INTRODUCTION

Youth Get United Uganda is an indigenous youths non-governmental ,non-partisan and Not for profit organization founded in 2002 and registered in 2003 as a legal entity with the ministry of internal affairs with an aim of improving the quality of life for poor and marginalized youths in Uganda.

The early stage of Poverty, unemployment and ignorance among the rural communities forced many youths to migrate into cities in search for better opportunities and as a result there was increased number of un employed and poor youths both Educated and Un educated that ended up being stepping stones for rising politicians and other bad element people who took advantage of misery state of the youth in executing their ambitions, a true definition of high crime rate, prostitution, teenage pregnancies and drug abuse among other habits in the youth fraternity. Slum areas of the city were also much characterised by poor hygiene practices that also paved way of sanitation related illnesses, lack of access to safe water for domestic consumption, Poor solid waste management practices, Poor drainage systems among the slum dwellers all which required community sensitisation on hygiene practices by the youth under a defined umbrella. Recognising the youth and community challenges, Mr. Micheal Makonzi with other colleagues mobilised youths into an association called, Youth Get United Uganda (YOGU) to formulate and design a constitution in January 2002 under which they would operate to ensure that the quality life for poor people both in slums and rural communities is improved. Youth Get United Uganda is a community based gender sensitive membership organisation registered with Ministry of Internal Affairs, working in the whole Country with offices in Tebuyoleka Zone, Bwaise 11 Parish, Kawempe Division Urban Council Kampala District.



STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES, INSTITUTIONAL CHANGES AND GROWTH, STRENGTH AND OPPORTUNITIES

Strategic objectives for 2012-2017

At youth get united Uganda we believe that community sensitization is an aspect of poverty eradication strategy and community development process. Our strategic objectives for 2012-2017 are therefore to;

Support poor urban communities in conducting capacity building programs in their local areas to address environment issues with special emphasis on solid waste management, urban sanitation and hygiene behaviors.

Work with government, communities and private sector to promote community development to bring about desired changes in attitude and practices in social affairs. Promote policies, practices and strategies that will ensure advocacy for rights of orphans vulnerable, children, disabled and youth in society. Provide vocational education to teen mothers and rehabilitated drug addicted youth to acquire vocational skills for future self-sustainability in terms of economic empowerment.

Facilitate partnership formation between stake holders in education institutions to promote formal education of o/c s in slums and rural areas.


Institutional changes and growth

for the past years youth get united Uganda has continuously grown in size, clientele and programs. In 2012 YOGU officially launched its strategic plan, which will run up to 2017. This plan is to strengthen the organizations capacity and sustain activities for a period of 5years It’s a measure put in place to reposition the organization to respond effectively and efficiently to poverty reduction in the project areas Since 2012 a series reflective workshops and sessions have been held between YOGU staff, board members and the community to discuss the extent the organization is successful implementing its programs include promoting rural education and child domestic labor, water and sanitation, vocational training and equipping the youth with self-sustaining skills, sustainable agriculture in rural areas to ensure food security and improve the status of income among the households, care and support to the elderly

The decision was taken to refocus the internal management of the technical delivery of the organization as the means to consolidate in implementation of the integrated nature of the development issues in each specific program. From the management perspective, the major change was in the establishment and red finding of the senior management team to oversee the implementation of the strategic plan.

The over roll responsibility for implementing this plan however, rests on the YOGU executive director while the project coordinator will oversee the day today implementation of the activities the head of each administrative unite also had to prepare a detailed one year work plan showing the expected key accomplishments for each quarter in accordance with this master strategic plan

The strategic plan however, emphasizes specialization of staff, which is meant to support staff development focus on specific fields in which they would best serve the organization and the community. This again would support staff in their career development and give direction for the skills development plan of the organization.


Strength and opportunities

with over ten years’ experience working in the field of alleviating poverty and improving the quality of life for the poor and marginalized people, YOGU has registered tremendous growth and expansion in many aspects including organization management. All these glorious achievements can be attributed to YOGUs organization values, which have been appreciated by every employ of the organization such values includes;


  1. Equality service delivery
  2. Team work
  3. Gender responsiveness
  4. Transparency and accountability
  5. Partnership through networking and collaboration
  6. Professionalism

All the above combined have generated greater commitment towards the organizational development thus springboard for other several strong points of the organization such as financial honesty and open forum for constructive critics