Tonga National Youth Council

Country: Tonga

Council Name: Tonga National Youth Congress

Contact Person: Vanessa Lolohea

Position: Executive Director

Contact Telephone: (676) 25 474 or (676) 24 422 or Mob (676) 14 751

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Contact Post: PO Box 2670

Kausela Road, Fasi- moe afi, NUK. Tonga.

Contact Fax: (676) 25 277

Brief background/history of your National Youth Council

Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) was established in 1991as the National Body for the Youth of Tonga. The Patron is his Royal Highness Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata. In 1991 Church Leaders Youth and Government Representative come together to form an independent body to deal with youth issues in Tonga a function that has always been done by Churches in the Kingdom. This was to address the issues of village youth fighting on religious belief. In 1996 UNESCO did a survey using focus group with TNYC to see what the issues are facing youth. The result was the top 10 issues: Unemployment, School Drop Out, Low Self Esteem, HIV/AIDS & STI, Environmental Issues,...

These top 10 issues is the baseline for designing the TNYC programs. In 2007 those top 10 issues was revalidated by youth from all over Tonga in the Youth Summit 2007.

Vision, mission, aims and objectives of your NYC.

Mission Statement:

To better the welfare of the youth of Tonga through programs that foster responsibility, citizenship, community services and leadership.

Does your NYC have a constitution? Yes.

Office Bearers and how often are they chosen?

President; Drew Havea

(Elect every 3 year)

Secretariat: Executive Director

(Vanessa Lolohea)

Finance Officer: Fane Lamipeti

What are current programmes?

We focus in four main Areas:

  1. Media Department

- Media Training to Outer Islands of Vava'u, Ha'apai, Niuafo'ou, Niuatoputapu & 'Eua.

- Monthly Newsletter to Outer Island Youth Congress Offices.

- Weekly Radio Programs on the AM Radio Station which cover the entire island group. Vava'u & Ha'apai Youth Congress offices run a weekly radio program on their FM Radio Station.

- Quarterly TV Program that is broadcast to Tongatapu, Eua and Vava'u.

  1. Business Department

- Young Entreperneurship Society (YES) Project

- Future Farmer of Tonga ( FFT) Project

- Micro Credit Scheme

  1. Health & Education Department

- HIV/AIDS & STI Project

- Young Women Caucus

- Youth Parliament Project

- Environmental Education Project

  1. Data Collection & Research Department

- Manage Youth Congress Database

- Monitoring and Evaluating Youth Activities

- Collect all Data on Youth Activities in the Kingdom

What are your challenges?

- negative images of youth in Tonga

- Lack of Employment opportunities

- Financial Constraint.

- Low Self Esteem/ Motivation is very low

- Scarcity of resource

What are your plans for 2009?

- Strengthen Youth Participation and Advocacy

- Encourage and Establish Youth Enterprises and Small Income Generating Business.

- Promote Organic Farming and Environmental sound Activities.

- Strengthen Partners.

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