Being inspired by the spirit of International Youth Year 1985, proclaimed by United Nations, some socially conscious youths of Sitakund Upazilla under Chittagong District of Bangladesh began to motivate and organize the youth community establishing a youth organisation named “Young Power” on 20 May 1985.
Youth led and youth managed organisation “Young Power” has successfully adopted and implemented various social, cultural and sports activities from 1985-1991. Following the devastating cyclone and tidal bore on 29 April 1991, youth organizers of “Young Power” actively engaged in emergency relief and rehabilitation work. Later in 1992, the “Young Power” youth organisation turned into YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) and started its activities as a non-profit social development organization.
YPSA gains huge reputation from the local, National and International level by the expansions of its social development activities and network. YPSA represented in UN World Youth Forum & Festival in Portugal in 1998 and won the International Youth Peace Prize (IYPP) in 1999. Currently, YPSA has special consultative status of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).
YPSA works on various development programs or projects based on organizational vision-mission-values and community needs of the target population in accordance with its strategic plan. At present, YPSA is diligently working for 10 million people directly or indirectly on 7 development program themes including Health; Economic Development; Human Rights; Education; Disaster Risk Reduction & Emergency Management; Environment and Bio Diversity; Knowledge and Capacity Development.
As a collaborative organization of Access to Information (a2i) program of the Prime Minister’s Office of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, YPSA has been successful in implementing innovative projects to create the accessibility of person with disability to information technology. These innovative programs have earned national and international recognition and awards.
In the disaster management program, YPSA undertakes disaster emergency relief programs for the affected people by coordinating with local government and all concerned departments on priority basis. In recent cyclone KOMEN, Mahasen and Roanu, YPSA has accomplished distribution of demand based relief materials in the affected areas including cash distribution, housing construction etc.
YPSA’s social and economic development programs have played an active role in the grassroots level for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Bangladesh. The organization’s activities have achieved remarkable success in achieving the goal of MDGs in the support of local public representatives, local government institutions, Upazila-district administration and all government departments and ministries.
All the activities of the organization has been implementing continuously to achieve the vision 2021, establishing Bangladesh as a middle-income country by 2021, coordinating with Bangladesh’s various development programs, to ensure the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 declared by United Nations.
Now YPSA has reached the 33rd year of its existence. We respect and gratitude to all of you on behalf of all the members, officials, workers, and volunteers to be with us in this long journey.
We hope your inspirations and contributions will continue who encouraged us in the past to raise a new development dream and who contributed in ensuring the sustainability of the organization and scaling the work sphere.
New employment opportunity will be generated in the development sector if the organization sustains and extends its working area. Synchronized efforts from all levels will uphold social development and improve the quality of life of the target population.
On the occasion of 32nd anniversary, YPSA is going to arrange various events in each field office/branch office/link organization including head office from 20-31 May with the presence of local representatives, social activists, general members, associated all level officials and volunteers. Those events include social gatherings, discussion meeting, rally, milad mahfil and prayer. All offices will be decorated with a festive environment.
We hope that all of your continued cooperation and well-intentioned suggestions will prolong the development pathways .
Bengali version : ধারনা পত্র : ইপসার ৩২তম প্রতিষ্ঠা বার্ষিকী