Who We Are
“When we arrived in Uganda in 2014, refugee youth had become victims of the conflict and many forms of violence in South Sudan while escaping the crisis that started in 2013…. We understood that peaceful coexistence, hope and recovery were vital, especially given the high levels of trauma. Communities need to have a strong voice to stand up for their needs. The gap between NGOs and refugee youth in the communities has to be bridged in a conflict sensitive manner, and youth must be recognized as potential partners for peace. This is what led us to found the Youth Social Advocacy Team.”—YSAT.
Youth Social Advocacy Team is a refugee led Organization. We were founded in 2016 and operates primarily in Rhino Camp, where our Head office is located and opened a coordination office in Arua town in August 2019. YSAT works with refugee and host community youth, women & Men in the following programs.
Our Mission: is to create a platform where youth can work to address issues such as SGBV, unemployment and gender inequality, and work to build a culture of peaceful co-existence among refugees and between them and host communities.
Our Vision: is a society where youth, who are committed to gender equity, contribute to sustainable development and work to change their nations.
Our Goal: working with Youth for their voices to be heard at household, community, national, regional, continental and global empowering them socially and economically to be successful entrepreneurs, leaders and useful global citizens.
• Peace Building & Conflict Prevention (Non Violence philosophy)
• Youth & Women Empowerment (Entrepreneurship & Livelihoods)
•Advocacy (Gender Equality, Girl Child Education, SGBV Awareness, Youth Rights)
• Social Innovations (Co creation/Human Centered Designs)
• Environmental Protection
• Civil Society Organizations Capacity Strengthening