UN Youth Seychelles is a Youth-Led, non-profit NGO focused on youth empowerment, building leadership skills, and promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNYS Celebrates 6 Years of youth leadership and volunteerism
Today, UN Youth Seychelles celebrates its 6th anniversary! UN Youth gives gratitude to all members for their dedication, ideas, and effort put into this beautiful journey. Let us all celebrate the success that we have achieved and strive for more!
The Silver Lining Formations workshop 2022
UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) successfully hosted the Silver Lining Formation Workshop over two days at the Eden Bleu Hotel with the aim of cultivating a culture whereby youth appreciate and develop their life dimensions, well-being, and self-awareness as a means of building resilience and personal harmony in the community. The workshop showcased the importance and impacts the different Life dimensions have on individuals their lives and what action one can take to develop these dimensions. To promote holistic development and build resilience through the 8 dimensions of life/ wellbeing.
The target group were youth aged between 12-35 years and approximately 60 youth participated in the event. Two awards were given won by Yoan Aglae for the Best Participation Award (This Award is given to the partaker who participates the most throughout the workshop and also engages in a way that makes the workshop better for other participants through question answered, the questions asked and physical activities) and Rishon Bastienne for the Silverlined Award (This Award is presented to the participant who has displayed most growth in the workshop. This can be seen through increased participation, attentiveness, sharing of views during the workshop and sometimes changed behavior)
Yoan Aglae wins the Best Participation Award
Rishon Bastienne wins the Silverlined Award
Best Participation Award: This Award is given to the partaker who participates the most throughout the workshop and also engages in a way that makes the workshop better for other participants through question answered, the questions asked and physical activities. The judges also pay particular attention to the quality of answers, examples given and personal / sensitive stories shared. The award is aimed to encourage maximum participation during the event and reward the person who displays the qualities mentioned above.
Silverlined Award: This Award is presented to the participant who has displayed most growth in the workshop. This can be seen through increased participation, attentiveness, sharing of views during the workshop and sometimes changed behavior. The award is aimed at promoting growth, development of one’s potential and acknowledging the positive change in the participant throughout the sessions.
Top 5 Engaging: A token was given to the top 5 participants who engaged a lot through exchanges, activities and discussion throughout the workshop. The two awardees are chosen from the top 5.
UNYS wish to thank the Seychelles National Grants Committee for supporting through our successful grant application.
On Saturday 29th January the members celebrated the milestones in a fun virtual hangout and trivia. Happy Anniversary! We are celebrating the achievements of the organisation and extend our gratitude to all our members to make this happen. We are looking forward to how much more we will do and accomplish together in the future.
Attendance of the Youth Connekt African Summit 2022
On October 12, 2022 UNYS member Leroy Victorine attended the Youth Connekt African Summit held in Kegali, Rwanda. The Summit was held from the 12th to the 15th of October 2022 and featured numerous countries across Africa to present several topics of discussion.
Various conversations on the topics of financial freedom and youth entrepreneurial investments were made, but Leroy's primary topic of discussion focused on Young People's Health, namely mental health and the individual and situational factors that creates it. An unanimous vote was held for the betterment of mental health by the encouragement of setting up associations, holistic medical treatment. The discussion further circled the socioeconomic regression of countries requiring reconciliation and forgiveness and pardon to help ease genocide effects. For a more youth led result, it was argued that student unions could be established by increasing the MHS' facilitation towards students studying psychology and pushing young people to join African Continental Youth organisations.
Presidents and governmental leaders at the summit strongly agreed that it is high time for the youth to act. Dealing with stress factors, reducing poor mental and sexual health can solve the alarming rates of mental health disorders. If youth sees the light and movement in the positive investments they can make in their life, the stigma on mental health can be broken.
Silver Lining Project 2022
UN Youth Seychelles held the first Silver Lining Project workshop on enlightening members to 'Sharpen Your Silver Lining' on April 09, 2022. The members-only workshop focused on broadening participant's knowledge on the 8 Dimensions of Life, containing quality presentations from financial services professional Mr Wellington Manjengwa who gave a striking introduction on the Financial, Occupational, Social and Environmental dimensions while psychotherapist Mr Jimmy Petrousse shared his detailed perspective on the Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional and Physical dimensions. Both individuals created an informative and engaging front, as participants took this opportunity to impose inquiries and widen their scope of knowledge on the 8 dimensions. Finally, UNYS wishes to thank the Government Grants committee for providing their much appreciated financial support for this project and also Ms. Servina for taking her time to join us in this workshop.
Global Money Week 2022
Mark your calendar! The fifth edition of Global Money Week in Seychelles is right around the corner. We’re bringing back our beloved virtual financial tours to explore this year's theme "Build your future be smart about money" Check out our GMW 2022 page for more information.
UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) is pleased to welcome our new Board of Advisors for the next two years. Mr Daniel Gordon, Miss Raghavi Naidu and Mr Wellington Manjengwa have been long contributors of UNYS and have promoted the growth of the NGO in various ways. It is only fitting that now they continue in formal roles that recognise and strengthen their support. The Board of Advisors has an advisory role to the organisation on various matters. The Internal Advisor primarily advises on matters relating to the function of the organisation and its projects while the External Advisors focus on project outreach and recommended relationships to other organisations.
The Board of Advisors are not accountable for UNYS' decisions, and approval powers and accountability of the organisation remains with the Board of UNYS. We look forward to the continued engagement and happy that you are now part of our team.
Attendance of the NGO Forum
UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) participated in the NGO Forum organised by Ceps Seychelles represented by Miss Leah Malbrook a Policy Officer of UNYS who attended the event. The event took place on February 26, 2022 at the STC Conference room. Miss Malbrook explained that the event started with a presentation delivered by a representative from a Ministry responsible for Finance informing NGO members who attended on the importance of statistics when recording activities and projects and particularly when applying for Government grants. It was also stated multiple times that civil society/ NGOs can have the potential to become a pillar in the government. The next presentation was about the conducive environment for NGOs to thrive in terms of legal aspects, resources such as finance and good leadership/governance. On the topic of resources a list of possible grant opportunities was shown to the participants, both national and international.
The third and final presentation was about the use of national campaigns to facilitate NGOs and citizens engagements from all sectors. The importance of national campaigns explained was the recognition they give to the existence of NGOs and helps to NGOs to have an impact on a national level. These presentations were followed by a discussion in groups of the three; one group on statistics, one on the environment needed for NGOs to thrive and national campaigns. She chose the group discussing the conducive environment needed for NGOs to thrive in. A range of factors needed for this environment we’re discussed such as the commitment of members, strong structure with good policies and inclusivity. UNYS would like to thank CEPS for this engagement and we thank Miss Malbrook for her participation.
Spotlight Series - What is your financial take on the pandemic?
The Covid-19 pandemic has surely left its impact on economies but let’s not forget about the effect that it had on the everyday individual that had hopes and dreams that this pandemic has washed away. We took the time to ask you what this pandemic taught you in terms of your financial matters and ways in which it has made you rethink your financial decisions.