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Our History

Khmer Youth Association (KYA) is a humanitarian, non-political, non-governmental and non-partisan Cambodian youth organization founded in 1992.  KYA is committed to working with and for youth for positive social change by improving and promoting youth participation on different social issues relevant to Cambodia. KYA strives towards an improved framework for respecting human rights, democracy, gender, health, and the empowerment of young people by the government and other stakeholders utilizing principles that encourage youth participation and recognize youth’s role and works.

Registration

Khmer Youth Association (KYA) was established and recognized by the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) on 30 November 1992 and on 21 February 1994, KYA was reregistered as an independent non-governmental organization through authorization letter -Reference No. 109 S/Ch/N- issued by the Ministry of Interior, Cambodia.

What do we do?

  • KYA works to promote and encourage young Cambodians participation in democratic and development processes in order to fight corruption and maintain sustainable peace in Cambodia
  • Promote human rights, democracy, health and gender equality and sustainable development among young people
  • Promote and improve vocational training and education for young people to have more skills and experiences to develop the nation
  • Encourage youth participation in protection of the environment and national heritage, and increase cooperation with relevant institutions, national and international NGOs to promote youth policies

Key Achievements

  • Established youth organization network called National Youth Policy Network (NYP-Net) with 10 youth organizations to YCUD
  •  National Policy on Youth Development past the Ministry of Cabinet Meeting on June 24, 2011
  • 52 Community-Based Youth Networks established and actively involved in their community development, promotion of human rights and democracy
  • Increased youth participation in commune development plans, adding youth issues in the strategic planning process of other relevant institutions.
  • Increased number of young people participating in commune councils activities such as development plans, public meetings, giving information to villagers; and
  •  Local authority have changed their attitude toward youth participation by paying more attention to young people have to say in solving community problems
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