The Blue Ribbon Movement and Atlantic Council – South Asia Center
are jointly organising the South Asian Youth Conference 2015
The Blue Ribbon Movement:
The Blue Ribbon Movement(BRM) is a social organisation that creates and nurtures social leaders. BRM’s programs provide leadership education through a service learning model, empowering youngsters to solve social issues. Through various programs and their participants, BRM aims to create a leadership driven ecosystem of social change.
South Asian Youth Conference is one of the programs founded by the Blue Ribbon Movement. The idea is to create leadership in a region, which shares deep historical and cultural roots, but finds itself divided because of superficial political interests of a few. Starting in 2011, Bangalore(India), with support from Peace Child International and IIM Bangalore, SAYC has been organised in Islamabad(Pakistan, 2012), Bhaktapur(Nepal, 2013) and online(2014). We intend to take the conference to all South Asian countries as the first step and we are happy that Sri Lanka is hosting SAYC for the year 2015!
Atlantic Council – South Asia Center
The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center is a solution-oriented program focused on the practical promotion of peace and cooperation in the South Asia region and its periphery. The Center is committed to producing innovative ideas and actions that “wage peace” in South Asia.
The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan fellowship program, one of several of the Center’s projects, was launched in 2012 to empower the next generation of Pakistan’s leaders. The program identifies, cultivates, and supports young people in Pakistan who have the potential of becoming future leaders by providing resources and opportunities to strengthen their engagement within civil society. Each year, fifteen young leaders from across Pakistan are selected and begin the fellowship with a visit to the United States to meet with policymakers, community leaders, diaspora communities, entrepreneurs, and regional experts, among others. An online forum facilitates continued idea exchange among participants and with the broader community in Pakistan, the region, and the world.
The Center continues to engage regularly with the Fellows after their return to Pakistan. This year, the South Asia Center has partnered with the Blue Ribbon Movement to host the South Asian Youth Conference 2015. The conference will connect the Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellows to their counterparts across the region. Countries across South Asia face common challenges, and young people, who comprise a majority of the population in the region, are at the forefront. These youth can learn from their peers through cross-border collaboration, such as the SAYC Conference. As a Washington DC-based think tank that focuses on the South Asia Region, the Center believes the conversations that emerge from SAYC can be the starting point for real impact.