Building Communities and Leaders through Global Youth Development
Youth Innovation Drives Positive Change
Volunteerism, the willingness of people to work on behalf of others without the motivation of financial gain, is a central tenet of YCI’s programming. YCI cannot achieve its youth development vision without the commitment, energy or capacity of volunteers. The pace in which we achieve results and the type of programming we implement can be attributed largely to the meaningful contributions of volunteers. However, our model of volunteerism is much broader than the simple service of volunteers. We recognize and foster the reciprocal nature of volunteering – that the individual who volunteers is changed by the experience and subsequently, as an organization we have a responsibility to support and foster learning and skill development. YCI will engage youth, individual, and professional volunteers, as well as groups who are looking to volunteer together. YCI will be a leader in volunteer programming, providing a broad range of opportunities to committed and talented individuals who can make a difference in youth development.
Partnership is a deliberate collaboration with actors similarly motivated to global youth development and/or international issues relevant to YCI’s mission and vision. YCI partners include community-based groups, local or international NGOs, local, regional or central government ministries, development contractors and the private sector.
YCI believes that partnership entails shared goals and joint responsibilities. Partnership should strengthen both partners involved, which may include sharing human and material resources. Respect and accountability is essential to a successful partnership. Other important characteristics of partnership include: effective communication, collaborative action, transparent interaction, common understanding and a determination to add upon existing value.
YCI believes that partnership is necessary to achieve enduring solutions. By sharing and facilitating ownership of programs through partnerships, programs become sustainable by local actors. Partnership also facilitates results that could not be achieved by a single partner operating alone and reduces duplication of efforts, which promotes a more efficient use of skills and resources.
At YCI, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive organization, rich with diversity, protecting human rights based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. Through our partners, volunteers and staff, YCI is committed to reducing inequality based on gender, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability. Our support for equity is grounded in an organization-wide commitment to achieving an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment. In striving to become an equity-focused organization, we will also work to eliminate, reduce or mitigate the adverse effects of any barriers to full participation in YCI programs. YCI will develop a working policy to promote equitable access to community and development resources through our programs. This policy will apply to our volunteers, our staff and our partners, both in terms of structures and programs.