CAMBODIA

Unlocking the Power of Youth for a Peaceful Cambodia

By Aidan McAuliffe

Since 2001, Youth for Peace (YFP) has been working tirelessly to harness the power of Cambodian youth in addressing pressing societal issues faced by the country. YFP firmly believes that the younger generation holds the key to overcoming challenges such as discrimination, gang involvement, drug use, violence, and forced sex work.

With headquarters in Phnom Penh and a field office in Battambang, YFP has evolved significantly, growing from an initial team of four to an impressive staff of nineteen. The organisation is now renowned for its commitment to peace education in Cambodia and its active participation in notable peace conferences both locally and internationally.

YFP is driven by a mission to empower and encourage youth to become active problem solvers in their communities. They employ creative methods to conduct peace-making activities in high schools and communities throughout Cambodia. Their activities aim to develop critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, and offer vital mental and technical support for the youth.

YFP is driven by a mission to empower and encourage youth to become active problem solvers in their communities.

One of their flagship initiatives is the 7 training models, which provide selected students with comprehensive training on personal development, the culture of peace, leadership skills, community development, proposal writing, and more. Programme participants are also given the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and projects that directly address their communities’ needs. Additionally, the Annual Youth Forum acts as a platform for dialogue and reflection, bringing together stakeholders from various backgrounds to discuss their work and experiences.

YFP’s unwavering commitment to empowering Cambodian youth is gradually gaining traction as they work towards a more peaceful and harmonious society.