In a room filled with many young people who where passionate ,energetic and filled with so much zeal for the development of their communities ,none of the young people present imagined that their robust energy would rub-off a young Muzwakhe Alfred Sigudhla beyond the conference days of the SADC Youth Parliament in Kimberley, South Africa. The year was 1993 and the burning question of the day was are young people making a significant change in their time to the same magnitude as the young people across Africa who fought for the liberation of their countries. This propelled further meetings and conferences which led to the formalization of a youth outfit under the name Southern African Youth Movement in September of 2002.
The new organization immediately began to influence other young people beyond the borders of South Africa and in no time it was recognized by the SADC Secretariat as one of the few authentic young people’s organisation. Our work opened the African Union’s corridors of power & influence where a number of policies where influenced primarily the African Youth Charter as well as the reactivation of the African Youth Parliament. The organization continued to use its voice around the international stage in various disciplines such as sexual & reproductive health rights, youth participation & inclusion , young women’s leadership , young men as equal partners ,gender-based violence , food security as well as democracy & good governance .
After reaching an apex in lobbying and advocacy SAYM began a trajectory on another level that is IMPLEMENTATION. The organization begun to pursue programmes and projects that address the practical needs of young people in modern democracies such as employment, access to social services , waste management & climate change , food security etc.
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Years Of Existence