The journey towards the formation of Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) can be narrated in the form of two identifiable processes that were happening in Zimbabwe and Switzerland from the year 2 000. YETT started operating as a programme under Ecumenical Documentation and Information Centre in Southern Africa (EDICISA) supported by a Local Reference Group (LRG). In the year 2 000 three Switzerland-based organizations, HEKS (The Council Protestant Churches in Switzerland), BMI (Bethlehem Mission, a Catholic organisation) and FEPA (Fund for Development and Partnership in Africa) committed to helping the new nation’s development decided to join their efforts into a single program for better impact. The Swiss agencies decided that this program should be shaped out of an initial survey, which would be followed by consultative meetings. Subsequently, working with 12 youth organizations, consultative meetings were held in Bulawayo, Mutare, and Harare between April and May of 2004.
YET was formally established in 2004 with the launch of the Coordinating Office which then conducted its first advisory group meeting which took place in January 2005 where the participants to this meeting eventually comprised the YETT Board that comprised members such as Deprose Muchena, David Manenji, Lucy Mazingi and Shirley De Wolf. The board has since evolved to include other people such as Sithabelakonke Nyathi (current chairperson), Nyasha Chishakwe (vice-chairperson), Talita Pokawa (committee-member), Rodney Ndamba (Treasurer) and Barbara Mueller (past committee member).YETT was eventually registered as a Trust in May 2009.
Vision | Mission
A just, inclusive and prosperous society where young people fully participate and lead in sustainable development.
A youth networking organisation committed to the full participation of young people in sustainable development through advocacy and capacity building of youth organisations in Zimbabwe
- Fairness: - having a set of standards that we apply equally to all partners.
- Participation: - involvement of people of our concern.
- Transparency: - clear procedures
- Accountability: - being answerable to our stakeholders.
- Commitment: - dedication to our cause
- Integrity: - honesty and consistency in our dealings
- Cooperation: - mutual support and team work
- Inclusivity: - all encompassing