Karachi: Karachi generates many opportunities and events for youth but lack of systematic communication and timely information kill the chances of youth getting benefitted from the positive happenings around them. Therefore, Karachi Youth Support Network has been mandated to fill the gap between youth and opportunities.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui shared the words at the launch ceremony of Karachi Youth Support Network (KYSN) as the chief guest here today. The launch ceremony of the Karachi Youth Support Network (KYSN) was held at the KYSN facility amidst great excitement and anticipation.
Karachi Youth Support Network (KYSN) is an initiative and a physical facility by Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI), Sindh Department of Youth Affairs, School of Leadership (SoL) and friends of SoL. KYSN is mainly supported by KYI and strategic support is provided by the School of Leadership (SoL) that focuses on providing opportunities to the youth in three key areas: Economics/Employability, Education and Talent.
Siddiqui said that Karachi Youth Support Network will link young people of Karachi with the opportunities of their interests and this was the urgent need of time to facilitate Karachi youth.
He urged the young generation of Karachi to keep in touch with KYSN updates so that they are timely informed about interesting events, education and employment opportunities for the maximum benefit.
Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh on Youth Affairs, Faisal Sabzwari, was also supposed to attend but could not make it there due to urgent political matters. However, he sent the message commending the launch of Karachi Youth Support Network and terming it a landmark in youth development.
He said, “Karachi Youth Support Network is the long-awaited project and will prove to be a model youth resource centre and should be followed by whole country.”
He thanked KYI, SoL and all partners for turning a dream into reality and hoped that the KYSN will lay down a strong network of youth support.
The CEO of School of Leadership, Umair Jaliawala, highlighted the aims and objectives of Karachi Youth Support Network. He said that KYSN is focused on Karachi youth generally and youth belonging to under-resourced areas specifically.
He said, “Karachi Youth Support Network embodies a one-of-a-kind youth centre model that provides mentorship and guidance in a number of ways.”
“KYSN has facilities such as a call centre, an incubation centre, audio visual room, training room and an internet café,” he added.
Jaliawala said that KYSN aims to equip the youth with entrepreneurial skills, match them with potential opportunities, polish their abilities through specialized training programs and provide counselling in a number of arenas.
He added that KYSN in beginning is facilitating youth hailing from Korangi, Saddar, Keamari and Lyari; nonetheless, it plans to expand the scope of its activities to incorporate youth from all over the city and, eventually, the country.
Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI) spokesman, Farhan Iqbal, said that KYI is doing a lot for the youth in Karachi and many more projects are on the way. A youth resource centre was much in demand in the form of KYSN to disseminate information amongst the youth about happenings of their interest as well as generate the activities desired by them.
“KYSN happens to be state-of-the-art facility equipped with all necessary technology to facilitate youth of Karachi in a variety of manner,” he added.
The launch ceremony was attended by some of the country’s leading luminaries including Ahmed Shah, Dr. Fouzia Khan, Shireen Naqvi, Saima Irtiza, Iftikhar Ahmed, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi, Intikhab Alam, Jahangir Baig, Abid Beli in addition to the chief guests.
The launch event also featured an introductory video about Karachi Youth Support Network, a tour of the facility and a presentation of the three service functions along with a discussion of the scope of each one. The occasion culminated on an exhilarating note with a cake cutting ceremony and a vote of thanks from KYSN team.