KARACHI: Karachi generates many opportunities and events for the youth but lack of systematic communication and timely information kill the chances of availing benefits from positive happenings around them. Therefore, Karachi Youth Support Network (KYSN) has been mandated to fill the gap between the youth and opportunities.
Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui shared the words at the launch ceremony of KYSN as the chief guest on Tuesday. KYSN’s launch ceremony was held at its facility amidst great excitement and anticipation.
KYSN is an initiative and a physical facility by the 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 of Economics/Employability, Education and Talent.
Siddiqui said that the KYSN will link the youth of the city with opportunities of their interests and that this was the urgent need of time to facilitate youth.
He urged the young generation to keep in touch with KYSN updates so that they are timely informed about interesting events, education and employment opportunities for their maximum benefit.
Sindh Chief Minister’s Advisor on Youth Affairs, Faisal Sabzwari, was also supposed to attend but could not make it due to urgent political matters. However, he sent a message commending the launch of KYSN 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 the entire 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 School of Leadership CEO, Umair Jaliawala, highlighted the aims and objectives of KYSN. He said that the KYSN is focused generally on Karachi’s youth and the 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.”
Jaliawala said that KYSN aims to equip the youth with entrepreneurial skills, match them with potential opportunities, polish their abilities through specialised training programmes and provide counselling in a number of arenas.
He added that KYSN in its beginning was facilitating youth hailing from Korangi, Saddar, Kemari 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 a state-of-the-art facility equipped with all necessary technology to facilitate the 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 the Karachi Youth Support Network, a tour of the facility and a presentation of its three service functions along with a discussion of the scope of each. The occasion culminated on an exhilarating note with a cake-cutting ceremony and a vote of thanks from KYSN team.
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