Pakistan Youth Alliance is a network of progressive youth activists spread across 10 cities of Pakistan with 12 years of programming experience in emergency relief, rehabilitation, social welfare initiatives, counter violent extremism, peacebuilding and capacity building of youth actors.
Pakistan Youth Alliance was founded in November, 2007 in the wake of “Emergency” declared by General Musharraf. Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi and Maryam Kanwer were the founders of the newly created network of activists which undertook several initiatives for democracy and independent judiciary in the next two years up till 2009 when it expanded its agenda to include countering-extremism as its mainstay in response to Taliban declaring siege of Swat valley. PYA worked relentlessly to address the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Swat and FATA by providing for shelter, food and health supplies.
PYA formally established its Relief & Rehabilitation Wing in 2010 when Pakistan suffered from disastrous floods. Through its broad-based network spread across Pakistan, PYA was able to cater for immediate emergency relief and consequent rehabilitation of flood survivors in more than 20 districts of South Punjab and Sindh in 2010 and 2011. A series of 50 deliveries were made to affected areas providing material relief to over 60,000 families. PYA was acknowledged for its relief efforts at the United Nations Headquarters calling it a “beckon of hope”.
Since 2012, PYA has been undertaking broad-based initiatives to counter extremism, instill peace and interfaith harmony in Pakistan. This has manifested as training workshops on Countering Violent Extremism (250+), community dialogues (50+), arts-based counter-narrative projects (03+), establishment of youth centers (03), conferences and seminars (10+) and activist street mobilization initiatives (40+) in several cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Swat, Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Faisalabad and Quetta alongside others.
Being a network of activists and development practitioners, PYA does not endorse social, political and cultural views of its members unless clearly specified as a policy statement of the organization. PYA is not responsible for individual/personal statements of the network members.