Established in 2015 by a group of South Sudanese refugee youth in Uganda, the Young Adult Empowerment Initiatives (YEI) is a nonprofit youth-led NGO that builds operational capabilities of South Sudanese youth and women – including the refugees to become stakeholders in sustainable communities development and peaceful co-existence. Our areas of focus include community peace-building, education, vocational skills development, and reproductive health both in refugee camps in Uganda and among the grassroots communities in South Sudan.
Our co-founders – who are refugees firmly believe that the economic empowerment of underserved communities such as the refugees through human capital development and community peace-building can potentially unlock opportunities for self-reliance and peaceful co-existence. Young people can champion peace and socio-economic development in communities when given the opportunities.
What We Do
Our peace-building efforts seek to rebuild social fabric, trust and forge a shared South Sudan’s identity through; community and inter-cultural dialogues, psycho-social support, sports for peace and advocacy. These activities are aimed at transforming and mitigating conflicts in communities devastated by protracted civil wars and violence.
Education and vocational skills development are rare opportunities that can unlock the economic potentials of young people and women in underserved communities such as the refugees. The Youth Empowerment Scholarship (YES) is aimed at creating these opportunities for unprivileged kids and youth. When given opportunities, young people can champion peace and development.
Health & Nutrition
YEI is 2018 Peace Direct's Tomorrow Peace-builders' Award recipient:
The Young Adult Empowerment Initiatives (YEI) was one of the 3 recipients of 2018 Peace Direct's Tomorrow Peace-builders' Awards in the youth-led category for our grassroots peace-building in Uganda's refugee settlements. The cash prize helped and amplified our peace-building programs. We profoundly appreciate Peace Direct and partners for supporting grassroots peace-building initiatives such as YEI around the world to become peace champions in communities.