Thursday, September 2, 2010

2nd Sindh Youth Summit (SYS): An amazing experience

2nd Sindh Youth Summit (SYS) 2010 was a 3-day conference on the theme of ‘Re-Living Youth Voices’. It was organized by PYDN, a youth network operating in all four provinces of Pakistan and as it was held in Karachi, I was the Team Lead for the event being PYDN's Karachi Coordinator. 

It was my first experience for organizing a mega event like that of a 3-day conference and the organizing was an amazing, learning experience as I got acquainted with all the tasks of organizing and being a part of so many activities with such energetic youth was a highly motivating experience. It also came in as a huge challenge in many ways especially to do it in Ramadan and with little time left after the flood relief efforts. Hence, the victory tasted sweeter and the efforts turned out to be highly fruitful.

This youth activity-based interactive conference attracted 70 participants from all over Sindh within the age bracket of 17-25 years old. The event was sponsored by Getz Pharma and the official media partners for the event were DAWN News, City FM 89 and Zab FM 106.6.

The Chief guests for the opening and closing ceremony were Mr. Badr-ud-din Khan, Chairman Rozgar Microfinance Bank, Mr. Zahoor Khan Afghan, Marketing and Management consultant Mehran Tv and Mrs. Aliya Soomro, Senior Social worker and former banker. The conference was focused on leadership building and skill development among youth. Trainers who gave sessions at the conference were from School of Leadership (SoL), Nawabshah Youth Organization (NYO), Initiator Human Development Forum, Blitz Bureau and SZABIST graduate/students/faculty. Topics covered ranged from emerging young leadership from marginalized areas, youth-led entrepreneurship, effective social networking usages, branding Pakistan, role of youth and nation-building among Pakistani youth through group activities, presentations and performances.

The three-day summit was concluded leaving the participants with inspiring thoughts to think about themselves and their country, play their part and pursue their goals with a lot more passion and devotion.

The most awesome part is the feedback which actually reward all your efforts. When a participant says they learnt and had an amazing time, the feeling is priceless and kills away all the sleepless nights and tiresome days in an instant.

Conferences surely do magic, bring about youth from diverse backgrounds together, who may never come across each other otherwise and help practical learn so much in such a less time with fun activities and interaction. They are hence promoted and done worldwide. We can witness the increase in their number and frequency in Pakistan in terms of occurrence and participation which is a very positive sign.

Thank you PYDN Team, each participant and trainer of 2nd SYS 2010 for precious, priceless memories!

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