As an organization, YETT has been a leading youth voice on policy advocacy by either creating platforms for policy discourse or mobilizing and organizing youth for a common policy agenda. YETT has recognized successes in stirring debate on policy through mass outreaches in communities, sponsoring on-air live debates on television and radio and organizing policy briefings and public meetings between youth and key policy making and implementing institutions such parliament, government ministries and political players.
Recent stories of impact include the work with three other partners Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) and Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), Zimbabwe Cross Border Associations successfully advocated for the adjustment of Statutory Instrument (SI 148 of 2015) and travelers rebate was finally granted to all cross-bordertravelers.Through these programmes YETT has stirred debate that has not only influenced policy but also galvanized youth to participate in national policy dialogue.
Through, several meetings between the youth and institutions such as parliament, government ministries and other key stakeholders organizations YETT has been working to promote youth participation in various initiatives related to the country’s political future and framework.YETT also worked with partner organizations to mobilize young people to attend and submit their views on the electoral amendment bill.
All this work has been done in partnership with several other youth partner organizations thereby fostering coordination of youth work in the country. A variety of platforms in the form of potluck gatherings and advocacy coordination meetings are offered annually to about 9580 young people with opportunities to respond to context specific issues related to the welfare of young people and their voices were consolidated into statements presented to decision makers as well as articles published in the media.
YETT has also led the process of advocating for the National Youth Policy review in 2009 through coordinating and consolidating youth voices at grassroots level by way of provincial consultations in all administrative provinces of the country. The input of the consultations was presented to the Ministry of Youth Development Indigenization and Empowerment leading to the government youth policy review process led by the ZYC. In addition, YETT has been participating in advocacy initiatives for youth participation in the development of the national healing framework, the new electoral law and the constitution among others.
YETT is a youth networking organization committed to the full participation of young people in sustainable development through advocacy and capacity building of youth organizations in Zimbabwe.
We exist primarily to serve the youth and youth organisations and to ensure that the youth are involved in all aspects of development without resorting to violent means.
We work with youth-led organizations that work directly with marginalised young people in urban and rural areas.