The Youth Mentoring Agents for Development Organisation (YOMADO) is a non- government, non-profit organization that works at the grass roots level. It is a volunteer membership organization for young people. It was established in Rwanda in 2014, following the participation of (Young) founding members in a World Vision Rwanda Leadership and Governance program as beneficiaries. YOMADO was legally recognized by the Rwandan Government in December 10th, 2015; Rwanda Governance Board Legal Personality Number 41/RGB/NGO/2015.
YOMADO’s headquarters are located in Bugesera District in Eastern Province and it operates in one district with possibility of extension as the organisation grows.
It is our goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunity to participate fully, freely, and responsibly in the life of the community for a sustainable development.
YOMADO is a youth development Organisation in Rwanda that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community.
YOMADO is a youth development Organisation . . .
YOMADO does not seek to “fix broken kids,” rather, it is our goal that all young people have what all young people need. Our central programmatic philosophy is “Positive Youth Development” – a holistic approach based on the belief that all young people need a wide range of “assets” in their lives if they are to have positive, fulfilling lives. One well-respected categorization of these assets is: relationships and support, empowerment and safety, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and a positive identity.
. . . that provides services . . .
YOMADO provides an array of academic, social, and emotional development services that respond to the unmet needs of the young people we serve. Those services include academic assistance, life skills education, social skill development, recreational and athletic activities, cultural and artistic activities, parental support, crisis intervention, mentoring, case management , and individual, group, and family counseling.
. . . and leadership . . .
YOMADO is concerned about all young people, not only about those who participate in our services. One of our founding documents in 2009 asked of our community, “Can We Serve Them All?” Only through a broad, coordinated, and cooperative network of active concern can communities provide an affirmative answer. We aspire to provide leadership for partnerships, support, and advocacy for all who care about young people.
. . . To meet the emerging needs . . .
YOMADO embraces change as a constant in youth services. Over the years, we have focused at various times on fighting against HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and in unity & reconciliation, advocacy of biogas plant in 3 schools, youth conferences and workshops, and others. From time to time we have provided services for various young people in Bugesera District. We have worked District-wide and in particular neighborhoods. In talking about our commitment to meet emerging needs, We aspire to live up to the characterization of YOMADO as Rwanda’s most nimble Organisation.
. . . of young people and their families . . .
YOMADO is defined by who we serve – young people — not only by the services we provide. Our core concern is each whole young person and their support system. We believe that young people are best served when they have healthy families at the center of their lives. As such, we also seek to support whole families.
. . . in our community.
YOMADO is community-based. Helping young people build positive relationships lies at the heart of all we do, and relationships with a rich array of family, peers, adults, and institutions form the fabric of the larger, diverse communities to which we are responsible..
The Youth Mentoring Agents for Development Organisation (YOMADO) is a non- government, non-profit organization that works at the grass roots level. It is a volunteer membership organization for young people. It was established in Rwanda in…