu Medium) St. Joseph's English High School (English Medium) St. Joseph's High School (Urdu medium) St. Mary's High School St. Anthony's High School, 3- Lawrence road Lahore Lahore Lahore Lahore Lahore Lahore Lahore Gujranwala Gujranwala Lahore Lahore

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