We are a national, non-profit, non-governmental, youth-led organization created in 2002 by a group of young people who migrated from remote communities across Cameroon into Yaoundé. With the burning aspiration to respond to some of the growing challenges facing young people, they decided to organize into a Local Youth Corner where they met monthly within church premises and other locations for meetings to reflect on how to solve problems within their communities like crime, poverty, unemployment, and others. With little or no resources they engaged in community development initiatives. The impact of their actions pushed them to register the group as an association in 2004 with full accreditation from the state.
The association focuses on promoting the empowerment of young people aged 15 to 35 (males and females) in the domain of peacebuilding, as well as preventing and countering violent extremism and sustainable development.
It was created as a response to the increase in the socio-political and economic challenges facing young people such as; unemployment, bad governance, gender-based violence, and lack of quality education, poverty, and corruption, the poor social justice system, and exclusion in the decision-making processes which serves as push and pull factors to youth radicalization, involvement in crime, violence and in conflict with the law.
Our youth-led approach is focused on using interdisciplinary innovative solutions to these challenges as a way to prevent young people from involving in crime, violence, build violent-free communities, where young people are at the forefront of building sustainable peace and development. We engage in evidence based research and baseline studies, skills and capacity building, policy development and implementation, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, strategic communications, facilitating dialogue, resource mobilisation as well as mentorship of young people.
We apply a Positive Youth Development Approach that strengthens the assets/skills, sense of agency, an opportunity for contributions, and the enabling environment for youth.
OUR AREAS OF OPERATION
Our Operations in the country is led by our Head Office in Yaoundé. We currently run four field offices based in Yaoundé (covering Centre, South and East Regions); Maroua (covering the Far North, North and Adamawa regions) and Buea (covering South West, Littoral regions); and Bamenda (North West, and West regions).
LOYOC seeks to support youth empowerment and participation in peacebuilding, prevent violent extremism, and advance sustainable development to ensure peaceful communities.
LOYOC is working towards the day when young people are respected and engaged as key partners in building a peaceful, prosperous and violence-free society.
LOYOC has a goal to strengthen bonds between young people, development stakeholders and government at various levels, to work together for sustainable peace and development in Cameroon.
OUR CORE VALUES
We bring “humanity back to peace building” by focusing solely on people and making sure that peace, security and development responses supersede identity issues and build solidarity especially with people in most need.
We recognise the powerful role played by young people, women, people leaving with disability and local communities in times of violence and violent conflicts. We want to ensure that the muted voices are heard, resources are fairly shared and partnerships are equitable and dignified.
We uphold the powerful role of young people and women in peace, security and development taking into consideration their own ideas, values, lifestyles, preferences, needs abilities and desires in design, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of responses.
We are determined to increase genuine accountability to and with our beneficiaries, donors, partners and the public by making our activities and functioning more transparent.
While we seek to collaborate and benefit from support from government and other stakeholders, we remain apolitical, independent of our views and guided by our vision and mission. We work to build a sense of self-reliance for young people and their communities to meet their own priorities, in partnership with others.