Timeline

2013
January 15

Pilot Project

Pilot Project
20 high school, college and employed youth gather at the BCMD Media Lab to debate and deliberate on issues that affect their communities. They undergo two rounds of training (winter and summer sessions) focused on debating, deliberation, dialogue and research.
July 15

Establishment of YI

Establishment of YI
The Youth Initiative for debate, deliberation and dialogue (YI) as a Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD) project, was launched in 2013 by Phub Dorji and Manny Fassihi under the guidance of BCMD, to address the lack of Youth representation in national policymaking. In its initial stages, the objective..Read More
2014
January 24

The First Cohort

The First Cohort
Building on the successes of the pilot project, the first-ever cohort of YI (comprising of 28 youth from high schools, colleges and working) is trained on Deliberation, Dialogue, Media literacy, Policymaking and Representation. At the conclusion of the week-long winter camp, three committees are formed to address identified issues: Education..Read More
2016
January 15

The Third Cohort

The Third Cohort
Realizing that with proper guidance and training, Bhutanese youths are capable of taking up roles in the development process of our country, the third cohort of YI grew in its scope, comprising of members not only from Thimphu but also from Paro, Samtse and Sarpang. They took up establishment of..Read More
2017
January 15

The Fourth Cohort

The Fourth Cohort
In it’s fourth year, YI conducted training session on Active listening/thinking, Critical thinking, Social Media Conversation, Media & Democracy Literacy, Design thinking, Research training, Public speaking & expression and Policy-making. The 40 YI members were divided into five groups and took up the following issue topics: Public health (Samtse), Cultivating..Read More
2018
January 25

The Fifth Cohort

The Fifth Cohort
Having now trained over 100 youths since 2014, YI continues with 24 members from high schools, colleges, teacher trainees, graduates and LGBT youth; It is a diverse lot but their common aspirations and interest to bring about positive change in their respective communities gather them in the same space. Being..Read More
2019
November 14

The Sixth Cohort

The Sixth Cohort
Switching gears in its direction, this year’s YI not only sought to revive the Steering Committee but also task them with mentorship responsibility to guide the cohort with their journey in socio-political awakening. Another development has been the formalization of their policy research and review into ‘Position papers‘. The five..Read More
2020
February 13

The Seventh Cohort

The Seventh Cohort
If one were to look for the fruits of YI, 2020 has been THE year to materialize and embody the vision of ‘youth inclusion within policy-making’; This year, YI got invited to partner with the Department of Youth & Sports (DYS, MoE) and UNICEF, not only to review the National Youth..Read More