Youth Initiative (YI) is a youth organization working for the capacity development of youths in Nepal. Established in 1999, YI was formally registered with the District Administration Office, Kathmandu in April 2001. It is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Nepal. Today, YI is one of the leading youth organizations working in the field of youth empowerment, strengthening of student and youth politics, promotion of civic engagement, democratization and human rights in Nepal .Youth initiative is an initiative by and for young people to develop to their fullest potential and bring about positive change in the societies they live.
Youth Initiative envisions a situation where young people are involved, valued, respected and listened to, where they feel safe and are safe, and where they can develop to their fullest potential. Ultimately the impact of Youth Initiative is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the society.
During the late 1999, a group of young people within the network of the Youth Workshop [an informal international network under the Alliance for the Responsible, Plural and United World] started to grow. Since then we were involved in the issues that affect the young people, organizing training, youth camps, workshops, rallies and many more. This informal group began to grow both in number and interest. We also felt the need of an organization that is truly a youth development organization. After one and half year of work and experience in the youth-related issues, in 2000 we developed the confidence and also felt the need to get organized as a legal entity and that was when Youth Initiative came into existence. Since then we are working in the youth related issues in order to promote the youth movement locally nationally and globally.