The Board of the Seychelles National Youth Council has adopted a brand new guideline for potential youth groups to register as affiliated members of the council.
This was announced during the annual general meeting of the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC) held on May 21, 2016. In his opening remarks the chairman of the Board, Ziggy Adam, announced that this new guideline will essentially guide youth groups in Seychelles on how to be accredited on the Council as an affiliated member and vice versa. He noted that this new method gives legitimacy and allows the council to keep record of its members.
This comprehensive document gives a step-by-step explanation of the procedure that youth groups will need to follow to apply to be a member of the council.
How to apply?
Firstly, youth organisations need to get in touch with the SNYC, located at Orion Mall in Victoria or its youth workers in respective districts in order to get an application form, which is also available online (http://www.snyc.info). After completing the application form, the youth group can then submit it, along with accompanying documents, to the office of the deputy chief executive of SNYC, Ghislaine Belmont, at the council’s headquarters.
What happens next?
After submitting your application form it will be considered by a vetting committee. This committee is responsible to ensure that all applicants meet the required criteria to be accredited as an affiliate member. Such criteria include values and principles of the applying organisation aligned with that of the council. To note, the vetting committee is made up of board members of the council and a member of the executive of SNYC and they only meet once every three months.
Following the vetting exercise, successful applicants will be informed. They will then be presented with a certificate and a membership card. In addition, they will also feature on the council’s membership database.
What are the benefits?
The primary benefit of being an affiliate member is that it widens the opportunity for different youth groups with varying interests to be more involved in the work of the council. Additionally, it opens up new avenues which will allow them to be more involved in the decision-making process of the council. Below is a short list of some of the benefits of being an affiliated member;
– participate and vote during the AGM
– be elected on the Board of Directors
– participate and assist in the organisation of activities
– benefit from SNYC services and facilities (internet centres/youth cards/ etc.…)
– Opportunities for collaboration and support.
As the SNYC continues to grow to become a true reflection of what the youth of Seychelles wants it to be, it is undeniably an exciting time to apply to become an affiliate member. Thus, reinforcing the statement made by chairperson Adam, ‘Nothing about us, without us’.
Source : Seychelles NATION